Many of us went to our favourite sites, like flickr, Wikipedia, Grooveshark, Google and others, to find a blackout. It was a response to proposed U.S. legislation called SOPA. To understand the bill and its sister bill PIPA, go to the Wall Street Journal for a quick summary.
Here is an anti-SOPA video that has been passed around the internet which was also shared to me by Siyobin.
What are your thoughts on SOPA and SIPA? Do they threaten our “freedom” on the internet. Jaron Lanier wrote an article in today’s New York Times that argues that we haven’t been “free” for a long time.
Some important pieces of his argument,
proprietary social networking — is ending my freedom to participate in the forums I used to love, at least on terms I accept. Like many other forms of contact, the musical conversations are moving into private sites, particularly Facebook. To continue to participate, I’d have to accept Facebook’s philosophy, under which it analyzes me, and is searching for new ways to charge third parties for the use of that analysis.
The adulation of “free content” inevitably meant that “advertising” would become the biggest business in the open part of the information economy. Furthermore, that system isn’t so welcoming to new competitors.
Is this online fight black and white between SOPA and anti-SOPA people? Are we, the common internet user still losing?