Friday, January 27, 2012

I just don´t get it

Now, I know you´re probably all very annoyed by now about all of the downtime or lack of updates on your favourite websites but I felt that the attention needed to drastically shift. For the past few weeks there has been an amazing spike of attention considering SOPA, the stop online piracy act that was being discussed and still is being discussed in the american senate. While I get the general idea behind stoping SOPA ,which is that america is basically the most important country in the world and if they are against a contract then said contract will not come to fruition( case in point being the Kyoto protocol), but ACTA is a MUCH bigger threat in my opinion because it is being hidden behing both a thick veil of illegal procedures and lobyism and the thought of mass media victims that online piracy is the biggest threat the universe has ever seen. What is being discussed here all over the world is surely not a plan to stop online piracy as much as it is the downfall of the internet as we know it, yes infact the internet in general. Copyrights are somewhat important of course, I wouldn´t like someone saying he wrote my texts or drew our comics either but that isn´t to say that I don´t want them to spread our work all over the globe. The internet has become a vast database for all that is good about sharing tastes, opinions,ideas and even ideals and only through the simple idea of saying something that can be (but doesnt have to) be heard all around the world. SOPA PIPA and ACTA are a step in the wrong direction, no, they are a huge LEAP into the wrong direction.



  1. "Censorship is telling a man he can`t have a steak just beacause a baby can`t chew it."
    -Mark Twain

  2. Thank gods we (at least me, I live in dick-swingin' US of A) live in such a litigious society so that NO MATTER WHAT LAWS may be passed, if any infraction should occur, it could be tied up for years.

    Further two cents: The downfall of the internet began a long time ago, and it wasn't the governments impotent attempts at controlling the web. It was the incessant advertising that has become a part of everything "wired" as we know it. I'll stop being a pirate if you can get that ad of my free weather app for my phone.

  3. P.S. - Awesome poster you made there.

  4. Dear Phil S.,
    I beg you to reconsider. Unlike you may think, digital goods are not just there for you to consume, infact, some people need the money to make a living. It's alright if you don't want to pay ridiculous prices for something you'll occasionally use (e.g. Photoshop) but if you are saying that ads are the problem, than you are just being ignorant. Most of the time you can choose whether you want to pay for an app or not and I find it an awesome concept to offer a free alternetive. However, those people put a lot of time and effort into those products and still do, just look at the amount of updates coming ut every day. Also, unlike you may now, it also costs money to keep a platform going(e.g. a weather platform) that is needed for these apps to work. Now, where do you think this money comes from? Right, either you give it directly to the develloper or it's earned via apps. So if you don't want to pay for something, at least don't deny them the chance to make money off of someone else otherwise sooner or later they will stop making apps (or other digital goods) at all. So, if you don't mind, I will continue to support those projects and so should you. Oh, and stop being an ignorant twat.
    Yours sincerely