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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.
www.reuters.com/article/2012/0…

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?
No.
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.
www.wired.com/threatlevel/2007…

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.
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nimibro Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
I agree with you on most of the points, it's really just sick what's happening these days. the thing with megaupload is that the companies and sites that have illegal files on them get notices that tell them to put down these files, only Megaupload didn't. It is kind of impossible though as the number of movies that were put up on megavideo and copywrite infringing files was probably uncountable, but everything else you wrote i completley agree with. And now theyr'e going with this HR 1981 and ACTA bullshit. Wer'e nowhere near safe.
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GothicCheshire Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
....[link] DUDE, WHAT THE HELL??
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jarredspekter Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Newest threat, but we collectively killed one.
I call it a challenge now ;)
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GothicCheshire Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
Haha, let's just hope the challenge doesn't outgrow the determination to fight it.
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
F***.
I don't want to live on this bleeding planet anymore!
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jarredspekter Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I don't see why.
We BEAT SOPA and PIPA ;)
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
In that case, I'm staying on terra firma. XD
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GothicCheshire Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
I am with that one person on hating 1984 with a fiery passion, but it wasn't so much for looking around and seeing it in my every day life. It was more for reading about these characters, these spineless, slobbering, useless characters that rolled over and died so readily. I'd like to believe that humanity isn't like that, I'd like to believe that we do not just quietly stand aside and let them take over, and here we are. So far we've been fighting and I'd happily keep fighting. The only necessity is that we don't take this suspension as a complete victory. For example: [link]

This is not over. This is just the beginning.

Insanity Signing OFF!!!
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scalpinock Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
I tried to read 1984 , by Georges Orwell.I stopped because when I saw the real world , it was the same thing.While USA tried to make the world democratic , they turned it in a dictatorship. They spy us. They make us think what they want us to think. If you try to change things , they arrest you. Freedom is dead .
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jarredspekter Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Um...first off this isn't exclusively the US.
China, Russia, North Korea, the UK...all of these countries cope with the same problems.

Second of all, SOPA and PIPA are indefinitely suspended!

So no, freedom isn't dead and America isn't evil.

Its thinking like that that allows these people to win.
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Shadowelecman Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
Fascinating.
You have a link to these incriminating documents? I'd love to read them.
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jarredspekter Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
[link]
Here's a site that has lots of screenshots on the subject.
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Shadowelecman Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
Fascinating... not entirely sure what this means for the bill, but this is some pretty damning stuff, if it spreads to the right people.
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Storm337 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Student Writer
..................is it alright to be scared? Please tell me it is...
:shifty:
I feel watched.
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jarredspekter Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
They're trying to watch you, but luckily with SOPA and PIPA gone they can't do much.
We just have to stay alert.

Like Professor Mad-Eye Moody said 'Constant vigilance!' :lol:
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edthesupersaiyan Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
CONSTANT!!!!
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Storm337 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Student Writer
Thank Chaos!
Oh I will be...
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razorsprites Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Ugh, This is why America is hated. Don't get me wrong, I'm American myself, but maybe if we, y'know, did something that wasn't destructive, we'd be less hated? Instead of focusing all our time and money on these petty little "copyright", why not do something USEFUL, like stop Terrorism, fix the economy, etc?
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jarredspekter Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
But that's the thing. The American people DO want a focus on those things.
That's why collectively the internet rose against this nonsense and beat it down. Legislation for SOPA and PIPA are officially in limbo.
The issue isn't the country, its the way the government of the country runs...at the moment.
Here's hoping for some shake ups come election time.
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razorsprites Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Student General Artist
I know, I was referring to the Government when I mentioned what we weren't doing.

But, Yeah, here's to hope.
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LordChaosX Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
They want the internet, they're gonna have to pry it from our cold dead corpses!
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:iconjarredspekter:
jarredspekter Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
[link]

I'm hoping this is a blow struck in that fight :D
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JBvonHerb Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm showing this to my friends and family. This is pure, ugly, bullsh*t!
America is being destroyed from within and the media is too busy diving into the personal lives of Presidential candidates than report something that is truly dangerous to our freedom!
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jarredspekter Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is true and irritating. Since when did the media work hand in hand with the government? Isn't it supposed to be speaking 'truth to power' here?
Not so apparently.
Cnet, the major purveyor of piracy software, is an affiliate with CNN!
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JBvonHerb Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I know! The media is supposed to be independent but instead they are incredibly biased and frankly, I only watch T.V. just for the presidential debates now (even though the questions are skewed :roll:)
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jarredspekter Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is true, and irritating :/
The net for me at least has a pastiche of different opinions to see :)
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Cupidcomet77 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh God. :ohmygod:

THIS, just confirms what I said earlier today to my step-father.

THE HUMAN RACE IS THE STUPIDEST SPECIES ON EARTH!

Hell, I think the Earth would be so much better without us human parasites!
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jarredspekter Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Um...actually it took quite a bit of intelligence to come up with this plan XD

But look at the motivating forces at work here.
These people you hate so much...agree with you!

They hate mankind, they hate freedom, they hate the fact so many people share different opinions.
They want to eliminate humanity by controlling it utterly, by using our best instincts to destroy us.

So when you hate, you are helping them.
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Cupidcomet77 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wow.

I never thought of it like that before.

This is sort of like my cyberpunk retelling of The Last Airbender.

The Fire Corporation trying to bring their own form of "peace" by removing the human factor from humanity.
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jarredspekter Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is probably the case.

I at least grew up in a school system wholly dedicated to telling me the following...

-Humanity is terrible
-America is terrible
-White people are evil
-Right and wrong are pointless concepts

I eventually rejected these ideas because I discovered how controlling they were.

If you think you're worthless, your species is worthless, your race, your ideals, and if you are trained to believe nothing you're brought up to EXCEPT what you're told by authorities that makes you a slave, not free.

These people who hate the species, or those who claim to off hand, do not have your best interests at heart more often then not. Afterall, they hate everything you are!
They want to make sure that you think the way they do and that you have no power to do otherwise because they hate you, your world, and themselves.

Its just like Avatar or Lord of the Rings or any classic villain. They despair of the human condition and so dedicate themselves to sticking it in a box or under a microscope so they can improve it.

And, if they can't improve it, they'll destroy it.

I think Emperor Palpatines 'Give into your anger!' is pretty accurate to the slavish shackles fury can put on someone :lol:
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edthesupersaiyan Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
where did you go to school,Afghanistan??
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jarredspekter Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Seattle :lol:

Honest lesson from my social studies teacher, word for word:

'What demographic causes the most problems in the world? Its okay to say it. Rich white people. That's just the truth'

A history lesson I had...

'Well the holocaust might have seemed bad, but really the Dresden firebombing was just as bad if not worse so it balanced out.'

In my kindergarten I had honest to goodness show trials.

I've put up with this nonsense all my life :lol:
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
Show trials in kindergarten?
What the heck?
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edthesupersaiyan Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
this is why I live in georgia...the only time you hear of something bad happening is on worlds dumbest
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Cupidcomet77 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, that really put things into perspective.

I feel sort of foolish now, thinking that.
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jarredspekter Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Its okay :nod:

You mistook an impulse to shun badness as a feeling of hatred towards humanity I think.
Humanity can't be all bad. If it was, why would you be angry?
Because humanity can be better you are angry when it fails to live up to what its proven it can be. Its actually quite encouraging :)
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Cupidcomet77 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You're right.

Humanity may do stupid things, and are easy to sway, but they'll always have a weapon nothing can break: free will.
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Shadymissionary Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
I got an email today saying Sopa and Pipa had been stopped...
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edthesupersaiyan Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
dude if your lying...well you better not be lying
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:iconedthesupersaiyan:
edthesupersaiyan Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
it makes sense though,no member of any part of the U.S government has immunity from the law... they probably realize that their children will probably make a slipup and then their whole family will go to jail...they blocked it simply out of self survival
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jarredspekter Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:whew:
I certainly hope that's the case. At least they've been slowed down. There's too much money wrapped up in it to be gone for good, but at least they'll have to try something new :lol:
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Shadymissionary Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
Sure looks like it at least: [link]
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TheDarkNeon Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Personally at this point, I'd rather take the December 21 2012 right about now. It'll be cake compared to the pain of all this Fed SHIT.
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:iconjarredspekter:
jarredspekter Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
What's going on on the 21st? ^^;
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TheDarkNeon Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
y'know. the whole doomsday thing. It sounds like more fun than our overlords in progress....
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edthesupersaiyan Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
seriously? its the mayan freakin apocolypse!!!everyone knows that!
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:iconjarredspekter:
jarredspekter Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh :lol:

Actually that's when the Mayan calendar RESTARTS, but anyway XD
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:iconedthesupersaiyan:
edthesupersaiyan Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
why do you think it restarts?
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:iconjarredspekter:
jarredspekter Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Because...it does XD

People say it 'ends' but in reality it just starts over again.

Also...how exactly did the Mayans know when the world would end? O_o
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james-kypher88 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
Are you referring to the Mayan belief that the world destroys itself (in different ways every time; I think this one's raining fire or something), leaving two survivors who restart the human race on a renewed earth? Because if so, you are quite literally the first person I've seen who's referenced it since I read that Horrible Histories book.
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