Blackout

The Internet is killing the entertainment industry. It is becoming increasing difficult to protect copyrighted materials from being posted online. In the past these materials would have earned the entertainment industry money, but now they are becoming free. The business model that the entertainment industry has come to rely on is increasingly becoming unworkable in an Internet era.

Their reaction? To lobby the government to introduce bills (SOPA/PIPA) that provide unprecedented powers of censorship to the entertainment industry.

While Google...


... and Wikipedia...

 ... have taken some action against these bills,  Seth Godin probably says it best:

It's painful, expensive, time-consuming, stressful and ultimately pointless to work overtime to preserve your dying business model.

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Breaking systems that benefit your customers is dumb. Taking money from lobbyists to break those systems is dumber still.