Chris Dodd, CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, during a talk at San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club earlier this week. Dodd was a US Senator for 30 years before becoming the MPAA’s top lobbyist.
- sopa…was a bill with the purported intention of helping intellectual property holders crack down on copyright infringement online. It was killed in the Senate in the face of widespread opposition from many, many people.
- cispa…is a different bill, currently making its way through Congress, with the purported aim of combatting cyberterrorism and lubricating the flow of potentially helpful cyber intelligence between the private and public sector. source
» The key word here is “purported.” Critics of SOPA alleged that the text of the bill was too draconian, and would have allowed for shutting down entire websites for questionable infractions (for example, linking to a message board with a comment that directed users to a site with copyrighted material). Opposition to CISPA, however, comes due to privacy concerns: Critics say the bill allows private companies (such as Facebook and Microsoft which opposed SOPA but support CISPA) to exchange personal information and private data with the government a bit too easily. We’ve still got to delve into the nitty-gritty here, but we recommend you seek out a few different takes on the legislation. TechDirt and Geekosystem are both opposed, GigaOm is so-so, and Lifehacker has a nice rundown as to why Facebook and Microsoft opposed SOPA but support CISPA.
Piracy is a big problem. So much so that recent times on the web have become turbulent from national online strikes to combat legislation that impedes innovation and Internet freedoms in the name of protecting copyright laws, to the shut down of websites that contribute to piracy and many others closing their virtual doors in fear of what may happen to them.
Seriously, Oatmeal, SERIOUSLY, you have hit the nail on the head. Click that link, fools.
We pirate because it is easy. It was far, far easier to click a button and get what you want, exactly when you want it (which is usually RIGHT NOW). If it was possible to both get what we want while paying a reasonable amount to support our favorite creators, we so would.
Most of the time, I wish there were just donation buttons or something for whatever band/movie/tv show I recently enjoyed for free. I’d totally have hopped on over to “Attack the Block” and donated like $10, since it only opened in such select theaters I couldn’t make it, and have no desire to buy a horrible, bulky over-priced disc.