Ok, admittively I may have over reacted a little over the news in my last journal. Now that I've calmed down a bit and someone I know explained it to me a little better, I can update with what's actually going on.
Turns out the goverment has nothing to do with this. Hollywood, after the many failures to get the goverment to pass an 'anti-piracy law', has decided to try and go over our heads by paying off the ISPs to attempt a massive piracy purge from the net.
As I said on my last journal, on June 12, the ISPs will launch a massive copyright spying scheme that'll purge a good portion of copyrighted materials from the net, and see some users' bandwidth completely cut off until they sign an agreement saying they will not download copyrighted materials.
The worst part is, because it has nothing to do with the goverment, there's basically no room to protest it or get it shot down because, even if do, chances are they'll just go a head with it anyways. In other words, unless someone offers them a better deal or a lawsuit is made that these companies can't have that sort of dictatorial power outside of the law, then they can just do whatever they want.
In other words, America has just become the new China, and there's nothing we can do about it. *shot*
All hope is not lost, however. If we can get some componies to file lawsuits over this or have congress take legal action by telling them they can't do that. We need to get this news to someone who will listen. This is our last stand to tell Hollywood we're not going to take this s***.
Hopefully we'll be able to stop this before it happens. They don't realize exactly how much this will actually hurt them and the economy if they do this. To qoute a post on the artical I posted in the last journal...
" Mmm... I remember when there was a crackdown on manga scanlations, where like 100 scanlating sites were taken down suddenly.
Within the next couple of years, many of the manga/anime companies that had been wildly popular were going broke, because no new people were being attracted to and addicted to their comics and shows.
Word of mouth is key when it comes to getting people addicted to media, but word of mouth is useless if potential fans can't easily access the work in the first place. People aren't going to go out and buy cds, games, books, or movies if they just want to see whether those cds etc. are actually good. They're not that motivated, or that rich. It's the people who have already experienced the media that will spend money on it.
Also, the communities that crop up around media when it is readily available are stunning. Remember the Naruto fandom before the scanlations were gone? Look now at the Brony fandom! It's spectacular! It's something that lots of people want to be a part of. These communities influence generations of people. All the trailers and booming sound effects and flashy ads in the world can't add up to such a thing.
Let's face it, pirated media is the way the new generations spread culture. The big media companies are scared, because they realize they're no longer so relevant to the new generations. They want to keep their stranglehold on the market, however, so they'll do whatever they can to stay in power. Why aren't people buying what they sell? Simple: it's not good enough. It's not interesting enough.
Smaller niche companies, who get their money from diehard fans, are the way of the future, not media giants who water down their media in the attempt to appeal to everybody. Pirating is crucial to the spread of those small businesses. Big media will not go down without a fit and a fight, though, even if it means restricting the freedoms of all their consumers.
We see you, big companies. We see you. And we'll let all of our peers know what you are doing. This is the internet, you see. "
I hope so. What really worries me is what they might consider pirating. Watching someone LP on Youtube could be considered pirating, and not to mention the original poster of that video getting in a lot of trouble because of it. Hell, all my art and fics, all my work I've done over the years, could be considered pirating as well, and I could lose all of it, not to mention a lot of other people losing all their work as well.
Yeah... This is not helping my depressed mood I've been in over the past month or so out at all...