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The SOPA/PIPA debates

I find very interesting how the SOPA/PIPA debates are falling out, and who decides to take which side. It's obviously a contentious bill, but the battle lines are completely unlike the battle lines in any other legislation I've seen recently. In the "pro" column, you've got Democrats and Republicans, Hollywood film industry organizations (usually very liberal), the MPAA (usually very conservative), the RIAA (usually assholes), the AFL-CIO, and a whole slew of big corporations (Disney, NBC, Viacomm, Revlon, the NBA, Nike, etc.). In the "anti" column, you've once again got Democrats and Republicans, and also the White House, the Cato Institute (Libertarian think tank), the American Library Association, the EFF, the European Union Parliament . . . and a whole slew of big corporations (Google, Yahoo, AOL, eBay, Zynga, etc.)

I suppose the phrase "Politics makes strange bedfellows" is getting some new traction.


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Jan. 19th, 2012 12:20 am (UTC)
Not to mention the Wikipedia 24 hour strike (and Wikipedia is not alone in this). Google's doodle today was ... "interesting". I REALLY don't think that the PTB (Powers-That-Be) in Washington have yet come to understand what the Internet can do (even after having their previous statements plastered all over Youtube...)
Jan. 20th, 2012 04:56 am (UTC)
You can find some interesting statistics at the ProPublica Web site: which members of Congress support and oppose, in which parties, and how much money each of them has received from the two most affected industries.

This all makes me think of the Transhuman Space history with conflict over intellectual property being one of the central political struggles of the 21st century.
Jan. 20th, 2012 04:16 pm (UTC)
This might amuse you: Over on NoodleFood, Diana Hsieh wrote, The MPAA calls the Internet going dark in protest of SOPA and PIPA an "abuse of power." In related news, the Eye of Sauron accuses hobbits of terrorism.
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