Yes, a day late.
I tried to black out my blog yesterday, but couldn't figure it out. So I put the STOP SOPA thing on my avi, where it will remain until I figure out how to get it off - good luck with that. It will be there until the internet explodes.
Here's the thing - this is bad policy. Being able to shut down sites because of perceived transgressions is not a good idea for anyone. It's reactionary at best and ridiculous at worst. I am in an interesting, albeit not lone, position of being able to address this as a
As a writer, I know that it is important the my words are my own, particularly those I create for pay and that are used as they should be. And I've been lucky enough that my work has never been plagiarized, and unlucky enough that my words are evidently not good enough for you fucking wankers to want to steal. WELL FUCK ALL OF YOU.
Also, nobody has cited my academic papers and presentations, which I also find to be bullshit. Maybe I need to swear more in them. Or less. I don't know.
As a lawyer, this is just ridiculously bad policy that will only be enforceable by those with deep pockets and spastic trigger fingers. Go ahead and guess who they are. Also, a lot of this is addressed by laws already on the books, so just use those. RIGHT? PS During a copyright law session, a copyright lawyer said he had been to an international copyright conference full of lawyers and guess what? In this international group of LAWYERS who are responsible for ferreting out misdeeds of pirating, guess how many pirated music, etc.? ALL OF THEM. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. Yeah, so there's that.
And as a blogger, I find this ridiculously bad policy because you know what? If I want to talk about what a fucking cunt Gwyneth Paltrow is and how offensive GOOP is, I should be able to.
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PS Apropos of nothing, I finally figured out what Favstar is. And by figured out, I mean I clicked on it, went, "Huh." and then closed the tab. I'll just be famous in my own mind on Twitter. Just like the rest of my life.