By now I am sure you have heard all the ranting about SOPA . It is apparently causing a stir in the online world for good reasons. Do any of you remember Napster? This was all those poor music artist crying about their music being stolen. Forget the fact that back when cassettes were the new thing all of us kids were running around recording songs off the radio.
It was the equivalent of what people were doing on Napster. But big brother wasn’t gonna have it. I lost a lot of respect for a lot of musicians because of their greedy nature. Anyhow lets fast forward a bit shall we.
Sopa – Will It Stop Crime?
Here is the thing about it.. Shutting Napster down didn’t actually stop the crime. All it did was get would be offenders to find another way to get what they want. Let’s take “all these software programs” you know the ones that cost $399 to $600 something or another. Seriously, I haven’t seen even 1 program online that hasn’t been hacked/cracked or whatever you call it.
I am not saying it’s right, because stealing is stealing and that is just wrong. But what I am saying is that if SOPA actually passes it doesn’t hurt the criminals. It hurts the honest hard working person. You know people like you and me.
Also it’s ridiculous to hold businesses accountable for actions that are beyond their control. Back in the day Napster was just a small file sharing service. One that took the idea of what the internet could be and made it a reality.
It was that reality that took a good idea and let greed seep into it’s pores… So here we are again. A new generation of people, new legislation. I think from the moment the internet was created “they” (the powers that be) started trying to figure out how to monitor and control it.
I personally believe that if they didn’t want us using the shit, they shouldn’t have given us the tools to do so. People are so worried about what is being stolen blah blah blah.. I have found on several occassions where people steal my shit. They use my emails rss feeds on their blogs and steal my content.
There should be a disclaimer that reads:
If you put your shit online people may steal it. Don’t cry, Don’t bitch it happens. It fact it happens every single day. Some people call it content curation regardless of what it is called it is what it is.
You will never be able to actually stop people from stealing shit because well, it’s just so easy to copy digital information. If you don’t want something stolen keep it under lock and key.. People use graphics and pictures to tell stories.. If you don’t want your pictures and graphics used then don’t put them online.
All the crying that people do about this stuff causes entities like the government to create new laws and enforce them so the only people that get hurt in the whole ordeal are honest hard working folks.
The more I read about SOPA the more it sounds like a cheesy ass way to try and get back at people. Some would call it revenge. If they can’t get the real criminals , well just screw everyone over than.
Anyway all this Sopa shit just pisses me off. I see it as nothing more than having even more of my rights being taken away because of a few crabby, ignorant a-holes sitting in some nice cozy office. –> END OF RANT!
What’s Buzzing Around The Net About Sopa!
SOPA = Stop Online Piracy Act sounds benign, as almost all legislation does. The names of most bills are completely antithetical to what the bill would actually do. SOPA is no exception. You read the name. “Piracy is bad,” …
One writer discusses why we need to understand and oppose SOPA — immediately.
As announced, Wikipedia’s main page is “blackened” today in protest of the controversial Stop online privacy act (SOPA).
Microsoft is the latest company to state its opposition to SOPA.
Wrap Up – All I am saying is take a moment and really think about what is going on. This is something that the American government is trying to pull. Ya, this shit is going on in my back yard.
Are you concerned with this SOPA situation? Are you taking a stand against it? I would really love to hear your opinions on this matter..