On this blog, we always try to share free and open ways of using tools for productivity and education in the classroom. Much of what we do with the blog, with the tools, and eventually what you do in your class with students relies on an open internet and open tools. Congress, though, backed by the media moguls is trying to stop this freedom. Something they did not even create, they are trying to conform to their 20th Century business model.
The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) are Hollywood’s way to stop piracy of software, movies, and music. They could care less what that does about our freedoms, they just want to limit the ability to pirate their content. On the one hand, I cannot blame them. Piracy is real, does cost them money, but on the other hand, change your business model. Be like the other industries who had to think outside the box.
This gives a good explanation of the situation:
So Congress may finally be getting the message…as companies across the country have been weighing in, along with the general public. All amazing, considering the major media companies, NBC, Fox, etc, all have not been reporting on it, since it would potential help them. Fair and Balanced, indeed. Many major websites will go blank on January 18th in protest, possibly even including Wikipedia.
As educators, look at what you hope to do with children. We live in an age of focusing on content creation. What do they do with that content? How often does it involve mashups? How many times on this site alone did we look into Creative Commons, mashups, and things of that nature? Do we really want someone coming along changing those rules? Changing how we can embed video content on Moodle, blogs, Google Docs, etc? Now is the time…reflect on how you use the Internet, and let your congressmen know!