The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) are both, like the Patriot Act, red herrings.  They were created by politicians who are funded by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) as yet another bailout, of sorts, to protect these corporation’s flawed business plans.  For decades people have been sold audio/video data on purposefully degrading media.  Records get scratched, magnetic tapes get eaten by their players, and optical disks delaminate.  People have been forced to purchase the same data over and over again throughout your lives every time a new distribution medium gets invented.  Now that we have pure digital data that never degrades and gets distributed via copper wires and radio waves propagating through the air, people only need to purchase the data one time.  That is a major problem for the media moguls.  Their first solution to the problem was to attempt to use Digital Rights Management (DRM) schemes to the limit the use of digital content.  People who actually buy media from online media stores find that they are limited as to which devices they can use to enjoy their media.  Ironically, the same media that is downloaded for free is striped of the DRM and can be played on any devices.  Since most sane people see the ludicracy in paying for limitations, this approach has failed the corporation’s hopeful expectations to prolong their cash flow.  This brings us to their next approach, which is to legislate a bailout for the modern day inadequacies of their antiquated content distribution models.  Tell your local politician that you see through the misleading titles of these bills and understand what their real purpose is.  Tell them that you are unwilling to sacrifice your online freedoms so that the rich can get richer through bribery.  Demand that they oppose these bills if they expect your support in future elections.  Tell them to support net neutrality.  Go see live music and support the artists, not the recording companies who take their money.  Go see films in the theater and support the actors and directors that put the work into what you see on the silver screen rather than supporting companies that sell little plastic things that cost far more than they are worth.


~ by thejaundicedmonocle on January 18, 2012.

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