Wednesday, January 18, 2012

SOPA and PIPA

Today you may have noticed that quite a number of websites have special messages up and/or have gone completely dark. (Nerds everywhere are being far more productive since they can't access Reddit or Wikipedia.) They're doing so to protest two bills, the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act, that are intended to fight online piracy. They go quite a bit farther than what many internet giants such as Google and Wikipedia believe is necessary. They could have a profound effect on the way the internet operates and even on free speech.

In my opinion, they're the work of content providers who refuse to enter the digital age. Instead they just want to use the power of the government to protect their outdated business models. This is all a long-winded way to say that all three people who still check this blog should call their congresspeople and tell them not to vote for SOPA or PIPA.

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