SOPA / PIPA and the anatomy of a bad idea

18 01 2012

The following is a site of the day I shared with my faculty which is actually a collection of sites. Rather than waiting to post this at the end of the week, it made more sense to get it out there today as the conversation is alive and well on the Internet and in the traditional media newsrooms.

Today’s site of the day provides context for the two images shown below. These resources are a great place to start a discussion about copyright, laws, emerging technology and effects on society. SOPA stands for Stop Online Piracy Act and PIPA is the Protect IP Act. You can learn more about both of these from the sites below. Start with the video by Clay Shirky then explore the other sites. You can learn more about Clay Shirky at http://www.shirky.com/. You will hear about this in the news tonight and likely for days to come.

Google on January 18, 2012

Wikipedia on January 18, 2012

TED TALK: Clay Shirky-
Defend our freedom to share (or why SOPA is a bad idea)

Clay Shirky speaks about SOPA, PIPA at TED and places it in context and in terms we can clearly understand.
http://www.ted.com/talks/defend_our_freedom_to_share_or_why_sopa_is_a_bad_idea.html?awesm=on.ted.com_ACxO

You can learn more about Clay Shirky at http://www.shirky.com/
He has two very interesting and timely books and I recommend both
Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations
Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON SOPA/PIPA

SOPA: Text of Bill from GPO.gov H.R. 3261
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-112hr3261ih/pdf/BILLS-112hr3261ih.pdf

PIPA: Text of Bill from GPO.gov S.968
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-112s968rs/pdf/BILLS-112s968rs.pdf

Google on SOPA and PIPA
https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/sopa-pipa/

Wikipedia on SOPA and PIPA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:SOPA_initiative/Learn_more

SOPA blackout: Bills lose three co-sponsors amid protests (L.A. Times)
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2012/01/sopa-blackout-sopa-and-pipa-lose-three-co-sponsors-in-congress.html

CNN- SOPA explained: What it is and why it matters
http://money.cnn.com/2012/01/17/technology/sopa_explained/index.htm

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