There is nothing that makes its way more directly to the soul than beauty.
- Addison, English Essayist, Poet, and Statesman (1672-1719)
If this doesn’t show why SOPA is so misguided and completely wrongheaded, check out the fact that even it’s own co-sponsors are not in compliance with the proposed law!!!
From Jamie Lee Curtis Taete at vice.com:
The above screencap shows the homepage of Florida congressman/SOPA co-sponsor/probable PIPA supporter Dennis Ross’ website.
Which features the appropriately titled illustration “Overweight Government Pig” by cartoonist John S. Pritchett. You’ll notice that Dennis cropped out the part where it says “© John Pritchett”. We contacted John, and he told us:
“To my knowledge, I did not license the usage of my “Overweight Govt. Pig” illustration to Dennis Ross.”
I felt it my duty as a law-abiding citizen to contact the Congressman and let him know of the offense:
Dear Congressman Ross,
This is to inform you that your use of the “overweight government pig” image at your website is in violation of copyright laws, and that your removal of the copyright holder’s name from the image shows premeditation and a willful disdain for said copyright laws on your part.
In keeping with the spirit of the draconian SOPA law which you support, we demand you blacklist your website and remove all traces of it from the Internet.
Thank you for your compliance. Long live Chinese-style totalitarian control of the Internet in America.
Congressman Ross only takes comments from addresses inside his 12th district of Florida. Feel free to contact him from my Bartow, Florida office:
255 N Broadway Ave
Bartow, FL 33830-3912