The good news is … SOPA and PIPA have been delayed by the House and Senate.
The bad news is … they will come back with brand new clothes, a shiny new name, and more teeth soon. In fact, they could come back with a venegeance because of the forces behind them.
Millions of people rallied together to tell those who represent us that we will fight to protect our freedom on the Web — the greatest communications tool ever invented.
These are historic times. People coming together to present a unified voice. I am inspired. I think we all are.
The protests were billed as the largest online protests in history with sites blacking out. WOW!
I know this for a fact though: People will come together only when something seeks to destroy what they hold dear.
SOPA and PIPA did that for those of us who enjoy, respect and cherish our web freedom. It rallied us all together.
But the fight is not over.
YOU, like us, must be ready to let your voice be heard …. and the power of your vote known to those who represent us. The message must be clear:
Seek to take away our web freedoms by legislating crappy bills, and we’re going to put you on the unemployment line.
Looking at these numbers … I think some people in Washington started to take notice.
We can and we will vote them straight out of office. So I hope the lobbyists helping to create these flawed bills have a job open for them when that happens.
So this week is an epic week, a historic week … one we cannot forget. They will simply wait for our fervor to die down, and sneak something sleazy in again.
We must be ready for the next wave.
In the meantime, here’s a quick thought for the industries who have sought to buy (I mean “lobby”) the votes to get this legislation created and passed:
Instead of protecting your once cash cow, now withering business models and spending millions of dollars to legislate it back to relevance … HOW ABOUT REINVENTING IT INSTEAD?!
Make [whatever you produce] BETTER for the world. Not just your pocketbook.
Think about value instead of how fat your vault is.
For examples, please look to iTunes for the music industry. Netflix for the video rental industry. And Google for the entire advertising industry.
If you don’t … we’ll continue to vote you out of business with our pocketbooks … and as you recently saw, the people who represent you.