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.