Wednesday, January 18, 2012

SOPA/PIPA Awareness

I'm usually one not to mingle business, pleasure and politics. Trifecta as they are for some, the directly interfere with each other most of the time for me. Particularly the politics one, it just doesn't seem to be trustworthy to play with anybody.

As some of you may have already realized, many websites today are either outright blocked or minimal in content in a form of active protest today against the SOPA/PIPA acts dancing through Congress riding on the backs of heavy investment by the entertainment industry. While at a shallow level they are bills intended to curb piracy, they are worded with loose enough language to quite literally destroy the freely growing culture that has defined the internet up to this point, and if history is any teacher it shouldn't be long before that loose language becomes the slippery slope down which the internet falls. We could very quickly have an internet much akin to that which China experiences, limited and tightly controlled, only instead of censored by government standards we would be at the whim of frivolous copyright infringement suits laid upon us by the largest of entertainment brands. Fair Use would quickly be a thing of the past, for who has the financial power to compete against the limitless funds at which we'd be mercilessly thrown against?

Please, take the time to do the research if you haven't already. And if you have, then take the time to contact your Senator, your Congressman, their secretaries, the President, someone, anyone with an inkling of power of this issue. This bill cannot pass into law, lest the internet be reduced to little more than commercialized radio or the shell of corporate cable TV. Keep the internet free and it stays the wealth of knowledge whereby anyone can learn about anything. Keep words free. Keep knowledge free. Keep creativity free. Keep the dream alive.