It is freedom in a world where everything you do is watched and judged and counted against you. Big Brother is watching the real world, so we have to stop them watching here.
You might think I’m being melodramatic but think, how many CCTV cameras have you seen today? How many speed cameras? How people have judged you on your clothing, your ideas, your beliefs, sexuality, whatever. The internet where we feel safe and if we don’t do something it’ll go. We’ll loose the place where we could be ourselves and no one could judge us without a sarky gif or reply being thrown their way. We loose the internet, we loose ourselves. The world won’t be the same again.
So, I’m just a kid sat in a bedroom. I’m a kid sat in a bedroom connected to the whole world. I have all the information and ideas I could ever want at my finger tips. I have made lasting friendships, gained more knowledge than I ever learnt at school, discovered things I never thought existed, brought ideas to life and so much more through this wonderful thing called the internet.
If people want to stop all of the amazing, passionate, beautiful things that the internet allows us to do then we fight. We don’t let them. The blackout proved what the internet can do when it has a mind to. Anonymous are proving now what it can do. We are strong together.
They want our internet. They CAN’T HAVE IT!
The very important question I want you all to ask yourselves right now is - where is that $500 million?
If, as it is claimed, online piracy hurts the US economy because people are not buying the things that they are downloading for free, where is that money going instead?
Is it going to the pirates? No. Is it going to sites like Megaupload, The Pirate Bay and Demonoid that are used by the pirates? No. Are people hoarding that money in their bank accounts and rubbing their hands with glee as they watch their bank balances collectively rise by $500 million? No.
That money is being spent, by people, on goods and services…it is still going into the US economy. Indeed, it’s often going to the very corporations who complain about online piracy.
They’re still getting your money. There’s no magical extra money they’d be getting if piracy didn’t exist. This isn’t about piracy. It’s about controlling the internet, controlling the flow of information, and limiting your ability to consume the media they want you to consume, when they want you to consume it. This isn’t about piracy, it’s about control.
…that there are these places where you can go and read books for free? For free! You don’t have to pay or anything. Gosh…if word spreads about this then it’ll ruin the publishing industry, because people will simply stop buying books. The market for books will simply just disappear overnight because people will be able to read them for free. This is terrible…think of all those poor writers…how must they feel that people can read their work without paying?
Everyone…please…libraries must be stopped. They will kill the publishing industry.
…the people who run a website that allows people to send and distribute large files are being indicted because people have used their product to share illegally copied copyrighted material…
…but, you know, the people who manufacture guns which are then used by people to illegally kill and maim people, they’re ok. Nobody’s prosecuting them. Right? Because it’s not like the file sharing website has many purposes other than piracy…perfectly legitimate and legal purposes…while guns are solely designed for killing people. Oh, wait, no, that’s exactly how it is.
Good to know that the world has its priorities right.
I bet the tobacco companies are also glad that their product only kills people and doesn’t facilitate the infringement of copyright law right about now!