Instead of offering any sort of constructive ideas on how to curb piracy, Sopa’s opponents say the music industry should move with the times, not hold on to an old business model. Yet, despite many of them declaring themselves entrepreneurs, they can’t offer any valid suggestions of what that business model might be. Quality content is not cheap to make, hence why online ad-funding has not managed to save some of the world’s best newspapers from running at a loss and cutting staff. We may not see the repercussions of it now, but a Wikipedia-style blackout of all music, television and film would give a taste of what’s to come if we do nothing. Maybe then these technology companies would realise there is something to lose, even for them. Believe it or not, there’s a limit to how many cute animal videos one can watch on YouTube.
Seriously? You’re going to Atlas Shrugged us? (or should that be Atlas Shrug us?)
Let me put it this way. When a kid singing a Justin Bieber song in his bedroom on YouTube risks jail time, the bill is flawed… Actually, I do advocate imprisonment for anyone singing Justin Bieber songs, so that’s a bad example.