Why would we at the Jukebox care about the SOPA/PIPA bills making their way through Congress? After all, Audiobook Jukebox only posts links from roughly 300 blogs, not the actual reviews. Under these bills, we would become responsible for policing the blogs where the reviews reside for any unauthorized copyrighted material. We would have to actively monitor every site we link to, to ensure it doesn't host infringing content. Any link to an infringing site could put us in jeopardy of being forced offline. We don’t have the resources to do this monitoring.
In our social media and blogging experience, it is difficult to find many blogs that at one time or another haven’t posted copyrighted material without the permission of the copyright owner. That copyrighted material may include YouTube videos, photos, songs, song lyrics, comics, graphics, sports logos, and so forth. These bills are threats to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, TwitPic, Google, and pretty much all blogs as we now know them. The unintended consequences of this poorly drafted legislation are huge. If you oppose these bills, please contact your Senators and Representative to let them know you oppose this legislation. There are a number of petition sites out there that will allow you to do this. Social media is a major force in this country and the world. No wonder some entrenched and very powerful people want to act as censors. --JEFF