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.  https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/SOPA/Blackoutpage.