Who would think that censoring could be so “uncensible” and extremely “uncensitive”. Well in the hands of SOPA and PIPA it is. As many of you have experienced today Wikipedia, WordPress and Mozilla amongst others were showing their passion for how much they oppose the act of censoring the web. Both Wikipedia, WordPress and Mozilla share the one rule of “Freedom”, for information to be free. I feel that if it wasn’t for this freedom, non of the innovations we have come to use and see would be possible, because it all starts somewhere. The EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) has a congress partition that everyone can partake in to help prevent this awful short-sighted legislation.
To start off i thought i would read an extensive amount on both the parties (SOPA and PIPA). I found it extremely funny that the full title for SOPA is,
“To promote prosperity, creativity, entrepreneurship, and innovation by combating the theft of U.S. property, and for other purposes.” —H.R. 3261″
Haha “[…] and for other purposes.” I find it funny how they don’t seem to understand that it is freedom of speech and information that helps spread things around the world and having these things governed, and suppressed and put into a strawberry jam jar “Arrgghh!”, an empty strawberry jam jar “Arrrggghhh!”, just prevents such things from happening. It sounds to me like that annoying idiot of a Secretary Of Defense guy in most movies that just seems not to want to listen to anyone and just pound the ground with nukes and the whole world has to try and convince this individual that it is a big mistake and will make things worse. But no, the guy doesn’t listen and fires the missiles, and what happens? The Alien’s bio-electric fortress shield grows ten times larger and destroys everything and everyone in its path. Or in this case mass online riots, which i believe is what will happen. These legislation are that exactly…excluding the aliens…unless you like that sort of thing.
I remember when we had the VCR (oooooooohhh) and we would record our programmes and movies on it. Even that causes debate about copyright and paying for keeping content, and then giving out your VHS copy to a friend apparently makes it worse. So many sites offer the ability to download movies, but surely it isn’t illegal if one has the movie already or is wanting to watch it before buying (this one causes concern), the same as if one were to watch it on TV before buying. One perfect example is like watching my awesome favourite show Smallville. I thought to myself after watching it, technically i could record it on my TV, but then isn’t that the same as downloading it, after all, the downloads are always present after its broadcast. Now i am waiting to buy the complete boxset. Isn’t that acceptable?
I thought to myself would it be so bad if they censored websites that were making money out of piracy and copyright infringement? So i thought no that sounds about right, but it seems the legislation have taken it several steps further until it now directly affects the world in a very negative way. If this were going to happen then the creator of the World Wide Web “Sir Tim Berners-Lee” may as well have patented the Web since it were created a little over 20 years ago, causing freedom of the web to be extremely limited and companies with money the ability to have the means to communication beyond the rest of the world, us people with less money. But no, Mr. Berners-Lee -also anti SOPA- did not and let it out for the world to share. And no this is not final. The legislation are not final, otherwise if they do, i predict a Digital-War. If Superman were here he’d kick the crackers out of SOPAman and it’s short sidekick PIPAman.
Together we created the Digital Revolution and together we protect it.
Thanks for reading.