Friday, January 20, 2012

Holy shit, Batman! Internet War declared!

Fuck that noise. Seriously. SOPA is shelved and the Internet blacks out to protest and what do they do the next day? They shut down Megaupload, one of the oldest and biggest file hosting services and extradite its owner to the States for trial.

While we're on it, fuck you States!

Look, apologies to all Americans reading, but this shit cannot fly and I'd wager most of you who know how to open a fucking browser agree with that. The corporatism that pushes for shit like SOPA and PIPA proceeded to nothing less than a display of power, just to show us little Internet hippies that we are still their bitches.

And that's not even the scariest part about it. SOPA was already harmful to the Internet worldwide, but if that wasn't enough of a warning sign, I should remind you that the two big piracy disputes in the last few weeks do not involve any Americans. American corporations made the claims against a British and an Australian. The entire fucking world is supposed to dance to the tunes of American business moguls and they don't even need the infamous bills to do so.

Last night, in retaliation for the death of Megaupload, "Anonymous" took down the websites of the US Department of Justice, RIAA, MPAA and Universal Music. This is fun and all, but it's hardly a solution. In fact, some suspect these actions will be used as an excuse to justify the idea of Internet regulation.

What do we do? I honestly don't know. I'm no stranger to jumping the gun when I'm pissed off and I'm majorly pissed off now. Perhaps it's time to raise awareness. For SOPA. For PIPA. For piracy in general. For the reasons that these distribution dinosaurs struggle to police the Internet and kill any sense of competition, innovation and freedom in a world that has by far passed them by and has made them obsolete.

So, if you're a student, in any country, research the issue. Talk about it with your teachers and propose a lecture. Something to let your less aware friends know what this is all about. Talk about it with people who don't know, especially older people, like your parents. These are the people corporations rely on to pass these things. Do whatever's possible to get others to understand the fascist undertones of these practices and the actual practical issues behind the idea of piracy.

Just... do something.

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