The proposed SOPA (and equally odious “Protect IP Act“) legislation is basically flawed in how it works and the damage chances are it will do to the Internet, that has been the best platform for creativity the world has ever seen. Because of this we are joining the blackout organized by our pals at Reddit by blacking out the HostBreak site on January 18th from 8am to 8pm EST (1300-0100 UTC).
The internet is a world-wide creature. A “Made in the usa” program will no more work to prevent the problems discussed of than would one made in any other single nation state. Even worse, the united states has been at the forefront of making certain the internet has remained free and a platform for creativity during the last fifteen years. With SOPA, or ProtectIP, that leadership will essentially end and Syria, China, Iran among others will not only use the US as a role model, they will also use these actions as further evidence of US control of the Internet and reason for trying to turn it over to the UN/ITU. This is best described by Susan Crawford.
Worse, the legislation itself is essentially corrupt. It is bought and paid for by big media, attempting vainly to safeguard anachronistic business models. This has been proven clearly in all of the hearings and the very conduct of the debate. Listening to how deeply uninformed those being asked to legislate this issue are has been nothing short of distressing.
If you wish to get involved we recommend you visit Stop American Censorship, BlackoutSOPA.org and that you follow @hostbreak on Twitter where we’re we’ll be tweeting about the movement to stop SOPA.