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Friday, November 18, 2011

Stop SOPA

I meant to post this Wednesday, but din'na.  I just then learned about the controversial SOPA, or Stop Online Piracy Act.  What it intends to do is stop piracy, in the name of movies and music which suffers from it.

However, the finer print of this bill is lose enough that it could ruin the internet as we know it!  The bill implies that any website that has any kind of copyrighted material on it could be blacklisted and it's ip address blocked off.  This is a death hold on sites ranging from blogs to big sites like Tumblr, FaceBook, YouTube, and more! 

The idea that a site can be taken down if a company thinks you displaying an image of their property is ludicrous, as it flies in the face of the First Amendment and Fair Use.  And what about millions of videos on YouTube which use such material, in part and in whole?  All of that could be gone!  Blogs which aren't even pirating this material, merely using it for commentary and reference?  Gone!

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