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On an internet full of amazingly awesome PIPA/SOPA diatribes, videos, cartoons, animated cartoons, and explanations, this is the best one I’ve read. It sums up why it’s dangerous, and really goes into the history, the problem at hand (piracy) and outlines how out of touch the music and movie industry, and our political class, really are when it comes to technology and the internet, and how to address changing revenue streams. It comes from the point of view of a Hollywood professional.
If you read anything else on PIPA/SOPA, read this one.
Update: This is an awesome parody video, and a good example of what SOPA/PIPA and its ilk could ban, since it’s a song uploaded on YouTube parodying a real song, technically protected speech, but under these bills, the Big Giant Company that probably owns copyright to the original doesn’t even have to prove it’s a copyright violation to scuttle the entire YouTube website over it. No joke.
Update II: And you should read this letter to the internet from Senator Ron Wyden, who had put a hold on this legislation (PIPA) in the Senate a year ago, and without whom, this might have already passed before anyone really knew what it was about. Senator Wyden bought us time. The Senate has a vote scheduled next Tuesday to override the hold, which is a danger moment for this bill, but as of today, 33 Senators have now come out against it. That is up from a mere five objections a week ago.
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