I was talking about this bill with my sharp-kneed girlfriend yesterday. Yea, about that, here's the insightful/non-geek response I got from her via email. I hope she doesn't sue me for copyright infringement for posting this:
It is infuriating that the govt. wants to protect us from illegally obtaining copyrighted info on line, but offers no real protection against our own personal information being collected and used by business.
Can I copyright my personal information: name, address, phone, IP, screen names, contacts, list of sites I visits, and all the other info numerous companies collect about me through my computer? I think not. Our personal information is everywhere, including that being stored by the govt., but if we want to read a book or copy a file containing copyrighted content we are criminals.
Can't it just be considered a fair trade? Business collects info about me, I collect copyrighted info owned by businesses. It's all a bit of collateral damage that is worth enduring for the sake of being able to use the internet. If we have to just accept the fact that use of the internet means giving up our privacy, why can't business just have to accept that there will be leakage of some copyrighted info?
Such bullshit. This issue is so important to every American's freedoms now and for the shaping of our future, but what are Americans hearing about as a hot topic today? Caffeinated alcoholic beverages making kids who are drinking them illegally sick, and too much salt in the soup.
THE DUMBING DOWN OF AMERICA PROCEEDS AT BREAK-NECK SPEED!