I’ve done a few posts on SOPA related garbage now, including a path to get around the ban should the bill get passed. But What Im about to post is the most important article thus far, the petition link. Here it is: https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/. That’s right I linked it twice because it’s that important. Go thru the link and place you info down, it takes two seconds and will help us stand up against the tyrannical implementation of a freedom destroying system via the SOPA/PIPA bills. This proposition is panning out to be a huge deal, huge companies (like Google, Mozilla, Reddit, Wikipedia, and many more) are stepping up and showing their opposition.
Of course there are always two sides to the coin (…well three if you really think about it) and a pro-SOPA representative has already called these companies “retaliations” as selfish and misleading.
“It is ironic that a website dedicated to providing information is spreading misinformation about the Stop Online Piracy Act. The bill will not harm Wikipedia, domestic blogs or social networking sites,” Rep. Smith, a Texas Republican, said in a statement. “This publicity stunt does a disservice to its users by promoting fear instead of facts. Perhaps during the blackout, Internet users can look elsewhere for an accurate definition of online piracy.”
“This bill will not censor the Internet,” he said. “But it will protect American workers, inventors and job creators from foreign thieves who steal our products, technology and intellectual property.”
This of course is not true. See it does set out to do that very thing, but in order to “protect” said intellectual property it cuts the cord to someone else’s intellectual property. There are better ways, security software and copyright protection are updated frequently for a reason: there are always new ways around things. So If you play that thought out, basically what you get is the condensing of piracy rings (think members only underground gambling, but with bootlegging instead) while cutting off the lively hood of entire website employees. Evolution in security software is the correct path, but that’s “too hard” and costs more money (and doesn’t give the government that big brother orgasm from control/power). There have been many links in this post to go to the petition, I did that because I’m very serious about this serious issue. So go sign the petition, and if you won’t feel free to voice your opinion here against it….and probably get toasted. Do realize you cannot support a bill for its possible benefits without being leery of its possible hindrances.