“Rule of law” is how I believe one guest described it on the PBS News Hour this week, speaking of new legislation SOPA and PIPA.

But no website should be banned because of user generated material or because of a link to a suspect site. And if copyright infringement is truly the concern, address only that concern —

…small steps rather than a sack of unintended consequences.

Start by trying to curb pirated streaming content and make someone, some ONE dept. responsible for oversight and enforcement, and not make website owners liable because they allow user interaction and input.

Allow time for rebuke, review, and final judgement of any claims before blocking a site. Learn from this process and move forward. Without reading the legislation myself one-on-one with a law maker or lawyer to interpret the language, many respected global website owners believe this legislation is far too sweeping and doesn’t define the limits of the law. I am with these known quantities I trust and use daily.

What I understand is this process has been exclusive and mostly for large corporations. But without involvement of the other overwhelming online segment, how can you construct fair legislation? It appears among those with political/corporate gain are people who don’t understand the internet and are trying to write magic bullet legislation.

Any process to establish some rule of law must include, “…everyone from content creators to the engineers that build and maintain the infrastructure of the Internet.” (PC World article, Sopa and Pipa Just the Facts)

What I’ve feared most about the internet are those that want to strangle its power for people to speak and this legislation begins this process, even if unintentional.

Any law affecting the freedom of speech and movement on the web should be a process open to all who use it and TRANSPARENT to the public.

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