I Support the SOPA Protest

Do you want to see YouTube go dark? Do you want Facebook to get shut down? That’s what can happen if SOPA passes. What is SOPA? Internet piracy legislation currently up for vote in the House and Senate. Samantha Smith, a Google spokeswoman, said this, “We oppose these bills because there are smart, targeted ways to shut down foreign rogue websites without asking American companies to censor the Internet.” Apparently it’s people outside the US who are doing the damage, but Americans are the ones who will have to suffer when our government starts deciding what we can and can’t see on the Internet the way the Chinese government does.

As an indie author, I understand how piracy can cut into profits. But I also know that censorship is not the way to stop it. In fact, a determined thief will find his way around any preventative measures, which is why I don’t use DRM on my books. All it does is annoy the honest people who want to read on their choice of device.

I didn’t learn about this protest in time to prepare for it (yeah, I know, I’m living in a cave) but I want to show my support. You can read more about it from George Takei (Sulu from Star Trek) here.

There are plug-ins to re-direct you to the SOPA protest site or make your blog go dark, but I’m not sure how to use them. So I’m just going to leave you with this link so you can get more information and sign the petition.

To see a list of people and web sites who are participating (including Google and Wikipedia) go here and scroll down.

I said I would stay off Facebook today in protest, and I know this blog will post to that site, but I hope anyone reading it there will realize I’m using this as an opportunity to educate people on this topic.

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3 Responses to I Support the SOPA Protest

  1. Beth says:

    I boycotted the internet yesterday. Period. Did not go online at all.
    It was hard.
    I depend on the internet for so much of my information and entertainment. So I do NOT want the gov’t or anyone else dictating what I can and cannot access on line. I like watching funny cat videos on You Tube. I like keeping up with friends on Facebook. I like being able to look up just about any information from tons of sites from medial to literary to shopping to whatever. I like going to Google earth and finding out the lay of the land anywhere in the world.
    So I am opposing the SOPA legislation in any way I can.


  2. I agree. Censorship is a really tricky thing, especially in the United States. I can understand why the government dislikes piracy and porn sites and whatnot, but I think controlled internet access is far worse. As I once saw someone say about this topic, the cure is worse than the disease.


  3. Orice Klaas says:

    I appreciate the heads up, Lisa. It seems we can’t take a time out from vigilance.


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