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With SOPA/Protect IP now cast by reluctant legislators into the outer darkness, the author comes up for air … for a moment.

Troubled Skies

Start: As you can see, I’ve taken back the header to my blog, which has been obscured by a black banner with the words “Stop Censorship,” which in turn linked to the Stop American Censorship site.

Am I done with that issue?

In a word, ha!

I have no illusions that the forces behind the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), and its Senate sister Protect IP (PIPA) are going to graciously acknowledge defeat and gallantly submit to the wisdom of the masses. But, barring something unusual, both SOPA and PIPA as written are dead, and it will probably be some months before we see something quite like it again.

Though it is like our government to blind-side us, isn’t it?

It saddens me to think that that we must consider our elected leaders to be enemies of the people, because, clearly, they aren’t very good at keeping our best interests in mind.

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With the call to oppose SOPA/Protect IP by the creators of the most popular blogging software package in the world, it’s time for bloggers to stand up.

WordPress Stands up

Start: Are you a blogger? Do you run a one or two person business that is supported all or in part by the internet?

The makers of the software that most of you use, WordPress, has stood up and urged users to stand in opposition to these laws.

Did you see it?

Do you oppose the Stop Online Piracy Act, and its Senate equivalent Protect IP?

If you don’t know what these are, well, welcome back from Mars. How was your trip?

If you do know what these are, you’re an American, and you’re not opposing them, what are you thinking?

On Tuesday, January 24, 2012, the U.S. Senate is poised to vote on the internet blacklist bill. This bill is ostensibly intended to combat the theft of intellectual property, including films, music, and patent infringement. If the backers of this bill get their way, it will give them the power to blacklist websites and force payment services to cease providing a means to do financial transactions to any site they allege of infringement.

Note that word closely: allege.

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