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Stop Congress Act - We're All Mad Here
You can tell I'm mad because I have straw in my hair.
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Stop Congress Act
Good news: it looks like the internet isn't going to fall apart just yet. Thanks to a loud and widespread outcry, the President has stated quite directly that the Stop Only Piracy Act is not going to pass his office. The Protect IP Act, it seems likely, will fall under the same onslaught. This is, as I mentioned, excellent news for the internet and all of its denizens.

The bad news, of course, is that this sort of thing is going to keep on happening. I don't mean solely in relation to the internet; I mean Congress passing laws without understanding their ramifications. In fact, forget the ramifications; it's clear that several of the supporters of PIPA don't even realize what copyright is, or don't think it applies to them. My favorite of the pictures on that page is the one from Rep. Dennis Ross's site, where he's taken a copyrighted image and simply cut off the copyright mark. If you'd like to stop online piracy, Congressman, I know where you can start.

When people actually take notice, as happened in this case, Congress can be made to back down. However, too much of the time, no one pays attention. Even today, when SOPA was due to be voted on, amidst the flurry of anti-SOPA and -PIPA postings on my Facebook were more than a few queries of "What is this? I haven't heard about it."

A bad law can be thrown out by the courts, but in the time it takes for a challenge to be heard, much damage can be done. It's far better to contact your congresspeople before the votes, so they can know that their constituents are not happy, and perhaps understand exactly what it is they're voting for. To do that, though, people need to be informed.

So, fellow Americans: read the news. Find some sites that care about issues that appeal to you and follow them. Stay abreast of current events. Defend your country and your lifestyle against those who seek to destroy it. It's the American way.

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merle_ From: merle_ Date: January 18th, 2012 10:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
My favorite of the pictures on that page is the one from Rep. Dennis Ross's site, where he's taken a copyrighted image and simply cut off the copyright mark.

My fave is that way back when, before there was much of an internet, I took the logo for a show I was watching and writing reviews for. I hand-traced it and played with it in Photoshop for a few hours to get a decent image. A month later? Sony, who owned the original content, stole my image and put it on their site. Bastards. It was exact down to the pixel level, the only difference being in the two colours used. It was the closest I have ever come to considering suing someone.
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