Why SOPA and PIPA are bad (and have implications beyond the USA)

Yesterday, we blacked out acidlabs to show our support for our US-based friends in their fight against the bad pieces of legislation that are SOPA and PIPA. There’s a post at GOOD that offers a very understandable explanation.

One of the best explainers we know, Clay Shirky, spoke yesterday at TED’s office in NYC on the same thing. The video is below.

SOPA and PIPA are just another part in the great Internet turf war between those who want to control and dominate and those who want to create, do good and share.

Should this kind of legislation pass in the US, it’s only a matter of time until similar legislation would pass elsewhere, including here in Australia. There are already proposals for laws imposing unreasonable controls and surveillance on Internet activity here; and they are by no means dead.

In today’s Crikey, Bernard Keane takes a good look at the Australian perspective.

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