The Stop Online Piracy Act is a gift to Hollywood but a bane to freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
Without judicial review, the government can seize the domain name of a site such as CDN if they think (wrong or right) that some intellectual property could be at-risk. Since news sites quote public figures, take pictures and use sound bites from influential people, the danger is real that an unfavorable quote or image might bring about the seizure of our domain – and we’d have no remedy in the courts to get it back.
Some sites are totally blacking themselves out in protest, but I believe that less effective than talking about the problem, conceiving effective counters and fighting. Ostriches put their heads in the sand, not warriors.
CDN is giving up two of the highest revenue generating ad spots on the site to mention SOPA and request that visitors contact their members of congress. Heck, do a search on it here, many have written about it.
We won’t go quietly into this good night, but we will give up some of our revenue for a good fight. Will you at least give up the time necessary to make a phone call or write an email to your members of Congress to let them know that you are are not happy that they are entertaining a free speech killing bill like SOPA?