As I suspect most of my visitors today realize, a number of major web sites have shut down (Wikipedia) or otherwise altered their sites (Google) for the day to protest the so-called "Stop Online Piracy Act," or SOPA.
This site isn't a major web site (I wish!), but I do feel it necessary to go off-topic for this post just to say that I wholeheartedly agree with the critics who want to see a more reasoned, less entertainment-industry dictated bill.
Look, I'm a writer, and I both respect and (for many years) have lived by copyright. But there are ways to protect copyrights and fight offshore pirate websites without essentially destroying the Internet, which is what many critics warn will happen if SOPA (or its senate equivalent, PIPA) becomes law.
Please check out this excellent FAQ from CNET to find out what's at stake and how these proposed laws could affect you. And please join us in petitioning your senators and congressperson - respectfully - to throw out these disasters and come up with legislation that will protect copyrights while also preserving the rights of all Internet providers and users. Thank you.