RFS 9: Kill Hollywood

Well, this is an interesting take on SOPA (h/t Paul, and the atheist FAQ is worth reading too):

Hollywood appears to have peaked… [But] The people who run it are so mean and so politically connected that they could do a lot of damage to civil liberties and the world economy on the way down… The main reason we want to fund such startups is not to protect the world from more SOPAs, but because SOPA brought it to our attention that Hollywood is dying. They must be dying if they’re resorting to such tactics… SOPA shows Hollywood is beaten. And yet the audiences to be captured from movies and TV are still huge… What’s going to kill movies and TV is what’s already killing them: better ways to entertain people.

Imagine a World Without Free Knowledge?

wiki-sopa

“Learn more” is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:SOPA_initiative/Learn_more: SOPA and PIPA are just indicators of a much broader problem. We are already seeing big media calling us names. In many jurisdictions around the world, we’re seeing the development of legislation that prioritizes overly-broad copyright enforcement laws, laws promoted by power players, over the preservation of individual civil liberties. We want the Internet to be free and open, everywhere, for everyone.

Refs

* Google
* Beeb
* Wikipedia blackout forces students to copy from printed ‘hardcopy websites’