Here's a little bit of a worrisome discovery.
Megaupload, a file sharing website, is completely gone. If you go to that domain its entirely blank.
But here's the thing...the FBI destroyed it.
The main offices of this site were located in New Zealand, but there were other smaller offices in the US. The Federal Government literally hunted down the representatives of this webpage and arrested them in two countries, then erased it from existence!
But not before they seized all the records of anyone who ever used the site as evidence.
If you or anyone else has used Megaupload illegally, this will probably be very disturbing.
Why? Because their site was distributing copy-write infringing uploads.
So those who claim SOPA and PIPA will do nothing, take a good look into the black hole of Megaupload. The FBI can track you down and throw you in prison and then track all your constituents ALREADY.
But the reach of this is even wider.
A british college student Richard O'Dwyer is facing extradition, being forcibly sent to the United States for imprisonment, because his page LINKED to copy-write material. His page was a series of links to other sites that hosted streaming for episodes of television shows, movies and the like, but chiefly the page itself was a forum and he did not have the materials on the page. None the less authorities are trying to sue and arrest him for this...an action which is not a crime in his native UK.
So through copywrite infringement the US government (under Obama no less) has seized property and made arrests in other countries. Even before the passing of two bills that would give even more power to pursuing potential piracy, you can be arrested for being associated with SUSPECTED pirates.
This is outright witchhunt stuff, and I've seen no papers reporting it.
Another interesting question...where did the piracy software come from?
Was it invented by some genius college kid? Was it downloaded from a foreign country?
It was invented and distributed by THE VERY COMPANIES BACKING SOPA AND PIPA.
Tons of photo and documented evidence supports this claim, that most if not all the companies currently complaining about copywrite infringement created, advertised, and distributed the very programs that they are now trying to sue and imprison people for using.
They even fully supported pages like Pirate Bay when they were developed, and had their own company logos on pages designed for piracy. The editors of these companies also made glowing reviews of piracy sites and how easy they could be used, the official company sites presenting new programs which could remove evidence of downloading copywrite materials.
And these programs were almost all spyware. This means that these media companies have...
-Created the programs for piracy
-Distributed these programs
-Supported piracy websites
-Spied on piracy websites
-Are now suing because of piracy
It sounds like a conspiracy...and it is...but its one with a disturbing amount of proof behind it.
Media companies have created a crisis and now want control given to them so they can end it...and in the process make more money through lawsuits against ANYONE they please.
This is the real problem here. SOPA may threaten Youtube, but it also threatens you.
One lawsuit against a single mother below the poverty line totaled 222,000 dollars for downloading twenty four songs.
And who put the tools in her hands to do this?
Probably the same companies demanding the money.
This is no longer a class deal, this is how much our government will let slide under the radar. The media companies aren't big evil monsters, but people in them ARE con-artists willing to take advantage of a situation they created very deliberately. And for the moment our president, our government is in the pocket of these people.
And SOPA, PIPA will prove to them they not only own the net, they own the government and by extension the lives and money of anyone they please.
Here's hoping someone tells them 'no'.
So now anybody want to ask about my paranoia about popular media?
They know their movies, TV shows, and music suck so much they will actually plot the downfall of their major rival, the internet, just so they're the only game in town!
I'm tempted to turn in my TV. I don't watch the thing anyway, and it might send a message.
You don't own me.