SOPA… SOPA CaPIPA…

I’m going to have Barry Manilow in my head all. Damn. Day.

Er, anyway. This is a linkspam post. As you’ve no doubt noted from the many, many sites that have chosen to “go dark” today (in some cases only for US browsers), there’s a little bit of a protest going on, over extremely harmful internet regulation laws that may soon be passed by the US Congress. I’m not going dark myself; IMO that sort of protest is primarily effective for the most ubiquitous sites on the internet, not esoteric little hideaways like mine. But I’m doing what I can to spread the word, because I’m fully against SOPA and PIPA. So here’s some stuff you might want to read:

Now, I’m aware that there are some well-known people who support this legislation, probably because they stand to gain a dangerous level of control over the internet and a weapon against their competition if it passes. But I figure there are probably a few individuals out there who support it just because they think it’s right. However, while I’m normally willing to consider alternative opinions on most subjects, I’m also aware that the entertainment industry — which is pushing these bills via lobbying — has deployed mass numbers of marketing shills to try and influence opinion wherever discussions of the matter pop up. Here’s the thing, though: these bills are really indefensible. They don’t make sense for their stated purpose (though they make a great deal of sense for a variety of unstated purposes). Sure, I’m a writer, and I’m poor; I’m not in favor of having my copyrighted work distributed freely by/to people who could pay for it, nor do I like having control of my work threatened by copyright infringement. But y’know… improving my ability to make a living does not require the wholesale destruction of free speech and the breaking of the internet. I mean, really. That’s a bit much. I’m perfectly willing to entertain other ideas on how to protect copyright/artists in the comments, but not dumb ideas. Therefore pro-SOPA/PIPA commenters will be on a very short leash, and if you start sounding like a press release, I’ll shut you down. You have been warned.

2 Responses »

  1. Ugh, and just yesterday I thought this bill was dead in the water. Let’s hope it’s at least mortally wounded.

  2. I know I’m a hole-in-the-wall, and have an active readership that I can count on two hands, but I blacked out today. I figure… it doesn’t really inconvenience anyone, and my blog provider (WordPress) made it easy, and it sends a message. Also contacted my reps (for what good that will do; I’ve contacted my reps/senators before and gotten form-spam e-mail replies in which my reps/senators seemed to be of the mind that I had written them with the exact opposite opinion I actually expressed – not only do the Senators/Reps not read their constituent contacts, neither do their aids or anyone else).

    I aspire to be a copyright holder one day. Technically I guess I already am – having already written several stories and whatnot – but you know what I mean: I aspire to be published and all. But I have to agree: advancing my ability to “protect” those hypothetical copyrights does not equate with breaking the Internet and stifling free speech. Human Rights > Copyrights.