I got all these emails asking me, what my position is on SOPA and PIPA, read my headline again, because I’m half tempted to stop the post right here!
You already know it’s not my style; I also refuse to talk about politics in any situation. However, this is different and unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past couple months, YOU need to know exactly what is about to go down.
So, we’re going to get into it and yes this will be very opinionated so you are forewarned. Now first of all I would like to thank our elected officials in Congress for making this go down on January 24! That happens to be my birthday, so could be a very interesting day around here.
Let me first get your attention. Everybody, I mean everybody is protesting this bill, and as I stated before on January 24, the first stages of the voting process go down. Now you don’t have a vote, however you can certainly let those boneheads in congress know what you think! I highly recommend you do.
Take a gander around the internet, you see all the protests? You can’t miss them. Even our old friend “Google” is taking a stance. For once I am on the same page with Google!
I surfed around the web just to show you some of the sites that are protesting, it’s important that we get your attention!
Even my weasel friend, Mark Zuckerberg, has come to his senses, for once
How will SOPA and PIPA affect me?
Great question and I’ll sum it up for you. Let me start out by saying, I’m not going to be over dramatic, like some of my colleagues, claiming this to be “ The end of the world”, well that is certainly not the case, but I do think it can be the end of the Information Highway as we know it!
Let me first give you the official definition of these two bills. (SOPA) is a bill that stands for Stop Online Piracy Act, and the second is (PIPA) Protect IP Act. Now, if you’re new to these two bills, you’re probably saying “Well that doesn’t sound too bad”, and at first glance it sounds like a good thing. You couldn’t be MORE WRONG!
Now, supposedly President Obama is against this bill, and it has been shelved, but there’s no guarantee he won’t sign it. I’ve seen these bills get signed before when you’re not looking, or when your eyes are closed. However I hope he does what’s right and understands the consequences of his actions.
No, I’m not attacking Obama, I have my own personal views on politics and I refuse to express them. However just speaking about politicians in general, they have been known to sneak in a bill approval after they hype has worn off, or the public awareness is minimized, or you’re busy watching a game on Super bowl Sunday, or you’re sitting in church service, again I’m speaking vague here, but it is the truth. No matter what your views are, Congress is dirty. This bill is Dirty!
Now I think the original goals and objectives behind these bills had good intentions. Even the originator of the bill is now having second thoughts. As a product creator myself, I think there is a massive problem with piracy and downloading products without permission, and you guys have seen me write post after post showing you how you can combat yourself against those pirates. However, these bills are way out of control.
Congress has no right to call this bill a “Stop Online Piracy Act.”
I like how Google put it today, “End Piracy, Not Liberty.”
This is not a Bill, This is A Direct Attack on the Internet Sector!
You see, there are two main very ineffective objectives behind these bills. The first is to give companies the ability to stop domain names that are capable of or encourage copyright infringement.
Who are we talking about here? A better question is who aren’t we talking about?
Well funny thing about this, like so many other bills it is written in very vague language. So sites that you have made a daily routine in your life will could very well be targeted for eternal extinction. Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Wikipedia and virtually every alternative news site that you can think of! All of these sites could very well be a SOPA targets.
It’s my belief that Congress has positioned themselves to have the power to remove any website that oppose the US government’s official position on very sensitive issues.
You disagree with me? That tells me you have not read this bill in its entirety and you probably need to. Notice how vaguely written this bill is. It’s just an open door for congress to control the mainstream media that we have come to know as the Internet.
Like that bill, I am going to speak vague here, and I’m really just going to bite my tongue, because I could piss a lot of you off and throw some of my conspiracy theories in here about Global Elite Controllers, Corporate America and their intentions to take over the freedom as we know it, but I’m just not going to go there today. I’m not here to make enemies.
Besides Congress does anybody benefit from these bills?
Of course, that’s the way our free country works. I’ll tell you how comes out on top, ‘I’ll make it loud and clear!
The BIG Billion Dollar MOVIE STUDIOS and RECORD Labels benefit from these two bills!
Let’s take a real world example as I know it. SOPA gives movie studios the power to stop any foreign site against whom they have a copyright infringement claim. You saying, well wait a minute Chad, you said foreign site. I live in America, so this doesn’t affect me. Fair enough… let’s look at an example.
We will use Universal Studios as an example. Let’s say they have a claim against a site in Romania. This could be something as simple as a torrent download, or any other kind of copyright infringement. Well it’s another country right? United States has no control over foregin countries, and neither does congress. So if they can’t punish these offending sites, they’re going to after next in line, the innocent bystanders. Google is going to be forced to quit indexing the offending site, Paypal is no longer going to be able to accept payments from that site, any ads on that site will be removed, and check this out, this is the most mind-blowing part of all. The webiste’s ISP will prevent people from ever seeing that site again.
No, I do not think all those sites are innocent by any means, they too have skeletons hiding in the closet! However, in the example I listed above you could see how they could be viewed as an innocent bystander.
So once again, we have a direct attack on every site you have come to know! You can argue with me, I’m open to debate… but this is the truth.
Did you get that? You do not benefit, and even if this bill gets passed the studios will still pay Hollywood Actors and Actresses Millions of dollars to appear in a two-hour film, you will still pay $8.oo for a movie ticket.
You DO NOT Benefit, You Never WILL!
We live in America! We have a judicial system right?
Well not with SOPA. You see an IP owner does not even have to appear before our judicial system. In fact the way SOPA is structured they just need to write a letter stating they have a “good faith belief” that the offending site has infringed on it ownership, or content. That’s it, it doesn’t matter if it’s a true, or false.
GUILTY, Until proven innocent!
Site’s like Google, Facebook, Paypal, or any other site would then receive a quarantine notice. At their expense they would need to challenge the claim in a court of law.
Now guy’s a little perspective here. If you are the defending party, are you going to fight every claim that comes before your desk?
Sure you’re going to protect your investments and sites you have an affiliation with. However, for the most part the content is going to be removed, payment providers are going to be stopped, Google is going to remove resources that we use every day, and it’s just going to be a never-ending chain reaction.
But Chad, with such severe consequences the piracy will be stopped right?
Absolutely not, as long as there are human beings on this earth there will be thieves. No, I’m not calling everybody a thief, but pirates are everywhere, in every country. Sure they might be stopped for a while, but they’re going to get that “quick buck” as fast as they can. They will do it time and time again. They will do it until they get caught. Not, only that they will find a way around all these bills, policies and practices are government is trying to put into place. You CAN’T STOP stealing, I don’t care what our government does.
So once again, YOU ARE PUNISHED!
At this point, I’ve pissed myself off. You see my livelihood is affected by this as is yours. You just might not know it yet. In the long run SOPA is going to create a “monster black list” of websites that you will never see again. Even if the claim was completely false, they’re gone!
But Chad, I have faith in our government and our Administration!
I’ll tell you right now, those boneheads in congress are not capable of creating this bill, they don’t even have any business talking about it. None of those elected officials have the knowledge or expertise to deal with this situation.
What if I told you The Department of Justice and Homeland Security, YOUR GOVERNMENT shutdown 84,000 website because they thought they had links of child pornography on their sites.
THEY WE’RE WRONGLY ACCUSED!
Put this in perspective, if you’re anything like I am. You have numerous of websites. You pour your heart into your content, you’ve spent years building up your SEO and backilinks, you have top rankings for your keywords, and then one morning you wake up to this crap on YOUR SITE!
No, I don’t condone Child Pornography, shut those sick bastards down. However you better be sure before you go and humiliate me and shut down one of my websites! That is my business that you are shutting down!
You see where I’m going with this. I could talk all day on this subject. People say SOPA is all about CENSORSHIP!
Guys, NO WAY!
SOPA is so much more than Censorship.
I know I’m bouncing around in many different directions, but that is because SOPA and PIPA are going to affect so many things in our life.
Let me remind you all of something that will no longer be valid with this bill!
As stated in the 1st and 14th Amendments to the Constitution of the United States, to express information, ideas, and opinions free of government restrictions based on content.
This is your FREEDOM! These are your RIGHTS!
Yes, this bill is that serious, are you getting it?
I was going to post the amendments in full. I used to have them memorized back in my college days, but today my memory fails me. So I decided to just go search Google for the usual suspects. Wikipedia, Answers, all the sources I use countless times a day.
Funny thing though, they’re all on STRIKE! All protesting. I was crippled today; I struggled with site after site, all being crippled and blacked out.
This is what the consequences of this SOPA and PIPA bill are!
Take it from me…
As a product creator I am able to shut down infringing websites, and I do it every week. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act(DMCA) gives me the ability to request the legal removal of any infringing content.
If the accused party refuse to remove it then I can then sue them for damages. I use this act every day. I’ve even got a DMCA tool that will issue the DMCA notices for me. Yes it takes time, but in the end it works!
I am protected, my site is protected, and you know what YOU were not affected and millions of other websites were not affected. More importantly the Internet as we know it was not affected.
Let me conclude by saying, TAKE ACTION!
I’ve got over 3 hours into this post. I’m up to over 2000 words. I didn’t even get to talk about everything I intended such as:
“The Anti-Circumvention Provision”, which gives OUR government the power to target sites THEY believe, is trying to get around their little SOPA bill.
“The “Vigilante” Provision” , which grants broad immunity to all service providers that block innocent users or sites, they can even do so without and judicial system saying it’s ok to do so.
“The “Copyright of Action” , basically a direct attack on payment processors as well as advertisers. This is why “The Digital Millennium Copyright Act”(DMCA) was formed.
“Expanded Attorney General Powers” If this passed today, the Attorney General Eric Holder and his office would have the power to de-list websites from Google and other search engines, and the ability to block domain name services.
Does this not sound like a Third World Country, under dictatorship?
I hope you get it, if you don’t oh well, you will if this bill passes!
However, if you do understand how detrimental this bill is to you and everybody else then join me. Let congress know how you feel! Tell YOUR elected officials they’re out of line, and they need to butt out!
They can’t win this game anyways.
The only way you can win this game is if you can change the way people think and act. You can’t and our government can’t! We cannot control what foreign countries for, but we cannot punish millions of innocent users, for their actions.
Does that mean we give up on trying to stop piracy? Absolutely not!
However, it has to make sense. You have to protect innocent parties! The world revolves around the internet. Our entire financial system as we know it relies on the internet. What would happen to the stock market if the Internet crashed? How many companies would end up in bankruptcy? How many jobs would be lost?
We’re supposed to be getting out of the recession! This is going to put us right back in!
I hope those officials got a wake up call today. Our elected administration relies on experts and witnesses for everything. The President himself surrounds himself around advisers, people who have the experience and expertise when he doesn’t.
Well listen Congress because the experts are talking. The biggest websites in the world are protesting against this bill. The same websites that helped you take office. I suggest you listen closely to the opposition and realize the severe consequences that are to come.
Maybe there needs to be a advisory board that is put together with REAL Internet experts. People with the knowledge, experience and expertise to come up with a viable and realistic solution. The bottom line… this is out of the realm of Congress, so tell them to back the hell off!
Share this post, Blast it on Facebook, Tweet the hell out of it! Digg it, Google Plus. Hit every button you see in that toolbar to the side. It’s important that people know the consequences that are coming their way, and much to my surprise people are unaware!
Imagine how unaware people are going to be when these bills are passed. It’s a scary thought. As it stands it looks as though this bill will pass!
Last, let me conclude by saying, if you disagree with what I’m saying nobody will ever know. I usually welcome disputes and debates, but in this case I’m going to show you how this bill will work! You have NO rights on my blog. Any of your disagreements, complaints, or arguments will just be deleted! It doesn’t matter what you think today. You have no rights!
That is what SOPA and PIPA is going to do to you. So hope you’re ready ?
HERE’S HOW TO STOP SOPA IN IT’S TRACKS! The following Senators are in Favor of SOPA! Find your Senator and bombard the hell out of their office. Call them , email them, write them… You let them know you count! As it stands right now, there are 70 for SOPA, and 64 against. At this rate, it’s going to pass! Your voice counts! It really does! Just click on their image and you’ll be taken to the site that provided those images.