Wednesday, 18 January 2012

SOPA / Blackout Protest

The internet is a wonderful thing.  A collective place where mankind can share it's knowledge, creativity, ideas, and pictures of kittens.  It was a gift unto mankind, and probably like no other invention has changed the way human beings live their lives.

SOPA could potentially criminalise people for sharing information, and hampen the use of the internet and probably most importantly curb and limit free thought and speech.  And what for?  To take the easy way out in the fight against piracy and save money.

The blogging community has seen action of this kind before, which several blogs pulled temporarily or even permanently because of draconian laws.  No one (at least no one at Scottish Fiction) is advocating piracy or not crediting and rewarding people financially for their work both physical and intellectual.  SOPA is not the answer.

For a full 24 hours (from 18 January 2012 at 17:00 until 19 January 2012 17:00) Scottish Fiction will lend it's support, alongside Wikipedia, Google, WordPress, and hundreds of other small websites, to support the blackout and campaign against SOPA.

Thanks for your support and understanding.

P.S. Would SOPA allow for this hilarious, and very accurate, meme?

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