As a composer and content creator, I care about copyright. I strongly believe that artists and writers should be compensated for their work. But what these bills propose seems like throwing out the baby with the bathwater, or going after a gnat with a sledgehammer, or — insert your preferred analogy here. I mean, if I’m understanding this correctly, someone like little ol’ me could be fined or imprisoned for posting a youtube video. I can’t go back to prison, people! (But that’s another story for another day.)
Many websites have decided to protest these bills today — some by going dark entirely, others by posting information and links for those of us in the U.S. to contact our congressional representatives.
Here’s what you’ll find if you go to English Wikipedia today:
And today’s Google doodle is quite illustrative:
Now, Since I haven’t been posting on a daily basis recently, it seems a bit… I dunno… redundant for me to go dark today. I thought it would be better to post information on the issue. Plus, I’m not confident that a) I could manage to figure out how to take my site down, and b) subsequently figure out how to bring it back again. I was embarrassed to confess to this until I saw that the Bloggess, who is a far brighter star in the internet firmament than I, had admitted it openly.
Finally, here’s a video on the topic that is both amusing and informative — let Lord Vader give you the scoop! (Hat tip to the Bloggess, whose contribution to the video may make you laugh and/or offend you.)
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