If You Use the Internet

You’ll read this post. All of it.

Everyone who has ever used the internet is risking their freedom, myself included. No matter what site you’ve been to, video you’ve watched, or photo you’ve shared; you are at a potential risk of being jailed and fined. You think SOPA and PIPA were the only things we had to worry about? They are still a threat to the people of this country. What about ACTA?

Remember MegaUpload? They were shut down. Their offices raided and all computers taken for the files. The thing is, if you have ever uploaded or downloaded anything from MegaUpload, you are at risk of being jailed. All of your information from the downloads you made are in those files taken by Obama’s justice system when they busted in and took everything. On Jan. 20th your information became government property. I hope this is hitting home to those who have used this site. The creator was arrested as well as the staff. Do you want to know how many people are going to be arrested when all of the seized information has been gone through? 25 million people. Let me start from the beginning.

For those of you who do not keep up with what’s going through Senate or the House of Reps, let’s talk about SOPA. The Stop Online Piracy Act. Only a politician from Texas would make it that easy to figure out. It is what it says it is: to stop the theft of online copyrights. Still don’t get it? Here, take music for example. It’s actually the best example because millions of people pirate music every single day. Do you use frostwire, kazaa, limewire, or beemp3? You’re copyright infringing. You’re a pirate. You are what SOPA is trying to stop. Yes, it’s wrong to steal music, but hell, they shouldn’t make it so damn easy now should they? Haha. Just joking. I used to be that way. I was young and didn’t know the difference, but you know what? That will not matter if this bill gets passed. I would be arrested and indited $150,000 for every copyright infringement I did. In my paranoid state I’ve stopped using those sites in order to protect myself from my own government. How sad is that? We live in a “free” country yet here we are trying to hide from the big bad government. Doesn’t sound like a democracy does it? Anyway, U.S. Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) brought this bill to the floor for the other politicians. So he’s Republican AND from Texas. Haven’t we been down this road before? Well let’s take a small excerpt from the wonderful Wikipedia, the free man’s encyclopedia.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/sep/09/inquiry-opened-about-new-black-panther-case/?feat=home_top5_shared

” a United States bill introduced by U.S. Representative Lamar S. Smith (R-TX) to expand the ability of U.S. law enforcement to fight online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property and counterfeit goods. Provisions include the requesting of court orders to bar advertising networks and payment facilities from conducting business with infringing websites, and search engines from linking to the sites, and court orders requiring Internet service providers to block access to the sites. The law would expand existing criminal laws to include unauthorized streaming of copyright material, imposing a maximum penalty of five years in prison.”

Let me break this down for you. “…to fight online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property and counterfeit goods.”  Intellectual property, IP, is a term most often used to describe many unrelated legal concepts. It’s a creation of the mind that is protected by law, those laws being trademarks, copyright, or patents. It’s basically what your mind comes up with, or something so genuine that no one else has it or thought of it and you can protect it by getting it copyright or trademarked or patented. (BILLY MAYS HERE WITH OXYCLEAN!) Yeah, Oxyclean was a patent that is someone’s intellectual property. So is most everything you see or hear on the tv or radio today. Moving on. Counterfeit goods, aka Knock-offs are basically an imitation of something that is already an IP protected by fields of law. Sam’s Choice ring a bell? A brand created by the biggest multimillion dollar corporation in the wold, Wal Mart. They are the creators of Dr. Thunder, Mountain Lightning, Sam’s Cola; all that stuff you buy because it’s just a little cheaper than the name brand. It’s not just food. Clothing, movies, furniture, hardware, tires, and toys are all counterfeit goods! Why buy a $35 shirt at Abercrombie when you can get it at K-Mart for $15? Well good thing this is just for the interwebs right?

“Provisions include the requesting of court orders to bar advertising networks and payment facilities from conducting business with infringing websites, and search engines from linking to the sites, and court orders requiring Internet service providers to block access to the sites. So maybe there’s one good thing that would come out of this: no more annoying flash adds on youtube? What this basically means is any website that is partnered with another site that has counterfeit goods or violations of intellectual property will be shut down and removed from search engines. So basically….every website known to man….which is mostly porn anyway. Part two of this quote talks about our, OUR, internet service providers blocking these webistes from us. That means these people will remotely be inside our computers looking at everything we look at and decide what website they deem violates these laws. Sorry if you like I-Am-Bored.com or even Wikipedia. This also runs along the lines of the PIPA bill, but that’s for another blog.

“The law would expand existing criminal laws to include unauthorized streaming of copyright material, imposing a maximum penalty of five years in prison.” This last bit is pretty much self explanatory. This bill would cause existing laws on copyright infringement to include anything that you can stream from a website. That means movies, music, anything of that particular theme. If you’re caught doing it then you get put in the state penitentiary for five long years. I’m not talking about county jail. I’m talking about maximum security facility where you and Bubba will become the best of friends. On top of that just imagine the humiliation that comes with being put in FEDERAL PRISON for committing such a crime. You will be everyone’s bitch in the pen. The question will be asked,” What did you get put in here for? Murder? Rape? Burglary?” Your answer will simply be,” No, I was caught copyright infringing when I downloaded that Lady Gaga song from Kazaa.” Hahaha. Sorry. I know it’s a serious issue but anytime this situation comes to mind I can’t help but find humor in it.

So that was a breakdown of the first paragraph. If you want to know more on the bill then go to Wikipedia and check it out. It should be easier to understand now that I’ve explained the main terminology in the page. If you still don’t get it then why the hell are you still one here? You want to keep your internet? Then become more educated on what our government is doing, what Congress is doing. There are videos out there for you to watch. There are petitions for you to sign. You want to be free? Then fight for it.

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