In case you missed it, our Assoc. Director in the Office of Government Relations, Corey Williams created this helpful PIPA, SOPA and OPEN Act Quick Reference Guide (pdf). If you’re just looking for tl;dr – The ALA will continue to voice strong opposition to PIPA and SOPA, while further analysis of the OPEN Act is needed.
This is a joke. This bill will have very little impact on jobs directly. And of course the money that people don’t pay to the MPAA, they spend somewhere else. So this is about the distribution of jobs, not the number.
Passage of the Stop Online Piracy Act or Protect IP will send a loud signal to governments everywhere that it is fine to monitor and censor citizens’ online behavior to catch and prevent “infringing activity,” which too often means political and religious dissent.
We are happy to report that the U.S. Congress—with the apparent silent support of the White House—is well on its way to creating a massive new Internet filtering regime that will more than legitimize the expansion of our own extensive online censorship efforts.
Rojadirecta argues that, because ‘there is no way to communicate the availability of these alternative sites on the .org or .com domains … the vast majority of users will simply stop visiting the sites altogether.’ This argument is unfounded — Rojadirecta has a large internet presence and can simply distribute information about the seizure and its new domain names to its customers.