A Thorny Topic
Today I joined in with sites like Google, Reddit, Wikipedia, and NewMexiKen by blacking out my site in protest of SOPA and PIPA.
I did this with a LOT of mixed emotions.
Regular readers will remember that last February I had one of my photographs swiped by the San Francisco Giants organization. They deliberately cropped off the copyright watermark and used my image for a Valentine’s Day ecard.
One little blogger up against an MLB Franchise.
I was unhappy, and then I had to become Zen about it.
With that in mind, I seriously believe SOMETHING needs to be done about IP theft on the internet.
To quote the well known New Mexican pundit, Heath Haussamen, on his site NMPolitics.net:
“While protecting intellectual property rights is a worthy goal, this legislation is not the way to do it.”
As originally drafted, the legislation was, in my opinion, “right idea, wrong implementation.”
As of yesterday, the White House said that bills in that current state would get vetoed, and so perhaps there is hope.
It’s hard for me to trust that this current sitting Congress will do the right thing when partisan squabbles separate them on almost every issue imaginable.
So for now we wait, and hope that the needs of IP protection and the needs of free speech can find a comfortable place to meet. And maybe have a cup of coffee and a scone.
Find out more at americancensorship.org or the video below.