Took this photo while on vacation in Philly a couple of years ago. The recent debates on SOPA and PIPA have led me to unearth this now timely reminder of the fight for freedom. As a writer, copyrighting my unpublished and online material has always been a concern. However, I feel strongly against SOPA and PIPA. The bills give absolute power to “mechanisms” (read: net policers) to take down any site that supposedly steals US property, or facilitates copyright infringement, without any warning or trial.
What constitutes the theft of US property might be quite straightforward, but who knows what facilitating copyright violations means? On a micro and personal level, if I post an article or any other work not done by me to my website, am I violating copyright? If I allow the sharing of information and use my site for such, am I facilitating copyright infringement? Something not clearly defined will definitely suffer in execution. And given that these supposed net policers have their own interests as well, the passage of the bills could mean the death of our freedom of expression online.