Join the Battle Against the Real Internet Trolls

At this moment, history is being written. But whatever is written in the books depend on the choices made by each and every one of us. This will change the future no matter what is the outcome; either we will look back at the day when our freedom of speech could have been severely infringed; or we will dream about the days when Google, Facebook and Wikipedia still existed (Am I being too dramatic now? Maybe. But how would you react when 90% of your Internet time is gone, if not dramatically?).

SOPA is gathering like a shadowy mass around The Internet, engulfing it and tearing the whole network down when the real bad guys are nowhere to find. But seriously, who are the real bad guys? Those downloading and spreading the work of true artists without taking pay for it, or those who abuse the talent of these artists by claiming copyright on their work. Intellectual Property… The work of a true artist is the mind of a true artist, and you cannot simply buy or claim property on an artists mind. And you do not own your feelings, you express them, and there is nothing more than that.

There is so much I have to say about copyright that I find questionable, but there are also other things that need to be said. And please understand me, as an artist myself I am offended by the bill’s authors and how they have been clumsily treating this question. I have a gnawing feeling in my gut telling me that this is more about money and information control rather than an act against piracy. But let me just replace any further rambling with ever heard of creative commons? Let us move on to the most important things. Today is about the silent digital war that has been going on for a while, about since the Stop Online Piracy Act was written, but also throughout time whenever the freedom of speech has been threatened this way. And please, do not underestimate the possibilities of law abuse if SOPA becomes reality. SOPA could be as much of an opening for law and copyright misuse as the one for patents.

Let me cite Wikipedia:

“For over a decade, we have spent millions of hours building the largest encyclopedia in human history. Right now, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage the free and open Internet. For 24 hours, to raise awareness, we are blacking out Wikipedia.”

Further citation:

“[…]Over coming days you’ll be hearing from the many businesses, advocacy organizations, and ordinary Americans who oppose this legislation because of the myriad ways in which it will stifle free speech and innovation.  We hope you’ll take our concerns to heart and oppose this legislation by voting “no” on cloture.sopastrike.com

“The issue here is that this law is very badly written, very broadly overreaching and, in at least the Senate version, would include the creation of a DNS (domain name system) blocking regime that’s technically identical to the one that’s used by China. I don’t think that’s the right way the U.S. needs to go in taking a leadership role on the Internet.” – geeksaresexy.net

And lastly:

“Here’s worse news: SOPA could hurt the sites you count on now, but many of these sites will at least have the budgets to hire lawyers to fight back. But what about the small sites of today and innovators of tomorrow? Under SOPA, they may never get off the ground – and the Internet will be a less interesting place as a result. Act now so Internet innovation and expression doesn’t become collateral damage in Big Media’s losing battle against online infringement!eff.org

This is how SOPA would affect you. This is how you sign a petition against SOPA:

If you live in the US

If you live outside the US

In the meantime, lets hope for a better future regarding our freedom. And here’s a revolution song. I don’t like it, but what the heck; you might.

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2 Responses to “Join the Battle Against the Real Internet Trolls”

  1. THANK YOU. Do you know why SOPA can do this? I mean… they must be involved somewhere in something illegal? This is a subject that REALLY needs to be discussed before someone takes action…

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