I’ve talked about piracy and internet censorship many times before, but this time, the internet needs your help.
A new law put forward in the US is threatening to, once again, limit freedom of speech online. SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) will give large companies, if passed, the ability to punish those who use or distribute copyrighted material. This sounds good, right? But then you probe deeper to find that it’ll be almost imposable to claim anything as fair use. (That baby video you uploaded, you know, the one where Mother Bloggs, is playing some music in the background, will be totally illegal and you could get sued for uploading it).
The companies backing SOPA though, have made one fundamental flaw, and that is, in the past, they have promoted the use of file sharing sites and software. This is where we, the average internet users, can fight back.
Mike Mozart, a popular YouTube video blogger has put together a whole bunch of evidence against the companies backing SOPA in the hopes that the act will not be passed. At this point, I’m going to stop rambling and allow you to watch the video.
The original video has been rehosted on this site in case it’s pulled down from YouTube, but to save on bandwidth, please attempt to watch the video from the link to YouTube here:
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Go to http://onecandleinthedark.blogspot.com and http://www.cbsyousuck.com for thousands of pages of evidence and links to the original source research on the Internet Wayback Machine.
This is just a quick post to highlight the current issue regarding the future of the internet as we know it. Spread the word.