The FBI has shutdown of the world’s largest Internet file-sharing sites, Megaupload.com, and charged its founder and others with violating piracy laws.
The site has claimed it is diligent in responding to complaints about pirated material. MegaUpload is one of the websites on the MPAA’s ’rogue list’.
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is arguably the biggest supporter of SOPA/PIPA and has spent millions in lobbying for the bills.
MegaUpload is fighting back in court and have filed a countersuit against Universal Music Group.
I’m really psyched by the propublica news and graphics showing the great shift of opinion on these bills.
It’s important to remember that while there are now around 150 who oppose, and only around 65 who are supporting the bills, there are still over 300 members of congress who haven’t committed one way or the other.
Let’s be proud of what’s been accomplished, but let’s also not fool ourselves into thinking this issue has been won. SOPA/PIPA still have many supporters, and you can also be sure that those supporters are just going to rewrite, rebrand, and retry to get this through.
The “black-out” day and other campaigns over the past few months have shown what the people can accomplish when we work together and make ourselves heard. But we need to stay vigilant. The fight’s not over; it’s probably just beginning.
While this makes sense, the first sentence, which I put in bold, strikes me as a bit gross. It’s a good indication of how many see politics working: We give you money; you do what we want.
Whatever happened to the realization that a Democracy is essentially about compromises. You won’t get everything you want, but most people will (should?) get most of what they want. It’s working for the greater good (and not just a great good).
But maybe I’m just reading into this. If they just laid off the emphasis of money and donations, I’d feel a lot better about the quote. Also, I find it a bit annoying since I’m not under the impression that any Hollywood moguls or starving.
Attention Followers: In light of the SOPA and PIPA bills and the global internet protesting happening effective 12 am tomorrow (Jan. 18th 2012), this blog is blacking out(no posts for 24 hours) in solidarity for the day with a redirect link to info on how you can make a change and contact your elected representatives. I also will not be featuring any science posts for the day either. Sorry for any upcoming inconvenience. You ought to follow suit.