We were relieved when we learned of the Internet luminaries protesting SOPA and PIPA (no, not the lovely Pippa Middleton), or , the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its Senate counterpart, the Protect IP Act or PIPA.
We had been out of town to attend several business events, so actually just didn’t have time to post. But we did know about the blackout and did support their points.
Briefly, these acts alleging to “protect” you, would give the federal government power to shut down websites. Does that seem right – given all you know about what “protect” means in government parlance? For details on the blackout and the bills, go here, where the Christian Science Monitor takes a look at the controversy.
Some websites failed to see the danger, others supported the bills because they thought being able to shut other websites down would be good for their own website, competition-wise, so support from the online world was spotty.
Even today, in the face of massive evidence to the contrary, some people still think competition is bad and that shutting down some or all competitors would be good for their own businesses. Wrong!
Please wake up, business people! Running to Big Daddy Government is never in your best interest. Never.