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I don’t mind Wikipedia’s self-imposed blackout

Posted January 18th, 2012 in Congress, copyright, Internet, SOPA and tagged , by Alton Drew

Wikipedia’s self-imposed blackout over the Stop Online Piracy Act is fine by me. When I taught at a community college, any student who cited Wikipedia qualified for an automatic “F”. I put a few papers into the shredder using that filtering system.

Let’s consider whether freedom of speech means taking another person’s copyrighted material and using it for commercial gain without so much as giving the producer of the content credit for creating it in the first place.

Yes, the Internet facilitates the exchange of information, the ease of which adds great value to the providers of the network and to those information consumers who use the network. If liberals are so concerned about transparency, however, shouldn’t the information consumer have knowledge about where this information is coming from?

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So where is the Obama Administration alternative to SOPA?

The Wall Street Journal reported last Saturday about President Obama’s discomfort with the Stop Online Piracy Act. Seems even if it passes Congress, Mr. Obama will veto it.

Is the Obama Administration saying it’s more concerned about protecting content delivered by rogue web sites? If what is currently on the books was effective against infringement on American copyrights, would this legislation have been brought forward? What alternative legislation has the Obama Administration offered?

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So this is why Google’s upset

Posted December 21st, 2011 in copyright, intellectual property, Internet, net neutrality, SOPA and tagged , , , by Alton Drew

Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google, Inc., recently referred to HR 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act of 2011, as censorship.

Censorship? Really?

What we have here is an aggregator like Google running scared because of threats to its advertisment revenue. So what if content providers have to sustain an increasingly aggressive attack on their intellectual property. Compound the attacks with the expense of having to defend against a culprit sitting overseas and you can see why Internet piracy is disturbing.

Other critics of SOPA such as Joshua Kopstein are claiming that SOPA will negatively impact the free flow of information and harm the Internet as we know it. Sniff, sniff. I can smell a net neutrality proponent here.

In an evolving economy like ours where citizens are using the Internet as a resource for generating income, the last thing we need is less protection of intellectual property. If we follow the anti-SOPA line of thought, there eventually won’t be any information of worth moving across the Internet.