Fight the Bees will black out on January 18th as part of the protest against SOPA/PIPA.
I believe the internet can be a tool for great good in the world. It’s one the reasons I write a blog, have a Facebook, and Tweet. While I support protecting intellectual property rights I cannot support the SOPA and PIPA bills currently in front of the United States Congress. At first I didn’t understand why my Twitter feed was lighting up with #sopa but in researching the bills I have become convinced that SOPA/PIPA will not protect intellectual property rights–they will stifle them. Seeing Wikipedia and WordPress both release statements that they plan to black out their sites in protest made me sit up and pay attention. Neither has been a part of a protest or encouraged their users to protest before. Then I learned the ACLU and the Human Rights Watch are opponents of SOPA/PIPA. Then I stumbled across this article summed up in the following quote:
“Much of what will happen under SOPA will occur out of the public eye and without the possibility of holding anyone accountable. For when copyright law is made and enforced privately, it is hard for the public to know the shape that the law takes and harder still to complain about its operation.”
-Jason Mazzone, law professor & author of Copyfraud and Other Abuses of Intellectual Property Law
SOPA/PIPA is not the way to protect our creative siblings in the movie and music industry. SOPA/PIPA will squash creativity and innovation by making individuals and groups who run websites (including myself) fearful of getting sued or blacklisted. These bills make copyright laws privatized. There are just not enough checks and balances in place for SOPA/PIPA to be effective. For these reasons and more I have decided to black out Fight The Bees on January 18th as part of the protest against SOPA/PIPA. I will also be blacking out my Facebook and Twitter. For more information, play the video below, check out this article, or go to Stop American Censorship.
“When ideas are blocked, information deleted, conversations stifled and people constrained in their choices, the Internet is diminished for all of us. There isn’t an economic Internet and a social Internet and a political Internet. There’s just the Internet.”
-Hillary Rodham Clinton (US Secretary of State)
–Written by Emily Hope Morgan, a Millennial pondering questions of the new Millennium