Clay Shirky talks about SOPA and PIPA

During the hectic time surrounding exam week I decided not to have any new presenters at our bi-weekly Tech. Tuesday presentations. Instead, I thought I would share a relevant and timely TED Talk with any faculty members who could attend and host a short discussion afterwards. I am also planning to share the talk via my blog for those who couldn’t attend the session.

The talk I chose was by Clay Shirky @shirky. In this talk he discusses the impact that bills SOPA and PIPA could have and how they originated. If these bills ever become laws they will have a significant impact on our lives and how we teach certain skills in schools. Copyrighted material and how students cite and use these sources is constant area of concern for Allendale Columbia School Librarian, Judy VanAlstyne @bibliopheme.

Jared Newman, of PCWorld, wrote and article called SOPA and PIPA: Just the Facts. It breaks down the facts and issues related to SOPA and PIPA.

Here is a link to Google’s online petition. – https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/ – You may have noticed Wikipedia and Google’s protest of these bills this past week on January 18.

What do you think about SOPA and PIPA? Is it censorship? Does it go too far? Do we need to have more protection or consequences for people who violate copyright laws? Is SOPA or PIPA excessive or is it going in the right direction? Does it need minor or major revisions? All thoughts and opinions are appreciated!

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One thought on “Clay Shirky talks about SOPA and PIPA

  1. I don’t leave a ton of comments, but i did a few searching and wound up here Clay Shirky talks about SOPA and PIPA | TepTech. And I do have some questions for you if you don’t mind.
    Is it just me or does it look as if like some of the responses come across
    like left by brain dead individuals? 😛 And, if you are writing at additional online sites, I’d like to follow anything fresh you have to post. Could you list of every one of your social sites like your twitter feed, Facebook page or linkedin profile?

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