Many companies are blacking out their sites in an effort to fight the Protect IP (PIPA)/SOPA Act that's under review here in the United States. Rather than climbing onboard the wagon and shutting down my site, I thought it would be more constructive to share my reaction with you.
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D’fhéadfadh sé seo athrú.
Inniu, bhí cruinniú againn lenár n-ionadaithe áitiúla in Indiana chun ár n-imní a phlé leis an Gníomh IP agus SOPA a chosaint. While the leaders were responsive, they didn't say whether or not our representative was supporting the bill. Here's some additional information – but please read my notes below with my concerns.
As far as our representatives are concerned, the DNS blocking has been overstated and requires a third party to determine whether or not to actually block the site. The verbiage leans in the direction that the only sites that could get blocked are foreign sites. I'm not an attorney, so I'm not sure if that's true or not.
Is é an rud a tharlóidh ar an toirt, gan próiseas cuí, go bhféadfaí láithreán a mheastar a thacaíonn le sárú cóipchirt a bhaint as innill chuardaigh chomh maith le gach bealach chun ioncam fógraíochta a bhac. D’fhéadfadh sé seo tarlú gan fógra agus gan an cumas ag láithreán é féin a chosaint. Is iad ár gcuairteanna ar innill chuardaigh agus ár n-ioncam an cuisle a ligeann don bhlag seo leanúint ar aghaidh ag leathnú. Is é sin le rá, má dhéanann corparáid trom ar lucht dlí ar mian léi dul i gcogadh leis an ábhar a roinnimid… d’fhéadfaí ár mblag a chur chun báis gan aon bhaint a bheith aici.
I was reassured on the phone that this was highly unlikely, that we'd be able to get representation and fight the issue. Here's the problem… that takes time and money that I don't have as a small business. So, rather than fight, it would be best for me to fold the site and go back and work for a big company. That's frightening.
Washington is a city full of attorneys. They often don't remember that those of us without the legal resources don't get to defend ourselves adequately. This, in my opinion, is what the Protect IP and SOPA Acts have been written to do. They are a tool of a dying industry… a last gasp to try to prevent the inevitable. The analogy I provided was a storekeeper who refused to put locks on their door. Since they can't figure out how to protect themselves, they're now asking the government to guard it for them.
I'm not writing this simply from a single viewpoint of a blogger. We provide content as well with the expectation that our copyright be respected. At times it hasn't been and I've taken action. I've been able to block sites, report them to advertising systems, and have other companies – like stock photo companies – with deeper pockets go after them. That means little ol' Doug has been able to thwart infringement and fight it without the need of the government to get involved. Of course, this isn't about my intellectual property though – it's about the movie and record industry deteriorating profits.
It's tragic. And it's unfortunate that our political leaders are actually thinking about doing this. Even more tragic is that a daonlathach ceannaire, Chris Dodd, anois is é ceannaire an fhórsa seo a mhillfidh gné an-lárnach an Idirlín - an cumas faisnéis a roinnt go saor. Is bille é seo a thabharfaidh cumhacht breise dóibh siúd a bhfuil pócaí doimhne acu ... agus a bhainfidh an deis do dhaoine gan chumhacht. Beidh tionchar aige ar gach úsáideoir ar an Idirlíon, tusa san áireamh.
Please take the time to read the fine details and understand how it will impact you, your content, and your business. You need not be American, the Internet doesn't have borders we can put forces on… and those outside the United States are i mbaol níos mó ná mar atáimid. Léigh níos mó ag Stop Cinsireacht Mheiriceá.