Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Online Piracy and Intellectual Property Acts: Protection(?) at the cost of your freedom

Wikipedia english is on a holiday today. It has blacked out in a bid to register protest against the proposed acts of censur, being discussed in US congress, the so called SOPA and PIPA. SOPA stands for "Stop Online Piracy Act" while PIPA stands for "Protect Intellectual Property Act". Although seemingly aimed at protecting the intellectual property and reducing piracy, these drafts are thought to give far more censuring powers to US government than ever thought. Clinical Hammer stands with Wikipedia and other such organizations who voice for freedom of expression and sharing on internet. For US government, a sweet tip from us is to hire our minister for WAPDA if they want their people to remain in dark. It will save money, energy and copy rights, all for electricity and gas load-shedding as it happens in our countryside. CNG should be less than half of the price of petrol in order to get the fuel out of the fire.

I just wonder what are they thinking about Pubmed. Is it in the next such proposition, like "Protect Online Medical Publication Act" (POMPA)? I think Iraq invasion which was aimed at liberating Iraqi people, has a cool resemblance to SOPA and PIPA, which are protecting us at the cost of our own freedom. PIPA also reminds me of the Royal Wedding last year. Anyways, the following TED talk has an explanation to this complex phenomenon. See this video before the act is passed and I am forced to take it off my blog, for violating the intellectual property rights.

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