SOPA Strike


Posted on 19 January 2012 by jose

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Yesterday, Hackwater.com went offline in protest of the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). As an Internet professional, I oppose any legislation that threatens my freedom to work in my medium; SOPA and PIPA would put Hackwater.com in legal jeopardy if I were to link to a site anywhere online that had any links to copyright infringement, putting a burden on me to ensure that every site I link to is clean of any "offending" links.

Hackwater.com is not a large link site, though when I post, I like to link to things of interest; I do not have the ability to verify every link on every site I wish to link to, and it is ridiculous to expect this of anyone who posts content online. The point of the Internet is that it is a web of interlinking sites, decentralized and organic. To quote Tucows, "this legislation is fundamentally flawed in how it works and the damage it is likely to do to the Internet, which has been the greatest platform for innovation the world has ever seen."

PIPA and SOPA would unmake the Web. They would give governments and corporations the ability to shut down any sites deemed to be infringing copyright without any trial or hearing. I don't want that world. If you don't want it either, visit AmericanCensorship.org for instructions on contacting your Senator. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has more information on this and other issues central to your freedom online.

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