Open Thread – Lights On!
Thanks to all who contacted their legislators regarding SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act) yesterday. Google didn’t go dark, but included a link to take action against these two bills and got over 4 million people to make their feelings known. That’s some pretty impressive online activism.
Wikipedia, Reddit, and a host of other megasites went completely dark. The Mudflats followed suit. All of us here take the first amendment, and free uncensored speech pretty seriously. Online piracy is a serious problem, but starting down the slippery slope of regulated content and censorship through loosely worded legislation isn’t the way to fix it.
Believe it or not, both Alaska’s senators – Mark Begich (D) and Lisa Murkowski (R) have come out against PIPA (the Senate bill). Murkowski said that PIPA causes “serious concerns about our civil liberties.” Senator Begich also issues a statemt saying that “the theft of intellectual property and copyrighted material is a serious problem and solutions should strike an online balance between creativity, property protection and Internet freedom.”
Congressman Don Young? Well, he’s thinking about it.