elz: (ada-queen victoria)
elz ([personal profile] elz) wrote2012-01-17 10:49 pm

Censorship for fun and profit

Great video on SOPA/PIPA:

PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

And some bizarro-world quotes from the MPAA on the matter:

Only days after the White House and chief sponsors of the legislation responded to the major concern expressed by opponents and then called for all parties to work cooperatively together, some technology business interests are resorting to stunts that punish their users or turn them into their corporate pawns, rather than coming to the table to find solutions to a problem that all now seem to agree is very real and damaging.

It is an irresponsible response and a disservice to people who rely on them for information and use their services. It is also an abuse of power given the freedoms these companies enjoy in the marketplace today. It’s a dangerous and troubling development when the platforms that serve as gateways to information intentionally skew the facts to incite their users in order to further their corporate interests.

A so-called “blackout” is yet another gimmick, albeit a dangerous one, designed to punish elected and administration officials who are working diligently to protect American jobs from foreign criminals. It is our hope that the White House and the Congress will call on those who intend to stage this “blackout” to stop the hyperbole and PR stunts and engage in meaningful efforts to combat piracy.

So just to be clear, when the MPAA bribes Congress for the right to censor the internet, it's totally cool. When you black out your own site, that's an abuse of power!

Do remember to call your senators if you're in the US! This is some serious stuff with some potentially awful ramifications.
spikewriter: (I want your soul! by spikewriter)

[personal profile] spikewriter 2012-01-18 04:10 am (UTC)(link)
I've already called and emailed both of my senators and my congressman. This is appalling stuff. I've also set up both of my non-lj sites to go black tomorrow.
Edited 2012-01-18 05:24 (UTC)


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