Blackout is the online Satyagraha

With news breaking out that one of Indian websites have been taken down due to the government censorship is exactly when the news started getting heating up in the western world. The two new legislations / regulation that are in the process of getting approved in the US Senate are now under fire from major US based websites.

Google Doodle Blackout

Wikipedia announced that their English website (which contains close to 4 million pages) would be blacked out for entire 24 hours. Two new regulations, SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (PROTECT IP Act) have stirred the hornet’s nest. Major companies including Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter, eBay, AOL have already protested against the bills, while online communities like Wikipedia, Reddit, Boing Boing and several others have announced their plans to back out access to their websites for 24 hours.

SOPA is being proposed to protect interests of the entertainment industry in general, which face a huge loss of revenue due to piracy. I would say, if they would start earning more money because of this bill, a poor artist could finally buy his third Ferrari and fifth Lamborghini. After all, it is what they are worth for. Sarcasm apart, yes artist do need to own rights to their creations and no one should infringe upon the same.

Wikipedia Black out page

The striking thing is, however, enabling this law will give governments more control over the content that a person access from his home. If government feels that a particular site violates a certain rule, it can easily be stopped from being accessed. Since there are no clearly defined limitations, it would be very easy for anyone to request a takedown of a website. And that website’s fault could just be that its content irked some government official or a political party.

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  • JKHoNa

    heheh.. too much heat everywhere!! i guess there shouldnt be anything like these bills!! and copyrights wagaira bhi sab bakwaasi hai. agar ek artist ko kuch crative aaa gaya, toh zaroori nahi ki same thought kisi aur ko nahi aayega? and then they fight for copyrights!! if u have produced / created somehthing, u must share it with world and allow people to copy as well!!! agar itna hi copyrights karna hai toh kisiko batao hi mat!!!

    • Hemal Shah

      hehe nice take dude, but I would still believe that some sort of respect is to be given to the artist. it may be his earning source and if people blatantly copy his/her work for free, he is not going to earn that income.

  • Deepak

    Well said 🙂 nice article !
    SATYAGRAHA is the perfect word…
    without wiki, i am sure i cant survive and no student can survive the seminars 😛

    • Hemal Shah

      Hey Deepak, thanks for your comment and welcome to my blog.

      Me too, i love reading Wiki and i make it a point to read the home page at least once in a day, if not anything else.