I Create Intellectual Property


I’ve said recently I never get political in this blog.  Well…I’m about to get political.  Because today is a day of action against a bill that is being put forward as a way of protecting intellectual property, or IP, but includes provisions that have implications far beyond those intentions.  The bill is SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, and it attempts to give the United States and its corporations censorship authority over the internet in an attempt to police any perceived violation of IP.  This is dangerous legislation that gives entirely too much power over an international channel of free speech to individuals and organizations who don’t necessarily care about said speech.

Don’t know about SOPA?  Some more information:

PROTECT IP Act Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

Some reading from Gizmodo.

This is the internet.  It belongs to everyone.

I create Intellectual Property, anyone who writes does.  And I want that IP protected.  But…it is.  There’s already plenty of provisions in place that legitimately protect IP without passing legislation that will do nothing to stop those who are looking to pirate, the bill’s very stated claim, while only serving to harass websites and social media.

So this IP creator says thanks, but no thanks, to this protection.

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