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SOPA: Lather, Rinse, Repeat

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So… the great body of Congressional Critters… the same one which points to waiting forever to take action against the Weapons of Mass Destruction that Iraq didn’t have as proof that we should take time to assess threats to life, liberty, and the American Way… says we must act now to protect the profits of large media corporations… I mean Intellectual Property Rights from evil, marauding digital terrorists in ferrin lands.  Oh… and have no fear good citizen, we don’t intend to use the power against you.

I guess this is similar to the “Health Care Crisis” that had to be solved so quickly that we had to pass a law that no one read and would take years to implement.  I love Congressional logic.

Look, as an aspiring writer, I’m all about intellectual property and the protection there of.  But as a freedom loving person, I’m also all for any action that makes .gov stop and take a good hard look at what they are about to do.  I have to trust those smarter than I when they say that the way the legislation is written is so loose as to endanger any site that links to other sites, the contents of which the referring site doesn’t control.  Given Congress’ stellar record of enshrining unintended (maybe the “un” should be left off?) consequences that turn common people into criminals for just living, I’m inclined to believe that this law is no different.  And given how little knowledge Congress and the critters that make her up have shown about digital affairs, I have little doubt that Leaky Leahy wouldn’t know an IP from a domain name.

But Big Media and Big Business wants this bill and just like Big Gov, Big Union, and Big AARP wanted ObamaCare, I’d be willing to bet this, too, shall pass.

However, Congress is going to have to come out of the 1950’s and realize the djin is out of the bottle.  No longer is content able to be protected with broad strokes from a government’s pen.  It will take the entire IT community, governments, and individuals, working together, to protect intellectual property.  And that means there will be a certain amount of shrinkage (to steal a retail term) that will have to be expected.  Big Gov and Big Business don’t like shrinkage when it happens to them.  …when it happens IN THEM, they are hunky-dory, but I digress.

Big Gov is especially cranky about the idea that something may escape their grasp.  That’s why they declare wars on everything.  What is the war on Digital Piracy going to look like?  How long will it be before IP protection is for “the children”? Just something to think about the next time you have to hand over your ID to buy a pack of decongestants.

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Written by lablount

January 18, 2012 at 11:38 am

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