TED.com – Defend our freedom to share (or why SOPA is a bad idea)

What does a bill like PIPA/SOPA mean to our share­able world? At the TED offices, Clay Shirky deliv­ers a proper man­i­festo — a call to defend our free­dom to cre­ate, dis­cuss, link and share, rather than pas­sively consume.

via TED.com – Defend our free­dom to share (or why SOPA is a bad idea). Clay Shirky deliv­ers a clear and cogent his­tory and expla­na­tion of PIPA/SOPA, walk­ing through both the intent and what the ram­i­fi­ca­tions of the bill and how it changes the entire legal sys­tem under which web­sites oper­ate. Shirky also makes the very real point that even if PIPA and SOPA are killed (as appears increas­ingly likely) a bill sim­i­lar to them will be back.

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