Actually I heard about the whole SOPA, PIPA, ACTA thing here on Techdirt first and then people, people who aren't even pirates or techies started sharing it on Facebook.
I saw articles on CNet and such too and these are definitely not Google properties.
Of course we all know that everybody here but you is a pirate, or at least you keep accusing us of it.
I know that I'm supposed to be excited about the uh the games in London, don't use the O word, might get sued, however in spite of TV and such trying to increase the suspense/excitement I frankly don't give a Damn.
I can't help to think that when we are supposedly in the process of shrinking the budget that now is not the proper time to establish a brand new department that will certainly cost millions if not billions of dollars.
Of course they will probably just take the money from something like the Education Department or EPA that they don't like and the public does rather than actually raise the money.
It's just a stupid idea all around.
As a musician for 40 some years I've been saying that we are lucky to have this job to professional musicians.
Lots of others would like to make a living this way and don't get an opportunity to do so.
We get paid to play. It's as simple as that.
For the past couple of generations some people that weren't performers got lucky to be paid to promote us on recordings but it seems that that is over. This is a good thing.
Now we can make music for our community again and darned if our community isn't the whole world.
How cool is that?
The answer is simple and already noted above. If an artist isn't making money for big entertainment they aren't an artist. Period.
I have to admire any artist that is making a living in the present or any past environment doing what they want to do to make a living. Selling out?
Artists have always had to make stuff, music, paintings, plays... that are to the taste of someone that is willing to pay for it. Now it's just easier for those artists to find an audience.
My dad taught science and math at the college level for over 30 years and was unqualified to teach at the high school level.
He was unqualified because he didn't ever take the courses that the education department teaches during the block semester, which is the first part of the semester when teachers practice teach.
I can't tell you how many teachers have told me that they learned more about how to teach from him in the Science for Elementary Teachers class that he taught during the block time for all potential elementary teachers than any other class.
That's right he wasn't qualified to teach in an elementary school but he was qualified to teach elementary teachers.
So, in short, Einstein wasn't qualified to teach anything but college.
Frankly I think it would have been a waste of his time but that's just an opinion.
He would have had to take about a semester of classes in teaching to get the certifications he needed.
He could have taken those certifications, if he had been interested in teaching at a lower level.
Those classes do NOT make a person a good teacher but they do give them some good techniques for teaching.
Nothing ensures that a person will be a good teacher. Some are, some aren't and I don't think that will ever change.
What is hilarious is your demonizing your potential customers after setting up a system that continues copyright for such a long time that whole lifetimes of music and books are locked up by Disney and other rights holders.
Truthfully, nobody cares about Steamboat Willie and it's copyright. We don't care if Disney is worried about their trademark on the mouse. We'd like to have permission to use our musical and literary heritage without paying people for that use who are not only not heirs of the original artists but haven't even ever met the artists.
Just because some of us are pirates doesn't mean that we don't have a legitimate gripe with the system and your demonizing the word "pirate" is like some people demonizing the word "liberal". Because you don't like it you demonize it all the while thinking that makes it bad.
We are trying to start a movement to reform a system that is totally screwed up and unsustainable due to the simple fact that now there is a system that is world wide and you can't regulate it.
That must really gripe the heck out of you and those that pay you for your minionhood.
On interesting thing to me is that though the music industry has fought digitization tooth and nail musicians have adopted it like crazy and the same thing has happened with writers.
Many smaller writers have also published books electronically that would never ever be published by a major publisher and for a very small amount of money invested by the writer,
Musicians are doing the same. The little senior adult group that I used to play with had an album. About 20 copies were made.
The thing is that people have something to say, whether it is through a book or music and now there is a medium to say it with.
Hooray for electrons!!!
And your point is? Coming on here and posting insults calling people pirates is "intellectually honest"?
If you have an argument to make say something. Argue with us. PLEASE SAY SOMETHING NEW! We'd like to hear it but coming on a site that supports copyright reform and going neener neener neener doesn't make your point or convince anyone of anything.
Really! It'll never be found by people with unlawful intent.
They,whoever they are, assure us of it.
And they promise not to abuse it. Really really cross their heart and hope to die.
And the FBI has such a good record with computers and networks too.
Really they are just not getting it. It wasn't the tech industry that protested.
It was people. Just regular people that did a little research and decided that they didn't like what the studios and record companies wanted to do.
We as a group protested so loud and so long that even brain dead politicians realized that it wasn't in their best interest to continue on their chosen path. They realized that even grandmothers were opposed to what they were trying to do.
The skids are now greased. We know what to do and how to do it. They just haven't learned that.