Wednesday, 25 January 2012

I Wanted A Fight

Please note all information is correct at the time of writing and may be subject to change. This is also the last activism post I plan on. For now at least unless something else major happens. This covers several major things.

So, quite possibly in the wake of the Megaupload stuff that went down last week, one of the other biggest file sharing sites Filesonic has closed it's doors. Kind of. They've become specifically an online locker. All you can do is download files you uploaded personally. They've taken the "sharing" out of "file sharing" and added the "pussy" into...well, "pussy". But don't get me wrong, I can understand why they've done it. They may be scared that after Megaupload was gone they would be next. They didn't want that, and I guess I can appreciate that. If I happened to own a huge file sharing site (sadly I don't) I may have done the same.

But I do wish they had stood up. I wish they had fought back. I wish they hadn't done this. If they do this, what about other people? What about other file sharing sites? Will they do it too? Is everyone going to stop just because one person was taken out? Imagine what would happen to every revolution ever if this happened. It might be a bit far calling this whole thing a revolution but in a way it is. The internet users are standing up for their rights and fighting off oppressive legislation and governments. We stand together or we fall alone. People think in order to stop a revolution you just have to kill as many revolters as you can, eventually the rest will stop. This works, providing people want to stop. If you don't want to be in the fight then get out. Fight for your freedoms, fight for your liberties, fight for your rights. Piracy may be a crime, but file sharing is not. Online storage is not. Censorship might not be but it should be.

People will treat you badly if they think you won't fight back. They will use and abuse you. Show them that you aren't afraid. Fight for what matters. Fight for what you want. Fight because they don't think you will, or can. Act against internet censorship. Act against oppression. Act against the corrupt powers that be. Most of all, act against ACTA.

I would like to see the file sharing sites stand together, I would like to see them show the world they aren't afraid, I would like to see people using them with impunity, I would like to see everyone fighting for what is right, I would like to see an end to corruption, I would like to see the bastard who blatantly admitted to bribing politicians in jail, not the advocates of freedom of information, I would like to see an end to corporations being able to buy laws, I would like to see a world I don't mind living in and being a part of.

I am not likely to see what I want.

This pains me.

While I have your attention, assuming you're still reading this, I would like to bring your attention to this petition against ACTA. https://www.accessnow.org/page/s/just-say-no-to-acta I have signed it, and I urge anyone and everyone, regardless of creed, colour, and country to sign it as well. ACTA is world wide, we must ALL band together to save what we hold dear. Our friend, the internet. Also please take note of this video, which tells you pretty much everything you need to know about ACTA. It turns out Orwell was off by about 30 years.


One final note. Part of me wants to record myself saying this stuff, the speeches. But I know I'll only do it if i can say to myself "Well, the followers wanted it." So let me know if you want to hear those speeches in my badass British accent.

One ultimately final note (let's face it you aren't reading still are you?) IRISH SOPA. That got your attention huh? http://www.tjmcintyre.com/2012/01/irelands-sopa-faq.html All you need to know. I'm mostly including this for Anne, and I believe Angry is Irish too.

71 comments:

  1. You should absolutely post videos of yourself ranting. Think of the children.

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    1. Thinking of the children is something that stops me.

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  2. ^ I agree. Oh and I thought the SOPA debacle was quite funny. I even spammed Scholastic because turns out they were supporting SOPA. Felt quite guilty afterward-they publish some very nice books.

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    1. Don't feel guilty. I'd have bombarded them too. Their political affiliation has nothing to do with what they publish. They do good work but they needed to be shown the error of their ways.

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  3. Yes he is and would watch you ranting....

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    1. Good luck with the Irish SOPA then mate.

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  4. i have seen that video about what acta is, i think it is very helpful and informative :) good post

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  5. I see he got here before me. I'm aware of what the EU is doing in my country and so is my family.

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    1. I'm glad you're informed, we need more people informed.

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  6. That sucks!! Watched the video and signed the petition. And yes Mark, you should post a video rant.

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  7. Our world needs more people like you.

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    1. I don't know if I'd go that far but thank you.

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  8. post it mark.
    wanna see how british you british trully are :P

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    1. Oh I'm quite British but my accent is northern, not the typical southern London accent associated with us.

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  9. I would love to see a vlog by you. Ranting or other. Of course that could be because of my curiosity to hear your accent and maybe even see what you look like.

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    1. My voice is all over the internet now actually :) I've done three vlogs, none with face, and I've even done an interview with Bersercules. Again, no face as he was kind enough to animate me.

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  10. You should definitely do the video.

    It's nice to see people get passionate about something and then do something about it. Passion without action is really just...well...nothing.

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    1. It really is just nothing, there's no point to it.

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  11. I'm also voting for you to do a blog. Out of sheer curiosity of what you look and sound like, of course.

    Please?

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    1. Sound has already been sorted before :P Look is something that won't happen. If I do it as per usual I will be hiding my identity.

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  12. I've signed the petition. Thanks for putting it up.

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    1. And yeah, a vlog would be good too, seeing that most people have requested for one ;)

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    2. Thanks for signing, you have this creepy old mans love <3

      Though I'm not that old.

      Though I am creepy.

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  13. FileSonic put the coward into cow arse.
    Also, VLOG VLOG VLOG VLOG

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    1. Oooh that's a good one. Other's have fallen as well now. They all have the "File" name though so I'm wondering if they all flew the same banner and they were bound to react the same.

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  14. ACTA should gtfo the internets

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  15. Glad to hear you spreading the word! They seem to really hate freedom!

    I WANT TO SEE ALL YOU WROTE SPOKEN BY YOU IN A VIDEO!!!!

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    1. Dude that would make little to no sense but thank you. They do really hate freedom yes. Especially the MPAA.

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  16. Put up a video, my man! Start vlogging.

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    1. I think the internet could probably do with less of my activism. You should check my Twitter feed.

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  17. Definitely signing the petition. And you should vlog! Put that wit to good use!

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  18. Dude! I'd hate to see what you say if I ever started a filesharing site. haha

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    1. I'd congratulate you until you stopped sharing because you were afraid lol.

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  19. fuck. It's one step forward, two steps back with all this online censorship bullshit isn't it?

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    1. Considering how much ACTA rapes you, it's more like one step forwards, 20 steps back.

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  20. Calderon wants to moderate our internets, just because we like to imitate everything the USA does.

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    1. Well you tell them no and beat them with a laptop. A defunct one though, no sense in wasting good electronics.

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  21. What's next, frontal lobotomies for everyone?

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  22. Eh this regulation needs to end

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    1. It does but sometimes I doubt it will.

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  23. They're killing one of the biggest advantages of cloud computing...idiots

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    1. I think it's made worse now because both sides are what with File being a bunch of pussies.

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  24. It's almost ironic. I've been watching the world slip further and further towards a Huxley-esque dystopia, and suddenly they're going all orwellian on everyone's asses.

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    1. Well to be fair the guys had differing ideas. I can't remember which way around it is but one had us being controlled by our desires, and the other by our fears. Or at least that's a comparison I've heard and not one I've made. To my shame I am still yet to read those books. One of them was bound to be right though. Given the power of Apple and Facebook I think both of them are right, and fear and desire are in an epic struggle to control us.

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  25. Well, you can't share there as in file sharing, but I prefer using SkyDrive. Mostly to share my stories, however.

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    1. I think I would use Scribd if it was just a story :)

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  26. You should definitely do a vlog! I could feel your aggression just reading it...really well written!

    I will include the link to the petition in my next post. From what I know, it's not just Filesonic that have decided to hide away. It's a shame. Would make things much easier if the bigger companies (with shit loads of money) stood up and defended what is, essentially, the freedom of the fucking internet! But I guess it's not something that should stop the people from making a stand themselves, in an attempt take these bastards down.

    Also, is the word 'pussy' actually used in the same context, outside of the UK? Haha..couldn't help picturing one of your readers thinking 'Mark must be smoking the good stuff..file sharing has nothing to do with cats!'

    GM x

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    1. Well "pussy" as in something that's weak and won't stand up for itself is quite prevalent. I think. I'm just glad you thought of cats and not vaginas. Several other "File" sites have gone down as well and and upload site is still going, but has become unavailable in the US. I think that Megaupload were one of the richest file sharing sites, so being a rich fucker that defends it has to fall to the people who've been arrested for it.

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  27. I would assume that Anger is the proper reponse to this.

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    1. Well maybe War. As in the horseman not actual war.

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  28. I like the innocent until proven guilty argument for keeping these sites open.

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    1. I thought they abolished that years ago. Maybe it just seemed like it.

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  29. Good call on bringing to the notice of your readers the NEED of the hour. Protect the interwebs from the politicians! They ruin our real lives enough already, do they have to drag their behinds into the INTERNET too? Signed the petition. Good post. :)

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  30. Keep on fighting. I'll probably do a post on CPIP in the future because barely any of the blogs I visit have any mention of it at all.

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    1. You should do. I just found out about the TPP and I still have no info on CPIP.

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  31. Loved this post, more people need to read it.
    I've been researching on ACTA too.
    Signed the petition!

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  32. This should never pass, such powerful laws just to protect a small percentage is ridiculous.

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  33. What really frosts my azz is the people like the Lars Ulrichs and the Gene Simmons of the world who are only concerned with how much money they can make off their "art" when there are many small fries out there like us bloggers, who would kill to reach 10% of the audience they are allowed to reach and would be glad to give our version of art away for free, just in exchange for the chance to be heard.

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    1. Hey I'm with ya there. I'm publishing a story, on here, for free! Gene Simmons and Lars Ulrich are two of the worst examples of humanity there are.

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  34. 69 comments teehee! *giggle giggle*
    Lol, I signed the petition! AND OMG YES MAKE A VIDEO OF YOU RANTING. Whether you must hide your face or not.

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    1. Why did you have to ruin 69 comments? :P But thanks for signing the petition, srsly :)

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