Pretty much anyone who likes to watch things on the Internet is talking about the “Stop Online Piracy Act” and http://americancensorship.org/ – the official site against the proposed bill.
I don’t want to rehash all the reasons why this $91 million lobbyist lovechild bill is a vague, terrible piece of crap that unreasonably expands the power of copyright holders and violates due process. The Center for Democracy and Technology is doing a great job of rounding up bloggers who list those reasons already.
I wanted to point out the awesome investigative journalism work by a group of ordinary Redditors.
These guys and/or gals went through every single one bill’s sponsors’ websites and youtube accounts and found them violating the very copyright laws they’re trying to expand. All but 4 out of the 25 Representatives had infringing videos.
The list of these Reps is the number one upvoted comment on Reddit’s official anti-SOPA thread: http://www.reddit.com/r/announcements/comments/me5e9/american_censorship_day_stand_up_for/c3071a3
You go, citizens of the Internet, you go.
Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble Tags: American Censorship Day, Congress, crowdsource, HR 3261, Hypocrites, reddit, SOPA, Stop Censorship