Monday, January 23, 2012
Megaupload owner arrested.
THIS IS WHAT'S WRONG WITH BILLS LIKE ACTA, SOPA, PIPA and all the other wannabe IP protecting bills.
Megaupload was a cloud service like any other cloud service. If they're able to seize the domain name and send the owners to jail only because users hosted copyrighted material on their servers, then, by that logic, googleDocs is guilty of the same, ubuntuOne, dropBox and all the other cloud services around. This is a very big attack on our future and the future of data storage, management and an even bigger attack on our rights to privacy. Back in the days where you would tape your favourite show on a VHS would you have the FBI breaking your bedroom door down and seize the closet in which you stored your tapes? Would the FBI shutdown your entire school for photocopies your teacher made of book pages so the students could write on them? The powers behind legal terrorist attacks like these are afraid of the internet, they're afraid of the medium because they're afraid they will not know how to adapt, so, they do everything they can to halt its growth and/or shut it down.
If the content of the internet was as censored, as bland and pointless as the absolute crap they put on our TVs, would you stand for it?