Explaining SOPA

A lot of people are concerned about SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act. There are plenty of pages that say that it will destroy the Internet, but very few that explain clearly exactly why. It has also become clear that the politicians writing the law have no idea how the Internet actually works. So here is my attempt to explain it all. Let me start by explaining DNS, using a situation that doesn’t involve computers, that hopefully anyone can understand.

Why people pirate music

The Beatles have released the original mono mixes of 11 of their albums on CD (plus a compilation of singles) for the first time. The mono mixes were the only ones actually supervised by The Beatles and George Martin, and often differ from the stereo mixes (done by some namesless studio engineer as an afterthought). General fan opinion is that the mono versions are better. So that’s the good news. The bad news is, you can only buy the mono releases as a boxed set.