SOPA, figuratively speaking

I’ve been impressed with the quality of language used to describe the Stop Online Piracy Act. The bill is a disaster for the internet, and its opponents are devising some pretty creative ways of expressing that. Two of my favorites:

From Alexandra Petri on the Washington Post ComPost blog:

This isn’t even throwing the baby out with the bathwater. This is bludgeoning the baby repeatedly with a sledgehammer and then throwing out the whole bathroom.

From Jeffrey Zeldman on A List Apart:

SOPA approaches the piracy problem with a broad brush, lights that brush on fire, and soaks the whole internet in gasoline.

UPDATE: Dec 9: From the great Marvin Ammori, on his letter with Laurence Tribe:

The bills are not limited; they’re sledgehammers not scalpels.

UPDATE: Dec 13: From Julian Sanchez at the Cato Institute:

A third clause says the bill shouldn’t be construed in a way that would impair the security or integrity of the network—which is a bit like slapping a label on a cake stipulating that it shouldn’t be construed to make you fat.

From user roxtafari on Reddit:

SOPA in a nutshell: If a criminal hid counterfeit goods in a bank safe deposit box, SOPA would allow the legitimate IP owner to shut down the entire bank and all other branches without any notice, search warrant, or due process.

UPDATE: Dec 18: From Brad Plumer on Washington Post’s Wonkblog:

Essentially, copyright holders are asking for a really enormous sledgehammer to play this game of whack-a-mole.

I’ll keep updating as I come across good ones, and let me know in the comments if you’ve seen one.

Published by Parker Higgins

I'm the Director of Special Projects at the Freedom of the Press Foundation, and previously led copyright activism at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. I live and work in Brooklyn, New York. more »

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