Stop SOPA If You Love Your Online Art


I support compliance with intellectual property laws - after all, I am an artist and a creator of "content" that is available on the internet - images of my original oil paintings. I try to appropriately signal my rights with the © symbol. But there is a move afoot that could decimate the online art community and all of our digital freedom through the overreaching efforts of the entertainment industry.

Why should artists care? Isn't this all just about pirated movies and music? Not by a long shot! Read on........

{CURRENT UPDATE BEFORE WE LOOK AT HOW WE GOT HERE - This looks like the end of the beginning for PIPA/SOPA, as Harry Reid tweets that "In light of recent events, I have decided to postpone Tuesday's vote on the PROTECT IP Act." Great job netizens!}

By now you may have heard something about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA), the bills introduced in the U.S. Congress that want to cripple your internet. But I don't see many other ART bloggers or commenters piping up about it so I will.