18.01.12 by Jeff

PROTEST / SOPA and PIPA

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you have heard that the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that will destroy the free and open Internet we have today. The SOPA (Stop Internet Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act) bills are ludicrous and there’s a lot at stake.

Today Wikipedia, Wordpress, and more than 7000 other websites are participating in a “black out” to protest these bills. I haven’t blacked out Booooooom, but I want to show my support for the protest with this post (and it will be the only post until tomorrow).

I’m a Canadian living in Vancouver but Booooooom is hosted in the US, and bills like SOPA and PIPA put the future of sites like mine in jeopardy. Communities like Wikipedia (whose sole mission is to provide free knowledge) will not be able to operate as they have for more than a decade. If the US Congress passes this legislation it will be a matter of time before it happens in other countries.

The following is taken from the video description:

“Tell Congress not to censor the internet NOW!

PROTECT-IP is a bill that has been introduced in the Senate and the House and is moving quickly through Congress. It gives the government and corporations the ability to censor the net, in the name of protecting “creativity”. The law would let the government or corporations censor entire sites– they just have to convince a judge that the site is “dedicated to copyright infringement.”

The government has already wrongly shut down sites without any recourse to the site owner. Under this bill, sharing a video with anything copyrighted in it, or what sites like Youtube and Twitter do, would be considered illegal behavior according to this bill.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, this bill would cost us $47 million tax dollars a year — that’s for a fix that won’t work, disrupts the internet, stifles innovation, shuts out diverse voices, and censors the internet. This bill is bad for creativity and does not protect your rights.”

http://www.fightforthefuture.org/pipa

Don’t take my word for it though, read up on it for yourself! If you’re an American and you feel strongly opposed to it, you can write to a representative (here and here).





  • http://www.artfumes.com RATHUR

    Just listened to NPR about this. Obama has already committed to vetoing the bill in it’s current form. It will be interesting to see what happens next.

  • Steven!

    Thanks for protesting this! It’s a horrible bill and all I can expect is that the government will keep trying to become more and more totalitarian! :( By the way I love you’re website! :D

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      thanks steven – yea its definitely not a step in the right direction

  • http://www.tiefflug.net Pascal

    and orwell is indeed back.
    phone tapping, censoring, keeping people imprisoned without any judgement or reasen whatsoever over years, lies, cameras, hollywood propaganda movies, dubious deals overall the world, threats etcetc.

    I realy am worried about the politics these days, it seems that politicians don’t even KNOW what they’re voting about.
    It’s just like: oh, that sounds like something a conservative would say.. I pick that. ah, yeah, uhm, its illegal, so.. we have to enforce it I guess.. it is illegal right? “yes, sir” okay, good.

    there’s just some overfed and as well overworked people, who know just about nothing of the world out there
    who are supposed to decide over stuff they never heard in their whole life
    and who do not have the time or ambition to actualy research what they’re deciding about:
    and tada, you see democracy fail.
    not because of a conspiracy, no – just because people think, that they need “the right face” on a poster, for the elections. not “the right person”, merely a face, a voice.. a body and some talent when it comes to blurting out complicated nonsense which they repeat a hundred times over until they believe – not understand – themselves what they say.

    this is what almost each country in the world looks like right now – this is fucked up, honestly.

    and in this video they say they will go as far as we let them? – there is no letting anybody anymore. it’s a fucking lie. there is noone responsible, there is noone we could ‘fire’ or ‘hire’, this is an automatism made up by hundred thousands of people, elections.. boykotting products.. going on the streets. all important, all nice. but in the end you end up helping this system.
    same goes for art by the way, “creativity”, it’s been eaten up, devoured by the neo-conservative liberals and their capitalism as well.

    this blog is no exception – which doesn’t mean “it’s stupid”, I enjoy it a lot. but we have to see and admit that. that’s all.

    good luck, however, I strongly wish the gouvernment of your country will change their minds!

  • http://okasha.daportfolio.com Dalton Sjogren

    This link is related and I think what this guy writes stands on point towards the current situation to those interested.
    http://maddox.xmission.com/

  • http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006YVCARU jsalyers

    Signed and sent. Thank you for your work on this.