I’m not going to go intd details about SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) or PIPA (Protect IP Act). Let’s just say that the nasty SOPA and it’s evil little sister PIPA are about the two worst things to be proposed for those who use the internet for pretty much anything since…. well since the internet was first built. While the names sound nice enough and maybe something we should all like to see passed, the names are quite deceiving. We all know what happens when politicians get involved in things… they go to SH**. This is another in a long line of bills that Congress has concocted that on the surface look great but dig a bit and, as they say in Britain, it is all fur coat and no knickers.
The one example that I saw on another site that nails it completely is: “The felony streaming provisions of SOPA would, in fact, put Justin Bieber at risk of jail time for uploading videos of himself covering songs without permission of the copyright holder.” Lest we forget, Justin Bieber got his start uploading videos to YouTube of himself singing Usher and Chris Brown tunes.
For those of you who still don’t understand, here’s a better example: I’ve got an extended family member who used to play in a band. This band was fairly popular in southern California and on cruise ships as they played big band tunes. They have uploaded to YouTube videos of them playing these songs. Here’s one such song. (Pretty good, if you ask me!) Under SOPA and/or PIPA, the people in the video would spend 5 years in jail because they did not secure rights to upload the video. And, for the record, that is more jail time than Michael Jackson’s physician got!
Many sites are “going dark” on Wednesday, January 18, 2012. By “going dark” they are shutting down their normal service and displaying a message protesting SOPA and PIPA. Contact your Congressman, your Senator or anyone who can listen and let them know that these two bills MUST go down in flames and NEVER be brought to the light of day again!