Why I chose to go dark for SOPA…

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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.

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About Kerri Jablonski

Kerri Jablonski AKA The Maven lives in Seattle,WA with her 3 kids (2008, 2010, 2013), husband, cat and backyard chickens. Two of her children have special needs. Kerri enjoys cooking, travel, movies and spending time with her family.

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  1. THanks for sharing

  2. I was talking to my husband last night and we came up with some pretty good comparisons to think about.

    When cars became popular, the transportation companies who were largely focused on the railroads had to make changes to stay in business. When air travel became popular, ships and car manufacturers (and related businesses) needed to make a change to keep up. When the internet came about, businesses who focused on things like encyclopedias, dictionaries, news broadcasts, etc had to get with the times and make important changes and advancements.

    Basically, we can’t (or shouldn’t) stop progress. Companies need to learn how to deal with this issue and make advancements in their industry to protect their materials. They’re totally right that they should be protected from pirates and thiefs, but they need to find a way to deal with it. No advancements have ever been made without someone complaining that it’ll create more work or that it just doesn’t fit with their business practices. We need to move beyond that and change the business practices instead of trying to stop progress or infringing on our First Amendment rights.

    50 years ago, no one thought it possible for us to have handheld computers, but here we are with phones that act like computers. The rest of the industry needs to advance at the same rate to protect their materials. I thank you for standing by our rights while still supporting the companies’ rights too.
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