Happy Holidays, all! This is especially the time of year when we should take stock of what we have to be thankful for.
And perhaps it's also a time to consider how much worse things could be if we don't take appropriate actions. And when thinking about terrible outcomes, the horrendous and dangerous SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act - H.R. 3261) legislation comes immediately to mind.
You already know why this legislation has the potential to destroy the Internet as we know it. But something has been missing from these explanations.
Ah yes! Of course. A song!
So once more throwing my dignity to the winds, I again apologize to Mr. Gilbert and Mr. Sullivan, as I offer:
SOPA Lad (The SOPA Song) - to the tune of When I Was a Lad from H.M.S. Pinafore (1878).
The song lyrics are below and on the Closed Captions (CC) track of the YouTube video version (you may want to adjust the CC Settings for optimum display).
Again, all my best to you and yours. Please take care, everyone.
SOPA Lad (The SOPA Song): MP3 Audio (2:44 minutes / ~4.8 MB)
SOPA Lad (The SOPA Song): YouTube version (audio only)
SOPA Lad (The SOPA Song)
Lyrics Copyright © 2011 Lauren Weinstein. All rights reserved.
When I was a lad I'd get such a thrill,
(He really loved to turn all of the kids right in.)
I turned in all the kids with such a gruesome sway,
(He turned in everyone in such a gruesome way,
As a lawyer new I was put right in charge,
(He never had to worry about prior art.)
I was oh so efficient getting snooks to pay,
(He was oh so adept at getting snooks to pay,
My skills at extortion had become so very grand,
(And the money would all roll in direct straight to he.)
I planned my whole attack so that without delay,
(He planned his full attack and yes with no delay,
Word got out everywhere through all of Washington,
(And in search of quick solutions they were calling he.)
I filed content takedowns every old which way,
(He filed so many takedowns on most every day,
I knew that if free speech were just called piracy,
(He could bury all the info in a deep, dark hole.)
I would bury all the info so far from the fray,
(He would bury all the info so far and away,
So all of you future rich powers that would be,
(And never worry about acting ethically.)
Screw the whole DNS ... throw security away,
(Damn the DNS, toss security away,
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