Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Going dark in protest

 The SOPA/PIPA legislation is like wearing your cat for a hat. You may need a warm head but your cat is the wrong kind of fur. Here's more on this from the LA Times and from Money Magazine

There's a really good bit about SOPA here at Unshelved too.


Nathan Rudy said...

Good for you.

Miss Sharp said...

Because we like it so much when internet pirates steal years of our blood sweat and tears.

Phil said...

Yes, Miss Sharp, because the only response to Internet piracy (yar!) is scorched earth. And it's perfectly reasonable to kill a fly with a sledge hammer.

Personally, if given a choice between spitting on the First Amendment or stopping Internet piracy, I'm going to have to say "bring on the piracy".

NotaWarriorPrincess said...

Better to protect bad art/ideas/content at the expense of the good, than to leak the good stuff? SOPA sux mud. The Dark Ages were dark because they lacked documentation, not because they forgot to pay for it.

Bethany Elizabeth said...

SOPA and PIPA have made an activist out of me. The whole legislation is ridiculous and harmful to the internet AND free speech. Thanks for posting this. :)

Feaky Snucker said...

SOPA and PIPA are terrible. Good on you Janet for posting this!

Judith Gonda said...

Some of the comments from the LA Times article against SOPA/PIPA are particularly good at pinpointing the reasons why so-called and real piracy exist in the first place: consumers don't think they're getting a fair shake in pricing, like when ebooks sell for same price as paperbacks.

Jonathan Dalar said...

The SOPA/PIPA controversy is not an either/or issue as it relates to piracy. Being anti-SOPA does not mean one is pro-piracy.

I've listed a number of things that can be done to mitigate the problem without legislation over on my blog. I won't link to it as I'm sure if you want to, you can find it.

The bottom line is that this is not only a very poor approach to solving a problem, it will cause serious repercussions, and it isn't even going to solve the problem as advertised. Not even a little.

We're smarter than this, and hopefully the voice of the people, and of reason, will speak louder than the millions that large corporations are throwing at our government to push this through.

Thank you for stating your position on this, Janet.

Terri Coop said...

I've spent the last six years in various federal courts fighting a bootlegger regarding my family business. I'm a criminal defense attorney, but became an IP jock quickly. There are small incremental changes in the existing laws such as the DMCA that can help. I know things that could have made my cases much easier to prosecute. I won in court and she is still out there, pirating away.

Okay, I've been injured, I've been pirated, and I still think SOPA/PIPA are the wrong approach.

Increments people. Increments.