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Seriously, Just Say No To #SOPA

November 17, 2011 | 1 Minute Read

[Congress’s Piracy Blacklist Plan: A Cure Worse than the Disease? Techland TIME.com](http://techland.time.com/2011/11/07/congresss-piracy-blacklist-plan-a-cure-worse-than-the-disease/2/).

It’s a dumb law that will criminalize just casual piracy, which isn’t even really piracy. Hell, using the “ShareThis” feature on Youtube to post a music video to Facebook would get you fined and your accounts shut down. That’s just stupid.

The fact that Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Google, Tumblr, and other major Internet giants are coming out against this bill should really tell you something.

It’s a dumb law that will utterly destroy American values of free speech in order to go after a crime in a manner that doesn’t even deal with it that well. (What are you going to do about foreign websites, anyways?) It’s a wild overreaching of federal power that should have conservatives–particularly states-rights conservatives–up in arms. Naturally, they aren’t (at least not that much.)

Just say no to SOPA.

UPDATE: Here’s the text of the bill. In addition, read this great summary from the Electronic Frontier Federation.

I also want to point out that I’m not a fan of intellectual piracy. Contrary to many libertarians, I actually do believe in intellectual property–but within reason. Frankly, SOPA is not within reason whatsoever. Not that that has ever stopped our Most Esteemed Leaders of the People’s Commissariat in Washington, but it should be noted.