Monday, January 23, 2012

Much ado about everything

There has been a lot of media coverage about SOPA, (Stop On line Piracy Act), lately. I'm sorry to say that both local television stations in Wichita Falls, TX, KFDX Channel 3 and KAUZ TV Channel 6, support this bill as written.

I disagree with this bill because it would have made me a crimminal using the on-line media as I do to cover my articles in the various places I write from if someone accuses me of copyright infringement. According to one on-line article, I would have five days to correct the problem or face among all things a shut down. Like the smaller start up web sites, I don't have access to big time lawyers like the well known big wigs Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc. With the exception of HubPages, who thought my article, Fight for ramp an uphill battle, bordered on copyright infringement, no one ever complained about my articles being duplicated or plagiarized. Had they looked on YourHub.com, they wouldn't have found the article mentioned before because the site was under litigation for being a duplicate of another site with a similar name spelled YerHub.com in 2007 or 2008. Back then, Yh was regionalized, Texas being in the Southeast region. We also had a hard copy of the articles printed on line in newspaper form. The article I wrote showed up on the bottom half of the front page in January 2008 complete with before and after pictures. Now it hails out of Colorado and is a subsidiary of The Denver Post.

All of the sites I write for have zero tolerance for plagiarism or copyright infringement. HP stated before any article was pubished that any attempt to duplicate any/thing or any particiopation in copyright infringement will be removed. I figured my blog was a safer place to put that artocle inspite of the cloud it created on my homepage. The Examiner.com preferred that its writers use hyperlinks in their articles to reference their information. YahooVoices allows for both hyperlinks and citation of sources or reference to a published or unpublished source (not always the original source). More precisely, a citation is an abbreviated alphanumeric expression (e.g. [Newell84]) embedded in the body of an intellectual work that denotes an entry in the bibliographic references section of the work for the purpose of acknowledging the relevance of the works of others to the topic of discussion at the spot where the citation appears.

 Uproar over wording:


Because they believe SOPA and PIPA are so ambiguously worded that they hold the power to usher in unprecedented censorship online, stifle online innovation, and even "break the Internet" by allowing (or requiring) Internet service providers to tamper with the domain name system (DNS), the underlying architecture of the Internet. Supporters of these bills say all of these concerns are completely unfounded.

Neither one of our Texas Republican state Senators supported this bill . Sen. John Cornyn, R- Texas, posted on his Facebook page that Congress should’ve reconsidered the bills. He said while stealing content was theft, “ concerns about unintended damage to the internet and innovation in the tech sector required a more thoughtful balance, which would take more time.” Thornberry, whose district covered Wichita Falls and much of the adjacent region, opposed the proposal in its current form even before the protest.

At any rate, SOPA has been well covered by LinkedIn, YahooVoices, and The Examiner. To read more just type in the word SOPA. By the way, as of this printing, the bill is delayed, not necessarily dead.




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