Tuesday, January 17, 2012


01.17.11 by colemama
01.17.11, a photo by colemama on Flickr.

Preparing for tomorrow's protest by various websites against SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) with a partial blackout - obviously it didn't last long or I wouldn't be posting this photo! But, tomorrow, if all goes according to plan, numerous websites will 'shut down' for the day or part of it to express solidarity against the bill.

The legislation sounds like it started out with fairly good intentions but quickly blossomed out of control. Part of the legislation is focused on strengthening copyright laws. Although I respect intellectual property, I think our copyright law needs an overhaul itself to reflect our collaborative and connected society. Of course, the direct impact on websites that host user content such as Flickr would be huge and totally unacceptable in my book. Living without some of those websites during tomorrow's blackout will likely leave a bad taste....and, hopefully, not a sign of things to come. Naples, FL

1 comment:

  1. Just as these bills are written by legislators who don't understand the Internet, education decisions are made by politicians who last stepped into a classroom when they were in school and know nothing about education. So frustrating.