| In the age of modern technology, many have been driven to accept new methods of information technology. Business, governments, and the general public, have all become accustomed to using new and inventive methods of advertising, propaganda, and promotional tools.
In recent years, the Bit Torrent Protocol, has become widely popular, some say accounting for more than 27-55% of all internet traffic. The protocol, invented by Bram Cohen, was intended for users to distribute their arts, software, or creative ideas easily, fast, and reliably. Fast forward to 2009, where everyone is attempting to use this as a tool to promote their business, website, products, or innovations. It is also used to distribute materials which some say have copyrights, and thus, sparking a moral and legal battle globally.
The climate that has resulted from this, is as if an ugly cloud of seemingly endless attacks have been spread over the internet, bringing with it a storm of possible censorship and accountability. This debate can be viewed in many ways, and I will discuss some of the points here today. From a "fair" perspective.
File sharing has always been a great innovation, with the potential to easily and affordably spread your ideals and or products globally, with high efficiency, and accuracy. The debate in this is, the legality of some of the materials being spread across this protocol. Many would say, that it is not fair to distribute the copyrights of another, and others would say, it is in fact sharing, and there is nothing illegal about sharing.
For example, if I were to take some movies that I purchased over to a friends home, and we sat down and watched them together, would I be considered as breaking the law, and violating the copyrights of the production companies? No, in fact I would not. Pro-file sharing idealists, suggest that the protocol is no different than this method.
I have for example, "Ice Age", which I purchased on my computer, and I decided I would like to share it to be viewed with peers of mine, over the internet. The easiest method for me to do this, is to use the Bit Torrent protocol. By doing this, not only do help the enviornment, (my friends do not have to waste fossil fuels to drive to my home, nor do I to drive to theirs), but I am also, conserving time and energy, by allowing our PC's to transfer this information, to be viewed at a later time. This is a great method for me and my friends, and I fail to see the difference in me sending them a digital copy, or me taking the retail version to their home for them to view.
This is the essence of such debates, it seems, that during tough economic times, for the corporations whom are at a loss, and the many civilians whom are struggling to just pay their bills, are both wanting to find someone to blame for their problems. Chances are, since my friends wanted me to bring them the copy of this film, they never intended to purchase it to begin with, thus, how could this become a "loss" for the production company? I fail to see this reasoning. To me, the huge amount of garbage coming out of Hollywood in this day and age, and the overpricing, are key factors. Not me sharing this with my friends.
In fact, the utter lack of incompetence that comes from these companies whom are leading the war against file sharing, astounds me. They could also use this method, to increase profits, by reducing production costs, and also, appeal to a new range of users, as the internet is global, and many more whom do not have the means or access to get these products, could use this protocol, to purchase goods and digital products, at a reduced cost, which benefits the customers, and again at a reduced production cost, which could greatly increase the supposed "loss" that these companies are facing. It is time that these companies modernize themselves, and use all available methods, to increase their profit margins.
Instead of doing this, they have waged war against file sharers, imprisoning and fining those "caught" downloading such copywritten materials, and spending millions on anti-piracy software, groups, and firms, to track and hunt down these harmless individuals. Most of these resources they are wasting on this "war", could be more money they have to spend on making their products more appealing to the masses. This standard practice of "attacking" the internet, and using their "capital" to influence and force many nations to shut down bit torrent networks, is killing the "freedom" of the internet. This can not and will not be allowed. Too many will not stand for this.
It is time that we help to educate those withing the judicial system of what this protocol is, what this means for "freedom". I would suggest that at least 60% of people over 30 have no clue what exactly file sharing truly is, instead, they are filled with propaganda from such highly paid anti-piracy advocates, whom claim that file sharing is killing their industry, instead of hearing the benefits and advances of this technology, and what it could mean for the world.
In a time of economic and geo-political destruction worldwide, you would assume that these companies would realize they need to change their business perspective, not only to tighten their infrastructure, but to increase their profits. To compare to recent events in the USA, many major corporations went bankrupt, and were told by the government, if they wanted to survive, they needed to "evolve" their business practices, the same goes for those whom claim file sharing is destroying their means of making profit, it is time to evolve. Without evolution, you will become a fossil, and that is something that cannot be denied.
Putting an end and/or censoring file sharing is censoring all people, censoring their right to freely distribute their own materials, and censoring the internet. These means cannot possibly advance the human race, nor will it advance the technology which we expect to rapidly increase, all it does is force people to find a way around it, and force corporations to spend millions on an un-winnable war, an endless war. This will not happen, I assure you, file sharing will not be eliminated, unless the internet as a whole is eliminated, and that is something we cannot allow to ever happen.
Wednesday, August 12th, 2009Posted by: Date:
Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
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