Non-writing related, however if H.R. 3261 does pass, it will most certainly effect the way you consume your media, books included.
While the Stop Online Piracy Act sounds like it might be a good thing, it really isn’t. It puts the ability to censor websites and their content in the hands of major corporations and the enforcement of such in the hands of third-party ISP’s, completely foregoing legal due-process for any who might be targeted.
You might think, well, if websites are guilty of piracy, then they should be shut down. The letter of this bill is so vague that benign sites like Twitter, FaceBook, Tumblr and hundreds of others would become targets. And let me remind you, a website does not have to be actually guilty of committing or abetting or facilitating piracy, it only has to be accused of it to effectively be shut down.
You might think, hey, I wouldn’t want someone getting a hold of my hard work for free, either. I agree. But guess what? This isn’t about you or me. This is about big companies squashing speech, innovation and development, or anything else that they view as a threat to their current market share. Really? Yes. And it happens all the time already, even with your favorite company Apple and your new world Jesus H. Christ, Steve Jobs. They already own the courts, friends, don’t let them start carving up the net.
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