Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Google and others protest SOPA

Today Google, Wordpress and others are participating in a protest against House Bill 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act.  If you've been living under a rock, here's Wikipedia's definition:
The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), also known as House Bill 3261 or H.R. 3261, is a bill that was introduced in the United States House of Representatives on October 26, 2011, by House Judiciary Committee Chair Representative Lamar S. Smith (R-TX) and a bipartisan group of 12 initial co-sponsors. The bill, if made law, would expand the ability of U.S. law enforcement and copyright holders to fight online trafficking in copyrightedintellectual property and counterfeit goods.[2] Presented to the House Judiciary Committee, it builds on the similar PRO-IP Act of 2008 and the corresponding Senate bill, the PROTECT IP Act.[3]
 Fortunately, Obama stepped in and saved the day; for now anyhow.  There's a similar bill still out there, and probably more to follow.  The internet is seen as the "Wild West" and everyone wants to take some control over it.   I can understand the beef on piracy, but to put a ban on anything with a copyright, would be tough.  Heck, this blog would probably get shut down for my use of the Google logo.
If you're feeling ambitious, do your part and write your state representatives.