make NO mistake. im no supporter of SOPA or PIPA or pipers or whatever you wanna call any of that shit. i am always in support of the people's right to continue to express themselves on a platform that will always give leverage to the small business man/woman to compete. the access to information, globally, in real time, is really a power for the people, because this will keep us from being subject to mass distortions of the truth. we can inform each other from Japan to California, from Denmark to Capetown with the ease of just logging on. this is a power that we all should be aware of and stay adamant about protecting it.
what i keep seeing in many comments sections all across the web is this undercurrent i'm detecting that somehow SOPA and PIPA is wrong because we can't download illegally anymore. and i can't believe that people really think that their inability to steal is an infringement on their rights. thats the most outrageous thing i think anyone could ever presume as smart.
today, Torrentfreak.com reported that last night, Filesonic and Fileserve changed their policies. they will no longer allow anyone to steal from them, by placing the restriction that a person can only download what they upload. now, if you really wanted to keep people downloading illegally from off of the net, you can pass out your personal log in information. and when they see all of those people logging in from many different IP addresses, lets see if you're willing to take the fall.
Swizz n them also lost their lawyer, Robert Bennett, the same guy that defended Bill Clinton and helped save his presidency today. they say it was a conflict because of other clients that his firm already has dealings with (?). thats like saying my other client is more important than you. and got way more clout.
but imagine if you wrote a book. you spent years on it, had the burden of still supporting yourself and your family during that time. it took away time from spending with your children. caused arguments and strained your relationship with your significant other. you finally get it done and you have all of these hopes and dreams of it selling well and changing your current financial condition. the publisher is excited and the project is a go. your 1st book makes the NY Times Best Seller list. you make Oprah's Book Club. just to open your first statement and you're confused by the number on the check. then your publisher tells you that you have been a victim of illegal downloading and those are your actual sales. after all of those hopes and aspirations, after all that struggle, seriously, how would you feel? now imagine that same scenario, all of the same obstacles, but multiplied by thousands of dollars to make music. i mean its not the half a million it used to take to make music, but 10 grand to a person making 24k a year is nearly half a years pay. it's no company shouldering the cost. it's a regular guy like you and me. especially me. im nearly 60k into my investment in music. and after all of that, after all that sacrifice, the money comes back funny? seriously... how would YOU feel?
the video below is of the baw Kim Dotcom, the German guy who started MegaUpload. i posted it for 2 reasons; to show that you dudes who say yall hustlin really cant hold a candle to how these whiteboys get it. they play wit Ms. and thats their initial seed money. and to show you what happens when u get too sloppy. he was chillin, livin that international life. i know they all have been watching the government closely in regards to this matter, and i'm quite sure, being on the inside, that they were privy to some insider information. just like you may know more than most about what went down in your hood last week. what im sayin is, a change in policy coulda been implemented to avoid this. but greed is one hell of a drug...
anyone looking at this issue just worried about what they can download for free, and could care less about equal access to the platform is just plain old fashioned selfish.
online porn is coming next. no pun intended.
here's hoping they all beat the case.
hope your hard drive is full.