With this blog post, I join the protest against proposed SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act).
I join the protest for two reasons. First, the proposed laws shift the power to the accuser. The accused must “prove” its innocence. Second, I anticipate many “unintended” consequences that will limit academic fair use of copyrighted materials.
Kelly Phillips Erb, the TaxGirl, says it well. She says so many things well.
SOPA and PIPA have the potential to criminalize behavior that might not be criminal. The bills, taken together, are an overreaching attempt to govern. The result is the potential for government censorship of the internet. And that isn’t okay.
Debit and credit – – David Albrecht