Via Julian Sanchez
, we get the best-titled story we've seen yet concerning SOPA. Written by Kevin Fogarty at ITWorld, it reads:
Best idea of 2011: Give control of Internet content to group that sued a dead grandmother
It's a must read, highlighting the insanity of SOPA -- while also being pretty funny:
Supporters aren't willing to talk compromise, claim not clamping down on speech as well as piracy will "crush" artists and other creators of content, and appear, with good evidence, to be doing the bidding of SOPA's financial backers, who no interest in the public good and a bottomless reservoir of shameless self-interest they believe is more important than the liberties protected by the First, Fourth and Fifth Amendments.
On the positive side, that's not even a third of the Bill of Rights, so accusations that SOPA supporters are willing to crush the Constitution to line their own pockets are clearly exaggerated by at least seven Rights.
Elsewhere, it describes, quite accurately, that this is about control and misplaced blame:
The RIAA and the intent of SOPA itself stems from an irrational rage that the world has changed and unquestioned belief that the change is the fault of the industry's customers, who should be made to pay for the self-inflicted misfortunes of the record industry....
So…how do you feel about giving the same people the power to command that agents of federal law enforcement agencies give up on drug runners, kidnappers, terrorists and spies in order to shut down web sites and confiscate domains for simply being accused of having offended members of a group willing to sue a dead grandmother and grill a 10-year-old girl to discover who from outside the house was spoofing her address in order to download a song 10-year-old girls don't listen to, at an hour they're not generally awake?
We're seeing more and more widespread recognition of what a joke SOPA and PIPA are... but with it, we're hearing people believe that the bill is so crazy
that there's no way it can pass. Unfortunately, nothing is further from the truth. Inside the beltway, where common sense goes to die, the thinking remains that these bills have a pretty easy path to becoming law. And that's what should scare you most of all.