ALWAYS-CONTRARIAN Jaron Lanier distances himself from the anti-SOPA-fest:
The legislation has indeed included draconian remedies in various drafts, so I join my colleagues in criticizing the bills. But our opposition has become so extreme that we are doing more harm than good to our own cause. Those rare tech companies that have come out in support of SOPA are not merely criticized but barred from industry events and subject to boycotts. We, the keepers of the flame of free speech, are banishing people for their speech. The result is a chilling atmosphere, with people afraid to speak their minds.
Our melodrama is driven by a vision of an open Internet that has already been distorted, though not by the old industries that fear piracy.