Friday, 20 January 2012

What The Actual Fuck

Sorry about the swear in the title but it really was the only accurate response. At first yesterday I didn't have anything ready for today, and then Fang left a comment on Twitter I write a post about nipples. I did actually end up writing a post on nipples and to a lesser extend boobs but then something happened. Something that was wrong in many senses of the word.

The feds shut down Megaupload.

That's right folks, Megaupload is gone. It's founders have been prosecuted to.

This is of course fuel for a righteous fire. The internet is pissed off, and we have every right to be. This is what could happen to any site under SOPA and PIPA. It's almost infuriating that this was done without SOPA, it just adds more worry to the fire. Plus it fuels what was already there about what will be done under it.

It's all well and good saying "They were a file sharing site, they deserved it". No good people they did not. They did not deserve this at all. File sharing is an amazing thing, it just has the stigma of piracy. Without file sharing all my collaborations with Bersercules could not have happened. In fact under SOPA his blog wouldn't exist anyway because he uses clips of copyrighted shows (though he very kindly points out the real copyright holders at the end). Fair enough, he's Canadian and is probably protected from being the meat in a prison rape sandwich, but still, his blog isn't. It's hosted by Blogger, which is hosted by Google, which I'm pretty sure means it's hosted in America. One word from SOPA and bam, any and all blogs are gone.

The sad truth is that I'm not being sensationalist. I'm not overreacting. I'm not saying things that will never happen.

This stuff is real, this stuff is happening, and by whatever deity you worship something has to be done about it. Internet censorship is not the answer, and it never will be.

As someone on Twitter said "Closing down Megaupload is like burning down a school because one kid didn't turn up."

It's also fair enough to say that this isn't to do with SOPA and is a separate issue (which it kinda is) but this is an indication of what could, and ultimately will, happen under SOPA. I repeat, file sharing isn't a bad thing. Megaupload is gone but piracy lives on. They will never win this war and they should stop trying.

I would of course like to point out I'm not advocating piracy, I'm advocating freedom.

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    1. I will, I know that much at least.

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  2. "They will never win this war and they should stop trying."
    They can't win. There will always be a way. To even think that it will work when I censore something, it stops everyone from doing it....
    that's like if I would pull out a gun in the middle of a conversation, shot the one I talk to and say "I won".
    Or like a proverb says: "shoting sparrows with cannons."
    But I dont think that they should stop trying when they really want to stop online piracy instead of censoring us. Censorship is just the wrong way to fight against online piracy.

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    1. I don't think they can stop piracy though. I think instead they should try to live with it. Censorship is never the answer, especially when it comes to piracy and the internet. You're punishing everyone.

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    2. Mmmm, I won't say we should just turn complacent to crime.

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  3. Oh, I've seen those tweets. I actually wanna mention both of you, I've got a funny reply to that nipples tweet, but I stopped myself. :P

    No more Megaupload. What's next? Mediafire, torrentz, youtube, facebook.. twitter?! BLOGS? Yes, this is an indication of what could happen under SOPA. Yeah,, WTF!

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    1. You should never stop yourself, especially when it comes to nipples :P I'm glad someone else sees it the way I do. Mediafire was what I used for Bersercules actually too.

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  4. People will always find away around it no matter what laws are in place.

    RIP Megaupload.

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    1. They really will. I liked the idea of having 72 minutes of silence for Megaupload.

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  5. Megaupload is just the beginning :/
    More people need to stand up against SOPA, this is all so so wrong!

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  6. lol america needs to seriously stop policing the world. like gtfo :)

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    1. They do but I don't think they're about to.

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  7. SOPA post on every single blog...

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    1. Makes it easy to respond to them though eh? Plus everyone needs to be as into it as they can be.

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  8. Although I've never used Megaupload's services before, I find this news very disturbing. Recently, M'sia banned a few file sharing sites too (under the pretext of protecting copyrights) and I thought things like that only happened here.

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    1. No it happens everywhere. Limewire was destroyed (and then came back a few months later actually) and let's not forget about Piratebay.

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  9. So our blogs could disappear? O_o

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    1. They could do. Anything could disappear really.

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    2. Pfft and I've just made mine look so pretty too!

      There'd be absolutely no point in having the internet then if everything gets shut down. When do we find out if it's passed or not? When we log on one day to find everything gone?

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    3. I think that might be your best shot at knowing when actually. I keep thinking it's passed to find out it hasn't. Sadly even if this one passes they'll just do it again under a different name, or bring in each part of it a bit at a time hidden in another bill. Though I have to say I think internet censorship would be the last straw. If it passes, I think people will actually stand for no more and most of America will turn into London last summer.

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  10. Yeah. Holy shit. What the actual fuck. Does this mean Megavideo will be gone soon too?

    I completely agree with everything you've said. What the fuck will happen next? I imagine that if they close down enough internet sites people will start rioting and shit...

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    1. Megavideo is gone too. They were both under the same banner. Everything associated with Megaupload is gone. As far as I know. I think we are just a few steps away from IRL rioting sometimes. There have been internet riots considering how most of the sites related to the eff bee aye and the DOJ going down.

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  11. Lord! Don't let them take my blog!

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    1. They can take our lives, but they'll never take our freedom!

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  12. It seems that the powers that be are trying to crush this little mini-revolution going on in this country fueled by the internet..and it is really quite scarey.

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    1. I don't think they can crush it though. I don't think they stand a chance of crushing it.

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    1. I don't think we're at that point.

      Just yet.

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  14. Don't really care much for MegaUpload, but it sucks nonetheless.
    Also sucks that ever since the internet has been created, people have not yet figured out how to share large files easily from one computer to another. Email doesn't allow for much space, same with upload services, If one of the people doesn't own an ftp server or something, you're pretty much stuck with driving to their house with an USB.
    But what am I rambling on about here anyway.

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    1. You're encouraging people to get their own servers is what it sounds like you're doing. That really seems to me to be the same as uploading/file sharing. It's not just about Megaupload, it's about the principles as well.

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  15. I'm with you on this one as well. I utilized the trusty megaupload many times in the past. It will be sorely missed, but now I know to look for a similar one from another country.

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    1. There are similar good file sharing sites, like Mediafire, there are enough things to fill the hole left by Megaupload, but how long are those going to be left?

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  16. I was seriously pissed when I found out that MegaUpload was shut down. It's a joke.

    "An indictment unsealed today by the Department of Justice claims that MegaUpload has caused the entertainment industries more than $500 million in lost revenue and generated $175 million “in criminal proceeds.”"
    (http://torrentfreak.com/megaupload-shut-down-120119/)

    File sharing is an amazing thing..and it's about time it was embraced, not scrutinised!

    Seriously, two words: Fuck SOPA.

    GM x

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    1. DAMN STRAIGHT! I also don't understand just what took the bastards so long. That's another aspect here, they seemed to be fine with it's existence and then bam, it's gone.

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    1. I don't think people are going to let her go quietly into the long night though.

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  18. Excuse me for not sharing the same "give a fuck" stance, however Megaupload was the biggest "fuck you" to us HK'ers. Based in Hong Kong, yet we're unable to access it. Nothing of relevance for us is lost.

    Understandably this is quite worrying for other file sharing sites, as anon announced the US gov. can do anything they want, with or without SOPA and PIPA.

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    1. The US Government should stick to their own turf. I think that the people who run Megaupload are New Zealanders.

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  19. I will miss Megavideo. :/ Used to watch movies there almost daily.

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  20. My videos are protected under fair use... for now. I think there trying to work to change that that bastards!

    Glad to hear you talking on this subject! I hope more people learn of it!

    And I was thinking last night (not only of the exact point you made about us not being able to make videos with out sites like megaupload) but that megaupload is as much guilty of crimes as the post office is, if someone mailed illegal drugs through the mail! Whats next? No mail?

    If people don't fight this stuff in ten years we could be in a new dark ages!

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    1. I think it could be a lot less than ten years. We'll be straight back into the dark ages. You'll be happy to hear both PIPA and SOPA have been pulled. For now. They'll be back under another name so stay vigilant. It's like the tweet I quoted, it's like burning down a school because one kid didn't show up. Or like you said, one person sent something in the mail they shouldn't, so lets ban it all. People don't need to communicate right? I will speak of this until the matter is truly dead, or I am. Internet censorship is something I cannot abide, nor ever will.

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  21. Hey man! Last weeks i´ve read alot of posts of yours. But at this post i had to give a comment. I rly understand what u mean and im feeling the same way.
    Sad but true what happens these days...

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    1. Well thanks for stopping by dude. Hopefully the draconian future we all envision will not come to pass.

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  22. I'm curious to see how all this plays out. I love that actions by wikipedia and other sites are helping to shape the laws that will govern internet freedoms.

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    1. They did certainly have an effect. I think if Google had blacked out properly everyone would have taken notice, but they still did a good job themselves. Much better than what Facebook did.

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  23. lol wtf seriously? they could delete our blogs? that's crazy!! what have this world come to? I still can't believe they took down megauploud! :/ what's nexT? don't they get people hate SOPA?

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    1. They have gotten it, and now both bills have been pulled, but they'll be back. But yes they could delete your blog if they wanted to. Megaupload was sadly destroyed without the aid of SOPA.

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  24. As Gabe Newell, CEO of Valve, said, piracy is a service issue. Crooks gonna steal but most of us aren't crooks. Hell, people pirated the Humble Bundles, you know? But people paid for them, too, and that's what we should focus on.

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    1. That is what we should focus on. That isn't what is being focused on. Like I said on Twitter myself this isn't the answer. You're punishing everyone for the crimes of the few. For everyone who downloads something there are probably thousands who pay for it.

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  25. That's stupid! ):< not even a face thingy on the internet can describe how stupid that is. it's not fair at all, STUFF piracy. some ppl have been blogging for years, i even feel sorry for that singaporean blogger xiaxue (a lot of ppl hate her...) whos been blogging for sooo many years!

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    1. Well thankfully no blogs have vanished yet, but there are some we could do without lol.

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  26. Well, you're right in saying that piracy is not stealing, but it is copyright infringement though. You infringe copyright if you copy shit you're not supposed to. Like you ain't allowed to have President/King ABC's seat as long as he is whiny little crapass about it. Remember Hitler anyone? The som-in-a-snitch was actually elected to power.
    Although I have full trust in Obama and his mind (well, he got Osama down, didn't he?) I don't really think he'll veto the SOPA and PIPA.
    Come to think of it, this is pure example of the fact that money makes the world shit it's pants.

    What was I talking about again?

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    1. I don't think I said piracy wasn't stealing, though I guess I have before actually. Copyright infringement is a crime sure, but not everyone who uses file sharing is doing it for that reason. I've seen people on Twitter thanking Anonymous for this because they had precious family photos they'll never get back now. I have very little faith in Obama or his mind.

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  27. I heard today that they raided the house of the owner of Megaupload in New Zealand.
    Your post here was what made me take notice of the story

    My New Blog – “Lizard Happy”

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    1. That was very shitty. Megaupoad had nothing to do with America, it was hosted in Hong Kong by New Zealanders but they still went after it. I'm glad that I was able to inform someone ^^

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  28. Okay. So I'm obviously not very internet savvy. If SOPA would occur (which I think it won't, as of last night with the breaking announcement and whatnot), but if it happened, how would the government even find a random blog that used a copyrighted picture? Would they shut down all blogs? IF SO, THAT IS NOT HAPPENING. Not happening.

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    1. Effectively they could actually shut down Blogger itself, thereby removing every blog that is hosted under the Blogger name. It will come to their attention someway or another. It was a great announcement but I don't think SOPA is truly gone. It will come back under another name.

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  29. I also nearly had a spaz attack when I heard. Basterds.. *hmmph*

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    1. I had some of my own personal things on there actually too. It was a very dick move and they deserve the backlash.

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  30. I am getting very scared. I am not kidding. And sure, I have been known to get scared at the sight of a hummingbird, but they flap their wings so aggressively.

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    1. And fast too, can you imagine if one of them hit you? It would hurt. This all can end very badly though, that is true.

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  31. @Mark I concur! I too will stay ever vigilent! (and annoyed I can't use the reply button!)

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    1. You can't use it? Did you do something to annoy our Google masters?

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  32. I love how when the cops came for Kim Dotcom, he barricaded himself in his mansion with a gun! So weird.

    That said, the whole internet freedom landscape is looking pretty desolate right now. :/

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    1. I think if I had a mansion and a gun I'd do it. Fair enough it makes it look like he made a fortune with the Mega sites (which he did) but a lot of it was legitimate business. It wasn't all copyright infringement.

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  33. When I heard that Megaupload was down, I got soooo pissed. I'm still pissed. -.-' This is so ridiculous.

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    1. A lot of people were, and are, especially those who were using it legitimately.

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