Stop SOPA

Wikipedia Goes Dark

I figured that rather than making my blog go dark in support of the SOPA protests, I would chime in with my feelings. As a writer and musician I understand the threat that online piracy represents and that people need to pay for the media that they consume. That being said I do think the legislation in its current form is too broad to perform as intended. Especially when current measures under the DMCA are working.

Supporters of this legislation would have you believe that billions of dollars are lost to online piracy and with it jobs. I cannot really speak to that but I do have to question their methodology for arriving at that figure. I do not accept the assumption that every piece of pirated content is a lost sale. I didn’t buy that when the music industry first used it as their argument against Napster. My decision to purchase content is always weighted against many factors one of which is, do I want to support this creator. There are plenty of movies that I will sit through but very few that I want to own and sit through again. Just as when I was using Napster I downloaded many songs to listen to; some I liked and bought the artist’s CD while others I didn’t like so I deleted them.

Again, do not let this issue be distilled down to a matter of you either support SOPA or you are for online piracy. Anyone who pushes that line needs to be asked; do you support the free exchange of ideas and information or do you advocate for a strong central body that can turn off the flow of information at their choosing. Artists need to be supported. That does not mean that we need legislation to guarantee that support at the sacrifice of our core principles. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

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About Vincent A. Alascia

Vincent is the author of, "In the Presence of Gods," "Xristos: Chosen of God," and coming soon, "Undead Heart," available on Kindle and paperback, as well as works that have appeared in anthologies and online. Originally an East Coast native, he makes his home in the Phoenix area of Arizona with his wife and three attention grabbing felines. Vincent is an active member of the West Valley Writers' Workshop and an Adult Services librarian at the Maricopa County Library District Northwest Regional Library in Surprise, Arizona.
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2 Responses to Stop SOPA

  1. Meghan Ward says:

    I don’t think the people who oppose SOPA and PIPA are FOR online piracy. From what I gather, the proposed legislation is just too broad and would hinder free speech on the Internet. It seems that EVERYONE opposes these bills – from Google, Twitter, Facebook, and Wikipedia to authors and even the White House. I’m curious to hear from someone who does support them and why. I’m also curious to hear from someone who really understands the bills and can explain why they are too broad. Because I haven’t researched them myself.

    • Vinny says:

      I too would like to hear from a supporter who isn’t from a content creator, if there even are any. Though there must be because online piracy should be dealt with. Mashable had a pretty good write up of the perils of SOPA here: http://mashable.com/2012/01/17/sopa-dangerous-opinion/ I think this legislation also puts light on a failing in our system where laws can be drafted that only benefit the few and not the many.

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