When I first heard about the online protests against PIPA, the effort had my full support. Pipa is not as attractive as Great Britain would have you believe and I was encouraged that companies like Google,Wikipedia and WordPress would go to such lengths, blocking out their own logos even, to bring this issue to the forefront.
However, after receiving a terse response to my ‘thank you’ letter to Wikipedia, I learned the protests were against legislation titled PIPA and SOPA, which would strengthen laws against online piracy. In my mind, pirates have just as much of a right to be on the internet as anyone, and if you think about it, time spent online is time they’re not out plundering ships, so I continued to support the measure.
But then I read an interesting article in Forbes Magazine titled “Under Sopa, Justin Beiber Would Be In Jail.”
Finally, a law that would put Justin Beiber where he belongs, behind bars.
My position on the matter immediately changed.
So, although it seems counter-cultural and contrary to popular opinion, the Army of Awesome People is launching a demonstration in support of SOPA and the immediate imprisonment of Justin Beiber following its passage.
Please join us in this effort. Click the “like” button below and leave a comment below. We’ll pass your comments along to congress.