I can sense it, and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) may turn out to be the coffin.
By far, the United States of America believes to have two focal points of their revenue stream. Namely, Wall St. and Hollywood. However, with the inception of technology, another industry came into existence and during the last couple of decades, things have started to change dramatically, and the image started to get another point of focus, The Silicon Valley.
Here is what it is, and how it works for a refresher.
As they might say in physics, when there are more focal points, the image gets more disturbed, and that’s exactly what is happening now. With the advent of Internet, and social media platforms today, it should be a moment of proud as compared to an attempt to completely shut it down. Rightly said, there have been several ways where internet has been used as an illegitimate tool to access copyrighted information and material. Hence, there have been several severe laws to protect and secure it, in order to provide clean and secure internet. But how about a law, that will shut it down altogether?
Mike Arrington is right when he mentions that its nothing new.
I was very happy to see Joshua Kopstein’s “Dear Congress, It’s No Longer OK To Not Know How The Internet Works” post last week calling out congress as a whole, and individual elected officials, on their ridiculous tendency to use their tech ignorance as some sort of badge of honor. The facts don’t matter, they seem to almost be literally saying. The unspoken words are, all that matters is the money, which flows from Hollywood. Protect the IP, no matter what the cost.
Reddit may just be the beginning, and so the father’s of Internet realize, and as official veto SOPA petition gets more and more signatures, it’s becoming hard on Congress to pass it in anything in its current form.
There’s more to come, stay tuned!