schussman.com logo

Clay Shirkey on SOPA

As part of this week’s SOPA blackout protest, Clay Shirkey gave a great talk that puts the issue in context. (Bonus reading: Yochai Benkler’s Wealth of Networks)

Later he wrote a response to David Pogue on SOPA. Arguing that Pogue underestimates the controlling intent of the media proponents of SOPA:

And arguments like Pogue’s are dangerous not because they are pro-SOPA — Pogue himself is glad it is in trouble — but because they obscure the core historical fact: The American media industry tries to stifle user freedom. Every time. Every single time.

We should delight in the stand we’ve taken in favor of things like, say, notifications, and trials, and proof before censoring someone, but we should get ready to do it again next year, and the year after that. The risk now is not that SOPA will pass. The risk is that we’ll think we’ve won. We haven’t; they’ll be back. Get ready to have this fight again.