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SOPA Explained

A touch off topic today, but hopefully of some interest to almost all of my regular readers. Even if you’re not in the US, this can affect you.

Let me be clear. As someone who makes much of his living selling original copyrighted material, I think the world would be better with less online piracy.

However, as I’m sure you’re aware by now, there is much to be concerned about in the “Stop Online Piracy Act” being considered in the US congress currently.

One of my favorite quotes about it came from Paul Myers:

“Going after pirates this way is like using a flamethrower to get fleas off your dog.”

Paul’s being nice. It’s more like using napalm.

And here is one of my favorite YouTube videos explaining some of the concerns with the legislation.

I’m not a bandwagon guy. And I hardly ever sign petitions, but I’ve signed this one:

Google’s SOPA petition

If you haven’t signed it yet yourself, consider doing so.


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  1. Posted January 19, 2012 at 2:14 am | Permalink

    Hi Jim

    Whether SOPA or PIPA become law or not it was only a few days ago that a student was taken to court in the UK.

    The case related to a website which had links to pirate sites.

    Guys from the USA came over to see the website owner and a few months later, they have sought to extradite him (see news clip).

    As a UK citizen, I am concerned enough that I will no longer buy .com domains. Some of my hosting is on servers in the USA so the next thing is to shift that to the UK.

    I suspect that the USA are using this as a test case.

    The UK Judge seemed to go ahead with the request to extradite with little thought to any counter arguments.

    At any rate it’s got my attention.

    All the best


    • Jim Stone
      Posted January 19, 2012 at 10:30 am | Permalink

      Great comment. And you’re right, there’s already plenty of room for those in power to arbitrarily choose existing law to justify going after just about anyone they want. SOPA seems to make it even easier, though.

      (And you do realize you’re posting a link on my blog leading people to a site that’s reporting about where they can go to get pirated materials, right? :))

  2. paul wade
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 6:04 am | Permalink

    One might want to define “US property”. I am persuaded that what we think is “our property”, is NOT.

  3. Posted January 19, 2012 at 6:27 am | Permalink


    • Jim Stone
      Posted January 19, 2012 at 10:27 am | Permalink

      Paul Myers is one of the best people around, IMHO.

  4. Travis
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    Thanks for making this information easily accesible from you blog. I signed the petition.

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