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January 19, 2012 | Uncategorized

WordPress used their platform to join the chorus of stop SOPA and PIPA –legislation designed to shut down websites engaged in copyright violations. I understand the concerns about censorship and the potential for abuse in the proposed legislation. The level of backlash and underlying assumption that all regulation is evil scares me.

While WordPress asks for donations now and then. their developers chose to offer their publishing software for free. This is the model some of the well-intentioned anti-SOPA/PIPA crowd want everyone else who creates intellectual property to adopt.

No. Thank. You. I don’t want to give away the stories I write. And yes, I do think it’s wrong for people to copy my work and donate it to their fellow pirates.

The Question Copyright Organization claims stealing intellectual property isn’t the same thing as stealing real property. Therefore all software, movies, television, books, and music transferred to digital formats should be available for free.

Am I the only one that sees a huge problem with this line of reasoning?

In this society, most adults barter their time for money. We call this employment. We suit up, show up, and add value to whatever product or service our employers provides the economy. How many of us would keep showing up without paychecks as incentive? Most of us want and need to get paid for our work.

Go ahead and weigh in with your feelings — we still have free speech.

Posted by Evanne @ 4:00 am  

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