With the SOPA Black Out behind us, it amazed me how much I rely on Wikipedia as it just never dawned upon me, however my point is that with any luck people got the message, so the people who are elected to represent us, “us” the people of the Unites States of America and not the liberal Media Companies which bank rolled their campaign war chests.
As my point here is we’ve gone too far with copyright and patent laws as while we require both, things are out of hand now. The idea of both was to protect unique ideas and innovations to foster the willingness of people and companies to invest in creating them. This “protection” was initially intended for a limited scope and defined a “reasonable” amount of time before entering the “public domain” to be owned as well as enjoyed without financial impediment or limit.
Now let me say this, cut me and I will bleed capitalism, so this isn’t a socialist thing as by the nature of “capitalism” it should be open as competition is key to capitalistic success. When we limit the availability to open access of knowledge, then we are limiting competition. Remember that in the days of old (pre-Internet) is when these [laws] were crafted meaning they are a bit long in the tooth.
It’s also worth noting we can’t do away all together with the protection of intellectual Property where everyone and their brother can set up a “Pirate Bay” site. However the economic and distribution models need to change as we are now operating in a global economy and the rules of the road in these faraway lands are different than our and our elected officials are that silly to think they are change this with a simple rote swipe of the pen, if this where the case, then they should pass a bill which bans world hunger as they would have more success in that.
As the only thing SOPA will do is form an Oligarchy here, where the few will control what the many have access to as we are headed to a slippery place in the new world where while information wants to be free, it in fact costs a lot and someone has to pay the piper. As in the old days, yesterday’s news was still worth something as a day old paper still had value; magazines were handed down, etc. However in today’s world where electrons comprise the manifestation of our information instead of pigmented inks. They are however are shackled at the ankles by pay-walls which much like the scenario of Logan’s Run gives it all information only a limited time to live…