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January 18, 2012

It’s anti-SOPA/PIPA day, and a number of sites have shut down for the day. O’Reilly closed their page, and of course, Wikipedia shut down.

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Google didn’t do the blackout I was hoping for, but they have hidden their logo:

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I like the Wikipedia closure, which appeared seconds after hitting a page. It has a great effect on me.

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I debated about shutting down this site, but for a WordPress hosted site, I didn’t see an easy way to do it.

To be clear

I am not against copyright legislation, nor IP protections. We should ensure that content creators have some recourse and ability to control the way their content is used.

I think SOPA / PIPA are gross, overreaching ways of doing this that are designed to help a few large companies, and potentially hurt many small ones, and will have no impact on foreign sites. These laws simple cut the US off; they do not affect the operation of the foreign site.

We can come up with better ways to protect content, while also preserving fair use and personal liberties, and limiting copyright.

My personal stance is that the original 14 years + 14 year extension for copyright is plenty. If you cannot earn money in those 28 years, let someone else build on your work.

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4 Comments
  1. There’s a number of wordpress plugins. I’ve got the “Go dark” plugin active today.

    • From what I’ve seen, the plugins are limited to self-hosted sites. Mine is hosted at wordpress.com. Is that not correct?

    • Yes and no. This law (NDAA) likely is unconsitutional, but it will be abused in the meantime. What I worry is that someone will contribute to a charity, or a mosque, or some group that is a front for anti-American activity, and they’ll be detained.

      Hopefully we will see just as much of a protest, and the civil rights groups will get involved. Hopefully.

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