Honestly, the government should really focus on other stuff like the economy than this ridiculous bill.
PLEASE TAKE TIME TO READ THIS CAREFULLY ESPECIALLY THE PC USERS
Holy crap I just had a change of plans for my blog today!
I was suppose to post 3 blogs here. (An Assassin's Creed Blog which was inspired by the "An Assassin's Revelation", a Megaman Blog since nobody seems to remember the good old platforming days, and the thrid is a random blog about the games I would like to play but I guess nobody will have an interest in that unless we have the same choices)
Instead, my blog will be focused on the main topic that made the internet crazy.
Jan 24, the magic number and month, would be the date that the US Congress will pass a vote on SOPA on wether it would be a law or not.
Jan 18, also another magic number, would be the date that some corporations and websites will go black (go down, or do some **** crazy things) as a protess against the US Congress
So what is SOPA?
Well SOPA, known as "Stop Online Piracy Act" is a bill that could get passed on the 24 by idiots who don't know **** about the internet, or even open a computer for god sakes. Because of that, the poeple of the internet changed the meaning of SOPA into "Stop Online Privacy Act" which suits it more.
(NOTE: Yeah you big-arse corporations can sue me if you dislike this damn blog, and it would just show how a big pain you guys are and how you guys are against freedom of speech... Damn arse madafakers)
Okay, so how does SOPA work? Well, the "congress" states that the bill is about Protecting IP and shutting down infriging sites and dangerous sites. That may legitimately sound good but let us look this in the internet's eyes. SOPA is a bill, but they didn't mention that this bill is an EXTREME BILL and could possibly be an EXTREME LAW if it does get passed, by people who don't even use a computer.
The main topic for SOPA is piracy. Yes we all know piracy is bad and that it stops legal marketing since people can just download it away and not pay a single dime. People who does piracy are called pirates. How does piracy works? Well for example, I have a legitimate legal copy of a game. I want to "share" this to people. What I would do is upload the whole game or the whole .ISO file in an uploading site or turn it into a .TORRENT file and let people download it using torrent downloaders. The reason of pirates who do this is to share experiences and what not. People who download this things, say that they do this to know if the game is good before spending money on it. I say that is a good strategy, but I'm sure people will tell me "Dude, the end does not justify the mean" or something close to that. I for one am an anti-piracy guy, but SOPA just turned everything upside down (which I will elaborate why in the later parts of this blog).
Why is this bill a big failure? Well like I said, or what most people say, this bill was made by people who honestly said that they don't know a thing about the internet or computers. They only say the internet has piracy and that we'll focus on that. NEWS FLASH PEOPLE! This guys are a bunch of idiots. They are taking down what probably was the greatest invention in history! What the hell are they doing? Are they trying to make the internet go back to the World War times where the governement has access to anything and they left us dumb-founded? Well aren't they big idiots? Then they keep on pressing how anti-piracy this thing is. I will admit it, yes this is anti-piracy, but let us face facts, there are many more ways of handling piracy than taking down the whole thing. Companies, big or small, are affected by piracy no doubt about it. But they have their own ways of handling it. They might hire this people (which is in fact a smart move) or they can do what Steam is doing (which are the game demos and free weekend stuff). The saying "Don't fix anything that isn't broken" fits into this topic.
Many people are saying, "well this is made on the US Congress, and I'm from (insert Non-American place here) so I guess I'm not affected" Well actually you are. The internet is like a free country or is actually resembling a free country for that matter. Since the internet is a global thing, then the bill (or maybe future law) will also encompass the territory occupies. Wether your Afican, American, Canadian, British, Chinese, Japanese, or in my-case a Filipino, the bill still reaches up to you. SOPA is one of those who literally changes your life.
What happens if SOPA gets passed? Well, for starters, the thing we call "Freedom of Speech" the human's powerful right and power, will be taken away. Like the concepts of let's plays and vlogs? Well they are gonna be taken down as well especially if a corporation things they are infringing stuff since they show game footage or what not. How about those fanfics that you like? They can also go down even though the free and self-expressing author who said on every damn chapter in his fanfic that he doesn't own the characters or the places just said "I don't own anything! I amy be repeating this again and again but I don't own anything from it!" If the person defies the warning, not only the account gets shutdown but there is a possibility of the whole site going down as well. I mean come one guys, a fault of one is not the fault of all. Nobody wants to feel that way. I shall also go on the concepts of SNS (also known as Social Networking Sites i.e. Facebook, Twitter, ) What if I post game content there? Like a video or a screenshot. Then the company feels threatened or thinks it infringing then not only will my account be gone, but possibly the whole website. The funny thing is when you look at it, these SNS where made to share experiences and thoughts, so the SOPA violates its existence.
There is a scary part of SOPA. If I was for example making a video or a blog without using anything from a company such as game footage and its all about how I despies and defy it then I posted it on YouTube or Facebook, and it opens the peoples eyes on SOPA, well they can take it off. That is in fact scary. Everything i put there is my intellectual property. I didn't even put any game footage that belongs to the company yet they can tell YouTube or Facebook that "Take it down or take a facking lawsuit" and I'm sure they don't want that and who doesn't?
So you see? SOPA is an extreme thing! Please take the time to call and know your representatives especially you American People. If you are not American but want to join the cause, there are a lot of petitions that you can sign. Just search them in Google.
If you did not understand this (and believe me, I explained this in the most simple and basic words and examples I can use), I will post a YouTube Video made by "TotalBiscuit" a professional game commentator who makes let's plays and other stuff.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhwuXNv8fJM (TotalBiscuit on what is SOPA)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvXo4sGB7zM (Hitler's Reaction on SOPA - this is actually made by somebody and this video summarizes what most of the people think about SOPA)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1w6GtwOvnWM (SOPA Cabana by Dan Bull - a song that explains SOPA in a rap music way)
Thank you very much for taking you time to read this.
The world economy is pretty bad we can all be called terrorists and arrested at any time and now this what does that tell you. It tells me that things are going to get bad eventually and that the government cannot be trusted.
yes, even thought the bill is passed in US, it encompasses the whole internet... guess what? the internet has a global territory
. I agree, the few dollars that they lose out on are not the issue.. and your right, if they would agree to feed the hungry and disabled that can not work and give jobs to the able that can work instead of building mansions and driving 6 100,000 dollar cars in the same weak, then maybe I wouldn't mind stopping online piracy... and I am not complaining about the rich... there are Modest millionneres out there who do all they can for charity and people they love, but they are the 1% of the 1% of the 99% that struggle. Having a nice home is deserving to one that earned it... Big and spacous is nice, but does it need it's own movie theatre, swimming pool, bowling ally etc... having a nice car to go places is nice too, but does it really need to go 200 miles perhour in 7 seconds flat, and really do you have to have 6 of them?
SOPA is a peice of BS law if I ever heard of one. It's a sad thing that these corporations must take our freedoms away because they must have every dollar we make from them back into their pockets. America is not ran by the people for the people, unless of course you consider a corporation being a person. Which I don't because they have no soul, just a bunch of number crunchers that dislike anyone having what they want. I do not consider piracy the issue here because it seriously isn't. The world is about to enter into WW3 and a bunch of things are going to be changed over night and millions if perhaps billions are going to die. Disease is going to be rampant. Famine is going to happen everywhere. And people young and old are just going to be dead. It's going to be like the Middle Ages all over again. Life is certaintly going to change because we are running out of resources because we have plundered our earth so badly we don't know what to do. So laws like these will only get the tension to mount so idiots can go out and smash peoples heads in. Enjoy what you have while it last because if things like this progress the way they are, it's going to be over.
yes that is the problem. there are more problems than piracy. there is hunger, tyranny and wars. and what? they stick with piracy and the internet who were, are, and still doing great
They just want to monopolize the net. Kinda like tyranny through a global scale, being ruled by the rich and powerful. And in my opinion, stopping piracy is the least of the world's worries now. I'd rather worry about things on how to feed an entire nation than reclaiming so called "pirated" goods even though I have a revenue up to the million