Only days after the White House and chief sponsors of the legislation responded to the major concern expressed by opponents and then called for all parties to work cooperatively together, some technology business interests are resorting to stunts that punish their users or turn them into their corporate pawns, rather than coming to the table to find solutions to a problem that all now seem to agree is very real and damaging.
It is an irresponsible response and a disservice to people who rely on them for information and use their services. It is also an abuse of power given the freedoms these companies enjoy in the marketplace today. It's a dangerous and troubling development when the platforms that serve as gateways to information intentionally skew the facts to incite their users in order to further their corporate interests.
A so-called 'blackout' is yet another gimmick, albeit a dangerous one, designed to punish elected and administration officials who are working diligently to protect American jobs from foreign criminals. It is our hope that the White House and the Congress will call on those who intend to stage this 'blackout' to stop the hyperbole and PR stunts and engage in meaningful efforts to combat piracy.
These are the words of Chris Dodd of the MPAA, in response to the Internet blackout protesting SOPA. This has got to be so dripping with lies that it gave me a good laugh.
First, let's forget for a moment that the MPAA also has corporate pawns. A lot of them just happen to be Congressmen, who then introduce legislation that the MPAA writes and unanimously benefits them only. Oh, and of the people* you speak of, only you guys do this. Also, companies that resort to legal action have failed.
Secondly, this is a simulation of what will happen when this SOPA thing passes. Not could, will. And 'abuse of power'? LOL! Look at who controls Congress and is talking like this bill is his baby!
Thirdly, you are part of the "media"; your news outlets tell people what to do all the time. It's time to wake up and realize that other people* have power too.
I've already done my part. Now, call your congressman. Tell them who you are, where you're from, and to vote no on SOPA. It's just that easy.
*Corporations are people too, you know. Hopefully not for long.