Many companies are blacking out their sites in an effort to fight the Protect IP (PIPA)/SOPA Act that's under review here in the United States. Rather than climbing onboard the wagon and shutting down my site, I thought it would be more constructive to share my reaction with you.
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Þetta gæti breyst.
Í dag áttum við fund með fulltrúum okkar í Indiana til að ræða áhyggjur okkar við Vernda IP athöfn og SOPA. While the leaders were responsive, they didn't say whether or not our representative was supporting the bill. Here's some additional information – but please read my notes below with my concerns.
As far as our representatives are concerned, the DNS blocking has been overstated and requires a third party to determine whether or not to actually block the site. The verbiage leans in the direction that the only sites that could get blocked are foreign sites. I'm not an attorney, so I'm not sure if that's true or not.
Það sem getur gerst samstundis, án tilhlýðilegrar málsmeðferðar, er að hægt væri að fjarlægja vefsíðu sem er talin styðja brot á höfundarrétti frá leitarvélum sem og að loka fyrir allar auglýsingatekjur. Þetta gæti gerst án fyrirvara og án þess að vefsvæði geti varið sig. Heimsóknir okkar á leitarvélum og tekjur okkar eru lífæðin sem gerir þessu bloggi kleift að stækka áfram. Með öðrum orðum, ef fyrirtæki sem er þungt í lögfræðilegum kunnáttumönnum sem vill fara í stríð við efnið sem við deilum með ... gæti bloggsíðu okkar verið kyrkt til bana án úrræða.
I was reassured on the phone that this was highly unlikely, that we'd be able to get representation and fight the issue. Here's the problem… that takes time and money that I don't have as a small business. So, rather than fight, it would be best for me to fold the site and go back and work for a big company. That's frightening.
Washington is a city full of attorneys. They often don't remember that those of us without the legal resources don't get to defend ourselves adequately. This, in my opinion, is what the Protect IP and SOPA Acts have been written to do. They are a tool of a dying industry… a last gasp to try to prevent the inevitable. The analogy I provided was a storekeeper who refused to put locks on their door. Since they can't figure out how to protect themselves, they're now asking the government to guard it for them.
I'm not writing this simply from a single viewpoint of a blogger. We provide content as well with the expectation that our copyright be respected. At times it hasn't been and I've taken action. I've been able to block sites, report them to advertising systems, and have other companies – like stock photo companies – with deeper pockets go after them. That means little ol' Doug has been able to thwart infringement and fight it without the need of the government to get involved. Of course, this isn't about my intellectual property though – it's about the movie and record industry deteriorating profits.
It's tragic. And it's unfortunate that our political leaders are actually thinking about doing this. Even more tragic is that a lýðræðisleg leiðtogi, Chris Dodd, er nú leiðtogi þessa afls sem mun mylja mjög kjarnaeinkenni netsins - getu til að miðla upplýsingum að vild. Þetta er frumvarp sem mun styrkja frekar þá sem eru með djúpa vasa ... og fjarlægja tækifærið frá valdalausum. Það mun hafa áhrif á alla notendur á Netinu, þar á meðal þig.
Please take the time to read the fine details and understand how it will impact you, your content, and your business. You need not be American, the Internet doesn't have borders we can put forces on… and those outside the United States are í meiri áhættu en við erum. Lestu meira á Hættu amerískri ritskoðun.