As editor and founder of the Herbalist Manifesto and The Practical Herbalist.com, I have decided to stand in solidarity with the millions of Americans who are protesting the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). These initiatives are founded in fear and misinformation.
Internet piracy is a bad thing. I have had my own work stolen. Copyright protection is constant battle for writers, artists and musicians. These initiates do not, however, protect us. SOPA and PIPA make it more difficult for us.
Under this law, giving a reference or link to a site that contains a pirated item, makes you guilty of piracy. On my own site, The Practical Herbalist, I have close to 200 originally written articles. One would imagine that adding a link to my site would be a safe bet. Not so. I back up my articles with links to other articles and resources. This translates into references into over 1,000 different sites.
Could any one possibly check into every link even if they read every one of my articles? If some one wanted to post a link to my article on treating mono, they would have a month of dedicated reading ahead of them just to be safe from prosecution. This is just one minor flaw in the plan. I could go on.
SOPA and PIPA are badly written initiatives. Our country can’t afford another law that cripples artists, disables education and suppresses freedom of speech. We can stop this. Send an e-mail to your congressional representative with your concerns.