Wednesday, 18 January 2012

SOPA blackout

Assorted websites, including Wikipedia, have blacked themselves out today to encourage readers to lobby against the new legislative restrictions on the internet being proposed in the SOPA and PIPA bills in the USA.  Wikipedia has carefully done this in the weakest way: you can access Wikipedia as normal by telling your browser to block Javascript: this can be done only for site if you want other sites to be unaffected.

The protesting sites are careful to say that their opposition to the bills is not based on any lack of respect for Intellectual Property Rights.  I'm against the bills too, but I think the concept of IP has gone much too far.  I am not a supporter of the Amalgamated Union of Tollbooth Operators.

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