p2pnet view P2P:- When I went to sleep last night, Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony Music’s IFPI site was offline.
When I climbed out of bed this this morning, it was still down.
That’s because the bizarre war between the corporate movie and music industries and their own customers is now right out in the open.
Corporate America, aided, supported and abetted by the Obama administration, versus the people who keep them fat, in power and rich beyond any reasonable expectation of wealth.
PUNCH: The corporate entertainment cartels use the US government to shut down internet sites they claim promote illegal file-sharing, despite the fact file sharing has proven to be a priceless form of viral marketing, not the ruination of the movie and music industries. But then, this isn’t about money. It’s about control.
COUNTERPUNCH: Anonymous continues to prove the once quiescent masses are no longer quiescent, again shutting down a Big Music IFPI puff site.
Puerto Rican drug lord
Using the New York Times as its mouthpiece, “the ICE office of Homeland Security Investigations executed court-ordered seizure warrants against a number of domain names,” admitted spokeswoman Cori W. Bassett, adding, “As this is an ongoing investigation, there are no additional details available at this time.”
Below are three typical news headlines from the ICE site >>>
Discovery of 2nd major San Diego-area cross-border drug tunnel leads to 8 arrests, seizure of more than 20 tons of marijuana
Gulf Coast BEST team seizes 4,500 pounds of pot, arrests 3
ICE takes down Puerto Rican drug lord
It hasn’t yet started publicising its closure of the sites, but when it does, it should be something like this >>>
ICE nails web addresses designated by Hollywood and Big Music.
‘Piracy is theft’
None of this should come as a surprise.
“With the shut down of domain names of nine alleged ‘movie pirate’ sites, taxpayer funded copyright cops, acting for, and on behalf of, Hollywood and the Big 4 record labels, have massively escalated their corporate-controlled attacks on P2P communities”, said p2pnet this summer, going on >>>
Not at all incidentally, “Piracy is theft”, Hollywood Joe Biden, vice president of the United States of America, recently said in support of the corporate entertainment cartels, going on, “It’s smash and grab. It ain’t no different than smashing a window at Tiffany’s … ”
Biden was there with her, said CNet News and, “Through reporters”, she “issued a warning to those who infringe on U.S. intellectual property rights”, it said. “We have committed to putting you out of business,” it also had her stating, “adding that copyright owners who are losing money to piracy can rest assure [sic] ‘help is on the way’.”
Biden and Espinel’s comments will be “welcomed by the large Hollywood studios and recording companies”, said the story, noting “The Obama administration has appeared very sympathetic to their antipiracy efforts.
Key homeland security priorities
ICE, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement unit, is billed as “the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security”.
It’s a “21st century law enforcement agency with broad responsibilities for a number of key homeland security priorities”.
Now, on the heels of Biden and Espinel’s promises, the news that Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony Music’s RIAA has re-booted its attacks on American students, and with ACTA in the wings, ICE has been ordered to add corporate copyright protection to its “key homeland security priorities”.
Living in fear
“The recent seizures of domain names in the United States without any notice, court hearing or court order has me very worried about our rights on the internet”, says a p2pnet reader in an email.
“The shutdown of LimeWire maker of file sharing technology is very alarming. They were shut down because most of their users supposedly use the software for copyright infringement”, s/he says, going on >>>
Under this same logic the cellphone and auto industry should be living in fear.
Most people in the United States infringe traffic law, they break speed limit, don’t use properly stop signs, they switch lanes where they shouldn’t, parking in forbidden areas and the list goes on.
Also, in many states it’s illegal to talk on your cellphone while you’re driving, yet +90% of the people still do it, endangering pedestrians and drivers around them. Shouldn’t this be a matter of national security?
In the US there’s hundreds of people dying thanks to car accidents every day. Shouldn’t ICE-Homeland Security be seizing car dealers all over the nation, car factories, cell phone dealerships, and by all means TV marketing companies and networks for creating and distributing car commercials where drivers are clearly speeding as if they were in a racetrack, aren’t they inducing people to break traffic laws?
Of course not, what do we have as a society to deal with this massive law infringement behavior? We have transit police, (privacy invading) transit cameras, and parking/speed tickets.
Luckily we don’t have lawyers blackmailing us for thousands of dollars with videos of us breaking those laws, and best of all speed tickets cost reckless drivers a few hundred dollars and not a quarter million dollars and federal prison time.
Maybe copyright laws should be treated the same way.
The disruption of content distribution forms brought by the Internet and it’s underlying technologies have created new content consumption patterns and possibilities and most people are not educated into what’s copyrighted and what’s not.
$250,000 fines for making an illegal copy is absurd. Maybe the fine should be more like a parking ticket, and instead of the MAFIAAS hiring law firms to blackmail people, it should be the job of law enforcement to issue copyright infringement tickets.
Clearly the whole “policing” of what we do online is already happening. The problem is: who is doing this? Probably people who are breaking every electronic wiretapping law possible in the process.
‘We’re everyone you depend on … ‘
In a Q&A with an Anonymous spokesperson, “When I write about the changes being wrought I often quote Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club, written in the mid-1990s when the net was only just beginning to take hold”, I said, continuing >>>
In a recent post I pointed out the book’s central character is Tyler Durden who says to ‘Them’:
“Remember this. The people you’re trying to step on, we’re everyone you depend on. We’re the people who do your laundry and cook your food and serve your dinner. We make your bed. We guard you while you’re asleep. We drive the ambulances. We direct your call. We are cooks and taxi drivers and we know everything about you. We process your insurance claims and credit card charges. We control every part of your life.”
The executives, politicians and ‘creators’ should have that in neon lights, hanging on the walls in their offices. Does any of this ring bells with you?”
Anonymous: The quote fits in this context perfectly …
Things haven’t yet reached a critical mass.
But they will.
And not at all by the way, as I post this (8:30 am Pacific) the IFPI site is still offline.
Jon Newton - p2pnet
shut down internet sites - RapGodFathers forum back online, November 26, 2010
viral marketing – Deathly Hallows eye-popping weekend revenues, November 22, 2010
Big Music IFPI puff site – Anonymous hits fimi.it, ifpi.it, pro-music.it, October 9, 2010
massively escalated – The NinjaVideo manifesto, July 1, 2010
p2pnet – ICE steps up for Hollywood, Big 4 labels, July 2, 2010
White House blog – Releasing the Joint Strategic Plan to Combat Intellectual Property Theft, June 22, 2010
p2pnet – Obama IP czarina to movie, music cartels, June 22, 2010
CNet News – Biden to file sharers: ‘Piracy is theft’, June 22, 2010
attacks on American students – RIAA re-launches attacks against students, July 2, 2010
ACTA in the wings – ACTA document calls for criminal sanctions, June 25, 2010
Anonymous spokesperson – p2pnet talks with Operation Payback, November 18, 2010
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi
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