will join the SOPA Blackout on 18th January, 2012

A message from your friendly neighbourhood webgnome:

Disclaimer: the following statement represents the personal views of the webmaster only.

Maybe some of you have heard of SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act), a bill backed by the Motion Picture Association of America, the Recording Industry Association of America, Macmillan US, Viacom and many other. However, it wouldn’t stop online piracy at all, but instead devastate the economy and social texture of the internet, implement a system of censorship and give big businesses a powerful and dangerous tool to influence the internet and its users.

In short, SOPA is a thorn in the side of anybody who’s doing more on the internet than checking the weather.

What would SOPA do?

Let’s assume one of you guys posts a video of a news clip you’ve recorded off CNN and uploaded to Youtube to your wall on Facebook, to your Livejournal, posts a link to it on Twitter or embeds it in a comment here. So far, if the copyright holder felt that you infringed their copyright, they’d have come after you. With SOPA, they’ll come after the website. So Youtube, Facebook, Livejournal, Twitter or, hey, could be blacklisted or taken down because somebody linked to a movie clip or a music video. Or a picture. Or anything else considered “copyrighted”. In a nutshell: you couldn’t link to websites anymore, unless you were 100% certain that nobody had posted any material or a link to material that infringes copyright there before.

Sites like Youtube, Vimeo, Reddit, Wikipedia, Livejournal, Dreamwidth, Etsy, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook etc. could all be held responsible for the content posted by their customers and, as a consequence, very likely cease to exist. This would mean the end of the internet as we know it, because the “net” part is linking, and most sites couldn’t exist under SOPA. Creativity, expression of free thought and criticism would be silenced.

To protest SOPA and the attempted censorship of the internet behind it, I’ll join in Reddit, Boing Boing, Wikipedia and many others in their Stop SOPA & PIPA Day tomorrow. All websites that I maintain will go dark on 18th January.

You shall not pass!

For those busy and with little time: WATCH THE VIDEO

WHAT IS SOPA? @ Reddit


One Response to “ will join the SOPA Blackout on 18th January, 2012”

  1. We must anti SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and Protect IP (PIPA). They want to destroy Google, Facebook, Twitter, Hulu and Blog also. We’ll lost more than 70% website/blog around the WorldWideWeb! Join Us to Anti SOPA and PIPA!

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