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I totally agree with this. I would rather be pirated than lose the ability to speak loud, speak proud -- and be heard.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
I've been pirated as well, and I totally agree - the possible loss of some sales (it's by no means certain how many would have bought my book if the pirated ebook weren't available) is nothing compared to the loss of free speech and due process.
I can say without a doubt, the threat of someone stealing a copy of something I produce does not dissuade from producing it at all. If they don't think highly enough of my work to support it then why should they pay? If on the other hand they decide after "stealing" it that they in fact like my stuff then hopefully they will appreciate the freebie and come back for more (and hopefully pay for it!).
I totally agree. I would rather have my work pirated than lose free access to the internet. It's bad enough Obama signed the NDAA- are they trying to turn us into China entirely?! It's bull$h!7
And something else to consider is this: Amazon, one of the major venues which authors can make their money -- will be dramatically affected by the presence of either one of these bills.

Users upload content. That content may be copyrighted by someone else.

Amazon will be among one of the first to fall and hardest hit. If users can report content that is plagiarized before Amazon can catch, then they will be caught by SOPA/PIPA.

That is scary as a writer.
"Ah... free lunch... free... click here... no cost... take it... free... use other's work for free...". SOPA is horrible thing in the manner of the classic dictatorship, but don't think that communistic exploitation of other people's work is okay. That is also scary.
+Vince P DeMaar You act like there aren't laws in place that help deal with piracy. There are. This goes beyond dealing with it in creative, new ways. It takes the creativity out of letting people have the freedom to create and share and instead imposes censorship as a method to deal with theft.

I agree there should be ways to deal with theft of intellectual property. I do not think this is the way to handle it. No more amazon? No more wikipedia, no more google... the sites that we would lose are limitless. Even World of Warcraft and Everquest and any game that tips their hats to other pop culture elements could be at risk of being shut down. (World of Warcraft steals a plot arc from Indiana Jones among other pop culture references.)

How far do you want things to go? What are you willing to sacrifice to protect against theft?
Not the best penmanship, but I agree (^_^)
+Rebecca Blain Well he used "communism" to describe something he didn't like, so chances are, there's no freedom he won't be delighted to sacrifice.
Well said, sir. I'm a writer and I feel the same way. The diversity of our thoughts and intellectual contribution is what makes the internet vital and strong. If we allow censorship to reign, this place will become little more than a playground for advertisers and media giants. The rest of us will be alone, isolated, and unheard.
Boo hoo. Call me when you people are just as much up in arms about NDAA and the Keystone pipeline being blocked... because we all LOVE the idea that the military can put American citizens in jail without a trial and we all LOVE getting our oil from countries over seas that hate us rather than countries we can drive to that like us.
Hey Jam. I think they're equally important issues. They're not mutually exclusive. Sad to say we can't get Google, Facebook, and Wikipedia to help in those fights. But, maybe, no one asked? Best hopes for an alternative energy future and a free internet.
I just remember so much INSANITY being perpetrated by our federal government this much, even during the previous 2 or 3 administrations, who were pretty hard core in increasing the size and power of government... I guess everyone is just going to roll over and vote for the same people again in 2012?
Get a new job, instead of using piracy as a means to survive
Amen to that!! Now to find your work so I can read it!
Take picture of writing on paper.
Post with keyboard.
the same boat and in total agreement. SOPA and PIPA are the wrong answer.
We people need to support each other. We need to teach people that stealing peoples work is wrong. SOPA is not that way. Removing peoples right will just ruin the internet.
or possibly he could use a keyboard but the gestapo would catch him. SOPA can't read jpg writing
I wish I could -1 all these negative
Well put and a bonus for correct use of the apostrophe. May Britons could learn a lot from that!
I wonder about those who advocate and work for the passage of such legislation. Such legislation is the 21st century version of the Soviet propaganda of the late 20th century. The Soviets were ridiculed for it, and now Congress is discussing its passage! SOPA/PIPA should not be passed.
Jake, that's not really needed. And all of the negativity isn't either. SOPA and PIPA affect not just the people protesting but you as well. If you have ever file shared, downloaded a song, movie or even a pdf of something that wasn't yours be it for personal entertainment of information purposes, you can go to jail for five years minimum with these new laws that are working to be passed.

And if you're a youtube junkie who also likes to sing covers on your own page just because you can, you run the same danger. This isn't about cool vs. uncool. This is about preserving EVERYONE'S freedom of speech, creativity, expression and right to safe and valid information.

You may think it funny to mock this man or anyone else who weighs in, but truth be the end of the day, when you're looking up your =3 links and/or favorite stars and stories online and they're no longer'll get where this man is coming from.

Instead of being rude to him for stepping up to post, you should instead go to or any other blacked out site ( on the black tape where the Google logo SHOULD be to learn more about what SOPA and PIPA are and how it effects YOU.
Being a writer, I can relate, as I hope that more and more of my income comes from the web.
So what do you write about? Your about page was rather thin ;)
SOPA are intentionally stoping us to grow. Human beings spread and conquered the world thanks to share the knowledge, art and culture and now, those SOPA want to pass the bill to stop a mayor advance in human history - knowledge, without it, we would not be here.
Well put. I haven't seen anything from that point of view.
Thank you for sharing.
I'm a musician and I would be flattered if someone decided to pirate my music. I don't look too highly on piracy at all and avoid it myself, but if someone likes MY music enough to illegally copy it then...Wow!
Please don't censor the web. Please turn down SOPA and PIPA. No one actually owns the Internet, and no single person, organization or government controls the Internet in its entirety. The SOPA & PIPA act is a direct violation to people's right to freedom of knowlege and information.
I believe people have the right to think outside the box and use the internet as they see fit?
I really use Wikipedia and even donate money as I believe that the effort others are doing for me to have ready the knowledge I need it worth to pay. One thing is that I support by paying those that are making the effort, my contribution is small but at my own rhythm, not imposed by anybody that wants to control it. Knowledge is the mother of all. Thanks
We should be insulted that "they" actually think that "they" can come in and strip away our rights. Stand together, and scream loudly for we will not be stripped clean
totally agree with the post!
we cannot let them strip away our rights...!!!
say NO to SOPA >>>
My thoughts are that you are always going to have people that wont pay to have whatever it is you (or someone else) are peddling. Technology has come to, and is going beyond, the point that the medium to obtain information is valueless - that is to say that to be able to get information costs practically nothing. Information is steadily becoming more valuable based on the actual information's worth, not how we get it.

Because of this, piracy has, does and always will exist.

So instead of trying to punish the people that never were going to and never will pay for your product use the technology to win the people that might or might not pay for your product. This group of people can get your information for no cost and if they think it's worth some value then they will pay you.
86% of $15,000 a year is not enough to care about piracy. Now, 86% of $15 Billion....
AMEN BROTHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I heard ya brother! It looks like this could be bad business for many of us like you.
+Benjamin Onofrio A law clerk who looks like a douche acting like a douche. Giant surprise. What's the latest pay scale for getting the coffee?
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+Rebecca Blain This is correct. The effect of what is proposed will chill free speech. There are other laws in place regarding piracy of copyrighted property.
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whether true but I hope that this is not about supporting SOPA and PIPA because piracy was present before internet
you people more to say Christopher if you dont get it watch the video on youtube
So if the New York Times or Wall Street Journal publish a plagiarized article by accident, will the US government shut them down? Seems like a comparable scenario to shutting down a web site?
Gorgeous photo. Just like real protesters in the streets with placards!
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This is the kind of things that i like to see
SOPA and PIPA are not the problem. They are the symptom.

Plutocracy (government by moneyed interests) is the problem.

End plutocracy. Vote Libertarian.
Surprised? These are the people jealous of how effective Chinese government is.
Can I "pirate" that image?
Thanks for "getting it" ... all they want is more control, I hope and pray they dont give themselves any more of it!
Greg, your post is awesome. Thank you.
I know the US wants to stay competitive with China. They have censorship we have SOPA and PIPA. You're doing it wrong!
Actually, I was wondering about our statements about SOPA and PIPA intentions. Are they going to be heart anywhere appart from this blog? What can we all do to make a formal complain? what if all wikipedia users send emails to the people willing to change the status of wikipedia, those of SOPA and PIPA interested in pass the bill? If we are millions of people that as using wiki, imagine what a massive reply they will get. Freedom of information is a big right and we need to fight for it. I love Wiki!
i agree if it ever does get passed im pretty sure that most people will try and hack the governments computer and try and do the same....hint hint. ive protested for this and yet the heartless government dosent do anything about it they just look at u with those souless eyes and try nothing to fix it. its like being back to the medievil time when the upper class ruled and the middle and lower class had no say it in it. im a sophmore at glendale high school in az and i even know that this is retarded. i mean if they dont want there secrets comig out then why put them on a computer i mean the will get out eventully and they know it. i say just forget it or WW3 is gunna be the people againts the government. they have already taken so much from us why whould they take our only soures of work or entertainment. this is just stupid. WRITE BACK YOUR THOUGHTS :D
Amen to Greg Stolze on his comment. I think government should leave the internet and worldwide info alone and focus on the things they still have not managed to get right, ....politics! Focus on that and start making decisions that merit support, and then...maybe we will listen of government interjecting with access on the net.
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I agree with Jose, you have a good point!
Opposing SOPA/PIPA is not equal to supporting piracy.
To quote Woodrow Wilson___"Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of the government. The history of government is a history of resistance. The history of liberty is the history of the limitation of government, not the increase of it."
Sucks you've been pirated. I like your stand-point, though. Rather than lose a great form of information/feedback, you'd rather lose some profit. After all, you're probably still making money.
Salient point, but the last thing we need is for opposition to SOPA/PIPA to be associated with the OWS clowns, and there's an unfortunate appearance of overlap in the press right now.
Why should i give a fuck about that stuff
^^^^^^Fucking read about it you twat and stop posting dumb narrow minded comments about a subject that will affect billions of people.
i support you 100000000000000000000000%!!
As the Ice king would say, "Right on."
Agreed! Thank you, I hope it gets the point across!
Perfectly stated. Nice job, Greg!
as a fellow writer I´m with you there mate. People like you and me make a living as best we can and we do not care, the ones that do are the ones making millions of $ out of a single idea. How much is enough profit? Government should be changing the copyright laws adapting them to the internet not the other way around.
I hate it when big companies/awfully-rich artists cried "Pirates hurt businesses". All I see from that sentence is "Pirates is stopping us who are already so f**king rich from getting richer". As if they would be on the streets, kicked out of their mansions, forced to beg for food on the streets, stripped down to the toes of their luxury clothing when the pirating continues. No, that won't happen. They only get richer, but not at an acceptable speed. And true pirates only pirates the big companies. Not small, budding companies.
This is some serious awesomeness. Good on this guy. 
piracy > noun [ mass noun ] 1 the practice of attacking and robbing ships at sea.
# a practice similar to piracy but in other contexts, especially hijacking: air piracy.
ORIGIN Mid 16th cent.: via mediaval Latin from Greek pirateia, from _peirates (see PIRATE ).
pirate > noun a person who attacks and robs ships at sea.
verb [ with obj. ] 1 dated rob or plunder (a ship).
ORIGIN Middle English: from Latin pirata, from Greek peirates, from peirein 'to attempt, attack' (from peira 'an attempt').

A "similar" practice in other context:

piracy > noun [ mass noun ] the unauthorized use or reproduction of another's work: software piracy.
pirate > noun a person who appropriates or reproduces the work of another for profit without permission, usually in contravention of patent or copyright: [ as modifier ] pirate recordings. # a person or organization that broadcasts radio or television programmes without official authorization [ as modifier ] a pirate radio station.
verb [ with obj. ] 2 [ often as adj. pirated ] use or reproduce (another's work) for profit without permission, usually in contravention of patent or copyright: pirated tapes of Hollywood blockbusters.

copyright > noun [ mass noun ] the exclusive assignable legal right, given to the originator for a fixed number of years, to print, publish, perform, film, or record literally, artistic, or musical material.

copyright library > noun a library entitled to a free copy of each book published in the UK. The copyright libraries in the British Isles are the British Library, the Bodleian Library, Cambridge University Library, the National Library of Wales, the National Library of Scotland, and the library of Trinity Collage, Dublin.
—copier n. (1597) —copybook n. (1557) —copyright n. (1735); v. (1816, implied in copyrighted )

patent > noun a government authority or license conferring a right or title for a set period, especially the sole right to make, use, or sell an invention: he took out a patent for an improved steam hammer.
>verb [ with obj. ] obtain a patent for (an invention): _ an invention is not your own until it is patented._
The extended and now ordinary sense "license to make or sell an article to the exclusion of others, a government grant protecting someone's right to an invention, etc.," is first recorded about 1588, though as early as 1378 the sense of license is recorded, also in a version of Pliers Plowman. Used attributively, the noun appeared in the term patent leather (made by a process formerly patented) in 1829 in American English. Patent medicine (a proprietary medicine) is first attested in 1770, alo in American English.
The sense "to obtain a patent (for an invention)" is first recorded in 1822 (or is perhaps implied in earlier patentee, in the sense of one who has patented some new device, 1691).

right > noun 1 [ mass noun ] that which is morally correct, just, or honourable: she doesn't understand the difference between right and wrong | [ count noun ] the rights ans wrongs of the matter.
2 a moral or legal entitlement to have or do something: [ with infinitive ] she had the every right to be angry | you're quite within your rights to ask for your money back | [ mass noun ] there is no right of appeal against the decision.
# ( rights ) the authority to perform, publish, film, or televise a particular work, event, etc.: they sold the paper rights.

1. Barnhart RK and Steinmetz S (editors). Chambers Dictionary of Etymology. Chambers Harrap. New York, USA. 1998.
2. Soanes C and Stevenson A (editors). Oxford Dictionary of English. Second Edition, Revised. Oxford University Press. Oxford, UK. 2005.

Further reading:
1. N. Stephan Kinsella - Against Intellectual Property
4a. Intellectual Property and Economic Development | Stephan Kinsella
5. Intellectual Property and Libertarianism | Stephan Kinsella

"You want your invention to yourself?
................. Then keep it to yourself."
...................... - Benjamin R. Tucker

"...or sign a private contract with every of your customers. Don't try to benefit from the coercion of the government to abuse the private property and individual freedoms of others."
- Me
This is a really brave and commendable stance, and I want to thank you for taking the time to say this.
And what is the conclusion. Free web is not always for free. :)
Agree. My wife is a writer and is agree too.
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