I am proud that today the internet is showing the world the power of protest with this internet blackout. Whatever may divide us, whether we are big corporations like Google, or lowly bloggers like The Nevada View, we all unite today under the flag of free speech. No one wants to see that harmed.
Copyright infringement and online piracy are issues that need to be addressed in creative ways. Make no mistake…SOPA/PIPA DO NOT address those problems. They do, however, create many more issues with free speech, censorship, education, and even just jobs!
The proposals in these laws include giving power to copyright holders to request that entire sites be shutdown, even if a user links to a foreign website that may contain illegally copyrighted materials. That means not only would Google, Reddit, WordPress, Facebook, Wikipedia, Twitter, etc., have to strictly monitor the content all users put on their sites, it would mean the same for even colleges and Universities. We are talking about massive changes to how students learn and do research.
There is much information out there on this subject. If you have questions, ask! Otherwise, join with us and sign the petition against this garbage legislation that threatens our very Democracy.
Justin is the publisher The Nevada View, which has earned the recognition in the Washington Post’s “Best State-Based Political Blogs,” as well as being awarded the “Most Valuable Blogger Award” by the local CBS affiliate in 2011. Justin is also an associate at the Ramirez Group in Las Vegas. Follow him on Twitter @McAffee