I’m taking a quick break from working on my business plan to bring this to the attention of my friends and readers and encourage you to act. In case you haven’t already heard, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is presently making its way through Congress right now. If passed and signed, this bill will enable the Justice Department to issue court orders against websites suspected of copyright infringement and/or trafficking copyrighted goods and is a bipartisan effort.
For an update on its progress please click here.
This trend was all started a while back by record industries trying to prevent illegal downloading and started suing 10-year old kids instead of their parents. Before I go on let me say that I do not hold a grudge against record companies (or companies in general) because I used to work for one and learned a great deal by working there but they’re not perfect either and in my book wrong is still wrong and SOPA is something that I wholeheartedly disagree with.
Simply put, you can’t stop piracy by censoring the internet. As I mentioned in a previous post China’s economy is based on piracy. I’m picking on China here because they are the leading pirating country in the world. The only way to stop that is to make our own products and bring manufacturing back home but for some reason politicos who create the ease for manufacturing abroad are the same ones who tout the desire to create more jobs at home but that’s another story.
All industries evolve and when numbskulls who are too proud to admit when they’re wrong to try and control the natural evolution of a market it naturally ends up in freedoms being taken away. I-Tunes is a result of market evolution. Because of i-Tunes, illegal downloading is down and we now have a safe and legal (not to mention moral) way of getting the music that we love to enjoy. Remember those cassette tapes that folks would record records on? Yeah, they went away! Go figure. The key to survive in the marketplace is to adapt and learn what the trends are and try to be ahead of the wave.
SOPA is censorship pure and simple. The internet is the last place on Earth that we have to lift our voices freely in expression of thought and the freedom to gather.
Don’t let them take that away. Call your Congressman today.
With malice towards none,
Leonardo Ramirez is an author of prose fiction and graphic novels in the genres of Young Adult and Children’s Books.
For more information please visit http://www.leonardoverse.com.