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.