The Article On The E-PARASITE Act That You Need To Read
from the hollywood's-attempt-to-turn-back-time dept
Not surprisingly, I’ve been reading up a lot on E-PARASITE/SOPA, and Larry Downes’ recent analysis at CNET is, hands down, the most thorough and complete article I’ve seen highlighting the massive problems of the bill. Here’s just a taste:
Stripped of their obfuscations, SOPA and Protect IP suggest increasing desperation by media companies. A bill that was to target only the “worst of the worst” foreign Web sites committing blatant and systemic copyright and trademark infringement has morphed inexplicably into an unrestricted hunting license for media companies to harass anyone–foreign or domestic–who questions their timetable for digital transformation.
Nothing can change the fact that Hollywood’s way of life is transforming once again. The only unknown is time–will a profitable future for digital content arrive in a few years or will it take another decade? SOPA only seeks to delay the inevitable, at the cost of wasteful litigation and overzealous law enforcement.
The article is relatively long, but is still worth reading in its entirety, clearly quoting problematic sections of the law, and highlighting where and how it will likely be abused. I’d love for the small group of E-PARASITE defenders in our comments, such as the guy who claims to have worked on the bill and who still (incorrectly) thinks that it only applies to “foreign” sites, to see if they can actually defend against what Downes wrote (without resorting to insults), and actually respond to our concerns directly. Because, so far, every time we’ve raised key issues, we’ve been lied to and insulted, rather than having anyone address these issues. It’s really quite amazing.
In the meantime, one other point that Downes raises, which is absolutely true, is that this bill shows the downside to Silicon Valley’s general position of ignoring what’s going on in DC. That has to change, and if one “good” thing comes out of this bill, perhaps it’s that it’s so insanely bad that it’ll jolt people awake in Silicon Valley, and get them to recognize that they need to speak up.