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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

MZone on strike today to protest SOPA & PIPA

If I had any clue how to dig into the MZone's HTML without fear of totally screwing up everything, you would be looking at this more professional and impressive strike page.  Since I'm lost when it comes to the code stuff, you get this half-ass attempt instead.  But the intent today is the same: to join websites Google, Wikipedia, Bluehost, Craigslist, Reddit, Mozilla and hundreds of others to protest Internet censorship bills SOPA and PIPA.

For the record, we are TOTALLY AGAINST sites that simply exist to traffic in stolen TV shows, movies, music and the creative efforts of others.  Internet piracy is a real problem.  However, when the decision as to what constitutes such creative thievery is left to a handful of entertainment companies and folks like Rupert Murdoch (who is for both the bills as you can see via his tweets), then I get more than a little nervous.  These are, after all, the same companies that tried to stop the VCR from ever being citing piracy in the famous Betamax Case  (Note: I would have linked to Wikipedia's explanation of that case.  But since they're dark today...)

Yes, Internet piracy must be stopped.  But these bills aren't the answer. 

Click here to get an overview of both sides of the debate.

Click here to contact your representative in Congress.


IamCris said...

It is awesome that word is getting out about SOPA/PIPA. Take the next step and make your voice heard by contacting your elected officials.

***You best damn bet that LOBBYISTS are giving YOUR elected official an earful, it's the constituents that NEED to be heard.***

Take the next step in activism, send an email, make a phone call or write a letter...believe me the fifteen minutes you invest in making yourself heard will pay dividends later.

/stop online piracy, but not on either of these bills.

beast in 'bama said...

If anyone had a right to bitch about internet piracy, it's you, Yost. Good to see that you're taking this stance for the greater good.

Look at it another way, if you hadn't been "Cowherded," I might not have discovered your site - and that would have been a shame.

Yost said...

Thanks, BiB. Like I said -- I'm 100% against Internet piracy. And I think people who illegally download a movie/album/book/whatever somebody worked long and hard on to create is a douchebag. That's stealing. No different than if I took your computer. Just b/c the product can be converted into something digital and thus unseen doesn't make it somehow okay.

However, these two bills give too much power to the companies. Piracy is a problem. It needs to be solved/attacked. Just not with these pieces of legislation.

Ramona said...

Go MZone Go!!!


Dennis said...

Didn't post yeasterday since you were On Strike. Instead spent my time writing soem letters to my two Senators and Congressional Representative.

Mikoyan said...

I sent e-mails to Senators Levin and Stabenow. I thought about sending one to Dingell but he'd forget about it as soon as he read it. I have a picture up on my site for this.

And yes, I feel that piracy is a problem but this is not the way to deal with it.

wingedhelmet said...

I am glad to see the masses stepping up against PIPA/SOPA. As the owner of a software development firm for the past 25 years, I am not a fan of having our work product ripped off. However both of these legislative efforts overreach and in the case of SOPA there is a clear agenda to control content and access with the result being unfair advantage to several media firms. Of course that is just mho. After all, I also believe that Mark Dantonio suffers from Woveriness envy.

Have a good hiatus Yost; I anticipate a big news story to suck you back in.