Wednesday, January 18, 2012

SOPA/PIPA Blackout

As some visitors have noticed, Rended Press is participating in the Internet protest against the SOPA/PIPA bills that are being considered by the United States Congress. The proposed laws are fatally flawed (which is what happens when you let the lobbyists who line campaign coffers write the laws). These proposed laws would fundamentally change the technology that runs the Internet and have long term, chilling effects on free speech by granting Orwellian-levels of control and power to nameless, faceless bureaucrats while suspending the right of due process afforded citizens by the Constitution and established laws of the United States of America.

These bills are bad laws and are backed by the entertainment industry. Instead of changing their business models and innovating their way to dealing with the sweeping technological changes of the past twenty years, the entertainment industry--led by Hollywood production companies, the MPAA, the RIAA, and other producers of mass-produced corporate entertainment--would rather cripple innovative, competing businesses that serve as alternative venues for our time, attention, and consumer dollars. While a great deal has been made about how these bills are intended to fight Internet piracy--a worthy cause, even if doomed to failure--they are really about maintaining the status quo of these companies' social, cultural, and economic clout.

SOPA/PIPA are bad bills. They deserve to die in committee.

If you visit this blog today, you will be automatically redirected to a site where you can contact your Congressional Representative and Senators to voice your opposition to SOPA/PIPA.

Don't let 2012 become 1984.