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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.

Jim

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