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  • charliethetramp
    charliethetrampover 2 years ago

    to fucking true,
    the power behind multi nationals wants to stifle free thought and expression

  • Ben Loveday
    Ben Lovedayover 2 years ago

    I understand SOPA stands for Stop Online Piracy Act- I think you need to post a relevant link for people outside of the USA, with the actual text, to show people outside the USA (yes, we do exist), how the proposed legislation tells us what art is and isn’t, and how it stifles free thought. I understand the potential for it to be heavy handed, but on the other hand don’t we all want copyright piracy to stop, so that artists can protect their incomes? Is it a matter of how it is drafted? How does it affect web content outside the USA etc? Why does it protect multi nationals and not small artists and collaboratives? What art benefits from not having the Act? Why can’t they draft an improvement that benefits all artists? I am not asking these questions rhetorically….

  • Hey Ben,
    I have no idea what to do about copyright piracy. I am afraid however that the policy of US government as of late seems to be against our constitutional rights when it comes to free expression. I recently had a video of mine on Utube removed after more than 2 years or so. Now first of all let me say that it was no different in content than anything else on Utube. Perhaps they just started their "clean-up with me. You have very good questions and I will see about a link to answer those questions. I am still willing to sacrifice so called income for rights of free expression.

    – ellamental

  • Ben Loveday
    Ben Lovedayover 2 years ago

    I don’t think its a matter of sacrificing freedoms, but rather a matter of drafting the laws better. Good laws are about a balance of rights and responsibilities, not infringement- the alternative is lawlessness where criminals run amok. I did a search for SOPA and the Megaupload closure, and there is clearly a great amount of unsubstantiated paranoia floating around. The ignorance surrounding the definition of art in legal circles, for example, is astounding. There are well known art movements with museum representation that are effectively commentary on other artworks, for example. It’s as if the legislation is being drafted and policed by emmigres from the 19th Century, before the modern movement and definitely before the idea of post objectivity. Whilst there are clearly reasons for suspecting criminal activity in MU, there are many innocent users who have been seriously adversely affected and total confusion over who is controlling the data, with everyone denying everything, including third parties. .Why they simply don’t install an administrator to remove or quarantine offending links and data, and separately try the offenders, I have no idea. Haven’t they heard of image recognition software- eg “Tineye” that can troll through millions of images in seconds?
    I also note that the Megaupload closure was based upon a 2008 law, not the SOPA proposals, and the SOPA laws are losing support fast. Have yet to discover why exisiting IP laws are inadequate…..and why it is only the USa that is carrying on like a mob of lunatics.

  • Thanks for all the information Ben. I know much more now than I did. You are a wealth of knowledge. I didn’t know about “Tineye”. Amazing…. I am laughing about the Mob of Lunatics. You could not have been more accurate. There hasn’t been a good law passed since Pres. Lincoln threw out the Federal Reserve.

    – ellamental