Wikipedia AWOL

Jimmy Wales

Jimmy Wales - Founder of Wikipedia

Jimmy is mad about SOPA.

So for the next 24 hours, Jimmy is going to take his ball and go home. Wah-wah.

Maybe offices all over the country will get something done because people are actually doing work instead of surfing wiki.

It makes wonder what I am going to do tomorrow when I need to know who played bass in The Mother’s Finest or what route did Amelia fly to her vanishing act. What do they expect me to do – go to the library?? …. the horror… the horror.

I kind of get the point about why outfits like Wiki and Google and Yahoo might want SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) or PIPA (Protect Intellectual Property Act).

I can also see why Warner Brothers, Pixar, and Rupert Murdoch want it. Look at how much they are losing every time someone sells The Dark Night DVD on the streets of Baghdad. It adds up.

I don’t like it when people steal from me either but when they do I don’t lock up everyone else’s house because if it. I try to get the police to do their job and catch the thief.

I think the motives understandable but the methods are maddening.

Consider this possible scenario under SOPA.

You snag a picture off the internet of Jack Sparrow and put it on your Facebook profile. Because Facebook allowed you to put it up on their site now they are as much as fault as you. Theoretically the Governmental could then make it illegal for search engines to find anything on Facebook because you had the hots for a dread-headed pirate.

That is a little extreme but you get the gist.

The answer to me is quite simple. If everyone would stop stealing we wouldn’t need such nonsense. You might as well say if everyone would stop eating breakfast we could solve the obesity issue, one pound at a time.

[box] That’s just silly. Closing a global business in
reaction to single-issue national politics is foolish.
– Twitter CEO Dick Costolo[/box]





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