SOPA

Bill Maher on SOPA

“I know that they’re saying that apparently this bill would somehow infringe on free speech. I didn’t read the bill. I don’t know. I don’t know if anybody who has even read the bill could predict that. But it seems like it might be a red herring because people just want to steal. Because they can. You know, I call it Caucasian looting. And just because you’re sitting at your computer in your pajama bottoms doesn’t mean doesn’t mean you’re not stealing” – Bill Maher on January 20th, 2012 episode of “Real Time”

Apparently he thinks everyone that opposed this law wants “free sh*t”, even after having admitted he hasn’t read the bill.

Dismissive, knee jerk generalizations in no way address the concerns brought forward by the NetCoalition, Consumers Federation Of America and ACLU.

I guess he didn’t bother to read their statement either.

A Protect IP Video

Americans can click here to write a letter to Congress about PIPA and SOPA. Canadians can also direct their American friends and relatives to the site at http://fightforthefuture.org/pipa.

WHY SOPA/PIPA CONCERNS ME

Though American both the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act allow American special interest groups to impose their interpretations of United States copyright law on foreign nationals and foreign businesses located outside of the United States.

As Canadians we should be concerned because we have different laws in regards to Copyright and we’re in the middle of reforming our copyright act.

Works are made available to Canadians in the public domain two decades before these same works are made available to Americans and Europeans so if I were to publish Ernest Hemingway‘s works on this site, for example, I could be subjected to litigation by his American publishers.

Though legal to publish in Canada, his works could have my site removed from the American search engines and cause my site to loose affiliations and funding from American companies and individual American donators. And it doesn’t appear to matter that my site is hosted in Canada because the American copyright lobby have laid claim to the .com domain in the TVShack case.

When British citizens are subjected to extradition over linking to copyrighted material, a legal act within the United Kingdom, it is obvious that restraint would not happen after the passing of this legislation. And I have in the past inadvertently linked copyrighted material.

I have had requests for links that sounded legitimate but were not. And nothing stops an illegitimate profiteer from buying a legitimate site or domain that I’ve linked in the past, without my knowledge.

I do my best to clean up my listings. But people could also spam this site, an illegal act in Canada, yet I could still be subjected to the SOPA condoned retribution. The legislation is that dangerously vague.

Yes, there are sites in Russia and China that blatantly violate copyright but SOPA is a slippery slope.

Wikipedia Joins Tomorrow’s SOPA Blackout

MSNBC blogger Bob Sullivan reports that Wikipedia has joined tomorrow’s SOPA Blackout.

Numerous sites have already confirmed their participation in this protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act as concerns mount with the extradition of TVShack co-creator Richard O’Dweyer to the United States.

White House Will Not Support SOPA/PIPA

An official statement from the White House was published yesterday and it appears that the White House will NOT be supporting the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act :

“While we believe that online piracy by foreign websites is a serious problem that requires a serious legislative response, we will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet.”

This comment was left in response to two petitions against these acts.

SOPA Protests Scheduled For Jan 18th

Several American sites have decided to go dark on January 18th to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act, a controversial piece of legislation that has been introduced into the House Of Representatives in the United States.

Reddit, Red 5 Studios, the Chezburger sites, Major League Gaming, Sonicretro, Gog.com, Minecraft/Mojang.com, xda-developers.com, Platform Nation, Dark Legacy Comic and TuCows (my registrar) are the first to confirm their participation. And this list of sites will likely expand as more confirmed opponents decide to participate.

Click here to read a joint statement against SOPA from AOL Inc., eBay Inc., Facebook Inc., Google Inc., LinkedIn Corporation, Mozilla Corp., Twitter, Inc.,Yahoo! Inc. and Zynga Game Network.