The TRUE PURPOSE Of SOPA, PIPA, And Now ACTA

"Gaming the system" is a huge pet peeve of mine, in case you haven't noticed.

"Gaming the system" is what led to John Kennedy O'Hara's unwarranted triple-prosecution, probation and disbarrment.

"Gaming the system" is what led to the eventual death of the Kung-Fu Judge, the Honorable Judge John Phillips, alone in an elevator. 

"Gaming the system" is what led to John Giuca's arrest, when it was clear to Helen Keller, Ray Charles and to Stevie Wonder that Albert Cleary was a much better suspect.

I can go on and on with examples, but I believe I've adequately illustrated my point.

I wrote recently about SOPA and PIPA last week, and along with a number of websites, we were able to stop that load of fascistic garbage in its tracks. 

The scumbags, however, didn't get to where they are by not having contigency plans in place; hence, ACTA.

From Wikipedia:

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is a proposed plurilateral agreement for the purpose of establishing international standards on intellectual property rights enforcement.[1] It would establish an international legal framework for countries to join voluntarily,[2] and would create a governing body outside international institutions such as the World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) or the United Nations.[1][3] Negotiating countries have described it as a response "to the increase in global trade of counterfeit goods and pirated copyright protected works."[2] The scope of ACTA includes counterfeit goods, generic medicines and copyright infringement on theInternet.[4] Groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) oppose ACTA,[5] stating that civil society groups and developing countries were excluded from discussion during ACTA's development in an example of policy laundering.[6]

Opponents have argued that the treaty will restrict fundamental civil and digital rights, including freedom of expression and communication privacy.[7] "The bulk of the WTO's 153 members" have raised concerns that the treaty could distort trade and goes beyond the existing Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights.[8] Opponents also criticize ACTA's removal of "legal safeguards that protect Internet Service Providers from liability for the actions of their subscribers" in effect giving ISPs no option but to comply with privacy invasions.[9]According to an analysis by the Free Software Foundation, ACTA would require that existing ISPs no longer host free software that can access copyrighted media, andDRM-protected media would not be legally playable with free or open source software.[10] 

Many of the file sharing services were spooked; only one suffered: 

Why was MegaUpload really shut down?
(UPDATE: Forbes covered this story a day after this was posted. (http://goo.gl/KnsW7) As did Prison Planet (http://goo.gl/t2J5N) Awesome, guys! )

In December of 2011, just weeks before the takedown, Digital Music News reported on something new that the creators of #Megauploadwere about to unroll. Something that would rock the music industry to its core. (http://goo.gl/A7wUZ)

I present to you... MegaBox. MegaBox was going to be an alternative music store that was entirely cloud-based and offered artists a better money-making opportunity than they would get with any record label.

"UMG knows that we are going to compete with them via our own music venture called Megabox.com, a site that will soon allow artists to sell their creations directly to consumers while allowing artists to keep 90 percent of earnings," MegaUpload founder Kim 'Dotcom' Schmitz told Torrentfreak

Not only did they plan on allowing artists to keep 90% of their earnings on songs that they sold, they wanted to pay them for songs they let users download for free.

"We have a solution called the Megakey that will allow artists to earn income from users who download music for free," Dotcom outlined. "Yes that's right, we will pay artists even for free downloads. The Megakey business model has been tested with over a million users and it works."

(Also available in Spanish (http://goo.gl/vQdYH) )

More photos from Shauna Myers 

Read more at 

https://plus.google.com/u/0/111314089359991626869/posts/HQJxDRiwAWq

Get the point of this?

This means that one could download freely and NOT infringe on copyrighted material; no threatening letters from the RIAA and/or the MPAA; no being called a criminal.

This is the new face of the music industry.

How many of you bought copies of stuff on tape, then on CD, now on DVD, soon to be on Blu-Ray? 

Kodak, once a pioneer in the field of photography, filed for bankruptcy.

http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2012/01/19/eastman-kodak-files-for-bankruptcy/ 

Somehow, they missed the trend of digital photography.

Think about that.

The music industry is in the same rut.

If they cannot compete fairly, they should not be allowed to compete, period.

No one is too big to fail. We need to replace the big banks with state-owned banks and end the foreclosure mills. Too many Americans are becoming homeless on the land our forefathers conquered. 

Let's make America great again.