Free speech and creativity are not merely privileges, they are basic human rights. Human nature. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution’s Bill of Rights protects the right to free speech, which in turns protects creativity.
At Timeless Journey Comics, we pride our work and our titles on the individual creativity of the creator. We ensure that all creators are given their due recognition and we strive to create the best stories possible. While we are all about protecting our intellectual property from thieves and the like, we cannot support the “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA) or “Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011” (PIPA) legislation being debated in Congress.
As creators, we fully understand that people want to protect their intellectual property and copyrights. We also understand that online piracy is an ugly and horrendous activity. But these two bills, SOPA and PIPA, are dangerous. Sure, their intention is to stop piracy, but in their present form, they are downright censorship. The legislation gives major corporations the power to not only “cease and desist” websites using their content without permission, but shut it down completely. Stopping online piracy is one thing, but this is kind of crazy.
Let’s put it like this: Want to make a compilation of your favorite movie scenes and share it with your friends on YouTube? If SOPA were enacted and the owner of one of your favorite scenes sees your compilation, it is within their power to shut down YouTube. Oh, and then they can come after you.
So today, Timeless Journey Comics, a mere blip on the radar, joins Google, Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Amazon, AOL, Reddit, Mozilla, LinkedIn, IAC, eBay, PayPal and our free open source CMS, WordPress, in protest of the proposed legislation.
Rather than “blacking out” our website and our content, for a limited time, TJ Comics has decided to give you a chance to read #1 issues of two of our titles, Mack Turner: Slayer of the Dead #1 and The Argonauts #1, FREE.
Hell, why not? This is the Internet. The United States is a free country and you might as well enjoy some good, free comics online while you can.
And please, PLEASE contact your local representative. Stop this asinine bill from going any further.
To read these comics, hop over to the TJ Comics website.