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23 December 2011 @ 09:22 am
Life in these Untidy States: SOPA and Entrapment  
Summary:
The biggest supporters of the Stop Online Piracy Act are also the biggest distributors of torrent software, DRM removal software, and other "piracy" tools -- and their sites clearly show step-by-step how to access copyrighted material using these warez.



They've created the download culture and the "piracy problem" themselves, and are using it as a lever to take control of the internet and eviscerate its dangerous ability to enable populism om political, material and creative levels.

They have deliberately encouraged behavior that they are simultaneously trying to criminalize.

Yes, this is every bit as dangerous to your civil liberties as the NDAA's provisions to require the military to indefinitely detain anyone the government deems a terrorist, without council or due process ... especially when you consider the inflamed rhetoric that insists that "online piracy supports terrorism".

If the last three or four decades have taught us anything, it's that today's inflamed rhetoric is tomorrow's mainstream party platform.


 
 
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doc_mysterydoc_mystery on December 23rd, 2011 10:47 pm (UTC)
The CEO of GoDaddy which is the only ISP backing SOPA started off as a spammer. Apparently he still gets his jollies elephant hunting in Africa when not green-lighting sexist ads on television.

::B::

Kymrikymri on December 28th, 2011 04:40 pm (UTC)
A little late to the party (though this particular video came to my attention and was spread via my limited presence on Google+), but I thought I'd mention 'entrapment' here. It's a word that's bandied about with great frequency and is usually quite misunderstood.

But here, it is actually used quite correctly. Because entrapment isn't a cop buying meth from a dealer after lying about being a cop. The dealer would have sold to someone else if the cop wasn't there. It's entrapment when the officer (or whatever) gets someone to do something they otherwise would not have done.

Like... downloading music and such from the wilds of the internet. Without CNet and the others actively promoting and profiting from the distribution of this stuff in 'piratical' fashion, the overwhelming majority (I'd guess north of 99.44 percent) of people who have ever downloaded an mp3 or TV episode illegally would not have done so.