Although SOPA and PIPA were shelved last week, the issues that these bills bring up are not over. We still need to continue to work to preserve an open Internet. Until the dawn of the web, sharing was always recognized as a legal practice. The Internet has made a business of limitless producing, consuming, sharing, and remixing — something that now defines our everyday lives. These videos help explain the root of the issues and their history dating back to when media companies reacted to VHS and cassette tapes.
(via New Left Media)
Around here we’ve been talking a lot about SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act), but how can you support it and your favorite websites? Protest SOPA and support Wikipedia in the internet black out and by contacting your congress-person.
Just want to free yourself from the bonds of the infinite internet? Try Freedom, an app made for Macs and PCs to “lock” yourself out of the internet up to 8 hours.
Intellectual freedom is the one of the core values of librarianship. It was fundamental in the days of printed books and manuscripts and it is absolutely crucial in today’s world of blogs, ipads, Google, and an open and free Internet. The battle against censorship has never deserved more dedication and energy than in our fight to Save the Internet. Everyday, the Internet as we know it is under threat by companies and service providers who want to control the way we communicate and the content we access.
Currently, the Federal Communications Commission’s Net Neutrality regulations protect our right to comment, post, read, listen, watch, write, upload, embed, stream, download, and link to the content we want — when we want it.
Last week on November 9th, Net Neutrality was once again under attack and a debate took place at the U.S. Senate where Senators John Kerry, Al Franken, and Maria Cantwell supported Internet freedom and Net Neutrality.
Fortunately, the voices of the American people were heard. The Senate voted to uphold Net Neutrality. However, we need to continue to take action in order to preserve the everyday freedom that we know and love today. Without Net Neutrality, we will be stifling the imagination and innovation that fuels the Internet and our culture as a whole.