The net is dawning it's darkest hours as the bills stack up behind each other to declare war against our #1 power of speech. The internet is the fine tread that separates freedom from control on our planet today, and now a near unstoppable force threatens to dominate it.
Many felt the battle was over after many congressmen swiftly pulled out in support of SOPA when some major websites protested (sites like Google and Wikipedia), thinking SOPA and PIPA
was defeated, when in fact the bills were simply shelved for further
revision. But the bills and acts to "fight piracy" keep coming adding
more threats of internet censorship.
The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement or ACTA
is a secret bill which is in negotiation between 39 different countries
(including the US) to end counterfeiting world wide. The dissensions
made will implement and enforce of new laws fighting product
counterfeiting, piracy and even generic knockoffs. This will give
companies the power to ban products, decide what medications you
receive, allows service providers to make choices about what you do
online and even could hold you criminally responsible for even linking
to a site with copyrighted material. ACTA
will censor the content on the net, and attack file sharing networks
and monitor all activity essentially destroying the most popular form of
sharing information. Learn more about ACTA Here and Here.
The issue is piracy, and the federal government has taken some sudden and surprising actions to stop it. Friday the popular MegaUpload site was removed by the Justice Department and it's site founder Kim Schmitz was indicted. The FBI
also ceased some of Schmitz's assets. Megaupload was allegedly
responsible for criminal levels of piracy making practice of paying
users for uploading copyrighted material. The site was shut down Friday
leaving paid customers out of their service, and their money.
"I Used MegaVideo to steam my comedy videos on my website because they had good prices and a legit player," said Thomas Schultz from DeceptiveStudioz.com, "Now we're rushing to replace everything with our YouTube
videos which looks less professional, and now I don't know if we're
just 'out of our money' now or what?" He also added that the other
MegaVideo customers he has spoken to, have also received no notification
about their accounts.
But MegaUpload isn't alone in it's extinction, others sites were also
closed or blocked due their alleged criminal activities, such sites
included Uploaded and Filesonic. Other sites that are in threat and/or under FBI investication include VideoBB, MediaFire, UploadStation, FileServe, FileJungle, and FilePost. Some are wondering if sites like YouTube, FaceBook and popular news and image boards are subject to threat as well?
The actions taken by our government against such sites has triggered some retaliation from the group known as Anonymous. Several websites were breached and unavailable including the FBI website
which was down for an entire day. Handles taking credit for the attacks
report more then 5,000 participants worldwide in those events alone.
New rumors and videos have popped up across the net promising a new
course of action to fight these continued attacks on the free internet.