I have examples of successful alternatives to the Internet publishing model, but I don’t have a solution to the crisis. I can only make some suggestions. Such as don’t write for free. This is becoming nearly impossible, but you should really think about it.
Put up paywalls on blogs, if you must blog, for pennies if that’s all the market will bear. But at least hold fast to the principle that writing is work, that writing has value, and that writers should be paid. True, I didn’t get paid to write this but I’m going to translate this speech into French for a speech I have to make in Montreal in September, for which I will be paid."
"Wikipedia and other online sites aren’t the only ones opposing H.R. 3261. The American Society of Newspaper Editors had this to say of the bill: “It is our longstanding dedication to First Amendment rights that drives our opposition to SOPA. Navigating the balance between copyright and free speech demands precision, and in seeking to protect the interests of copyright holders, the First Amendment requires Congress to adopt the least restrictive intrusion on speech available."
SOPA protesters participate in partial Internet blackout today — Creative Loafing
“An open internet is crucial to American job creation, government operations, and the daily routines of Americans from all walks of life,” Issa said in a statement. “The public deserves a full discussion about the consequences of changing the way Americans access information and communicate on the internet today.”
Issa is the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The hearing is set for Jan. 18."
Geeks to Testify (Finally!) About SOPA Blacklisting Implications — David Kravets, Wired