Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Going Dark

Today is the day that many Web sites are "going dark" in protest of the PIPA/SOPA bills that are being considered by the House/Senate in the U.S.  Essentially, these bills would make it possible for the government to shut down any site they feel has violated copyright law.

Google has a great explanation on their site today, and can explain it far better than I.  This sort of legislature greatly concerns me, as I have content on my site quite often that could technically be considered copyright infringement.  I'm certainly not abusing the copyright, but the problem with these two bills is that any site can be shut down, and the owners of the sites would have no say in the matter.  I wouldn't be able to defend myself when I would try and explain, for example, that the Coke ephemera on my site are items I've collected over the years.  If the Coca-Cola company doesn't like it, BOOM.  I'm shut down.

How dire is this?  Well, Google, Wikipedia, Cake Wrecks, Regretsy, Reddit, WordPress and others are all taking part in the "blackout".  This is pretty major, considering that all of these sites are losing money from their advertisers/donors today.

I honestly don't know what's going to happen.  All I know is that I love my little blog, and it would make me very sad if I couldn't freely write about my vintage ephemera anymore.  We can't live in fear that one little logo slip-up could ruin all the work I've done to hopefully bring a smile to your face every weekday.

I'm not going to ask you to sign any petitions or anything like that, because I don't want to get too political.  But I just thought today would be a good day to talk about what could happen.  I would miss you, my dear readers, like crazy!

1 comment:

  1. is entirely true that infringement has become something that is more commonly pursued by companies one could not imagine having bothered doing before. I think it points to a lack of class myself. Just look at the celebrities who are 'sue happy' and how about Dublin's Dr. Pepper?! How can they possibly hurt the big boys? Well, I do think they need to rethink this one. It's too big to manage properly.
    I'd sure be lost without Ephemera!