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This is important.

I logged into Demonoid.com this morning and saw this, so I’m posting it here. Reblog this to wherever you see fit (spread the word, basically) if you’re even remotely interested in keeping the Internet an open, free forum.

This isn’t just about Piracy and people who want shit for free – this is about censorship and a restriction of information. Instead of making criminals of us all, governments are willing to censor the Internet as they see fit. Whatever they don’t like the look of will be removed. This is clearly a step in the wrong direction and something needs to be done about it.

First it was the Digital Economy Bill in the UK, then ACTA in the US and Canada, now this?

COICA

In the United States, a new law proposal called The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) was introduced last week, and there will be a hearing in front of the Judiciary Committee this Thursday.

If passed, this law will allow the government, under the command of the media companies, to censor the internet as they see fit, like China and Iran do, with the difference that the sites they decide to censor will be completely removed from the internet and not just in the US.

Please see the following article from the Huffington Post for more information.

Stop the Internet Blacklist

And if you are a US citizen, please take the time to sign this petition
DemandProgress.org – Petition to Stop the Internet Blacklist!

US citizens; you can email your Senator from the following link and tell him or her your concerns about this bill

Tell Your Senator: No Website Blacklists, No Internet Censorship!

From EFF’s website: the Senate Judiciary Committee postponed the scheduled markup of the Internet censorship bill — a fantastic outcome, given that the entertainment industry and their allies in Congress had hoped this bill would be quickly approved before the Senators went home for the October recess. Massive thanks to all who used the EFF Action Center to write to your Senators to oppose this bill.

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I knew a guy once…

… who told me that Bob Dylan was and continues to be more influential than Jesus Christ. If so then let this message ring out among the people.

Come musicians and actors
who want more than they earn,
and you greedy producers
will too have to learn,
if we don’t like your media
we won’t pay in return,
and it will not ever be staging.
So the copy protection
shouldn’t be your concern,
for the times, they are a-changing.

(Sung to the tune of The Times They Are a-Changin‘)

Defiant.

After being taken offline by Swedish authorities in August this year, The Pirate Bay came back online with it’s head held high.  As far as I can gather, the ISP that hosts TPB stood to be fined a whopping $70,600 in fines if they didn’t pull the plug.  TPB came back with this statement shortly after coming back online; a re-hash of Winston Churchill’s “We Shall Fight On the Beaches” speech.

Make of it what you will.

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.

Signed;

The Pirate Bay Crew – Now until needed.

The Pirate Bay’s owners are pretty much renowned for their hardiness and resillience in the face of massive legal action from companies as large as the RIAA, the MPAA, Time Warner and Microsoft.

The letters from various companies demanding that their content be removed are available for all to see on their website and often you’ll find them almost laughing in the face of their adversaries, and rightly so.  For you to understand why TPB isn’t really in any violation of any sort of copyright law (especially in Sweden), you will need to know how the Bit Torrent network operates, but for all intents and purposes TPB as a site within itself is hosting a series of downloadable links and nothing more.