Our Government is about to take away most of our rights on the Internet, all in the name of preserving the profits of the movie and music industry, two groups that have already made copyright a permanent thing, even though it spits on the memory of the Founders. The idea of making some money off of a creation is okay, but the Founders understood that society and the US in particular would benefit if that time was limited.
But after Disney and other companies became powerful (by using creations that were freely available) they were able to “persuade” (buy off) the Government into making copyright permanent, so that creations never become free to use by the next generation of Disneys. Regular people will lose their rights, all in order to protect another year’s worth of profit, even though the companies have had 80+ years to make their money.
The Internet has been the one channel that the movie and music industries couldn’t control, which means we US citizens were not being controlled, which means we were free to speak, to create, to copy and create new things from the copies (the Founders called this “fair use”).
Now we have one chance to keep our free channel open, but Disney and Sony and Fox and Comcast have a lot of money that they’ve used to buy Congress, and to spread lies and propaganda about the Internet and its users.
Watch what will happen if Sony and Fox and others get their way: