Today has been revolutionary in that major internet sites are now taking action while they still can exist freely-available (uncensored?) on the internet. Namely Wikipedia, has lead the effort to black out their US (English) sites for an entire day redirecting all attention instead to the US bills themselves which aim to expand policing of internet traffic and intend to justify an onslaught of oncoming shut-downs, take-downs: advancing censorship on the internet.
Strictly speaking these bills are authoritarian in how they explain themselves as with the sweeping framework privileges it intends to grant for “policing” the internet. Namely they promise economic growth and increased sales/revenues by going after any internet data traffic or availability for any content copyrighted or questionable. The bills fail to address the economic gap between American poverty and their ability to pay for all content through paid channels. Worse still they aim to restrict users from accessing or making available their own data!
These bills intend to limit channels of consumption, for pre-sampling materials a consumer would have regular channels, what is free and in the public domain, and whatever remains to be available in the corporate marketplace. These bills aim to restrict potentially anybody of 7-billion people on Planet Earth to have access to backups of your own data! The way these bills fail to address any real solvable economic problem or empower more media consumers, the situation shows an already protested American government seeking even more oversight and control.
These bills fail to address the concern for the advancement of information freedom and liberty in the new millennium in the United States. These bills will cause more oversight, and will grant unnecessary powers to a government that already abuses their powers in respect to constitutional and original principles of freedom. Ultimately it will be the American people, and not “the-deciders” that will lose out if these bills pass. Not just American’s though, these bills leave it open to police the whole world.
Ultimately these bills are based on ideology that they are good for business and protecting IP, it is very clear to the CS-technical community that this kind of bill will create winners and losers where they didn’t already exist. As far as jobs go, I seriously doubt these bills will create enough jobs to offset the damage and inconvenience they will cause, and I personally believe this kind of approach would create the wrong kind of jobs if any. If they weren’t satisfied with the adoption rate of DRM, they are certainly spending big money now on politicians to push a bill that could go after Anybody in the World!
Where they stand
elected as they stand
From the tracking and breakdown of politicians on the SOPA Opera website, there is a clearly a strong momentum for this bill to make passage. We, American people, have been redistricted and redistricted; Voter rights continue to be attacked, weakened, we’ve seen the economy bottom out from time to time, and this isn’t the first time or that we’ve seen our options limited.
Obama Can Veto
Petition Obama to VETO
It is too bad really we cannot trust American congress people to protect the freedom of American people. Or to decommission what is already a failure. We were the first in the world to pursue a doctrine of Freedom and now we are indoctrinating ourselves and inoculating against it. We (us Americans) are on the verge of waking up Chinese, a joke that is all too unfunny to the Internet censorship community.
 http://americancensorship.org/ — Please sign this petition at the least.
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1w6GtwOvnWM – Check out this music video about US bill SOPA.
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stop_Online_Piracy_Act – Wikipedia lead the effort to black out popular internet sites for an entire day to direct attention instead to bills on this important issue.
 http://wordpress.com/ — The free software that powers this blog was actually blacked out at the time I first wrote this article, making the maintenance article I needed unavailable to fix a failed auto-update. However the blog software fixed itself over night which is testament to its great capabilities.
 http://thepiratebay.org/ — Torrent tracking website, The Pirate Bay, has been in the past a target of legal action and policing/seizures. Currently still TPB is still available at the time of this writing.
Any views or opinions presented in this article are based on factual evidence which cannot be disputed to me, or my person. Geekshack nor are any of its affiliates supportive of efforts to pirate, distribute or otherwise try to circumvent copyright laws. We wish instead for prosperity and continued data availability, especially for content that we have paid money to acquire at one time or another. We are not supportive of more government control over individual lives, when the government proves time and time again is completely lacking in other management skills and instead resorts to control, force and propaganda. Again this is an opinions piece, and a condition of reading it is that you cannot sue me. It is an implicit license agreement binding by you having read the text.
R.I.P Pupa Nov/Dec 2011 — Beloved English setter; sometimes I think dogs are smarter than people.