Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Are Book Pirates Following This Important News?

This is interesting. Below I've copied and pasted the basics from this link, verbatim. And there's another link within this article that will lead you to a place where there is even more information. If you've ever pirated anything, you might want to check it out. If you've ever been pirated, you might want to check it out, too.

Basically, large Internet giants like Facebook and Google are protesting SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act). They say it could lead to censorship. As an author who has experienced a great deal of piracy, I've learned a lot about this topic in the past three years. I've also refrained from forming any huge opinions as well. And I will continue to remain objective with regard to book pirates.

But I do have very strong opinions about censorship, especially if it involves online censorship. That's something I can live without.

Google, Facebook, Amazon Planning Internet Blackout to Protest "Big Brother" SOPA Bill by Lauren Kelley

The debate over SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act) has pitted Hollywood executives and the Republican-supported Chamber of Commerce against, well, basically everyone who enjoys the free and open Internet, with critics saying that the legislation could lead to widespread Internet censorship.

Among those critics are major websites like Facebook, Amazon, and Google, which are considering imposing an Internet "blackout" in protest of the bill. The Daily Mail reports:

The battle over the SOPA bill has seen leading web firms square off against Hollywood media companies in a trade-off between Internet freedom and intellectual property rights.

Now it could burst into the open as technology giants are planning to 'censoring' their own homepages, according to a leading Internet lobby group.

Sites such as Google, Amazon and Facebook could temporarily replace their usual homepage with a black screen and a message asking users to contact politicians and urge them to oppose the Stop Online Piracy Act.

The move could come as early as January 24, when the bill is due to be debated in the House of Representatives.

One of the only major web companies to have supported SOPA is GoDaddy, which was shamed into reversing its support after throngs of customers (including heavy hitters like Wikipedia) moved their domain names elsewhere.

Read more about the background of the bill at the Daily Mail


Anonymous said...

We're definitely in the Wild West as new technologies eradicate past standards. There also needs to be some discussion of what censorship really is. There are a number of people on Facebook that post copyrighted pictures of naked men and then when Facebook deletes those pictures the people scream censorship and anti-gay. What Facebook is doing makes sense. Given that Facebook does not require age verification, children could see inappropriate images. As for piracy, that is also an interesting question. When rap started sampling, it was called piracy, but that has been resolved. Epublishing has not had the substantive discussion as to the hows of anti-piracy stances and whatever law happens will be outmoded in a year or two anyway. The possible black out is total DRAMA QUEEN behavior.

Rambling yes I know...
Matthew Darringer

ryan field said...

I'm curious to see what happens.

Feel free to ramble any time you want :) I really do intend to keep this blog objective. Mainly because I see so much subjectivity in the mainstream media where it shouldn't be.

A.B.Gayle said...

Thanks for the links and post, Ryan.

Matt, deleting accounts because of full frontal images on open sites is one thing. Trying to stop you looking at them in closed groups is another. The rules have to be consistent too. Not different for males and females.

One thing I'm very conscious of is how much we take the internet for granted. There are always ways to circumvent restriction, but having experienced a world where computers and the internet weren't even dreamed of, I fear anything that threatens to put us back into the ignorant age.

The sheer uncontrolled nature of the internet is now seen as a threat to many regimes and they seem quite capable of stifling it.

Let's hope they don't succeed and the concept doesn't sread all in the name of "safety" and "decency".

I'd rather my book be pirated a thousand times than never being able to be out there for those prepared to pay.

It's a question of who holds the reins. Us or them?


ryan field said...

I read the Steve Jobs bio and I was amazed at how much Apple (and Jobs) wanted to control the Internet. Instead of having a world wide web linked as it has been, their goal seemed to be apps, where everything is controlled with these apps. And, in the book, the author made it abundantly clear how much h (Jobs) wanted to censor what "he" considered inappropriate content. And this is what he did, until it started to backlash. This is one reason why I've never been an Apple fan. I don't like that kind of control. I'm also not a fan of how Silcon Valley has so much say in our political affairs. And, I couldn't care less what the temp is in Cupertino, CA, on my iPhone ;)