SOPA/PIPA SHELVED, BUT THE FIGHT GOES ON

If you haven't heard, voting on PIPA has been delayed! Woohoo, we won!  Right!?  Wrong.  We won the battle, but the war is still on.  I guarantee you that the government is just going to give it a few months so we'll forget about it, and then they'll try and sneak it by us with a new name or cloaked in another act.  They're a sneaky bunch if you haven't figured that out yet.  We have to be alert and persistent!

After Wednesday's internet blackout efforts and President Obama's statements demonstrating that legislation needs to further discuss the controversial Protect IP Act (PIPA), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called next Tuesday's vote off stating, "We live in a country where people rightfully expect to be fairly compensated for a day’s work.  There is no reason that the legitimate issues raised by many about this bill cannot be resolved.” I guess we'll all have to standby and wait for those revisions.  I, like may people in opposition of the acts, believe that this statement is true, people should be compensated for their hard work, BUT with that being said these acts would destroy more than is currently being lost.  Hollywood and the music industry are not hurting (in the scheme of things), and a blow to the internet community and the businesses that depend on it would suffer a much larger loss than either of those industries are currently losing. They know this, we know this.

So, what's the next step?  Awareness. We have to keep a watchful eye on the watchful eyes. Government is not stupid (although they make it seem that way often), and they know how to play the cards. We just have to play them right back. This means paying attention to their next move and moving accordingly.  This is about so much more than piracy. There are tons of laws in effect right now to help protect against piracy, this about control. We have to realize this. Until an act is tightly written, does not destroy freedom of speech, and can be agreed upon by the communities at stake here, we simply must press on.

I'm really proud of people. Sure, there are more pressing issues, but what is at stake here could hinder other efforts for those more pressing issues. I think that all of this coming about, and the response it got, has given some of us more active members of society the guts to really step it up. I know that when my way of life is threatened, I am going to speak up, and having been apart of this and pushing others to rub the sleepy from their eyes and at least fill out a 2 second form, has given me not only a sense of pride, but a sense of hope. I do believe in the power of people. I think for too long we've been dooped, and slowly, one by one, the fog is lifting and we're headed for a change. That excites me.

The common man (which is every man/woman when stripped down to the core) essentially wants the same thing. We want to be happy, healthy, and ultimately want to live in a loving society.  Sure, there are a few jerks who want to ruin it for everyone, but if the greater good (which the greater is always good, together we are inherently good) bans together, sees what's at stake, and fights for their right to freedom and happiness, we can create a world where this is true.

If you think this sounds "hippie" and impossible, you are wrong.  Dead wrong.

Luckily the greatest force in bringing us together, the internet, has been saved... for now. Don't forget why this is so important, and don't lay your head down at night content with the way things are. Always push for something better, otherwise what the hell is the point to any of this?

Love, peace, and hope.  It's all we truly have.

UPDATE ::

So, apparently since 2008 the United States, the European Union, Canada, Japan, South Korea, and Australia in addition to a handful of other countries have been negotiating a trade agreement aimed at enforcing copyright and tackling counterfeited goods (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA).  Go watch the video provided below AND click on this link to educate yourself more on this preposterous agreement. This is the same type of violations that SOPA and PIPA were trying to enforce upon the people of America, but this is GLOBAL.  Please contact your representatives about this as well.  It must be put to rest!