I had this other post in the works about telling stories and some developments on my academic front, but that is now on the sidelines until I have another chunk of time to finish it. What is urgent right now is information about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Senate’s sister bill, Protect IP Act (PIPA).
Taken from Fight For the Future’s Vimeo page:
“PROTECT-IP is a bill that has been introduced in the Senate and the House and is moving quickly through Congress. It gives the government and corporations the ability to censor the net, in the name of protecting “creativity”. The law would let the government or corporations censor entire sites– they just have to convince a judge that the site is “dedicated to copyright infringement.”
“The government has already wrongly shut down sites without any recourse to the site owner. Under this bill, sharing a video with anything copyrighted in it, or what sites like Youtube and Twitter do, would be considered illegal behavior according to this bill.
“According to the Congressional Budget Office, this bill would cost us $47 million tax dollars a year — that’s for a fix that won’t work, disrupts the internet, stifles innovation, shuts out diverse voices, and censors the internet. This bill is bad for creativity and does not protect your rights.”
Here are some informative links about the act and ways that it affects our lives as internet users:
Apple is one of the major corporations in support of SOPA via their membership with the Business Software Alliance (BSA). Here is a call to protest and boycott Apple:Tags: Censorship, Occupy, PIPA, SOPA