And how many people are actually for ACTA? Where are the demonstrations with thousands and thousands of PRO-ACTA people. Oh that's right. There aren't any. As small as the percentage of actual protesters is, the actual number of supports is much smaller.
It is no longer acceptable for politicians to go against their constituents. We have woken up. Go ahead and keep throwing your lobby money at our politicians though.
This wasn't about justice at all, but about setting precedent. They wanted to scare the shit out of everyone and they succeeded.
Since day one they have been screaming that sharing is stealing and comparing it to theft of tangible property, like a car. So let's apply the same logic to the Megaupload case.
Megaupload had in all likelihood millions of users and millions of files. I do not know exact numbers, these are sheer guesses. In meatspace, if you unload your stuff at a storage facility, and the owner of that facility is doing something illegal, the cops will move in and arrest him and seize anything related to the crime. The stuff in the storage lockers is still yours. They don't seize that too. You might not have access to it because they lock the place down, but your stuff is still safe and you have every right to expect that you can get your items back and move them to another facility.
The people behind the Megaupload seizure know this, but they are ignoring it. If the data is destroyed, there is nothing to return. If they keep the data safe then they have to make it available again to the rightful owners. With the sheer number of affected users, that would be incredibly time-consuming and expensive.
Not a single 'illegal' file was permanently lost by the Megaupload seizure. Those files are still around on torrent and other sites. It's the people that were using Megaupload as a backup or distribution system that are most affected.
The government arrested Kim Dotcom. Fine. If he was the owner of the fictitious storage facility above then the police would eventually release the property to the rightful owners. They should do the same here, but they won't. They will blame it all on Kim.
This reminds me of the Edenists from the Night's Dawn books by Peter F Hamilton. Every individual not only votes but participates in forming policy through the collective consciousness known as Consensus.
Science fiction is history that hasn't happened yet.
Doesn't matter what the reason is. It's still censorship. And, I would like to point out, that the FIRST time they put Muhammad in South Park no one said anything and Comedy Central aired it in its entirety. No one was killed or hurt or threatened.
Lots of things are against lots of religions. If the religion of peace can't take criticism without issuing fatwa's then you know, maybe they deserve that criticism.
Comedy Central didn't want to deal with whatever backlash may or may not have happened as a result of Muhammad being drawn.
Viacom and Comedy Central also don't want to deal with the anti-SOPA crowd. They are now in a tough spot because they know that once informed, Jon Stewart's audience will be 99% against SOPA.
It is no longer business as usual. The Internet is an incredible place and if people are allowed to express themselves freely then regimes can fall, countries might change and power will be given back to the people regardless of where they live. Is it any wonder that the only support SOPA can get is from astroturf campaigns, corporations or industry?
SOPA is a step backwards for America. It will give more power to the government and corporate America.
This is what Viacom and the government want. They want to do the thinking for us and tell us what is good and bad, funny and not funny and right and wrong.
They want to make everything doubleplus good.
It will be interesting to see how Jon handles SOPA.