Online companies win piracy fight in a game of influence

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  • DeltaFoxtrot West Valley, UT
    Jan. 22, 2012 7:57 p.m.

    The people have spoken, they don't want government involved in their internet.

    My chief problem with SOPA and PIPA is illustrated clearly in countless interviews with members of Congress.

    Over and over again our elected representatives say that they are not "geeks," they are not "nerds," they really have no idea how the internet operates.

    They are not experts and they have no business trying to fundamentally alter how the internet works.

    You want to control piracy, that's all good and well, but work with people who ARE experts and come up with a solution that protects copyrighted content while preserving the rights of everyone to create and share information freely.

  • John Jackson Sandy, UT
    Jan. 22, 2012 1:20 a.m.

    Hooray for freedom. It might be well, yet, for legislation against pirating, but that legislation should be focused on those doing the pirating and those downloading the pirated material. It should not be directed at the websites such as Wikipedia, and should not make them the policemen for what is a government responsibility, You don't go after the maker of a soapbox when someone jumps up on it and slanders another person, and neither should you go after the new-fangled soapbox makers (the Internet sites) when someone gets on them and commits a crime. Punish the party committing the crime, not someone else. Freedom ceases to be freedom when you take away the rights of a person not committing the offense.