Recently yet another law is up for passing that could effectively limit the freedom of the majority in favor of the select few. It is a bill that taken down to it’s most digestible level really doesn’t sound all that threatening. It is called the Stop Online Piracy Act. Which if that was all that it did, being the online equivalent of deciding to send a contingent of the British Fleet after the likes of Captain Kidd and Blackbeard than I highly doubt that too Americans would bat so much of an eye at the possibility of it or any similar variety of bill becoming steadfast law of the land.
But it isn’t, it is a broad set of regulation. And the thing to remember is that it more than likely would curtail and restrict one the biggest job creating industries in America right now that isn’t linked to the military industrial complex or the prison industry in any way shape, manner, or form.
Everything is derivative. Every story has elements either intentionally or unintentionally from previous story. Same with songs, pictures, articles and anything else. Nothing has ever been produced artistically in the last thousand years that in some way was not at least partially derived from somewhere else. Second of all if these bills trying to be passed into laws just regulated clearly illegal file sharing there would be far less of an outcry. But they don’t, they are a broad measure brought about an industry that foolishly refuses to adapt to the 21st century. And make no mistake they clearly have the resources to alter the way they are doing business to adapt.
Instead of adapting as society and culture always does as it evolves, the route they take in this case is use their wealth, their power and the corruption of the state which is primarily compelled by greed to enforce a broad set of regulations that would effectively cripple the internet.
A series of regulations on things that have been completely free for over a decade. Regulations for the people, while at the same time decrying any and all regulations that might effect their bottom line. Serious restrictions to each American citizen’s right to the pursuit of happiness…all for the possible possibility of a few dollars more.
And sadly even if all these regulations were in place and the possible possibility of lost income regained, the very old way they are steadfastly holding to puts very little of the resources earned by the art into the actual artist’s hands.
And if these regulations and laws they want to pass somehow return what they say has been lost, it won’t be the artist that produce the art that will reap the majority of the benefit of these restored funds.
So although I understand that one should be asking themselves the question “Who benefits?” in this particular case, I certainly do not think that we should attack the dilemma of illegal file downloading with a “burn down the entire apple orchard because we find a few apples that are full or worms” mentality.
And talking about apples to apples. I’d wager if you counted up all that money that all of those file sharing websites are getting from ad revenue for 2011 alone and compared it to just to the amount of money that’s been spent on the other side lobbying and greasing the palms of the politicians in effort to impose the regulations that make the very select few so enthusiastically giddy, I think the vast difference would be immediately apparent to all.