I’m sorry to start off this week with politics. Even sorrier that it has to be to talk about something that I view as absolutely absurd, too. Please, bear with me because, honestly, this is something many bloggers might want to be in the know about. There is a lot of legislation being offered forth regarding copyright infringement and the like and, while I’m not going to get on my high horse and talk about copyright issues right now, I will say that the legislation is BAD.
Here’s the first bit:
If you embed a YouTube video that turns out to be infringing, and more than 10 people view it because of your link… you could be facing five years in jail.
The full article can be found at Tech Dirt. Now, I don’t know about you, but the first thing that comes to mind is the amount of policing that’s required to make this kind of thing have any teeth; the second is the concerns that this could effectively make many US citizens into criminals. Easily.
We can always play devil’s advocate and proclaim that OF COURSE it’s going to be one of those laws that isn’t taken seriously, but it is set up to be dealt with rather seriously and as such should not be diminished simply upon the premise of “they won’t do anything about it”. Added to this issue is the Protect IP Act which is a brain child of Senator Leahy of VT. I’ve said it before and I’ve said it again – law needs to be considered first for all the bad it can do and ONLY IF that is amenable should the good be considered. Never would I presume to defend piracy, but I most certainly will always – ALWAYS- champion the first amendment. Any law that encourages the shutting down of websites upon presumption of guilt without due process of law is against the first amendment.
Any thoughts on these pieces of legislation? What about copyright law?
Wednesday’s Post: A Wall Street Journal article about YA literature that seemed to cause quite a hubub.