My take on SOPA/PIPA

Posted: January 18, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Dear Congressman Rohrabacher, Senator Feinstein and Senator Boxer:

As one of your constituents, I have a beef with this whole SOPA/PIPA episode. Although I don’t work for Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or even Google, I’ve been in digital marketing for over 10 years, and I think this kind of legislation sucks to a very high order!

Why?

SOPA and PIPA would put an undue onus on website owners to police user-contributed content and call for the unnecessary blocking of entire sites. Small sites won’t have sufficient resources to defend themselves. Big media companies may seek to cut off funding sources for their foreign competitors, even if copyright isn’t being infringed. Foreign sites will be blacklisted, which means they won’t show up in major search engines. SOPA and PIPA would build a framework for future restrictions and suppression. And on this very point, did it ever dawn on anyone in Washington that the internet is a GLOBAL medium?!? If there should be any legislation (and there shouldn’t) would it not be more appropriate to be a matter of international law?

In a world in which politicians regulate the Internet based on the influence of big money, Wikipedia — and sites like it — cannot survive. It galls me no end to see the folks in Washington try to legislate something about which they know absolutely bupkis!! Congress says it’s trying to protect the rights of copyright owners [yeah, right!!], but the “cure” that SOPA and PIPA represent is worse than the disease. SOPA and PIPA are not the answer: they would fatally damage the free and open Internet. For the record, I’m against piracy and I concede that folks on both sides of the issue should express their concerns in civil (if that’s possible any more) discourse, but this just seems like another government strong-arm tactic, akin to throwing the proverbial baby out with the bath water.

I implore you to be very cautious about your course of action on this matter.

Respectfully submitted,

NiblickAdMan

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