Today I sit here at my desk, just one cog in the wheel, working hard to help support creators and marketers of intellectual property - the culture of our society. I am saddened by the theives that believe music, movies and literature should be free - and so just take it. I am saddened by the enemy - the tech industry that is willing to totally destroy American culture and its creators so that they may fatten their wallets. This morning I read this article in the Wall Street Journal. What was particularly upsetting to me were the reader comments.
America has long been a world leader in its protection of authors and inventors. Copyright has been the underlying foundation of that protection. Now I read more this morning about the power brokers that want to destroy that system and the thieves and fools who are buying into it.
The latest battle is over the proposed legislation known as SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act). This bill strengthens the enforcement of copyright protection by requring internet providers to assist in the battle by banning pirate websites, etc. That is a very light treatment of the subject and there are definitely some problems with SOPA - such as a big due process issue. However, the tech industries are telling the public this is a ban on freedom of speech. If you want to read more about SOPA and the war against creators and their industries just google SOPA - oh - and when you go to google you will find a black banner. Click on it and you will see Google's diatribe about SOPA. If you want to read more about the position of those who support the fight against the pirates the visit the website of Fight Online Theft.