The government wants to control us and keep us eating out of the palm of their hand. So, where I get confused is where they promote laws that are extremely controversial to pass legislation during a time of social protest. The Occupy movement has traveled across the country and the Senate and House of Representatives have had the SOPA and Protect IP Act*** suggested to be put into effect? Now, you might be wondering “But Shannon, how do these proposed laws and the occupy wall street movement connect to each other?” Well I have a theory that when a spark is ignited, it is much easier to start a fire. People want change. Because there are protesters on wall street, any law that enough people oppose will cause a much larger protest against the way things are being run in his country. I’ve seen how people are reacting to the SOPA and Protect IP Act. They are not happy at all. The internet is beloved by so many Americans. It may not be used for good all the time, but nothing is all good. To put blocks on websites that have been accused of copyright infringement once, by one company, for possibly even one aspect of their site is simply not the answer. Is this really what our government is concerned about these days? Protecting copyright laws? I can probably think of a million BETTER things to spend our government time and money on.
Screw copyright law. I can understand getting upset over someone claiming your copyrighted work as their own and/or selling it. That person or company doing this illegal act should be punished for their immoral actions. People have to realize that if they are dealing with a digital medium, things can be taken, altered, pirated, and downloaded. There’s a record label in the music industry that has all of their featured music downloadable for free. They make money from tours and selling merchandise. I think this company has the right idea to embrace the evolution of obtaining digital media. Fighting it is absolutely useless. The world of music, video, and other digital works is changing rapidly. Those involved in these businesses have to decide to either accept the way things are moving, or change how we obtain these things in an entirely new way. I don’t think copyright laws should slam the internet with such harsh consequences just because they’re pissing their pants over the amount of disrespect copyright laws receive.
If copyright laws aren’t stopping people from thinking it is an option to steal, claim something is their own, or sell digital media, then what are YOU doing wrong. Are parents not spending time with their children and teaching them morals? Are teachers focused on the wrong things and not on legal matters based around digital media? Are people even AWARE of copyright law? I can tell you from personal experience that 3/4 of the public that comes to Staples to have something copied have no idea what “copyrighted” even means. It is a completely foreign concept to them. Why is this the case? Maybe the government should concentrate on important things and not screwing everyone over.
Or maybe, this is destiny.
***More info on SOPA and Protect IP Act (it’s only Wikipedia, but you’ll get the idea)