For the moment SOPA has been shelved. Relax, but only a little, shelved is different than dead. We need SOPA dead.
PIPA is up for a vote on January 24. PIPA will allow U.S. corporations and the government the right to seek affirmative legal action with any website that they see as enabling copyright infringement whether of U.S. origin or not.
- Force U.S. internet providers to block access to websites deemed as enablers of copyright infringement
- Seek legal action by suing search engines, blog sites, directories, or any site in general to have the black listed sites removed from their website
- Will be able to force advertising services on infringing websites, and those supporting of them, to remove them from their advertising accounts
- Companies will also have the power to sue any new websites that get started after this bill is passed, if they believe that they are not doing a good job of preventing infringement on your website
Politicians aren’t known for being web savvy. In addition to dealing a deadly blow to just about the only part of the US economy that is actually flourishing, the House of Representatives appears confuddled about what the internet actually is. The internet is not a US only tool. Much like the FTC “blogger guidelines” it feels like a bunch of very old men sat in a windowless room and had the steno pool type up their ideas. Since The Interwebs exist outside the US this blogger is unsure how a cuckold on US based social networks would keep old media happy, but if you look at this list you’ll find the companies that support PIPA.
For a great discussion about SOPA/PIPA check out Blogworld.com/SOPA.
Reddit, img.ur and Wikipedia will go dark tomorrow (I sure hope your kids don’t have “research” due Thursday). Dick Costolo isn’t in agreement with Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. When Jay Rosen suggested that Facebook, Twitter, and Google shut down for the day Costollo replied:
That’s just silly. Closing a global business in reaction to single-issue national politics is foolish.
If you want to join Wikipedia and others in going black tomorrow, here is the WordPress Plugin to help you do it.
UPDATE: Looks like the protests had an effect and the legislation has been withdrawn, according to the LA Times – read on!