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January 18, 2012


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Dragan Mestrovic

Hoooyaaaa the voices and noises are getting louder... I think even the congress will get it as well.

If not, this will establish censorship and then potential new dictators will happily slap in their hands.

Dictatorship is not only an issue of the others, it can happen everywhere, in the US and Europe as well.

We all take Democracy for granted, but it is not!

We have to stand up and to fight for it every single day. Like the brave soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan do!

Otherwise the dictatorship of corrupt politicians, lobbyist and Wallstreet criminals will overtake the whole 100%.

Today democracy is defended digitally so let’s take out our most powerful weapons, our intellect our power of spoken and written words to stand up and fill the first combat-line to protect it, like our forefathers did who have done it before us to fight suppression and dictatorship!

If we do not come from the sideline we will miss our chance to maintain freedom of speech, freedom of mind and freedom of democracy. Or do you rather want to live in China, Syria, North Korea, Ukraine or Iran, want you?


I was surprised to see Wikipedia down today. Stop SOPA is gathering speed!

David Meerman Scott

Thanks for your passionate comment, Dragan.

Sonia Simone

This is great, David. It's appalling that things have come this far.


"The winners in technology transformations are those who embrace change, not the old-guard that tries to legislate protection for their dying business model."

Well put David. The failure to adapt leads to destruction or non-existence - as Darwin so intensely studied. Instead of trying to slow progress,our elected officials need to learn to become a part of it and use it to the country's benefit.

Louis Gudema

Like so much of the legislation coming out of Congress now, it's about protecting moneyed interests. Copyright law now provides ownership for 70 YEARS after the death of the author. That's ridiculous.

And it's equally ridiculous that these laws are being written by members of Congress, many of whom have no idea how the Internet works or the impact of the laws that they are creating. They need to all go off together for a 3 day retreat to learn what this Internet thing and what it really means. (I recommend you as one of the speakers, David.)

Louis Gudema
Vice President of Business Development
Overdrive Interactive

David Meerman Scott

Thanks for all these great comments. I think with the passion shown by so many that we will defeat this nonsense.

(Sounds like a fun conference, Louis)!

Tiana Feng

All 4 Major Labels are for SOPA too, and it isn't going to save them. If anything, it will hurt the blogs that post about their artists and buzzed them into stardom.

As a music blogger, SOPA puts my site at risk.

Kelly Monaghan

For the amount of money the movie industry et. al. are spending on lobbyists and wining and dining pols, they could hire a small army of Russian hackers to take down the offending sites. In fact, they could probably do it for a lot less.


OK, but if you are supporting the protest, why are you choosing to put up new posts today? Or did I not read deep enough into your post?

David Meerman Scott

Mom - I chose to blog about it instead.


This is a great article, and a great topic to explore. Thanks for sharing.

Tina Cook

Thank you for expressing what so many of us knew instinctively to be very wrong but you have explained what is really going on with great clarity.

John White

>politicians who wouldn't know a social network if it bit them in the ass

Sorry, but this remark sounds suspiciously close to a line uttered by Richard Dreyfus in "Jaws."

We're going to have to shut you down. Thank you for choosing SOPA/PIPA.

Dave Zan

This just in: SOPA's sponsor himself, Rep. Lamar Smith, has halted the bill:


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I guess you are the first person to project SOPA and Pipa in a positive way!! Jokes apart! Yes, I believe that we gotta give this model a chance.. Why not act upon it later, if it completely doesn't work..

Alex R.

Thanks for this post, David! It's blogs like yours and websites like Wikipedia and Google that helped stop these ridiculous acts.

Sydney Pianos

YouTube as a marketing tool to sell single songs (iTunes) and streaming subscriptions (Spotify), the music industry honchos preferred to destroy in a ridiculous attempt to save the status-quo.

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