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So that's Wikipedia today the online encyclopedia is down it's gone down gone dark for 24 hours protesting.
And I piracy legislation that is being debated in Washington to stop online piracy act.
Currently be taken up by congress.
It would stop web sites will legally publishing your selling copyrighted materials -- more complicated than that but that's basically what's behind it the democratic congress -- -- to Colorado.
Vocal against it.
He joins us right now and I know.
And I -- I do know it's more complicated than that and and sometimes people get lost in the weeds in this but the -- try to do this in order and I wanna know exactly why.
You're opposed to the bill specifically.
But just to start -- for people watching they say boy if somebody you know.
Writes a song are has a movie out like the big media companies could -- corporates our parent company is there argument will be.
What you need to get paid for this some website overseas should be put it up for free and you say what.
Yeah -- of course you know I'm not wearing tonight -- I don't support piracy needed to many of the oppose this bill.
This bill will simply not stop online piracy -- -- understands the very nature of the Internet.
It has the wrong approach to reducing it by taking down entire sites particularly sites.
With user generated content these are sites that.
You post to it could even be a Fox News site.
Where there's a comment section of people arguing you know -- one -- -- those people might violated copyright they might post the link they might post.
Picture that's not attributed some they don't of the rights to the correct answer.
-- -- take down that link not disabled the entire site can we approach this open Tampa.
Can we do that with legislation and if so what would that look like if you're a tech guy right I mean is this of people that are background yet.
Boulder, Colorado -- the tech carrier from Colorado -- major money in technology before.
Running for congress so who what when bill legislation look like that you would be okay with where people could still get paid for what they do but it wouldn't.
Now real winner threatening Internet it's really.
It's a follow the money approach the problem is when people are stealing intellectual property and profiting from it and where you have a money trail you can actually go after that that's why along with -- -- We introduce the -- act which is essentially a follow the money approach the international.
To make sure that the people who were engaged in piracy do not profit from it -- are held accountable for the law it doesn't -- -- hold Internet.
Disabled -- domain name service system right that really has created so much value put a serious candidate.
Is they're going to be -- because the Internet and it's it's it's it's not new but it's it's still mean you know you that it is historically it is relatively new we're still trying to figure all this out.
You know however many years and is there a place where there will be cite some sites.
That are blocked that it is -- bids are boss essentially Rupert Murdoch's been very vocal about this -- area thirty blocking.
Online pornography in some cases and -- blocking hate speech and other cases so.
This should be a place where you can put in place some block for this protect intellectual.
Property look those can all be privately blocked many you know parents use filters in schools use filters to block pornographic sites those are all private decisions made by individuals organizations and governments the precedents of governments officially -- even sit up alternative Internet is essentially what China does.
Our government our attorney general should not have that power to block the Internet dot you're you guys are winning by the way -- them -- from what I've read anyway.
It's in the usage -- for the last -- congressman -- was interest to me anyway a lot of people seem to change their mind on this get a senator that was a cosponsor that's now against it.
In the tech lobby we -- talk about financial firms and a lobby detect lobby seems like it's fairly influential down there is that fair.
You -- a lot less the -- lobby didn't users of the Internet that have called in offices so I mean it's less kind of the grass tops as -- was from the other side it's really just users of the Internet say hey.
We use these sites we enjoy in their part -- free speech part of part of our culture don't block these sites not congressman analyst thank you very much we appreciate you coming on an obvious there's a big -- -- to keep -- itself lobby back hopefully.
-- it's pleasure it's all.
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