An open letter to the late Walt Disney, disturbing him in the Afterlife about the Disney-supported Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
Dear Walt —
Now, I realize you’re dead, but I’ve got something to say to you.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been watching two companion pieces of legislation move through the House and the Senate — the “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA) in the House, and “Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011” (Protect IP or PIPA) in the Senate. This legislative monstrosity threatens to give unparalleled power to a league of corporations that would abuse it endlessly, impose crippling compliance restrictions on existing internet companies and make many new ventures impossible, and be a back door to censorship of an unprecedented level for this country.
Just think of it as “catching up with China,” and you’ll have the idea.
The reason I’m disturbing you is that after I did only a little bit of research, I found this list of supporters for PIPA:
Recording Industry Association of America
Independent Film & Television Alliance
Motion Picture Association of America
National Association of Theater Owners
Association of American Publishers
American Federation of Musicians
American Association of Independent Music
U. S. Chamber of Commerce
… and so on. And then my mind skidded to a screeching halt when I hit this name:
The Walt Disney Company
The Walt Disney Company? Are you serious?