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PIPA is not dead. Senator Leahy is reviving it.(via TPM)

What I can't figure out is where these hundreds of thousands of jobs are that legislators keep going on about. Instituting a global effecting law that is governed by the United States is not going to a) give the United States popularity points, b) create jobs, in fact it will cripple the tech industry, and c) who is going to benefit from this legislation? The public? You, me, and Joe down the street? Not at all. This is protection for old school business models which do not understand how to provide content direct to users on the internet.

I have no problem with protecting copyright and/or intellectual property. But these bills are overbroad and do very little to put me at ease with possible abuse that could be taken through the language in which they are written. And yes, I've read them, several times. I don't agree that millions of internet users are spreading hyperbole or are pawns of the tech industry. For those of us who are savvy enough to understand how to use the internet we are intelligent enough to make our own decisions.

If you've been following along and doing the research then you are well aware of how the dangerous line these bills tread on. These bills require the sites to be responsible for individual users violation of copyright. So, something like Youtube has gazillions of users and a finite staff. That staff would have to be moderating every video that was posted to Youtube. Smaller sites don't have the kind of staff that Youtube or Facebook has, those sites will not be able to remain open. Even Youtube or Facebook will have a difficult time maintaining the flow information. Imagine what that means to the end users. Facebook post which scroll in seconds would slow down or cease entirely. These companies cannot hire the people to man that kind of moderation. It's not a viable business model. In turn, investors are not going to invest in the next Youtube, Facebook, etc with that kind of legislation.

As an independent author/artist I don't see piracy as a worse evil than this legislation. I don't advocate piracy, but I don't think it hurts as much as censorship does. This legislation is cutting off one's nose to spite the face. It's too much. Goes too far. It harms artists and creators. It will be harmful to businesses. It will cause job loss, not gain.

Word of mouth advertising is the best kind of advertising out there. If someone spoofs your product or creation or tributes it-- hell, you can't afford to buy that kind of advertising. Your kid singing a disney song uploaded to Youtube is cute, but under this legislation no one will see it. And it's free freakin' advertising for Disney.

So, we need to be offensive thinking not defensive thinking. We need to look closely at the OPEN Act. We need to urge our legislators to look at the OPEN Act and get them on board with something that is positive.