|SOPA Blackout and what you can do.|
Posted 18 Jan 2012 01:59
Category: Current Events
If you haven’t been following this story, here is a quick way to get up to speed.
Basically the bill will give the government more power over the internet in order to fight copyright infringements.
Tonight at midnight many websites including Wikipedia, Reddit, and Daily Paul will be blacked out for 24 hours in protest of this legislation. Life may suck for a day because I enjoy visiting these sites, but I’m completely in agreement that the internet must remain free.
While I could make arguments that SOPA and PIPA will be devastating to the internet as we know it, I want to make the argument that copyright law itself is based on a fallacy.
The idea of intellectual property has been around our entire lives. Its difficult to imagine a world without it. We’re told IP is the motivator for artists and inventors, without it nothing new would ever be created. We grew up being told cheating is wrong, and plagiarism is wrong. Both of which had serious consequences if you were caught. But why is it wrong?
Everyone can agree stealing physical property from someone is morally wrong because this involves taking something away from another. If I steal your television set, you have one less television set and I have one more television set. However, lets say you write a short little poem on a notepad. I see it and say “Wow, I like that poem.” I remember it and go home and write it down in a notebook. Nothing was taken from you. You still have your notepad with the poem written on it and now I have poem written in my notebook as well. People will say “what if I claimed credit for writing the poem.” True, but that is lying, a separate issue from copying. The problem is we think copying=stealing but the truth is copying isn’t stealing. We should approach them differently.
Also if you are planning on participating, please copy and paste this into your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and whatever else you use.
My Twitter feed, Facebook wall, and Tumblr will be 'going dark' tomorrow to protest the #SOPA & #PIPA Internet bills #J18 #SOPAblackout
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