Wednesday, 18 January 2012

SOPA: off-topic, but too important to let pass…

The SOPA Bill fundamentally misunderstands how the internet works, panders to the interests of big business, is built on a systematic campaign of distortions, half-truths and outright lies spread by the entertainment industry and their lobbyists, and is just plain bad law.

And Rupert Murdoch supports it.

Although a piece of US legislation, it seeks to affect the whole world via the internet and thus is of legitimate concern to anyone with an internet connection. Thus far, the level of argument put forward in defence of SOPA is broadly equivalent to saying that if you oppose the death penalty, you must be pro-crime. This is patently nonsense, as is SOPA itself.

I can only urge American readers of this blog to lobby their elected representatives in the strongest possible terms. Again: this is bad law.

Apologies for the off-topic digression. Normal service resumes shortly.


  1. Not ENTIRELY off-topic as a comic YOU letter has gone dark in protest, you know... ;-)

    --- Geoff