|Within the last few years, many have watched the internet, rise to heights that at one time, nobody could imagine. The benefits of the internet are endless. Along with this advancement of technology, there have been many who have tried to end the freedoms that the internet allows. The past decade has seen technology advance "the matrix" to a point where it can benefit all of humanity. Some of the techniques which have been implemented in the past decade, are what now stands under scrutiny, and the battle that will ensue from this, could determine the future of the free and open source internet.
As of late, the Bit Torrent Protocol, as well as other means of file sharing, have been under fire. Major corporations have declared war upon "p2p" and torrent index sites, as the headlines read. There are always two sides to every story, and up until the past few months, there was no factual evidence to suggest that torrent index sites had done any wrong doing, and some would suggest there still is no evidence proving otherwise. Either way, the war on our freedoms is far from over.
The biggest compromise to freedom on the net, took place on Monday, August 24th, when Swedish courts forced the shutdown of The Pirate Bay, by threatening all ISP's (internet service providers) in their nation, with heavy penalties and fines if they continued to supplement The Pirate Bay with bandwidth. The ISP in question, Black Internet, complied with the threats from lawmakers, and thus, signaled what some assumed, was the death of The Pirate Bay. The crew at the bay, working around the clock, then went on to move servers to another location, outside Sweden, and were officially back online.
"A Swedish court apparently decided it is illegal to be an ISP," said Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde after ISP Black Internet stopped serving the site. Sunde and three other Pirate Bay colleagues were sentenced in April with fines and jail time after Hollywood production companies challenged the company in a Swedish court. The Pirate Bay operators have appealed the decision. This alone stands as a hallmark in unfair and unreasonable court decisions, as the site itself, The Pirate Bay, was never found guilty of any wrongdoing, merely that a few founders were found guilty of illegally sharing copyrighted materials. Thus, the ruling that ISP's must cut off service to The Pirate Bay, stands as a great injustice, and they were presumed guilty before being proven to be so.
A statement was released from the crew of The Pirate Bay, stating the following:
We have, ourselves, full confidence that if all do their duty, if nothing is neglected, and if the best arrangements are made, as they are being made, we shall prove ourselves once more able to defend our Internets, to ride out the storm of war, and to outlive the menace of tyranny, if necessary for years, if necessary alone.
Even though large parts of Internets and many old and famous trackers have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Ifpi and all the odious apparatus of MPAA rule, we shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the ef-nets and darknets, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Internets, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the baywords.org, we shall fight on the /. and on the digg, we shall fight in the courts; we shall never surrender, and if, which I do not for a moment believe, the Internets or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the Anon Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in Cerf’s good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.
The Pirate Bay Crew – Now until needed.
This is something that is happening globally, ISP's being forced to cut off service to all those whom are under the assumption of being involved in "illegal file sharing". Without evidence to prove that such action is taking place, the question remains, should it be illegal to cut off service to someone who is merely accused of sharing copyrighted materials? Apparently the UK leadership thinks that it is okay to remove service from those whom have not faced a fair and balanced court hearing.
Just today, news reports were flooding out of the British papers, stating, that under the new measures put forward by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, copyright pirates could also face being blocked from accessing file-sharing Websites and have their connection speeds reduced. This is a war on our freedoms, and thus, outrage is spreading across the online community. "We've been listening carefully to the consultation this far, and it's become clear there are widespread concerns that the plans as they stand could delay action, impacting unfairly upon rights holders," said Stephen Timms, Minister for Digital Britain.
On the other side of the battle, proponents for organized file sharing, Pirate Party UK, [url]http://www.pirateparty.org.uk/[/url,] the political party that wants to make peer-to-peer filesharing legal, has seen more than 4,000 people join its Facebook page in the last few weeks. The political party, which registered with the Electoral Commission at the end of July, predicted it would soon be the biggest party on the social networking site, overtaking the BNP and Labour, which each have more than 6,000 members. Pirate Party UK intends to be the British equivalent of the Swedish Pirate Party, which secured 7.1 per cent of that country's vote at the last European elections, securing an MEP. The two parties are affiliated but legally separate.<br />
They also released a statement today, "Today, the Government has moved the goalposts for the consultation. They have finally admitted that, as we suspected, their plans do include cutting off internet access for whole families if one member of that family shares files, in stark contrast to Gordon Brown's recently stated aim of "universal connectivity to broadband"." Another representative of the Pirate Party UK, has said, "What are they doing?" he asked. "It just won't work - when so many people have unsecured wireless networks, how are you going to pinpoint who the file-sharer is?" They accused the government of a U-turn and said Lord Mandelson had "caved in under pressure from powerful lobbyists in the content industry."<br />
This is a sad day, worldwide, for the freedom of the internet, and this cannot, and will not be allowed, as The Bay has proven, if you shut one down, another will sprout up, and that file sharing as a free and open source technology, will not go down without a fight. This is censorship, disabling the abilities and methods of the world, to connect, and share files. Not only is it wrong, but it disables the progress of all mankind, the advancement of our species.<br />
For example, there is a man, whom lives in Darfur, he daily must hide from rebel groups, to avoid the bloodshed in his street. He is poor, uneducated, and wants to better himself. He cannot access the resources in his home community, because his community, is in ruins. There is no library, there is not bookseller, nor is their teachers. Yet, from the comfort of his home, behind closed doors, he can attempt to educate himself, with all the available resources of the internet, which can be infinite. The man has a chance, to take online courses, to become educated, with the same knowledge that is available to the rest of the civilized world, by using peer to peer communication, and enabling himself to access the pool of knowledge that is available. Taking away or censoring the internet, will only hurt those like the example I just used, keeping them contained to their surroundings, and not allowing the advancement of the world as a whole.<br />
As those at the bay have said before, we will never give in to this. Meaning, that the online world, must stand up for their rights, and not allow such outrages to continue. We put these politicians into power, not the corporate propaganda machine that bribes them with funds to make decisions which favor them. It is time, that you, no matter where you live in the world, stand up, and speak out for your rights. Only you can make a difference, we are nearly a billion voices strong, and that is overwhelming. If each of us, do our part, in our own communities, and tell them "We will not stand for this." then we will be heard. Do not allow the internet as a free and open source community, to die, we can not, and will not, ever allow this. Do your part. Inform yourself. Educate others. Fight the power.
Tuesday, August 25th, 2009Posted by: Date:
Tuesday, August 25th, 2009
|posted by (2009-08-25 23:34:03)|
|Well said. Thank You|
|posted by (2009-08-26 00:17:39)|
Nobody could of stated it better
|posted by (2009-08-26 01:41:11)|
|well spoken :)|
|U R the man, well spoken|
|posted by (2009-08-26 02:28:20)|
|Hard to "fight the power" when they can just pull your plug now...LOL|
|No p2p, no book shering, dictatorships is what it sounds like to me, wasn't there something about that in history burning books stopping knowledge, I thought we were to learn from our mistakes. Well keep up the good work xxxOBSCENExxx and everyone at ExtraTorrent every time you seed your saying "NO TO CensorShip"|
|posted by (2009-08-26 14:25:58)|
|interesting article mate...|
|So illogical...Next time someone commits a robbery, let's charge Smith & Wesson as accessories to the crime, just as in this situation; it's like killing a fly with a bazooka, you'll have a lot of collateral damages!!!||
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