If this is correct, we can copyright the law and sue anyone who claims to be upholding copyright law (in accordance to SOPA) without our permission.
That... isn't how copyright works. What I just wrote there? Copyright is mine! See how I said that? I didn't need to. Even this sentence, as I type it, magically is mine.
You are thinking of how patents work. The type of trolling you speak of is indeed both possible and lucrative for technology companies. But useless for copyright stuff.
Caliban has this absolutely dead to rights: this is about controlling ideas. He who controls them, controls the minds that consume them. Astroturfing, mis and disinformation can only get you so far, and good ol' censorship has its place.
sure, all you little pinko hippies have the right to say whatever you want, god as my witness. And you can say it, you can say whatever goddamn unamerican commie bullshit you want in your sit ins and your love ins and your fuck ins and all that. That is absolutely fine.
What you can't
do, though, is get on Barbara Walters or Tom Brokaw and spew your little peacenik manifestos. Because they aren't going to give you the air time. You can write a letter to the editor, but nobody will print it. You can try to call yourself a journalist, but the NYT isn't going to hire your sorry ass or print a word of your crap. The best you're gonna do is to print up a little pamphlet. Hell, maybe you can write a book nobody will sell and nobody will read but subversive little fucks like you. Actually, that would be alright, you go ahead and do that, do a long-form text based circle jerk until the end of goddamn time.
See, nobody needs to say "you can't say that". All they need to do is say "you can't say that on my privately owned
newspaper, radio station, or TV network". Public TV? Sure! GO RIGHT AHE-AAAHAAAAHAAAA. I'm sorry, I can't keep a straight face on that one. There are exactly two people who watch anything that isn't Sesame Street
, and they are terrified of pissing off The Public, who, as they will tell you, pay for all those shows about great northern storks or whateverthehell.
'Course, there are about three such nobodies, these days, who own all that. But that's private enterprise, what made this country great!
Interwhat, now? Some thing with computers? So what? Wait- wait a minute now, this is ours right? This thing is American? Who owns it? I mean... who do we lean on to shut down these page-webs or whatnot? Nobody?!? Nobody like actually nobody?
We need to do something about this! I don't know- figure out a way to get em when they step out of line!