I guess because I am writing this I actually went dim for SOPA. I need to write this because it’s important for me to let you all know where I really stand. Especially because some of the brands I work with are SOPA supporters. Fair enough. I get why they are protective, they have big things to protect.
The thing is, I’m not against Stopping Online Piracy. I’m a actually a huge advocate for protecting your brand against Copyright Violations and Trademark Infringements. I’ve actually had to file a Cease and Desist against someone who was infringing on my Trademark – it’s not fun. And I shouldn’t have had to do that.
But SOPA isn’t just about that.I am also protective of my First Amendment right. The Freedom of Speech. The way the current SOPA bill is written, it allows for an abuse of power. And that’s not right.
I don’t want my content stolen any more than the big names do. But I also don’t want my site shut down because I choose to say something negative about a brand, product or company. (One of the reasons I actually try and avoid negative reviews). I don’t want my site shut down because I post a photo and there is a brand in the background that isn’t mentioned in a post (Ok, I know that is stretching it, but the problem is, the way the current bill is written, that can happen) I don’t want my site shut down because of my honest opinion because someone doesn’t like how something is worded, or because of an image I used, or a mention or… you get the idea.
I want people to be honest.
I want them to stop stealing music, software, photos, brand names, content. I’m not just talking about the big theft rings, I’m talking about the every day user too. Stop online piracy. Period. Don’t claim photos and content if it’s not yours. Show proper credit. You not doing this is why these bills are in the works right now.
I just wanted to turn the lights on for a minute so my clients that do support SOPA know that I am not against them, but that I just think it’s written unfairly.
Please, take a minute, contact your Senator, and let them know how you feel about SOPA. It’s not about protecting against the people stealing content (who should be prosecuted) it’s about not taking away our Freedom of Speech.
I’m going to turn the lights back off now.