This was not a post I planned to write…

… but I felt it important today to come online and post about this topic. The more I read, the more I become concerned.

An Alien Parisienne protests SOPA & PIPA today.

Today, sites like Wikipedia, Google and many, many others on the Internet are taking time to protest SOPA and PIPA: the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP [Intellectual Property] Act.

From Wikipedia:

For over a decade, we have spent millions of hours building the largest encyclopedia in human history. Right now, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage the free and open Internet. For 24 hours, to raise awareness, we are blacking out Wikipedia. [Main Page statement on January 18, 2012]

SOPA and PIPA represent two bills in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate respectively. SOPA is short for the “Stop Online Piracy Act,” and PIPA is an acronym for the “Protect IP Act.” (“IP” stands for “intellectual property.”) In short, these bills are efforts to stop copyright infringement committed by foreign web sites, but, in our opinion, they do so in a way that actually infringes free expression while harming the Internet. [Wikipedia: SOPA and PIPA- Learn More]

Wikipedia, Google, and many others are blacking out their sites for a period of time today, January 18, 2012. Those sites have linked in articles regarding these proposed laws in the American legislative bodies. I urge you to go and read the links (since getting on Wikipedia is difficult today– except on mobile phones or if you disable your Javascript in your browser — you can’t fritter away time looking up crazy stuff! Might as well go and get yourself informed. Once you do, I imagine as a reader of blogs and a user of the Internet, you will join the protest, too).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stop_Online_Piracy_Act

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PROTECT_IP_Act

http://www.blackoutsopa.org/

https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/01/how-pipa-and-sopa-violate-white-house-principles-supporting-free-speech

http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2012/01/18/join-our-censorship-protest/ (Please watch the embedded video WordPress has posted at that link, also watchable here on Vimeo. It sums up the situation very nicely.)

http://americancensorship.org/

Sergey Brin (one of the founders of Google) – December 15, 2011 post on Google+ regarding SOPA/PIPA

Go now, get informed, take action by signing the petition or by posting a blog of your own. Let your voice be heard.

May the Free Internet Live Long, and Prosper!

Live Long and Prosper, Free Internet! Spock says so.

Yours,

Paris Karin

an alien parisienne

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9 thoughts on “This was not a post I planned to write…

  1. Thanks for sharing this, Karin. I’d been catching snippets of this here and there, but hadn’t taken the time to thoroughly investigate. Thank you for breaking it down for us here!

    • Thank you for reading, Aurelia! As I was learning more and more about what is happening in the US, and what already has happened in the EU (see here: https://www.eff.org/issues/acta), I’m really concerned about the future of the Internet! We have a voice and can have a say in what happens. I’m really proud of the sites participating for taking action today. Thanks, too, to my 15-year-old son who has been keeping me informed about what’s going on. Without him telling me about this, I don’t know that I would have been aware of what was going on, except for what is going on today Internet-wide.

  2. Ken Robertson

    This is a framable moment that is an idealised picture of exactly what I’ve seen done for the last several years. Politicians rely on no one reading the “fine print”. Bill after bill ave ben introduced that have fine names that seem to be causes that no one can impune, but in reading and if enacted, would actually make the problem worse (“tax lowering bills” that end up raising taxes, saving SSI by eliminating it and replacing it with vouchers). A poor politicial would simply sell it on the name alone but the talented politicain may actually argue that “green is blue” (and actually convince a few supporters, like a certain enviromental disaster in the making would be much needed jobs at the same time they turn down more jobs that would be created by much needed infrastrcture).

    If one just looked at the name and said purpose of these bills, who wouldn’t want to save jobs and the rights to one’s own work, but the door this opens allows for suppression of any and all information that is demed (by people that are not eld accountable for their decissions) unfit, offencive and other subjetive determiners (rather like another law that WAS signed into being that targets terrorism, but allows for the indeffinate detention of anyone without reason having to given or trial). I am not sure that I should fne comfort in those who have already done great damage finding out the error they have made after the fact, but tose who thought they would see unlimited benefit from making money equal to speech have been the first victims of that and are supporting congressional by-passes of that law, but we cannot afford to spend decades trying to undo the damage of a few months of insanity.

    Appathy and ignorance is costly to our freedoms. Become informed. Become active.

  3. Thanks for sharing this Karin! Soooo important that we all band together to protect our internet freedom.

  4. I totally DIG Spock protecting the Internet!

    YES!

    XO. Jen

  5. Long live freedom! That is the basis of all. I’ll sign.

    Thinking of you! So great that we have our connection going. You are so kind and always there to listen. And ,you listen with your heart.

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  7. It’s amazing to see the power of bloggers and how we’ve all come together to fight this!

  8. Hi Karin,
    I think everybody was quite informed and in support of it!
    Regulations are needed to avoid abuse but they have to have their limits so they don’t inhibit as in this case creation and exchange.
    That was a short post Karin (well you say that this post was not planned!) 🙂
    By the way did you get my email earlier this week?
    Keep well, DeeBee

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