The Saudi oligarchs are not our friends, and I am aware it is a huge problem.
But bear this in mind: the Saudi's were strongly opposed to the U.S. intervention in Iraq in 2003 because they wanted to maintain an oil duopoly with Saddamn Hussein. Now that this duopoly has been shattered, and the Saudis now have to work harder to manipulate oil prices, I am quite glad that in this instance the U.S. did not cave into Saudi realpolitik for ONCE. It also gives me the chance to laugh at the fools with "no blood for oil" placards - they did not and still do not have any idea what they are talking about. Keeping all of Iraq's oil with a 1984-esque totalitarian regime is practically calling FOR war.
Had the Saudi's had their way with the U.S., Saddam Hussein's regime would have imploded plus the bloody Syrian civil war plus ISIS. It would have turned the state into a killing field worse than the Khmer Rouge or the Congo. And would have sucked in unjust interventions from Turkey (to keep a harder iron fist over the Kurds), Iran (via Shia proxies) and of course Saudi Arabia for the Sunni proxies and oil goldmines. You just need to look at the way Saudi Arabia are causing unjust sectarian bombings in Yemen of all places right now to know this theory would have been credible. A bombing that at this very moment is being horribly UNDER-reported and shrugged off by long-ago-discredited "anti"-war folk - they sure pick odd times to give no fucks about true unjust wars.
The U.S. is not always at the knee of the Saudis, and we should be grateful for those rare circumstances (2003 Saddam toppling) where we stand up to them.
"Anyone caught taking home books to scan or take pictures of each page shall be punished by catapult. ALL PHONES ARE TO BE HANDED IN TO THE LIBRARIAN UNTIL THE BOOKS ARE RETURNED."
"Baking businesses must not draw three black circles on their cakes. Anyone caught doing so shall be punished by catapult. Any website giving instructions on how to bake a cake with three black circles WILL BE BLOCKED."
"All stationary shops are to have their pens and paper equipped with Digital Rights Management devices that incinerate themselves upon the creation of an infringing image. The user shall then be punished by catapult."
"FBI WARNING: Federal Law provides severe civil and criminal penalties for the unauthorized reproduction, distribution, or exhibition of copyrighted motion pictures, video tapes, DVDs or video discs. Criminal copyright infringement is investigated by the FBI and may constitute a felony with a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine. DO NOT COPY."
Then again there are folk like myself who will happily put their full names on show for everyone to see whilst insisting on telling people over the internet what vitriolic piss stains the cyberbullies are.
If you insist on a face-to-face confirmation of my statement, I will be glad to meet up with you and say in person what vitriolic, self-hating, weaseling, chronic juveniles and piss stains the cyberbullies are.
People are not as vocal in "real life" as they are on the internet. People need to start being more vocal in real life.
“If the access to the single page cannot be possible due to technical reasons,” it reads, “block access to wordpress.com.”
“If the access to wordpress.com cannot be possible either due to proxies,” it will soon read, “block access to the proxies.”
"If the access to the proxies cannot be possible either due to any node acting as some kind of relay on the internet," it will soon read, "block access to ANY internet outside of Turkey."
"If our economy collapses as a result," it will soon read, as even the amputation of Turkish internet from the rest of the world cannot contain the culprit blog post that started it all because people are not that stupid "blame Western foreign policy or something."
Now that I've got that out the way, let us examine this statement:
"I want my work to never appear on the internet in a way that I disapprove of, but I still DO want my work to flood the internet for me to make money. I want my stuff to proliferate, while NOT proliferating. I want the entire internet to bend to these means. I can totally make this work."
What fucking fools the hardline copyright believers have become.
It's an obvious hissy fit towards the more lenient attitude to derivative works found in Japan. Copyright advocates are terrified this idea will spread further, especially how there are ties between Western and Japanese cultures via anime/manga and video games. But it already has. DeviantArt and Tumblr being two immediate examples I can think of.
The claim is "If we get to a situation where the vast majority of artists are lenient about derivatives, that small minority of artists who are NOT okay with it will have no de facto rights whatsoever! But we think they should! Therefore we HAVE to stop this idea of leniency from becoming mainstream! Otherwise we'll arrive at this situation where the default attitude is 'take without permission' even although that's not true for EVERY artist. As long as there's a 1% who disagree, we must protect them!"
But even within the prism of copyright's philosophy this doesn't make any sense. The whole point about copyright is that if the original artist gives permission, he should be entitled to do that. However, what we are seeing is a provision that is directly HOSTILE to this, not supportive of it - directly contrary to copyright property philosophy.
In short, fools are pissed off that the copyright laws they support have boomeranged against them. Artists like it or not DO have to compete with free but not via piracy. Rather, they have to compete against those artists who willingly work for free.
I first noticed this resentment when I watched this video by Harlan Ellison:
Though the video is a great rant for the moral right of an artist to get paid for work, which should be a right regardless of your views on copyright, the most revealing line of all was the following:
"THOSE guys might be assholes! But I'M not!" - in relation to willing free-workers.
The line "how dare you imply I work for free?!" can only be met with the line "on what grounds can you say that I should NOT?" For one thing this logic makes the concept of charity to be frowned upon. An argument could be made that creators of all sorts should stand united in asking for payment so that their partners in the trade can earn a living in turn, even if it means giving away the money AFTER asking for it from a publisher, in order to at least set a precedent. This I am actually inclined to agree. Though, the subtle anger directed at those artists who drag the competing price down to zero needs to be treated with suspicion, especially when it comes to this international treaty. It is flat out wrong (and stupid) to FORCE an artist to ask for payment.
It could also be argued that Ron Paul's hysteria towards the open source software movement is also part of the paranoia towards the charitable, pro bono creator.
So I say resist it at all costs in the legal setting. And above all point out the blatant contradiction in the copyright advocate's principles of allowing an artist to choose what happens with his/her own work.
I just see copyright as a sorry excuse for the all-too-often apologist mantra "I believe in freedom of speech BUT..." Or as Salman Rushdie has recently called it, the "but brigade".
If I can't write a 5-novel epic of Mickey Mouse full of clever metaphor critical of his "official" world then I am being censored. There's no other way of putting it. And don't give me that idea/expression "dichotomy" nonsense: expressions ARE ideas. As Orwell used to demonstrate, the language reveals all. Pay real attention to those words and you will see there is no difference between them. An Orwellian is and always will be hundreds of leagues ahead of a lawyer with his "intellectual" jargon. ("There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them.")
Stop the above 5 novel scenario from ever being published, and you necessarily take a certain sting out of my message. "Just use a different expression" is a euphemism for "tone it down". And a euphemism for thought crime.
"Intellectual property"... I guess to steal from said property is to commit an "intellectual crime" in that instance. Which sounds so much better than thought crime, doesn't it?
Upton Sinclair once said "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!"
I should add to that and say that a lawyer's salary depends entirely on everybody else not being able to understand a certain something. So of course there is an incentive to make law as complex as possible, given the right levels of corruption.
And there is a reason why they can and will seek to over-complicate a field like copyright before other fields such as libel law - because the very nature of copyright is its needless complexion based on its fundamental logical fallacies. If fair use cannot be commercial (you know, the ONLY real "use" you have), in what sense is it really fair? And isn't the very phrase "fair use" not just a euphemism for "permitted stealing", according to copyright believers? It should be. A penny stolen from a safe is still theft. "Transformative" should be a euphemism for "derivative". "Substantial amount" is basically saying "if the wallet has $500, you are free to steal $50", as well as many other contradictions that the copyright believers don't want to face up to, for risk of them being well and truly exposed for the censors they are.
I do not know of any legal field that is as complex as copyright law. The vortex that is American tax code, perhaps? Which results in only those who can pay for professional lawyers being able to find the hidden loopholes? Other than that I do not know.
But what I do know is it is a gross insult to those of us who are loyal to the principle of Occam's Razor. One of the very first posts the legal-body head Terry Hart displayed on his pro-copyright site "copyhype.com" was a post praising complexity seemingly for its own sake, and took a dismissive attitude towards those of us who seek to eliminate the multiplication of unnecessary constants.
This is the mentality of lawyers. They want complexity in law as their very own careers benefit enormously from it. Everything about it must be resisted. And especially in America: land of the lawyer, home of the sued.
And one of the best places to start is where a whole legal framework is rooted on a fallacy: that of copyright.
"Copyright doesn't protect the notes, it protects the symphonies!"
A word is a symphony of letters. A sentence is a symphony of words.
A line is a symphony of dots. A square is a symphony of lines. A cube is a symphony of squares.
A blended colour is a symphony of primary colours.
Only when you point these things out do you then hear the cries of "well we're still going to just set the limits here, here and here anyway because we JUST ARE" when their logic of "symphonies, not notes" falls apart, sometimes it's "but those things you mentioned are too foundational to meet the limits" one time and "three black circles DOES count for Disney!!" another: they fall back onto "we decide" as the basis of their argument, which is way too slippery a standard to pass any elementary freedom of expression test.
When you cut through all the jargon and crap, copyright believers make the same claim as all censors: they consider themselves capable of drawing lines without falling into corruption.
He obviously hasn't read "In Defense Of Plagiarism".
He complains about how the Internet has become "monetized,"
The internet has ALWAYS been monetized, ever since ISPs started charging for internet connections and advertising has been rife.
Cyber-utopianism is self-evidently a false idea but unfortunately a popular one, just like the utopia of copyright philosophy. However, it will come to falsify itself in clear colours, without the need for unnecessary regulation that will not solve any problems and just accumulate power to the state.
The questions about liberty and freedom remain the same regardless of the internet's existence. Which means the state and corporations should all be seen as suspect, just like before.
This has got to be the pinnacle of human absurdity.
Didn't anybody during the course of this lawsuit not just wake up and think, "Wow, this entire case is fucking stupid?" Didn't anybody not realise "Wow we are spending tons and tons of court time and effort and money for years and years on a fucking 1cm x 1cm marking on the back of a fucking watch that for all intents and purposes ought to be treated like a fucking regular piece of property?"
NO! Apparently we need the Supreme Court to deliberate on such a MASSIVE PHILOSOPHICAL CONUNDRUM.
It's like copyright believers have no shame. And it's like everybody forgot how to laugh at them. This should be the subject of witty cartoons and Onion articles and full-blown disgrace.
How far does it have to go before people start laughing? Do copyright lawyers need to strip naked in court?