A. Charles Muller’s Feb. 5 letter, “Yours-is-mine model doomed,” misses the point of the “furor on the Web and in newspapers last month over the attempt by members of the U.S. Congress to pass legislation aimed at cracking down on Internet piracy.”
The most vehement protesters were against the enforcement methods that the pending legislation would allow.
Yes, piracy is a problem, but allowing media companies to play China and instantly take down websites without trial on a whim is preposterous. These solutions are simply not valid.
The protests against the “Stop Online Piracy Act” and other proposals were not protests against stopping piracy. They were protests against allowing corporations to destabilize and censor the Internet in the name of copyright protection.
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