Thursday, November 24, 2011

About SOPA ...

The Wikipedia article on this proposed legislation (although its neutrality has been disputed) points out a lot of potential problems, and calls it, among other things, a job-killer.
I believe in stopping piracy, but it has been proven that it really isn't the problem many bullying IP owners claim it is:

1) I believe a personal photograph is 100% IP - protected. It means a photographer was there and personally made an effort to be in the place where the photo was taken.

Obviously, there are exceptions to this ... data that is already public or data that is paid for by the public or has free license.

2) From what I'm able to tell and can personally vouch for ... movie and music piracy is in a lot of ways - promotion. 

I do not believe in even the temporary entrepreneurial profiteering off of someone else's work - ie - selling pirated movie DVDs or Music CDs at the flea market or selling online without some form of licensing.

3) Derivitave art, crowdsourced information, amateur reproduction or performance for the purpose of information and not for the intentional laziness or malice of another should be allowed. I think it's clear when plagiarism and blatant theft of copyright/trademark/IP/idea/concept takes place.

4) We truly have come to a point in history where every idea has at least been concieved. No one should legal claim to previous art and copyright should expire. Royalties, with few exceptions (such as iconic Characters) should expire within a very reasonable but lengthy period of time - 25 years.

5) There will ALWAYS be pirates as long as the earth spins. Find one way to stop them - they will find two more ways to steal ~ in a lot of ways justifiably - in other ways; unscrupulous.

6) There will always be more naturally good people that will pay for entertainment and art because they see it as priceless and wish to reward the creator or reward themselves to be entertained.

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