Thoughts on SOPA/PIPA

Thoughts on SOPA/PIPA

Dave LawsonAs with many things, the spirit behind the SOPA and PIPA acts, to protect creativity and to control deliberate acts of piracy and copyright infringement, is well intended. I’ve realized myself that there are few things more ire-inspiring than others making gains from something you have legitimately imagined or created. However, as with many things making their way through our legal system, these acts have become bloated with attachments and aspire to give too much power to an uninformed enforcement entity with its own agenda. Once this power is granted, as consumers and citizens of a free Internet, we lose any ability to even realize how our access to information, perspectives, innovation, and connectivity are being impacted.

The way each of these acts are written, if signed into law, it would not be unreasonable to be able to interpret most websites and service providers as violators that could be subject to immediate shut-down or immediately open to litigation by essentially anyone with an Internet connection. This means everything from social media, Web-based email, any site with ratings and reviews, any functionality that allows anyone to contribute, comment, or share, would be subject to business-crushing regulation.

An act of legislation would immediately impact business fundamentals of an already mature industry that is driving so many positive changes globally and it would also give an unreasonable amount of control over your Internet/IP connection to government agencies. Not only would we suffer from the blissfully dangerous ignorance which censorship brings, we would likely be paying more for access to this incontrovertibly curated “information.” By introducing an enforcement layer of bureaucracy, service providers from search engines, ISPs, payment processors, and even ad servers will be forced to monitor and block access to anyone that is deemed possibly in violation of the letters of these laws (as defined, basically most of the Internet as we know it), an administrative expense that will surely be passed on to us as consumers for those businesses that survive.

Let’s solve this together in a reasonable way, contact your local and regional law makers and let them know this is the wrong road to go down and that you support their ability to not sign it into law.

One Comment

  1. Posted January 22, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    This is the most thoughtful & reasonable address to this issue I have seen. Bravo! Thank God SOPA died before it became law.

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