Government Now on a Pirate Hunt!

Obama Administration Announces Massive Piracy Crackdown

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In referring to downloading pirated torrent files U.S. VP Joe Biden  says “It’s smash and grab, no different than a guy walking down Fifth Avenue and smashing the window at Tiffany’s and reaching in and grabbing what’s in the window.”  Really Mr. Biden?  Smash and grab; that implies me: 1) Smashing: breaking or damaging property that is not mine.  2) Grabbing: taking a product away from the owner leaving the owner no product.  I don’t feel that pirating does either of these two things at all.  Instead of me smashing the widows at Tiffany’s and grabbing a diamond, I make an exact duplicate of it.  At this point my enjoyment of my newly created thing does not take away from Tiffany’s, except under the false assumption that had I not created one out of thin air I would’ve bought theirs.

It seems to me that most of the CD’s I have pirated I have listened to many times while allowing others to listen with me.  Maybe they purchased something from the band they normally wouldn’t have because my hearing my pirated material.  As well lots of times I end up buying other products from the band based solely because of a product I have pirated.

Bands such as Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins have all put new records out that were completely free with an option to donate.  These bands are still profitable.  Even new artists such as 50 Cent have used file sharing to gain exposure for his music.

What is important for the music industry to understand is that this (pirating music) really doesn’t hurt the artists.”–50 Cent

“The main problem is that the artists are not getting as much help developing as before file-sharing. They are now learning to peddle ringtones, not records” –50 Cent

When it was just the RIAA & MPAA on a witch-hunt after file sharers I sort of laughed at the idea of people not embracing this new technology.  It seems now that this is becoming a matter of personal freedom when the government decides it is going to use my own tax dollars to chase ME down for downloading a song off thepiratebay.org. (whose creators are all currently serving a prison sentence of 1 year in Sweden and paid a $3.59M USD penalty for “damages”)

Quote from article at top:

“The White House’s vision is perhaps a prelude to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, which will go before Congress later this year. The bill would make P2P or BitTorrent client development a criminal offense if the distributed software was used for infringement. It also implements an interesting provision called “imminent infringement“, which allows the government to charge people who they think might be about to infringe with a civil offense (for example if you searched “torrent daft punk”). This is among the first official “thought crime” provisions to be proposed by the U.S. government. The bill also makes it a criminal offense to bypass DRM.”

Very 1984ish.  “Imminent infringement” is very dangerous and unnerving.  Thought crimes and stopping people from creating programs that are possibly going to be used “deviously”.  Who is the judge?  Why would they then not stop someone from trying to write a program that the government “doesn’t like” that maybe be very positive or beneficial to people who use it?  Aren’t they working for us!? What domino effect laws will come into existence after this? This whole thing brings up so many questions that I don’t really want to see answered.

Please if you feel the was I do about this, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, send a letter, fax, call your Senator, and Congressman and tell them you don’t agree with this and do not support it.  As a member of their District or State you hope that they will listen to your opinion on this and Vote it out of Congress!

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