The Stop Online Piracy Act has shut down Megaupload, one of the many filesharing sites used by people to share music and films, illegal downloading they call it. The US film industry hasn’t been happy for a long time about piracy, and shutting mega upload looks like the first salvo in a fight that’s gonna continue, I’m wondering whose gonna be next Rapidshare, 4 Shared? Who knows. My view on ‘illegal downloads’ well if it’s a big label, company that loses out, it’s just a case of wealth distribution, So Hollywood can go fuck itself in glorious surround sound 3D high definition. I found it quite funny that the Megaupload founders were living luxury filmstar lifestyles; big houses, big cars, obviously funded by their ‘ill gotten gains’ or like I said….wealth that has been redistributed. My heart goes out to those bloggers who used Megaupload to host their files, especially those specialising in live recordings/bootlegs and out of print stuff, innocent victims in someone elses battle. As for the sites that put up new releases and stuff that’s still available, well….I’d be lying if I said I have never downloaded anything that could be seen as being illegal, but then I’ve also gone out and bought stuff after previously getting it for free, anything I haven’t well that’s because it’s been shit. Who’s faults that? Not mine, perhapes if record and film companies didn’t produce and release so much shit that people don’t need and can’t afford then not so much stuff would be downloaded for free. It’s all about the money and not the art!
I imposed a news blackout recently. Got fed up of hearing/reading about the global economic problems that are being wrapped in flags of red, white and blue Olympic patriotism. We’ll see just how free and democratic Britain really is in six months time, when even before the start of the games and the Queens diamond jubilee celebrations the authorities are already arresting ’potential trouble makers’
Don’t wear a hoodie if yer going to the games, if you do don’t put it up. Don’t take a rucksack, if you do, don’t try and take anything out of it, or their fear and paranoia will have you on CCTV as a potential terrorist or trouble maker.