You all heard it by now as SOPA is everywhere. Today is a special day when big sites like Wikipedia, Reddit, and others protest against SOPA & PIPA. Since last few weeks it is a very hot topic for everyone and when Obama administration said it will not sign this legislation I thought – the worst is over. Well, I was wrong. SOPA strikes back.With all the big companies protesting against the new legislation and all the criticism on the internet, I really thought there is no way they will go on with this. So far I have not read anywhere a single comment that would say that this is what is really needed, that this law is for our benefit. Just opposite. Everyone is pointing to the holes and the ways it acts against the free internet, freedom of speech and how this new law can be abused.
What is more, it is again the “Hollywood” industry that wants more and more control (and money) over their content. It is like all they trying to do is to get back to the 1980’s when all you could do was a copy of a cassette that you were not ding because it was to much hassle. They controlled us customers and they controlled artists.
Now, instead of opening up and allowing people how and when we watch and listen to the music they want even tighter control. And it does not matter that services like Netflix, Spotify and Hulu are a huge success. The success that could be even bigger if people around the world could use it freely, a success that would bring them hard cash – nope. Under false pretend of losing money, American jobs, blah, blah, blah… things like SOPA are prepared.
SOPA project is back online
In January I read that SOPA was put on hold since it met with large opposition and lots and lots of critics. As I wrote I thought that is it. But it is not. I read today at TorrentFreak that SOPA project is back online. Apparently, the main man behind the project is expecting the works to start again this month.
Let me quote after TorrentFreak (and Lamar Smith):
“To enact legislation that protects consumers, businesses, and jobs from foreign thieves who steal America’s intellectual property, we will continue to bring together industry representatives and Members to find ways to combat online piracy,” Chairman Smith said.
“Due to the Republican and Democratic retreats taking place over the next two weeks, markup of the Stop Online Piracy Act is expected to resume in February.
“I am committed to continuing to work with my colleagues in the House and Senate to send a bipartisan bill to the White House that saves American jobs and protects intellectual property.”
To sum up …
As you can see it is all far from the end and don’t be fooled. If SOPA and PIPA will get passed through this WILL BE the end of the internet as you know it today. Websites will get blocked and “Hollywood” lobby will make similar laws to happen in the rest of the world as they are already doing. And if you think there is not much you can do… well everything counts.
If you “Like” different brands on Facebook – ask them about their official stand where SOPA is concerned and remember about it next time you will go to the shop – vote with your money!