In a couple days as of this writing, many sites on the Internet will go black for a day. This is to protest and show how the Internet in the US will look if the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) were to become law. I am fully opposed to both of these bills which would stifle the free speech of the Internet. The reasoning behind both of these bills is flawed and the response from the White House, although opposed to the bills, states that digital piracy is a serious and real problem. The real problem with this statement and the arguments in favor of these bills is that they show no proof that digital piracy is a true threat to copyright holders.
Piracy can be a good thing. I have bought a few programs after trying the pirated copies because the demo version was so limited that I found it unusable. I have been introduced to some of my favorite music because of piracy and have spent a lot of money buying high-quality copies of the songs that I like. Piracy can help the starving artist, the floundering writer or the failing musician by spreading his or her name around. I have no problem if people use my photos or my writing on their sites. I don’t even have a lawyer. All I ask is that you give credit where it’s due. Link back to me or use my name, AlienCG, and give me the credit that I deserve.
By the way, I will not be blacking out my blog on January 18 because I don’t have the readership. I will, however, not post anything that day. As of the writing of this post, the House bill, SOPA, is most likely dead and no further action will be taken on it as it stands.