Dear God, please make Barack Obama release a rap album about his presidency in 2016
The very fundamentals of law and order - the presumption of innocence and the right to a fair trial - are both perverted by this bill, perverted in the worst possible manner - this bill gives the leading corporations the power to destroy smaller startups. Are the wall-marts of the entertainment industry finally getting official endorsement for their killings of local start-ups?
It is surprising how the entertainment industry has managed to warp the very basis of U.S. freedom, and worse, destroy the very principle that makes the Internet a borderless neutral medium. The internet is a medium to conduct affairs, and admittedly some are illegal and fraudulent. However the majority of these matters are helping your country, the U.S., pull itself out of the pit it has fallen in, since 2008.
Will the internet of the U.S. turn into the internet of China? Will the entertainment industry finally have total control of what we see and hear (and perhaps, touch, taste and smell if this goes on in the far future)? Will journalist bloggers be silenced for “pirating news” while simply offering differing analyses of the latest news? Will “alternative sources” like Wikileaks be silenced simply because they do not pay lip service to the authorities?
There is a pre-requisite for such a bill to go well with people - Trust - earn the trust of your men and they will let you lead them, blindfolded, across a battleground.
The United States government (on behalf of the entertainment industry, $$$) has no right to decide the arts we receive and choose to enjoy. Sure, in twenty years time, people might lose the protest fever - but this perverted act will be the final straw pulled from the already shaky foundation of the freedom of the country, and the rights of your People.
I write this as a Singaporean living in Singapore… connected to the internet. The same internet that this bill is about to ruin. Will this be worth the (slight) increase in revenue that the entertainment industry will see? Is personal freedom a commodity to be traded? I really hope not, for the sake of the U.S., if not the world.