Dark, dark, dark day for the Internet

It’s easy to take the Internet for granted, but for some time now it has been under pressure.  The pressures are long and varied: what is free? Should free mean free? Does free here mean free there?  Who determines free?  Is free open, is open free?  And so on.

It boils down to this: is it morally right to combat online copyright infringement using the tool of online censorship, which reaches across borders and into uninfringing material?

I applaud Wikipedia and friends for standing up and fighting SOPA in the US and we should all do the same. 

Copyright  infringement will stop when people have reason to respect copyright, when they understand the value of the creative process, when the ecomonics make sense in the consumer market. 

SOPA, folks, ain’t the tool for any of that.  So stand up and shout.

 

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2 thoughts on “Dark, dark, dark day for the Internet

  1. “Copyright infringement will stop when people have reason to respect copyright, when they understand the value of the creative process, when the ecomonics make sense in the consumer market.”

    I’ve heard this argument put many ways before (and increasingly frequently over the last 3 – 4 years or so), but I can’t recall it having been put quite so succinctly.

    Couldn’t agree more. So, um, yep, I’m one of the shouters. 🙂

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