POSTED: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 7:51pm
UPDATED: Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 10:23pm
tyler — This most chilling sentence in our vocabulary is "I'm from the federal government and I'm here to help."
Now the feds are trying to get involved with the Internet.
This all boils down to Hollywood and the music industry ticked off because some rinky-dink foreign sights are allowing access to download some of their product.
So, they have pushed lawmakers in Washington D.C. to act.
The bill begging all the press is SOPA, or the "Stop Online Piracy Act."
It sounds great at first, until you realize by keeping a few Hollywood fat cats fatter, the bill would allow the federal government to get involved with the internet.
Many lawmakers have wanted to do this for years and this would be letting the camel get it's nose under the tent.
But, if this happens, all the ambiguous language in the bill can be interpreted may ways by federal judges who can barely turn on a computer.
This would also squelch a lot of free speech and little folks getting into the cyber business world. The big boys would have all the juice.
There is a good chance someone will not like what's on the website you like to look at--- and POOF they are gone.
Who would make these people king? This horribly thought out piece of legislation.
Years ago I worked at a TV station in Nashville. The music people there were egging the government to go after Napster for downloading contest. Even then I espoused what a wise person told me.
"In the end, technology will always win." And it did.
Ever hear of "iTunes"?
Now, you don't have to buy the crappy CD your favorite group put out. You can spend a buck and get the song you want.
It's fair. The market took care of the problem.
Don't trust the government on this one.
It's opening up a huge door of hurt to fix a small problem.
That's my point of view, what's yours?
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