For a while we are reading about SOPA and all the nonsense around it. Companies make fools of themselves for supporting it and the public is concerned of what is behind it and what can really happen should it be signed. My lawyer girlfriend suggested to give all the details of this bill, but I refuse to do that. Let’s talk straight and easy about it and use a few easy examples for everyone to understand.
First of all, if SOPA would be in place already, YOU would be a criminal. Yes, me too. Being on the Internet would make you most likely a criminal.
Facebook, Google+ and all the other Social Media sites, gone. If not, reduced to watch politicians enjoying a military parade.
Sharing news, music or anything else is a crime. Even sharing information abut the football game online would be a crime, NFL supported by the way (The NFL supports SOPA).
So, everything is clear. You can hang over the small print as long as you want, the three things above are “booked”, if SOPA passes. Let’s look at the motivation for such a bill on the example of the music industry. They are, you guessed it, in favor of this bill for the plain simple reason of money, like all the others. They refuse to let progress happen and don’t want to change their business model because it would mean losing an opportunity to make billions the easy way, disregarding progress in technology, life, time and whatever else you want to put in. For them, selling CD’s would be the thing for the next 1000 years. Here is a comparison on how stupid this is: Remember Edison? That’s the guy that invented the light bulb. Imagine then, the candle industry would have done the same stuff as the music industry and a few others today and prevent progress from happening. We would all sit around with candle light. You might laugh, but in essence, it is the same thing.
As the music industry (and a few others, right Mr. Murdoch?) here is how you get such nonsense rolling. You get together with your peers and collect money. You find a lobbyist and that lobbyist walks into the office of some … in Washington and puts a check and a few other minor “prices” on the table. A paper will be drafted and will be called SOPA. By now, lots of the possible results have been discussed and even the biggest ignorant has heard at least one of the consequences of this baloney. Besides prison for all and other major restrictions, it means that foreign content on the internet could be blocked. Just lean back and think for a second where that could lead to. Haven’t we all heard of these things countries such as North Korea are doing to keep their people in check? Their news delivery ends when they leave the house. I don’t want to mention China, after SOPA, they will overtake us on the freedom scale.
We are talking about the Internet. “INTER – NET”, not “LOCAL – NET” or “Read What I Want You To Read Net”. The entire world is on it – world wide web. Let’s not put the Internet through the “Bullshit Generator” and find excuses why this is not so. This is not a political discussion. Well, it is.
With the Internet came a lot of opportunities. Remember the Internet bubble and what came with it? Yes, it ended in a financial misery, but not because of all the new inventions, but because of greed. At least since then is the music industry trying to battle the new platforms on where music is bought, shared and rented. So, that is over 15 years already. Add the other years of selling CD’s and vinyl records, that’s how long they are hanging on on the same business model. For them, time stands still.
Now, slowly but surely, time has run them over. In order to defend their biblical business model they need to find a way to stop progress. The only possible way for them to stay in business is, a law must be created to protect them. Imagine the candle industry would have put that on Thomas Edison. Remember the example?
The number of websites that promote music of not so well known artists is growing. So it is in the movie industry and so it is with other content, right Mr. Murdoch? Demand Media anyone? I am wondering why they are not making it out of the holes after their IPO. One can only guess that the long arm of Rupert Murdoch and a few friends are using their influence to keep them down. Wouldn’t be surprised about that. Back to the music industry. In a few years, or less, you will see a complete overhaul in the industry on how music is produced and promoted. The music will be sold from the artists website or from a portal that hosts hopeful artists music and work. It is already out there. The internet is giving them the opportunity. The most they might need is a manager. So, in a few years, you will not see any Sony Music or other sleepyheads anymore. At least not the same way. Unless SOPA …
I am all over the music industry. Let’s not forget the same counts for the movie industry and other big content providers that have their hands on “public information”. Public information is what they try to withhold from people. If you don’t play after their rules, and don’t pay, all you get is the important information on how Rupert Murdoch slept last night.
As I write this, I hear in the background the TV screaming: “Congress hits new low approval record”. Well, If they believe that it is important to discuss SOPA and hold back information for people and progress rather than look for more important things to discuss and solve, the numbers will be bad for some time. On the other hand, with SOPA there is no problem with low approval records, Just cut it out of the news stream and tell everyone everything is great. No harm done.
Comments and opinion appreciated.