I am a writer and yes I have to be concerned about people stealing my work.
I refuse to get so paranoid that I support censorship of the internet! That is exactly what is being proposed by in the bill now before congress. They want to allow censorship of any and all social media sites that are not owned and run by the entertainment industry. That means facebook, myspace and any all of those types of sights, including twitter. Oh yes it will allow them to shut down this blog as well as any other blog they find offensive! I know they would shut me down because of my videos on corruption and un-American behavior in congress and the white house. What they are doing, in my opinion, is repealing the 1st amendment of the constitution and taking away the peoples right to free speech!
To this I say: I will actively campaign against any and all politicians who vote for this bill! If I have to travel from city to city by hitching rides to keep the expenses down I will be at poling places to tell people how the person running for reelection has gone against one or more of the basic principals of freedom. This is a basic right that men and women, sons and daughters, in fact every veteran has served, fought and died to protect. Will you allow congress to say that the sacrifices of your family were worthless to America? Are you worthless to America? I don’t think so. I do not intend to allow congress to vote and say that every citizen is worthless. I am here now in front of my computer telling you and congress that I do not and will not support censorship!
This does not just effect Americans, it says to the world that it is ok to do this.
This kind of law was in place in areas that we invaded and others that we consider enemies, like North Korea. Do we want to join them in darkness and totalitarian rule? Remember Tienanmen Square? That is one of the things congress is about to say was good to do. New York city is doing it with the OWS people and this will just encourage it across the country.
Do you enjoy your right to say that you disagree with whoever is in congress or the president? You are about to lose that right. I do not just mean the ones who are in office now, this includes any elected official who takes office later as well.
Oh yes, You will no longer be able to post a bad review of a movie to your blog. Why not? Because the entertainment industry will of course find it offensive and either remove it from your site or shut the whole site down.
Is this what we want to tell the world? I hope not. If it is I am moving to Canada or England. This is something that every citizen of the world should be watching and responding to. Trust me, the leaders in North Korea, China, Syria, Pakistan are watching. When we say it is ok, they will respond, then why are you complaining about us?
Yes, we are placing sanctions on Iran, yet this is one of their policies. Are we about to support the abuses there? Tell your representative, and Senator that you do not support bringing those abuses here. Vote NO to SOPA!
Following is a list of all the things you cannot do if SOPA passes:
If you want to talk to a friend on Skype do not have a radio on, or be playing music on your stereo, according to SOPA you could go to jail for 4 years for broadcasting copyrighted content without written permission! Just for talking to a friend.
Blog about your favorite movie, with comments on any scene. If the comment is negative or you give a clip (even if you like it). You will be shut down for talking about it and go to jail for the clip. You will also be subject to a lawsuit from the studio, producer, director and the writer of the screen play.
Do not talk about music or play it, even if it is you playing the guitar or keyboard. If the song has been done and played on the radio or is on an artists CD welcome to your jail cell. You are subject to lawsuits from the record label and the band/artist as well.
If you comment on politics and disagree with any given policy that congress or a sitting president proposes, You will be shut down. This does not mean just this administration but every politician in the future too.
Do you read? Don’t talk about the book or the author. You will be shut down, even if you like it.
Are you an author? Don’t write a review unless you work for mainstream media. You will be shut down! You will also be subject to a lawsuit from the publisher.
If you comment on world events, politics or conditions in another country. That country can have you shut down and sue you for any content they do not like. So can the media of this country because you are infringing on their news monopoly.
Welcome to SOPA and the rights you are about to surrender if it passes.