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January 18, 2012


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Right now, the entertainment industry is trying to push several acts which will change the face of the internet. As bad as this may sound, in my opinion, it's inevitable. For years we enjoyed the internet with absolutely no constraints or restrictions. A beautiful open world for creative individuals as well as people willing to share pirated content. This fairy tale is coming to an end. If we look at the last few years - we can see countless events where the entertainment industry has been trying to tighten the grip on internet piracy. Let's look at this comic from piratebay;

It's scary because this might be soon the reality. Except instead of banning someone from the internet, why not ban the entire website from the internet? Just in case this might repeat in the future
If SOPA/PIPA passes, the US government will have the right to take down any website on grounds of "Copyright infringement". Fair enough, I don't pirate, why should I care? -you say. Well, even right now we're on a website which consists entirely of user generated content. And DeviantArt has a pretty big copyright problem already with users posting stolen artwork all the time. Except under the new laws, this entire site can be blocked just because someone posted a GIF from the new Transformers movie. The same goes for youtube, tumblr, soundcloud and pretty much every website that allows user generated content.

I do not believe we can stop this.

Call me pessimistic, but for years I've been surprised how open the internet is. The fact is that the majority of the internet is owned by private organizations who pay for the servers. A lot of people are using the "internet is a human right" tactic. Well, I would like to believe that. But in my humble opinion, the internet is no more of a right than Digital Cable or Indoor Plumbing. It's a service which you have to pay for. This service is brought to you by spending tons of money on undersea cables, communication satellites, servers etc. It hasn't even existed for very long! Just that our society is so reliant on it, that any changes to the web might cause catastrophic consequences. As a analogy, I present you with GPS - the Global Positioning System. An excellent invention that's used by millions around the world. But is it a human right? I don't think so. Just like the internet, it's owned by the US government and can be modified\shut down at any moment, indefinitely.

Even if SOPA/PIPA don't pass, there will be new acts and attempts to take control of the internet. One interesting thing I read on reddit before it went down - the whole SOPA thing might be just a sham for something that's even worse. Some sort of a Protect Children from Internet Pornographers act. The brilliant thing about that plan is - who in congress will oppose it and risk being labeled as a pedophile supporter? It will be essentially the same as SOPA and it will be equally bad for all of us.

There is no stopping them. They have far too much money and like that comic said, their copyrights are worth more than our human rights. I just hope that people will stand up and go on the streets to protest this. But that won't solve the problem in the long term. Maybe the internet won't crumble overnight because of some stupid law, but I'm sure that a slow transition into censorship is what awaits us in the future. I'd say we're already at 25% of this transition, given the current events (even something as drastic as extradition of a website owner to the US… ).

By no means I support any of this. Just that I believe sooner or later we'll have to live with it.

Please share your thoughts and opinions on this. Perhaps I'm wrong about some things and it may not be all that bad.

TL;DR: Internet censorship is inevitable

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CPMacDonald Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Everybody wants the last few cents to themselves. Plain and simple Greed! Deviantart is a great example of how the internet should be... SHARING! People sharing their art or ideas of art with millions of others, right out there for the whole world to see and maybe if they are lucky someone will even leave a few good and not so good critiques to their work.

It's a real shame when the Big Boys want more then their share, phone and cell phone companies are a great example of digging deeper and deeper into our pockets for every penny they can take. And one company is no better than the next, they all want a little more booty for themselves. We've all heard of the Proverbial straw that broke the camels back, well the straw is bending quite heavily. It's sad.
dakers Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
no i think you are right on many accounts. The Internet as we know it will change. There is too much money to be made and a lot is at stake in this piracy b.s.. We soon may have to pay a fee for viewing single web pages at a time. There are may greedy corporations out there that want more than their fair share of the internet pie. I know it is absolutely ridiculous, and the copyright holders want blood money out of all of this, and that is a shame. It makes me upset because that is all it means, money and nothing else but that.
YungHopp Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
I don't know. I, too, am surprised by how open the internet is, but currently I don't think it'll get that bad in my lifetime. I really don't. It very much can, but I don't see the clues. I think we just got confirmation of a very rudimentary theory about the logic these people strike with and that is the one of them having little to no idea how we share and use the Internet daily. And I'm not defending copyright infringement, since we all know it goes beyond that. But that's the point, I really do think recent events show these people have no idea what exactly lies "beyond that". The internet is an open concept that we seek to adapt repeatedly and perhaps we can get the people in charge to understand our view of it eventually.

Moreso about the copyright, I think, yes, they're losing a shitload of money, but they're also failing to capitalize on huge opportunities. I'm overseas. I have to rely on the internet to get content that's not available to me. Content some people that do have access to might not be interesting in paying for, but I would and can't. Not rocket science. As difficult as it is to work the borders, censoring the Internet wouldn't be any easy either. Working the availability of content is doable. And that is just one of the opportunities. Many websites have shown people how easy it can be to drag content we're already accustomed to the web [where we are now accustomed to be] so they can enjoy it in new ways. People are willing to pay for that. There are viable alternatives to music sharing to the point I think it's unnecessary to rely on it.

I know you've heard this one tons before and it will do little to share your vision, but I believe it to be accurate : Fighting the web is not a better option than learning how to be a part of it.
RivenRoth740 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Student General Artist
the internet war has begun.
RivenRoth740 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Student General Artist
dont have they enough money already?
nope, they want MOAR, so that's why they trolls the internet.
Genesiz13 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Student
SOPA is total crap
just hope that the bill will never be completed

I want freedom! I want the internet!
flawless02 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Megaupload just got taken out, the the Anonymous hacks are seeking revenge. [link]
fediaFedia Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Holy shit.
RivenRoth740 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Student General Artist
dafmat71 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I like the past!! :rofl:
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