In a perfectly balanced case of cosmic irony, the author of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is guilty of copyright infringement. It turns out that Texas Congressman Lamar Smith, who's still convinced that SOPA isn't the Carrie White of American legislation, illegally used a picture on his own campaign website.
This is a misty, twilight-hour photograph of some shrubs and trees:
Pre-SOPA, it was also the background photo on Smith's campaign website. But, brace yourself, the photograph was never attributed to its creator. If you catch my drift, that would make Congressman Smith guilty of committing (so, not stopping) online piracy.
DJ Schulte, the photographer who took this image, doesn't seem too broken up about being illegally infringed upon by Congressman Smith's improper usage of his photo. As he points out:
"So according to the SOPA bill, should it pass, maybe I could petition the court to take action against www.texansforlamarsmith.com."