Thursday, January 19, 2012

SOPAPIPAS... tasty AND menacing

I should have run this yesterday but as always my brain wasn't on the ball.  Yesterday was the Internet wide strike against the two bills in Congress, Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect-IP Act (PIPA).  These bills looks to put a police force on the internet that will allow the government, and more important big MEDIA companies to decide what can or cannot be put on the internet and whether or not YOU as a free American can reach that content.  These bills were put together in haste by members of Congress with the RIAA and MPAA whispering into their ears and not a knowledgeable tech person in sight.  The bill originally included wording that could break the internet and undo any possibility of security.

While the primary purpose of the two acts is to protect content rightsholders and to stop piracy the bill had a very wrong approach and would do nothing to stop the transfer of pirated material to and from US based citizens.  Here is a link to a great video explaining SOPA and PIPA.

If this all news to you then please visit SOPA STRIKE or Fight for the Future and join the fight against these bills until a stronger, safer, SMARTER bill can be drafted.  One such bill, the OPEN Act, is already being drafted and is looking for YOUR support before going before the Senate.  A Representative of California and Senator from Oregon have their heads down from the clouds and realize how Congress should work.  You can visit to see their proposal and how it compares with SOPA and PIPA.  Take the time to make the right choice!

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