Jan 18, 2012

The Road To Hell is Paved With Good Intentions (aka SOPA, PIPA & Other Misdirected Maneuvers).

Rather than "black out" this blog in protest of the poorly drafted, overly broad proposed legislation in front of the US Senate otherwise known as SOPA (together with it's sister in crime, PIPA), I've chosen to offer some links so that y'all can see what all the hullaballoo is all about.

Quick summary of why there's an online blackout strike today: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9223496/Protests_against_SOPA_PIPA_go_viral

Wikipedia summary explaining why this type of legislation stifles e-commerce, the growth of digital media as a business + our use of the internet as we currently know it: http://rt.com/news/wikipedia-blackout-sopa-pipa-031/

Where to sign the petition against SOPA: https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/

On top of everything else (internet censorhip, questionable constitutional-ness, etc.), it seems awfully convenient that these proponents of the legislation (mostly major media content providers) argue for "regulation" when it affects their pockets, and then cry "deregulation" when it -- well, affects their pockets. Is this overbroad legislation really about "rights"? Have we learned nothing from the music industry's utter failures to "solve" the issue of piracy via legislation (i.e., was suing/jailing teenagers for copyright infringement truly the most effective solution against piracy)? And does anyone genuinely believe that this is the most tightly crafted, finest piece of intelligently-worded legislation to get the job done against anti-piracy? See for yourself who's been shoving this garbage legislation in front of the House + Senate, then you decide what's really going on. It seems to me that these companies are first and foremost about making money off their content, regardless of how it affects the rest of America's rights to use the internet in the way we have constitutionally enjoyed to date. -- I mean, nobody begrudges these guys' ability to make $ from their own content; but as my Southern friends like to say, You don't use a hammer to swat a fly off someone's head.

That's it for today, rant over. Use the proper tools to get the job done right love + fashionista kisses to all!

Teshan2222 Wycliffe