Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Blackout

No, not another story about my early twenties. This is serious. I'm making my serious face as I type this.

What's all the fuss about SOPA aka the Stop Online Piracy Act? And that PIPA which, as I had it explained to me last night, is not the sister of Prince William's wife Kate. Well, I'm glad we cleared that up because the Queen gets snippy when I text her in the middle of the night. The phone vibrates, the Corgis start barking. It's a mess.

Bob Lefsetz states the case. (I'll be deleting the quote tomorrow morning and replacing it with a link to Bob's blog. Today the blog is blacked out as part of the strike. You can also subscribe to his email by clicking the link below. He's prolific and I've learned so much about where money, creativity, business and innovation meet by reading his emails.)

Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got to go see if my favorite porn high concept websites are working.

20 comments:

  1. Thanks, Lisa -- I hadn't read this one.

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  2. Ha! Awesome! He's so right on the money! If this is going to turn into the modern day witch hunt or communist accusations, they've truly lost their minds. The internet has no borders and people are spilling the truth left and right.

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  3. Thanks for posting this, Lisa. I've been trying to do my due diligence up here in Canada to understand what's happening down your way with SOPA and PIPA (and as a creative type with copyrightable material, this is always an interesting discussion anyway), but I think Bob describes it very well. And I totally agree with his stance on the "new order" of things thanks to our massive communication networks.

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  4. PS, that was me (points up): Barbara

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  5. Oh this guy is so full of shit. Making dates? Promoting your band? Discussing stuff? Porn, you silly goose.

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  6. Randal ignores the cats with the amusingly misspelled captions in the middle of the room.
    ~

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  7. Censorship always starts out as a well intentioned attempt to save us from, whatever, porn, smut, lies, etc. It always ends with those in power trying to prevent differing opinions from getting circulation. Right now SOPA is about saving copyright money making power, in time it will be about keeping people form expressing political opinion. America led the world in the idea of free expression but they are now trying to lead the world in allowing unsubstantiated accusations of infringement gutting anyone that dares to differ.

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  8. It is totally unacceptible to have people who have no idea about how the internet work to pass legislation to "control" it. There is already a 1999 law on the books and it could be enforced. SOPA and Protect IP are simply to broad and general.

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  9. Wel written words. His points are so valid, from his opening statement to his ending movie quote.

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  10. Don't think I didn't Google "corgis." Thank god the search page popped up with the answer. Having to wait until tomorrow would have killed me.

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  11. Amen,and thanks for posting this, Lisa!

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  12. i was very pleased to see the politicians running for the hills when this blew up in their faces today....way to go world...

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  13. Heard lots of internets lovers saying too any •unintended consequences•. I'm not sure they are unintended, but they do have other ways to go after those who are serious copyright infringers for profit.
    AMEN TO THIS LINE:

    and once censorship begins, where does it stop?

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  14. terrific article Lisa h. thanx for posting it to all. continue...

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  15. thanks for this.

    did you catch the pro-SOPA commercial that aired during Morning Joe this a.m.? (It had a light bulb bursting in it--the angle was: online piracy allows other countries to steal america's ideas, and thus, jobs. they didn't even use "SOPA" but instead, spelled it out: Stop online piracy act.")

    Apparently, MSNBC has been airing it regularly, but this morning is the first time i caught it.

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  16. I went completely silent for two, I repeat 2 whole days. I think that's a record for me. That was my expression of solidarity. I get it. Don't take my fuckin' downloads away. It's getting impossible to post a photo these days. I wanted to post a photo of the Mormon version of the Celestial Kingdom and though there are many lovely versions, damn if I didn't have to use a link to get it done. That's not progress, if you ask me. I tried to find a photo of Mitt, flanked by his five strapping sons, none of whom have served in the military despite his war mongering, but there is not a photo to be found for stealing. What kind of world is this for a blogger to live in?

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  17. Hope you're having a lovely, censorship-free weekend!

    XO

    A.

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