Almost Couch Potatoes Again – SOPA Relief

Key notes from Clay Shirkey’s SOPA and PIPA TED talk:

-Scarcity before 2000 just meant another TV show, book, or album had to be decent to be paid for or viewed
-Consumers are not couch potatoes but want to create and share
-1998 allowed the copyright owners to put device destroying technology on their content. Ironically, the government did not threaten the mixtape which forms the basis of the Internet sharing culture
-SOPA and PIPA are “nuclear,” an attempt to destroy the people’s Internet
-The content owners want us back on the couch, completely passive and unsocial

Keep saying NO.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.