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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Qhov no yuav hloov pauv.
Hnub no, peb tau muaj kev sib ntsib nrog peb cov neeg sawv cev hauv zos hauv Indiana los tham txog peb cov kev txhawj xeeb nrog Tiv thaiv tus IP ua thiab SOPA. 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.
Dab tsi tuaj yeem tshwm sim tam sim ntawd, yam tsis muaj txheej txheem sib hais, yog tias lub vev xaib uas pom tau tias yog kev txhawb nqa kev ua txhaum cai yuav raug tshem tawm ntawm kev tshawb fawb xyaw nrog rau txhua txoj hauv kev ntawm cov nyiaj tshaj tawm. Qhov no tuaj yeem tshwm sim yam tsis tau ceeb toom thiab tsis muaj peev xwm rau lub xaib tiv thaiv nws tus kheej. Peb lub chaw tshawb xyuas thiab peb cov nyiaj tau yog cov roj ntsha ua kom lub blog no txuas ntxiv mus. Hauv lwm lo lus, yog tias lub tuam txhab hnyav rau ntawm kev nkag siab yog leej twg xav mus ua rog nrog cov ntsiab lus peb sib qhia… peb cov blog yuav raug mob kom tuag nrog tsis muaj kev vam.
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 kev cai ywj pheej thawj coj, Chris Dodd, tam sim no yog tus thawj coj ntawm lub zog no uas yuav tsoo qhov tseem ceeb tshaj plaws ntawm Is Taws Nem - lub peev xwm los qhia cov ntaub ntawv dawb. Qhov no yog ib daim nqi uas yuav ntxiv dag zog rau cov uas muaj qhov tob tob ... thiab tshem tawm lub sijhawm los ntawm cov neeg tsis muaj zog. Nws yuav cuam tshuam rau txhua tus siv hauv Is Taws Nem, suav nrog koj.
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 ntxim pheej hmoo dua li peb muaj. Nyeem ntxiv ntawm Nres Asmeskas Kev Censorship.