The issue is not beauty related in itself, but as it will affect the beauty blogging community as well as the entire Internet, I thought I’d shed some light on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). SOPA is a broad US bill that proposes to expand the ability of US law enforcement and copyright holders to fight online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property and counterfeit goods. Because ICAAN serves under the Department of Commerce, this bill will have a global effect. It is, as I see it, the beginning of global Internet censorship. I’m not well versed on political bills, but you can get the gist about SOPA on Wikipedia or see the proposed bill on The Library of Congress website.
Let me just say that I believe in copyright laws. I hate to have my property stolen as much as the next person. I have had mass chunks my images and writings copied. I understand some of the frustration and can only imagine the pain of piracy affecting my wallet as it does some companies. Despite that, I can’t support SOPA. I believe that SOPA is a direct attack on bloggers and small media outlets. SOPA and PIPA are supported mainly by big companies and large media corporation. Once passed, the likes of ABC and NBC will have full power over their copyrighted materials, but our copyrights, as they’ve always been, will be overlooked. SOPA isn’t just a mean of controlling piracy, it’s a mean of controlling the Internet and its users, something I’m sure some governments have been looking into doing for quite some time. If passed, it could change the entire structure of the Internet forever. And whose to say it’ll stop there? I can foresee a government-controlled Internet playing nice with big businesses to cripple the little guys.
I’m not asking for any action from the community; just acknowledgement. The controversy of this act has been quietly shunned by most media outlets outside of the Internet. And why not? The Internet is a major competitor of television and print media. Loss of our rights is no loss to them.
Wikipedia and Reddit are blacking out their websites on Wednesday, January 18th in protest of SOPA. The blackout is controversial in itself, but I won’t get into that now. I’m just curious to know, what is your stance on SOPA? Or the blackout? Or maybe you’re not concerned at all. Share your thoughts below!
Some Cosmetics Companies that Support SOPA:
Estée Lauder Companies
To these companies, I say fine. If you don’t like bloggers, don’t like the Internet and don’t like our freedom, then it’s your choice to make. I’ll be rallying against these companies from hereon and will not mention their products in my future posts.
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