Wednesday, January 18, 2012

This Blog Is On Strike Against SOPA

In support of the protests against SOPA/PIPA, 
Verse Escape will not be participating in either blogging or social media activities during the black-out period on January 18th.

 This blog is joining wikipedia, reddit, and many others in "going black" to protest the enactment of alleged "anti-piracy" legislation censoring the Internet on behalf of large entertainment and broadcast companies, now on the legislative floor of the US Congress. 

Here's a brief explanation of the two bills SOPA and PIPA by BBC News:

"Sopa and Pipa explained
The US bills are designed to block access to sites containing unauthorised copryight material.
Content owners and the US government would be given the power to request court orders to shut down sites associated with piracy.
Advertisers, payment processors and internet service providers would be forbidden from doing business with infringers based overseas.
Sopa also requires search engines to remove foreign infringing sites from their results, a provision absent in Pipa."
There are many things wrong with this, but possibly the worst is that the bills are so poorly written and conceived, they leave tremendous room for abuse. 
If you'd like a full analysis of the issue, the BBC article continues here 

Since this is a blackout, comments are disabled on this post to simulate the censorship process. Here is a link to a petition you can sign to protest to Congress:

Thanks for reading, and get ready for lots more of this, I'm afraid. The internet is the biggest single threat on the planet to those who want to control media, money and ultimately, people's minds. It needs to remain a force for intellectual, artistic and personal freedom, and that isn't going to happen without a fight.

Many thanks to Mark Kerstetter of The Bricoleur for providing links and inspiration, and Susan S, of Prufock's Dilemma for the text at the top of this post. Verse Escape returns to normal programming tomorrow.