Stop SOPA and PIPA: The Blackout

Posted by Simon on 1/18/2012


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Stop SOPA and PIPA: The Blackout

In this new world of sharing and social engagement there has long been a struggle over protecting the freedom of the internet and it’s users and innovators and the rights of those who create content such as movies, images, music and written material.

Because it is a lot easier to share 100 copies of a new album today than it was when you had to dub 100 cassettes this new world of online piracy has, indeed, become a serious problem for content creators all over the world.

However attempts to cure this problem, specifically SOPA and PIPA, have serious consequences for the new world we have created and all enjoy. The world of social innovation has been built on the free exchange of ideas and content and our very right to free expression lies in the ability to share with the world.  I would go a step further in saying that access to the information of the world is a step toward creating a larger shared intelligence for humanity, however those innovations stand in danger of being revoked in the name of protecting the rights of a comparatively few copyright holders. This would place a burden on any website, including Wikipedia, Twitter, Facebook etc. to assure that no pirated content of any kind is being hosted or shared within their networks or servers; it would also require that any outbound link was not to a source for pirated material of any kind, an impossible feat for sites that see billions of shares a day. It would make a world of sharing disappear in short order.

I invite you to learn more by visiting Wikipedia’s write up on the subject here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:SOPA_initiative/Learn_more

You can also search for your congressional Representative and take steps to help avoid passage of these bills or any like it: https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

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