MMNTech's position on SOPA

By Mike on 3:09 pm

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There's been a lot of talk about the SOPA bill lately. For those who don't know, this is also known as the Stop Online Piracy Act. It's a sweeping piece of legislation that would effectively give private entities the power to remove websites from the internet. It's also pits content producers at war with content providers.

SOPA and it's companion PROTECT IP bill promise to curtail "foreign" piracy of copyrighted content. However, the bill as it is remains far too vague and open to interpretation. Due process through the courts is not required for the government to pull a site. An accusation of copyright infringement is all it requires. It would allow private corporations free reign to censor the internet. In many ways, it is not dissimilar to China's Great Firewall.

This presents a huge threat to sites like Google, YouTube, and Facebook, as well as smaller internet entrepreneurs like Channel Awesome, and MMNTech. While it is an American bill, the internet community has chosen to draw the line here. Other countries are also contemplating similar legislation.

I oppose all attempts to censor the free flow of knowledge in any form. Our society relies on this to grow, and the internet is the best tool we have today for this. While piracy may be a problem, SOPA opens far too big a loophole for abuse and should be scrapped entirely. It was a bill drafted and supported by only a hand full of media conglomerates. They are the only ones that stands to benefit this, should it become law. 

If you live in the United States, please take the time to write your congressional representatives and tell them that you oppose the bill. The Obama administration has already come out against the bill, and I applaud them for doing so.

If you have the time, it may also be worth it to let SOPA's supporters know that you oppose their attempt to censor the Internet. A complete list can be found below.

Many websites including Wikipedia and Reddit will be taking action against the bill on January 18th. They will switch off for the day in protest. MMNtech supports them in their endeavours.

SOPA supporters:
  • ABC
  • BMI
  • CBS
  • Comcast/NBCUniversal
  • Disney Publishing Worldwide, Inc.
  • EMI Music Publishing
  • Entertainment Software Association
  • ESPN
  • Major League Baseball
  • Marvel Entertainment, LLC
  • MasterCard Worldwide
  • Motion Picture Association of America
  • National Cable & Telecommunications Association
  • National Football League
  • News Corporation
  • Random House
  • Scholastic, Inc.
  • Sony/ATV Music Publishing
  • Sony Music Entertainment
  • Time Warner
  • Universal Music
  • Universal Music Publishing Group
  • Viacom
  • Visa Inc.
  • Warner Music Group
  • Entertainment Software Association

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