Mail Call: From Chris Dachniwsky, senior history major
Published: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 19:07
The Stop Online Piracy Act, and its Senate cousin, the Protect Intellectual Property Act, are grave threats to our most fundamental freedoms disguised as honest attempts to protect starving artists, or so Hollywood lobbyists would have you believe. The Battalion's front-page article on Wednesday ("Piracy bill causes Wiki blackout") regarding these bills demonstrated the exact misunderstandings of basic Internet principles that these lobbyists have spent $91 million to perpetuate. Opponents to these bills are not supporters of Internet piracy. Many are the very copyright holders, small-business owners and webmasters that these bills purport to protect. The Internet has functioned since its foundation as a vehicle for small businesses to grow beyond the means otherwise available to them. The Battalion's article represented today's blackout protests as "powerful enemies" making a futile effort to resist the restriction of freedoms on the Internet. This is untrue. The powerful enemies are the Hollywood lobbyists spending freely to suffocate Internet businesses, and the protests are already finding success. Senators Marco Rubio of Florida and Roy Blunt of Missouri, both co-sponsors of PIPA, have already withdrawn their support for the bill and it appears as if the Internet will survive for a while longer.