Source: Rep. Lamar Smith [via TechDirt]
quote: People will buy what they will buy. They won't what they won't. SOPA/PIPA won't change that. Make something worth buying and people will buy it.Becoming more draconian won't change reality or the real problem which IS the media companies. Business models die all the time, and there is nothing that says that the media conglomerates biz models should continue.If anything, copyright law has already gone too far in the wrong direction. It is time to put more of the common good into the law and less of the selfish greed.
quote: But i'm not american. I can't do a damn thing about SOPA, the NDAA, PROTECT IP, or the vast corruption amongst US senators.
quote: So Jason,If Dailytech is so passionate about sopa, and it appears to be, why is it they did not participate in the black out? I help run a local car club forum and we even blacked that out, surely DT is large enough?Why not black it out with nothing other than the links provided in this article as well as other information to help motivate people to action?
quote: Second , I posted a clear blackout/protest image on the frontpage -- that's about as much as Google is doing on its own homepage.
quote: Where? I just refreshed and noticed no changes, dt looks liek business as usual to me?
quote: I do agree that news and education is important, and I understand that dailytech has to protect a bottom line here- but I suppose I see no forms of protest and action other than an angry slant on articles. I appreciate the names and links provided here, but shock factor of the public is what also keeps dailytech's doors open should pipa be passed in the next few days. Think of it like protecting your future.
quote: You can make a very obvious statement while not restricting. You might not be the executive holder, have a voice and direct connection if they did not read this directly themselves. Many other alternatives could have taken place (and still can) even if you css changed all aticle fonts to strikeout other than sopa ones, or hid all articles un related to sopa etc.
quote: It is certainly a direct threat to DT's business. I believe Brandon is as well.
quote: I'm not entirely convinced that the content providers should get the blame for their material being pirated. The argument I'm making is not one of supporting SOPA and their backers, but rather for consumers accepting their part in creating the piracy problem.
quote: You're still building on the logical fallacy that people are going to pirate preferentially. Maybe people DON'T pirate on mass, maybe people prefer to purchase goods with money. Maybe that would explain the huge box office incomes and absurd profits the record labels make which fund their lawsuit campaigns? What if there ISN'T a piracy problem? What if it's so small and marginal that it's being inflated simply to drive legislation like this to allow companies to fleece even more money from the common, innocent consumer?
quote: He is a high profile supporter.
quote: I will boycott any supporter of this abomination,
quote: SOPA would add to these ranks by making the act of broadcasting copyrighted content via a stream sufficient to put you in the federal prison on the taxpayer dime. Say next October you're trying to watch that big football game, but not enough tickets were sold in your area, so it's blacked out. There's no legal way you can easily get it. So you ask your friend to stream it to you. Well guess what? Your friend, if they're caught, is now earned a free trip with Bubba in the slammer.
quote: This is already a crime. It is already illegal to rebroadcast any television broadcast without permission.
quote: Apparently Michelle Bachmann is one of the reps that is opposed to SOPA. My first thought was something about a broken clock still being right twice a day, but then it occurs to me this is one of those strange places Tea Party values and sane values might align. Ron and Rand Paul as well. If everyone in congress opposed to SOPA turns out to be a Tea Partier or Libertarian I'm going to be a little depressed.
quote: How about China or Russia?