The Wikipedia Blackout & Freedom of Information

For those that are wondering, yes, Wikipedia is down for the moment. The reason is simple, Freedom of Information.

The internet is a glorious creation that allows users to share information readily and with relative ease. Whether it is a written piece of information or otherwise, the beauty of the internet is that since the best things in life are free, everything on the internet should be available for free (so long as it is not a physical product).

Hence, the idea of mp3s and movies, being downloaded for personal use, should not strike anyone as bizarre. When the music industry and the film industry come out and say that we are losing billions of dollars to piracy, they are assuming that everyone who downloads music would go out and buy the records.

They would be awesomely and thoroughly mistaken.

If mp3s were no longer available, I would listen to the radio 24/7.

If movies and series were no longer available, I would go back to watching TV.

I download not because I would pay for the product, nor do I download to profit from attempting to sell it, I download because it is there, and I enjoy it, and movie producers and actors and artists are already paid a fortune for their record sales, I do not see how the concept of downloading will affect their bottom line.

So Wikipedia is protesting, in the most peaceful way they can, that they will not stand for these piracy laws if they are passed (SOPA & PIPA). Hear what Wikipedia has to say:

Nothing like this has ever happened before on the English Wikipedia. Wikipedians have chosen to black out the English Wikipedia for the first time ever, because we are concerned that SOPA and PIPA will severely inhibit people’s access to online information. This is not a problem that will solely affect people in the United States: it will affect everyone around the world.
Why? SOPA and PIPA are badly drafted legislation that won’t be effective in their main goal (to stop copyright infringement), and will cause serious damage to the free and open Internet. They put the burden on website owners to police user-contributed material and call for the unnecessary blocking of entire sites. Small sites won’t have sufficient resources to defend themselves. Big media companies may seek to cut off funding sources for their foreign competitors, even if copyright isn’t being infringed. Foreign sites will be blacklisted, which means they won’t show up in major search engines. And, SOPA and PIPA build a framework for future restrictions and suppression.
He who controls information, can influence the entire population.

Now we have a conundrum, for without established rules and regulations, law and legislation, there is anarchy. Mankind has continuously proven, time and time again, that in the absence of order, chaos ensues. However, on the other side of the continuum, too much rules and regulations, laws and legislation cripple freedom of expression and creativity, allowing mankind to fall into mediocrity.
Give people the 


but do not take away their 

freedom and liberties.

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