The Day SOPA & PIPA Forgot About Humanity

There’s no due process and hardly any recourse- unless you have deep pockets and can duke it out in the court room. Even then, you’ll probably lose. You can go to jail. You can be fined thousands of dollars- for posting a link to another website, for putting a picture on your website.

This is what the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) and MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) want.

RIAA and the MPAA are heavy supporters of the now infamous SOPA (Stop online Privacy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act) bills. They’re tired of not being compensated for their work. (They meaning the executives who live off their artists work, by the way).

  • These bills would censor the web.
  • These bills put at risk innovation and job creation.
  • These bills would not stop or eliminate piracy. Stopping piracy is the RIAA’s and MPAA’s stated goal.

On January 18, 2012 web giants Google, Wikipedia, Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit, Mozilla, WordPress made their voices heard. Google, Wikipedia, Reddit, Mozilla and WordPress blacked out their sites.  Online business owners , users and free speech supporters called their congressmen. They lambasted the RIAA and the MPAA. I was one of those who did so.

The rest of the world understands this is a new tech age. Information is fluid. Websites are a canvas to be painted upon, explored and shared. Our ancestors drew on walls. This was before court rooms. RIAA and MPAA- humans were sharing their works long before you existed.

I produce videos and share them with my friends for free. I ghost write blogs without charging a penny. I do it because I love the written word and I love to create. That’s it. I simply love to create.

The RIAA and MPAA are lazy. They did not think of iTunes. They could not imagine Hulu. They were too busy protecting the gated castle to see a new tech empire coming into its own.  Theirs was a failure of imagination.

Remember that kid in the 6th grade who was a bully? Guess who nobody wants to play with?

This is the age of the entrepreneur and we share. The only thing the RIAA and the MPAA accomplished is to wake up a sleeping giant. And you’ve made thousands if not millions of your potential customers very angry. Is there a privacy issue? Sure? Don’t chop down a tree when you want to pull a leaf off the same tree.

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Johann Lohrmann
Analysis of All things Media


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