Friday, 20 January 2012

Megaupload got busted!



After I read few articles looks like the "Stop Online Piracy Act" SOPA and "PROTECT IP Act" PIPA it's happening.. The US government wants to shut people up as the freedom of speech we have today is too much to take in since the Wikileaks event. They will try by any means to take action against us, as now WE are a threat to them by having access to the online information. They want to take over the most effective free form of communication we have today, The INTERNET. They want to control it under a noble disguise act against piracy. This will not only censure every thing we do on the internet, but will allow them to have full control over it on an international level which will empower the US government to take legal actions and imprison people under this act. Hollywood and Universal Music amongst other big corporation had offered their support. Now Google, Twitter and Facebook are against it, but sadly enough they didn't take part at the Blackout on Wednesday (18 Jan 2012) with Wikipedia, Reddit, Mozilla, Cheezburger, Wordpress and many other websites which are still wearing the black tag "stop SOPA" as part of their support to this movement against the new act.. The internet freedom of speech we have today could be changed by a dictatorial internet censorship, if we allow SOPA to be implemented.



What does Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) mean?
The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), or H.R.3261, is a pending bill geared toward preempting U.S. property theft by promoting creativity and innovation. SOPA was introduced to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in October of 2011. SOPA expands Protect IP, a similar bill from the Senate, by giving copyright holders and U.S. law enforcement the right to battle infringed - or allegedly infringed - intellectual property (IP) and counterfeit products.

SOPA is also known as the Enforcing and Protecting American Rights Against Sites Intent on Theft and Exploitation Act (E-PARASITE Act).

Techopedia explains Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)

Copyright infringement is rampant on the Web, and SOPA aims to give copyright holders more power to protect their work. However, critics contend that SOPA and Protect IP could stifle freedom of expression online, and put undue strain on websites, especially social media and other sharing sites, to police their content.

SOPA supporters include many companies in the entertainment industry, cable and satellite TV, etc. Opponents include many of the top web properties, ISPs and most in the web development industry.
source: (http://www.techopedia.com/definition/27801/stop-online-piracy-act-sopa)

Yesterday Megaupload a big online upload website got closed for piracy. The feds push the SOPA in front with the Megaupload case implication to the online piracy. What they missed out intentionally is to explain the full extent of implication this act will have over the common internet user. The website Megaupload got closed overnight as the feds arrested the site operators including the founder Kim Dotcom (aka Kim Schmitz) and confiscated their goods.
more at: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2012/01/why-the-feds-smashed-megaupload.ars

In several online news such as the Telegraph the website is condamend and somewhat the newspaper suports SOPA.
read more at the source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/9027246/Anonymous-attacks-FBI-website-over-Megaupload-raids.html#

A strong point to the above article is brought to the broad by a commentator
Neil Appleby.
I will add his full response below as it brings awareness to people.

He says:

"NTERNETS, 18th of January 2012.
PRESS RELEASE, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.

Over a century ago Thomas Edison got the patent for a device which would "do for the eye what the phonograph does for
the ear". He called it the Kinetoscope. He was not only amongst the first to record video, he was also the first person
to own the copyright to a motion picture.

Because of Edisons patents for the motion pictures it was close to financially impossible to create motion pictures
in the North american east coast. The movie studios therefor relocated to California, and founded what we today call
Hollywood. The reason was mostly because there was no patent.
There was also no copyright to speak of, so the studios could copy old stories and make movies out of them - like
Fantasia, one of Disneys biggest hits ever.

So, the whole basis of this industry, that today is screaming about losing control over immaterial rights, is that they
circumvented immaterial rights. They copied (or put in their terminology: "stole") other peoples creative works,
without paying for it. They did it in order to make a huge profit. Today, they're all successful and most of the
studios are on the Fortune 500 list of the richest companies in the world. Congratulations - it's all based on being
able to re-use other peoples creative works. And today they hold the rights to what other people create.
If you want to get something released, you have to abide to their rules. The ones they created after circumventing
other peoples rules.

The reason they are always complainting about "pirates" today is simple. We've done what they did. We circumvented the
rules they created and created our own. We crushed their monopoly by giving people something more efficient. We allow
people to have direct communication between eachother, circumventing the profitable middle man, that in some cases take
over 107% of the profits (yes, you pay to work for them).
It's all based on the fact that we're competition.
We've proven that their existance in their current form is no longer needed. We're just better than they are.

And the funny part is that our rules are very similar to the founding ideas of the USA. We fight for freedom of speech.
We see all people as equal. We believe that the public, not the elite, should rule the nation. We believe that laws
should be created to serve the public, not the rich corporations.

The Pirate Bay is truly an international community. The team is spread all over the globe - but we've stayed out of the
USA. We have Swedish roots and a swedish friend said this:
The word SOPA means "trash" in Swedish. The word PIPA means "a pipe" in Swedish. This is of course not a coincidence.
They want to make the internet inte a one way pipe, with them at the top, shoving trash through the pipe down to the
rest of us obedient consumers.
The public opinion on this matter is clear. Ask anyone on the street and you'll learn that noone wants to be fed with
trash. Why the US government want the american people to be fed with trash is beyond our imagination but we hope that
you will stop them, before we all drown.

SOPA can't do anything to stop TPB. Worst case we'll change top level domain from our current .org to one of the
hundreds of other names that we already also use. In countries where TPB is blocked, China and Saudi Arabia springs to
mind, they block hundreds of our domain names. And did it work? Not really.
To fix the "problem of piracy" one should go to the source of the problem. The entertainment industry say they're
creating "culture" but what they really do is stuff like selling overpriced plushy dolls and making 11 year old girls
become anorexic. Either from working in the factories that creates the dolls for basically no salary or by watching
movies and tv shows that make them think that they're fat.

In the great Sid Meiers computer game Civilization you can build Wonders of the world. One of the most powerful ones
is Hollywood. With that you control all culture and media in the world. Rupert Murdoch was happy with MySpace and had
no problems with their own piracy until it failed. Now he's complainting that Google is the biggest source of piracy
in the world - because he's jealous. He wants to retain his mind control over people and clearly you'd get a more
honest view of things on Wikipedia and Google than on Fox News.

Some facts (years, dates) are probably wrong in this press release. The reason is that we can't access this information
when Wikipedia is blacked out. Because of pressure from our failing competitors. We're sorry for that.

THE PIRATE BAY, (K)2012
"

This is something to contemplate about since Julian Assange has tried to brings light to the hidden or obscure illegal deeds our governments do, and he became a target. SOPA and PIPA only try to bury what should be transparent to all and punish those that want to unveil the truth. They want us under their microscope.




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