Re: The SOPA/PIPA issue
I’ve got two people on my dash making important opposing points regarding the issue that I think are great things to consider when taking a stance. On one side…
I’m glad everyone is so concerned about SOPA/PIPA
However every day that bit tormenting sites exist money is taken out of my pocket. It is stolen in lost residuals which both contribute to my pension and health care, and are also paid directly to me as part of my compensation for my work. So after you are done posting your little black square on Facebook, or blacking out your tumblr or calling your Congressperson or whatever maybe you can devote some time to proposing a better solution. Anyone who mocks our elected officials for proposing what is apparently a bad solution is no better than those they call out absent a better answer.
Now for the other side.
RELATED: If I may put my lawyer-guy hat on for a moment, I can’t stress strongly enough to all of you how terrible the whole SOPA/PIPA thing is. I know lots of people and sites are drilling this into everyone’s head today, but I don’t want the message to get overwhelmed by the noise. Not only will this bill throw a giant wrench into the Internet, it also has SERIOUS Constitutional ramifications. It gives mass copyright holders (Disney, record companies, Viacom, etc.) the ability to restrict people’s speech and take away their property (websites) without due process. That, to be very clear, is unacceptable. Freedom of speech and the protection from the government taking your stuff are two of the most important elements of a free society. Opening the door to allowing corporations to shut people down without the proper safeguards — a trial, or at least a showing of good cause in front of an impartial judge — puts all that at risk. I hate to be Admiral Slippery Slope here, but this stuff works like a leak in a dam. You start making tiny exceptions, then those lead to bigger exceptions, then those start spreading and spreading, and next thing you know water is spraying everywhere. I’m not saying we’re going to turn into a restrictive society like China or Iran overnight (or at all), but I AM saying that as a society that values individual freedoms, we can’t turn over this much power to people with profits in mind instead of our well-being. Nope. Can’t have it. Not in America.
I’d add more of my own insight, but I’m still typing one-handed for fear of ripping the stitches out of my other hand (and pain).