It looks as though Congress, in the face of numerous protests, including the Wikipedia shutdown, is backing off passage of SOPA and PIPA, the laws which would have allowed the government to block or shut down websites suspected of posting pirated material. The laws, written on behalf of the film, music and publishing industries, had a laudable purpose, but were so broadly written that the unintended consequences might well have been the loss of the openness and freedom of the internet we now enjoy. We hear a lot of overblown complaints these days about government overreach, but passage of these laws would give the Feds much too much power to intervene in what we can see, hear and read.

3 thoughts on “Blocked”

  1. A new and simple rule to live by: if Rupert Murdoch’s against it. I’m for it. If Rupert Murdoch’s against it, I’m for it.

    I am more concerned about folks like Murdochs’ power than I am of the US government. I know that he (and folks like the the Kochs) are malignant and self-serving and self-dealing , but I still have some faith in “us” (since we are the government.)

  2. Hmmm–I meant to type: if Rupert Murdoch’s against it, I’m for it. If Rupert Murdoch’s for it, I’m against it.

  3. It’s a problem, this would make DC the Internet Police. I sure don’t want someone like Santorum telling me what I can and can’t see. He already wants to breed.

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