We will be going dark at midnight in support of the anti-SOPA (and PIPA) protest. Easy for us to do as we’ve just launched, I know, but Surefoot Communications will participate in any effort to oppose freedom on the Internet.
For the record, we do not support or endorse piracy. Instead, we oppose blanket legislation that prohibits the free transfer of knowledge and allows the government to turn off entire domains at their discretion. The additional burden that would be placed on content sharing services such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Wikipedia and thousands of others to police their own content would radically change the way the Internet works.
The Internet is free in nature and should remain so. Its users should adhere to the already syllable-heavy terms of service of the various platforms they use and be free to opt in or not, risking those penalties stated in the fine-print.
These sites already have their legions of attorneys. We do not need the government getting involved at the macro level, adding a level of fear and mistrust.
The White House stressed the need for more targeted action to curb piracy. The House of Representatives appears to have acceded for now. For our part, we’ve written our Congressmen to encourage them to follow through.
At 12:01 a.m. Thursday, we will again be open for business.
[This post was originally published on January 17, 2012.]