The Online Police State Pounce On Megaupload.com
Online Police State Squashes the SOPA and PITA Victory
The Online War Begins, SOPA and PITA do not have the Last Laugh
We got our wish and SOPA and PITA were squashed but in the shower of champagne and roar of applause the shadows of the Online Police State lingered, waiting to pounce upon Megaupload.com.
Megaupload.com was raided on Thursday in a unilateral attack by forces of the FBI and the Department of Justice.
On Thursday, the day after Black Wednesday, the FBI and the Justice Department swooped in and arrested four of seven people that they had arrest warrants for connected with Megaupload.com, one of the Internets largest and most popular file sharing sites. A newly created IP task force is the one that worked with the foreign governments to make the arrests.
I have heard so many reactionary reasons given for the arrests of four of the top officials at the site Megaupload.com, but those were not the reasons or the why that they were pounced upon by the FBI, the Department of Justice, and the International Internet Crime Fighting Community.
The reason why is that they are following orders, orders dictated by Record Industry Moguls, Movie Tycoons, and the Entertainment Industry Lobbyists. A small group of power hungry and greedy people, members of the 1% that are becoming more and more reviled by the rest of the world.
This was a planned attack and would have taken place in any event. It was to show the might of the Online Police State that we are all being whipped by each and every day. The online community is a threat to these power hungry madmen that we have allowed to rule with mega corporations and dictate how we listen to, share our music, watch television, and be entertained.
The site Megupload.com was a site where new musicians and creative artists could share their creativity and talent with others. It gave them a platform to publish their works to the world when the doors were closed by the recording industry to them. Megaupload.com was not a threat to you or me. It was a threat to the capitalistic vultures that demand that only certain artists’ works can be listened to and be shared.
Capitalism can work and should work if honest people are in control.
I like capitalism because it affords a chance for the average person to make good and gain some income from honest efforts. It also allows new talent to make an income from their creativity, but what these baton swinging moguls are doing is not capitalism or the free market. It is greed and selfishness. They want monetary control over the Internet and everything that is digital.
They want the Internet completely controlled and sealed. They do not want people to share their thoughts, their creativity, and their talents for free. They want control and profit from anything that is created, whether they had anything to do with it or not does not matter to them. They are vicious little worms hiding in their caves of deceit, counting their monies while the rest of world weeps.
It is like television and the new powers at play. It costs an average of over $100.00 for a monthly subscription to any of the three major service providers today.
It was only 15 years ago that the same service cost $7.25 a month, and it was as good or better. And the real cost is in pennies not dollars. It is in licensing fees and hidden costs that make no sense when a normal person tries to understand. Television was free. Remember?
The lobbyists that tried so hard to get the SOPA and the PITA bills passed on Wednesday work for a very small group of people that have huge interests in seeing the freedoms of mankind destroyed. Their complaint is that copyrighted materials are being shared online for free at sites like Megaupload.com.
This happens. There is no denying it, but the majority of the shares are legitimate works and works in the Public Domain, or by new and upcoming artists that have no way to get their music or words to the ears and eyes of others.
In a related and even scarier scenario, we have reached a very narrow precipice.
The Supreme Court, on Wednesday, handed down a decision that will have a devastating effect on everyone. It permitted the re-copyrighting of works that are already in the Public Domain. Many orchestras have had to change their playing lists and remove some major works from their repertoire because they cannot afford the newly enacted licensing fees.
Just think about all of the books online that can be downloaded and read for free. They can now be copyrighted by someone and if you have a copy or reference a copy you can be sent to prison. This is not a light issue my friends. This is incredibly huge and devastating.
We are living in a digital age and the fight is on for who gains control.
In almost every historic struggle the Online Police State win, but ultimately the people rise up and stop shaking only their fists. The might of the Corporate Giants is weighing in and grasping for the last nickel in our pocket while flogging us with their battalions of online police and injustice.