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SOPA Protest January 18, 2012

Posted by J. in Genius.

It seems weird to protest SOPA by writing a brand new blog post, especially after having nothing to say for so long, and to post it on a day when some of the biggest (and some of my favorite sites) have gone silent for the day in protest of the SOPA bill about to go before Congress.

If you don’t know what it is, educate yourself. I could run it down for you, but I’m protesting here.  (Yes, we all know it’s because I’m too lazy to retype all of this stuff, but I can make links all day long, baby.)

I’m opposed to this particular bill.   It’s not that I don’t understand what they’re trying to do.  I’ve had my intellectual property stolen, and while it still goes up my ass sideways when I think about it, I don’t believe a bill like SOPA is the answer. As Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal put it so colorfully and succinctly, “This is like dealing with a lion that escaped from the zoo by blasting kittens with a flamethrower.”  Perhaps the government would be able to use a bill like this to keep internet pirates from cutting into the profits of major movie studios, but under that same law, their ability to shut down my blog, or my Etsy shop, or Facebook, or Google, or any Reddit, or any website they want without due process is problematic.  In my mind, there’s a big difference between protecting intellectual property and government-sponsored censorship.  SOPA doesn’t draw that distinction.

So today, when you go to look something up on Wikipedia and you can’t, or the black censorship bar on Google catches your eye, remember that those sites and this one and all the other fun and informative places you hang out on the Internet exist as they do because we say it’s okay that they do.  SOPA allows the federal government to step in and decide when they should not.  Sure, it’ll keep content from being stolen, but from here, the cost of that seems pretty high.

Now, since that post just exceeded my annual limit on discussing politics, I’m going to go cleanse my intellectual palate with pictures of cats with funny captions



1. bezzie - January 18, 2012

I guess I’m just having a hard time believing they’d actually pass anything like this. I mean they can barely pass legislation on payroll tax cuts/unemployment benefit extensions. Why would they be any different w/something like this?

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