Wikipedia And Several Other Sites Go Black
(Part 3 of a 3-Part Series)
By John M Disque
To protest new legislation and to raise awareness, Internet giant – Wikipedia has gone black. On visiting the site you will not find the information you are seeking but you will find a brief message explaining why they are blacked-out and a prompt to type in your zip code, which will take you through the steps of contacting your representative.
The legislation - (“Stop Online Piracy Act”) SOPA, has been met with major resistance since the day it was introduced in October.
Wikipedia is not alone: Several big-time websites have decided to join in the protest and remove themselves from the Internet for 24 hours on January 18, 2012. Google has blacked-out their logo and included a scroll-over message asking you to tell Congress not to censor the Internet.
Most of this fire was fueled by Reddit (a popular link-sharing, social news website). Reddit succeeded in getting Go Daddy to rethink their entire stance. After losing millions in revenue and admitting that the bill was too vague and opens the door for government control of the internet, Go Daddy too decided to oppose SOPA.
The sites are concerned that the bill could/will lead to complete online censorship and a government dictatorship which will drastically limit your available information.
Senate is expected to vote on the bill January 24.
Published in East TN News January 18, 2012
Introduction To Online Piracy
(Part 2 of 3 Part Series)
By John M Disque
Edited By James Howell
To familiarize you with one part/version of "online piracy," I set the following example. Before you read it please take into account that this is just one form of piracy and it does not mean you should hand-over complete Internet control to the US Government.
Imagine that your son or daughter is a star high school athlete, obtains a college athletic scholarship, and people begin talking about their chances to make the professional ranks.
Someone along the line educates you about online piracy and, in the best interest of your child, you go to a domain-provider to buy your child’s name and someone else owns it.
Web domains are bought and sold everyday and your first reaction is apt to be “no big deal.” The person paid around 10 dollars for the domain, they’re not doing anything with it and they’ll sell it for 50 bucks…. Right?
Wrong. The person who bought your child’s name knows all about their gift, they know that people are searching for more information about them and they know that the more famous your child gets, the more money they will make. If they do make a pro-team or become an Olympic star, that 10-dollar domain is now worth millions.
Now imagine that the domain is in operation and it’s a porn site or they’re using it to sell advertisements or they’re forwarding it to their own business site and they’re making a fortune.
Chances are - the person who owns the site will entertain offers but it’s not going to be cheap and, the more determined you, or your child’s management, are/is about obtaining it, the more expensive it’s going to be. It is not unusual for famous athletes, musicians, actors and businesses to pay millions for a web domain.
It’s called “Internet piracy ” or "Online Piracy."
Yes – this should be stopped but not at the price of complete US government control over the Internet. The problem with many of our laws, in and outside of the Internet, is that they are often abused and used to destroy common, everyday American rights. Before you are quick to support any law – read it. Find out exactly what you are agreeing to and don’t be afraid to question the details and how it will effect you and your family in the future.
Your creative rights, your right to compete in the business world and your right to free speech are at risk. If we don’t protect our own rights and simply hand over complete control we will find ourselves, our creativity and our businesses limited by strangers.
Senator Bob Corker, Go Daddy and Netflix Under Fire from Reddit