Just How Disingenuous are Big Media’s Complaints about Piracy? Here’s some perspective…

[Chris] Dodd, who became CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America after leaving the Senate in 2011, noted the movie “Avatar” was stolen by online pirates 21 million times. Such acts, he said, threaten to decimate his industry.

“You can complain and say, well, actors make a lot of money and they don’t have to worry about this,” said Dodd. “You tell that to that camera guy, you tell that to that makeup artist, you tell that to that truck driver out there who made, makes a living because they work in this industry.”

“Avatar” was made by 20th Century Fox which, like Fox News Channel, is owned by NewsCorp. Rupert Murdoch, chairman and CEO of NewsCorp, has also been outspoken in promoting two pieces of anti-piracy legislation, the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act, known respectively as “SOPA” and “PIPA,” to protect copyrighted material.

via EXCLUSIVE: Chris Dodd Warns Of Hollywood Backlash Against Obama Over Anti-piracy Bill | Fox News.

And the economic devastation brought about by piracy can be shown in the global receipts for “Avatar”….

Total Lifetime Grosses
Domestic: $760,507,625 27.3%
Foreign:  $2,021,767,547    72.7%

Worldwide: $2,782,275,172
[source]

I really don’t know how a movie that *makes over $2,000,000,000 in a year* is somehow indicative of an industry being crushed. That none of this money makes it makes it back the make-up artists, truck drivers, and cameramen…really isn’t anyone’s fault but the studios themselves.

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Day After SOPA Protest, Feds make it PATENTLY OBVIOUS WE DON’T NEED IT

The federal authorities on Thursday announced that they had charged seven people connected to the Web site Megaupload, including its founder, with running an international criminal enterprise centered on copyright infringement on the Internet.

According to a grand jury indictment, Megaupload — one of the most popular “locker” services on the Internet, which lets users anonymously transfer large files — generated $175 million in income for its operators through subscription fees and advertising, while causing $500 million in damages to copyright holders.

Four of the seven people, including the site’s founder Kim Dotcom, born Kim Schmitz, have been arrested in New Zealand, the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Thursday; the three others remain at large. The seven — who a grand jury indictment calls part of a “Mega Conspiracy” — have been charged with five counts of copyright infringement and conspiracy, the authorities said.

via 7 People Charged in Connection to Megaupload Site – NYTimes.com.

What’s that?  You say a number of people were arrested under existing law for copyright infringement?

Aaand…what…exactly…is the reason we need more laws for the exact same (already a crime) actions?    Anyone?

IT’S WORKING INTERNET, RESISTANCE IS ESSENTIAL TO THE NETWORK!

Nintendo, Electronic Arts and Sony Electronics — some of the largest video game companies in the world — have all pulled their support for an online bill that could encourage censorship online, according to an updated list of supporters of the bill.

Those three companies all supported the Stop Online Piracy Act SOPA when it first entered Congress, according to a report from Joystiq in November.

SOPA, along with the PROTECT IP act in the Senate, give content-producing companies the right to order a take down for a website that they believe is infringing on a copyright. If you even host links to content that infringes on a copyright, you have to take it down

via Now The Largest Game Companies In The World Have Dropped Support For A Bill The Internet Hates.

This bill should die a bad death at this point.  Social media has been somewhat ascendent as of late, and as much as people like to bitch and moan about how shit doesn’t work and everythings broken, and blah, blah, blah…they fail to notice the little victories.

They fail to notice the beach as the tide rolls out.

Keep fighting internets.  You wins somes, you lose sums, but as long as you keep fighting for what you believe in, there is no way to truly lose the war (as far as one can know).

Let’s win this one…for the children *AND* the lulz.

This Week in the Police State…

First up…the Comitatas Posse is back in town, militarizing the homeland.

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Tuesday to keep a controversial provision to let the military detain terrorism suspects on U.S. soil and hold them indefinitely without trial — prompting White House officials to reissue a veto threat.

The measure, part of the massive National Defense Authorization Act, was also opposed by civil libertarians on the left and right. But 16 Democrats and an independent joined with Republicans to defeat an amendment by Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) that would have killed the provision, voting it down with 61 against, and 37 for it.

“Congress is essentially authorizing the indefinite imprisonment of American citizens, without charge,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who offered another amendment — which has not yet gotten a vote — that she said would correct the problem. “We are not a nation that locks up its citizens without charge.”

Backers of military detention of Americans — a measure crafted by Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) — came out swinging against Udall’s amendment on the Senate floor earlier Tuesday.

“The enemy is all over the world. Here at home. And when people take up arms against the United States and [are] captured within the United States, why should we not be able to use our military and intelligence community to question that person as to what they know about enemy activity?” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said.

“They should not be read their Miranda Rights. They should not be given a lawyer,” Graham said. “They should be held humanely in military custody and interrogated about why they joined al Qaeda and what they were going to do to all of us.”

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The White House has promised a veto, so we’ll see if that happens or not.

When it comes to partisan divide…this is a pretty bright line in the sand.

“It’s one of those things where … it’s bipartisan on both sides. Levin’s not on the same page as the White House. We’ve got our own internal differences; Paul and Kirk don’t agree with Graham,” said a senior GOP aide just before the vote. “Everybody’s trying to do the right thing. There’s just a difference of opinion.”

Even though Paul was joined only by Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) on his side of the aisle, the issue was contentious at the Republicans’ weekly caucus lunch.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) emerged from the meeting — where former Vice President Dick Cheney was in attendance — saying his colleagues had “a spirited discussion” about Udall’s amendment, and predicted nearly all Republicans would oppose the amendment, as they did.

Nothing like having a war criminal tip the balance of debate.

On the corporate side of things, there is another strong push to give Corporate America control of the Internet (via DNS-blacklisting, a la China).   Sadly, some judges already think they have this authority.

As a whole bunch of folks have sent in a District Court judge in Nevada issued some rather stunning orders lately concerning websites that luxury brands company Chanel has argued “advertise, promote, offer for sale or sell” possibly counterfeit Chanel goods. The order is basically a more expansive private version of SOPA, in which the judge has let Chanel directly “seize” about 600 domains, as well as issued restraining orders and injunctions, including orders to Google, Bing, Yahoo, Facebook, Google+, and Twitter to “de-index and/or remove [the domain names] from any search results pages.”

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There has been a steady and consistent drumbeat from copyright holders to expand their protections in a more competitive environment.   Their history of hyperbole is legion, and all statements coming from their trade groups should be taken with several tons of salt.

 

Discussion on SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and Dgital Products in the 21st Century

Here’s the basics…

This is a subject that is near and dear to my heart.  If you are scanning down here while the video is loading or being boring, here’s the gist of the problem…

…hrmm…looks like they have realized who is doing the best work against them..

The Motion Picture Association of America came out swinging against critics who believe the Stop Online Piracy Act would disrupt Internet security and harm businesses. The trade organization’s Paul Hortenstine targeted the Electronic Frontier Foundation this week, calling the group’s objections “sky is falling rhetoric.”

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The EFF is hard on point on this, and has been one of the few groups that has consistently worked against this type of stuff for years.  “This type of stuff” being horribly overreaching legislation written by media companies for media companies.

Here’s a nice infographic that talks about the new powers granted in SOPA.

Here's why this is really bad legislation

That graphic was taken from this post.

These bills are bad and need to die a lonesome death upon that hill.

If you are one of those folks who complains about the confluence of corporate influence on government, or the basic existence of government regulation, this is one of those subject we should all agree on.  Fix this…stat!