Emergency NY Tech Meetup SOPA/PIPA protest Wednesday at Sens. Schumer and Gillibrand's offices

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4 Responses to “Emergency NY Tech Meetup SOPA/PIPA protest Wednesday at Sens. Schumer and Gillibrand's offices”

  1. Silicon Valley is organizing a protest on 1/18 as well: http://www.hackersandfounders.com/events/48317262/

  2. cm says:

    I don’t get why everyone discussing SOPA has to add the caveat “while we agree that piracy of IP is bad…” Are they THAT fearful?

    The fact is that we haven’t had a decent conversation about what actually constitutes “piracy” and, more importantly, “intellectual property” in the modern era.  Much of the piracy issue can be traced to personal greed, sure, but there’s also a debate to be had about whether IP is really IP just because corporate-controlled courts SAY it is. If we come to a more universally acceptable standard definition of IP, then suddenly the breadth of “piracy” becomes smaller, and we find out that people weren’t stealing as much stuff as they told us.

    These organizations can “go dark”and whine all day long about SOPA, but so long as they adopt the language, definitions and de facto thinking of the people BEHIND these laws, they are illustrating their lack of insight on the issue, and coming off as opportunists, not people with an actual heartfelt position.

  3. Leah W. says:

    It would be great if someone who tweets at NYC311 could promote this.

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