Sorry. [English version] [zur deutschen Version] We don’t know either what happened to Movie2k. This is not our domain - the operators redirected it to us. (For details, see here.) What we do know is that there is a lot wrong with politics. Both Copyright and many other things. We want to change that. doing an ama at reddit - piratesofmovie2k What is wrong with copyright, and how does the Pirate Party want to change that? The German Pirate Party (Piratenpartei) does not want to abolish copyright, but we do want to give it a massive overhaul. Private (file)sharing must be legal and must not be hindered by lawsuits or DRM. Protected works must not be withheld from the public domain for 70 years after the death of the author anymore. We also want to improve the situation for authors by strengthening their position against the RIAA/MPAA-style organizations (like the GEMA, which is responsible for blocking a significant part of Youtube videos for German viewers). You can read more about the copyright policy of the German Pirate Party in the copyright section of our election program (in German) or the manifesto (english). Note that while most Pirate Parties worldwide want copyright reform, the exact policy may vary. Find your local Pirate Party on Pirate Parties International - nearly every country has one. How can I help? Firstly, vote for your local Pirate Party in your next election and spread the word on social media and when speaking to your friends. You like our aims so much you want to change politics together with us? Become a member in the German Pirate Party or your local equivalent! You can also help us without being a member, every helping hand is welcome! If you are in Germany, come to one of our meetings. Unfortunately, political work costs a lot of money. Our congresses, where all members can discuss and vote on our policies and manifesto require large congress halls. Since we have many volunteers, it only costs a fraction of an average FDP congress, but it still is expensive. Especially since we do not rely on corporate sponsoring and corrup generous million-euro donations by hotel corporations, as we stand for honest and corruption-free politics. So if you can, please help us (or your local Pirate Party) with your donation! What other aims does the Pirate Party have? The common aims of the international Pirate Parties are copyright reform, privacy, transparency, and public participation. Find your local Pirate Party on Pirate Parties International - nearly every country has one - and inform yourself about their aims! Although the German Piratenpartei sticks up for the rights of Internet users, we are not just an “Internet party”. We fight for privacy and civil liberties, both online and offline, be it a privacy for your e-mails or a strong right to assemble and protest. We fight for an unconditional basic income and a general minimum wage. For free access to education without open or hidden fees. For real equality. For a healthcare system for everyone. A drug policy that gives addicts the help they need instead of threathening weed smokers with prison. This is just a small excerpt from our comprehensive Manifesto (English translation here) and the even more detailed Election Program for the federal election. (Sadly, many people appear to be unable to read even the table of contents, since there are still people claiming we don’t have any ideas what to do or are “just an internet party”. Think freely and inform yourself!) Where are my movies? Due to current copyright law, we are unable to provide you the comprehensive choice which you are expecting. We are sorry for that. However, there are also movies licensed under so-called “free licenses” like Creative Commons, which you can watch and even download online for free, legally, without needing to fear expensive lawsuits. A short overview is given on the CC-Wiki or at Vimeo. How about TPB-AFK, a documentary about The Pirate Bay, or Sintel, an animated fantasy short film, created with free software? What exactly happened to this domain? This isn’t our domain, and we don’t know who owns it. However, they apparently redirected it to our servers. We don’t know exactly why, but we assume that the people responsible for it wanted to allow us to inform the visitors about the issues with current copyright law. For this reason, we are now displaying this info page here. For those interested in technical details: The domain was configured to list our servers as its DNS servers, which we noticed by a massive increase in DNS requests. We then configured the servers to respond to requests for the domain and point to this information page.
The 16th Century Religious Wars And Today’s Copyright Monopoly Wars Have More In Common Than You Think
People in power have always tried to prevent the common folk from obtaining knowledge that threatens their power. This happened in the 16th century, and it is happening now.
Information advantage has always equaled power.
The group in society that can control what the other groups know and don’t know will rise to power in every other aspect. Therefore, information technology has always been policed and even militarized to some extent, by any group that obtains the ability to control it.
It has been the case since the dawn of civilization that some group has told everybody else what the world looks like, how it works, and what happens in it. (Usually, that group is placed at the center of that particular world view in one way or another.) This continues today, with governments all over the world trying to put their spin of events on the newsflow, putting themselves in a good light to literally get away with murder.
The quest for the net’s liberty is not a fight for some silly right to download free music. It is much larger than that: it breaks a hegemony that has stood for millennia.
This is why the old guard is terrified of the Internet. It’s not that you can copy and spread their propaganda without asking – heck, that’s what they want, and have always wanted. What they fear is that you can fact-check it and publish your findings without asking anybody’s permission. Or worse still, you can start communicating your own view of the world, rather than relating everything you think to their image of the world.
All of this has happened before.
When the printing press was invented, it wasn’t a revolutionary invention as such – it was a revolutionary combination of four other inventions: metal movable type, block pressing, oil-based inks, and cheap cloth-based paper. It revolutionized society by its ability to distribute information cheaply, quickly, and accurately.
At its invention, Gutenberg pictured the Catholic Church using the printing press to distribute its bibles better and faster, being able to get a more consistent interpretation of Christianity out to the smallest village. But that’s not quite what happened.
Rather, a new movement emerged, one that was much better at using the new technology, and which used its superior ability to distribute information in getting the upper hand over the Catholic Church. It was called Protestantism and it differed from Catholicism in one crucial aspect: It printed bibles in people’s own languages.
The power to interpret the bible from Latin had been shattered, ruined, destroyed – and with it, a large amount of the power of the Catholic Church. They tried every trick in the book to put the cat back in the bag and sabotage this technology – up to and including the death penalty, which was instituted in France on January 13, 1535, against the crime of using a printing press at all.
It didn’t work. The cat was indeed out of the bag. People could publish and distribute their own ideas. The hegemony fell, but not without some 200 years of horrible wars. On the surface, they were about minute details of Christianity – about how you should go about worshipping a particular god.
Looking closer at the situation, a bloody war between Catholicism and Protestantism seems odd and puzzling. They are two branches of the same religion that worship the same god, using the same instruction manual. Only the language of the instruction manual differs – one branch has it in local languages, the other branch has its instruction manual in Latin. Why was this worth 200 years of warfare across the entire known world at the time?
The differences are indeed superficial, but the consequences of those differences are not. In one branch, it means that those who know Latin – the clergy and academics – get the ability to tell everybody else what to do, and it was ruled in a strict religious top-down hierarchy. In the other branch, that power of interpreting the instruction manual (the bible) rested with the people themselves.
The religious wars were never about religion as such. They were about who held the power of interpretation, about who controlled the knowledge and culture available to the masses. It was a war of gatekeepers of information.
Does this narrative feel familiar?
Interestingly, one of the methods used by the people on the Catholic side of the fight was to suppress dissent by censoring the printing press. While criminal and harsh penalties didn’t work, commercial incentives to kill freedom of speech worked flawlessly. Mary I of England gave a printing monopoly to London’s printing guild, the London Company of Stationers, on May 4, 1557. This monopoly gave them exclusive rights to printing in all of England, in exchange for allowing the Queen’s censors to prevent any threatening ideas from seeing the light of day.
This monopoly was very beneficial for the new gatekeepers – the printers – and the ruling class alike, with every member of the public losing their freedom of information from it. But how would those members of the public know what ideas were never before their eyes, and understand their impact to society?
This monopoly stands to this day. It was the copyright monopoly that started like this.
Yes, that means that you can view today’s copyright monopoly wars as a logical continuation of the 16th century religious wars. There is nothing new under the sun.
The United States Department of Justice teamed up with Dutch and French law enforcement to cut down on the distribution of illegal Android apps. Popular piracy websites—Appbucket.net, Snappzmarket.com, and Applanet.net—now display a FBI seizure notice on their homepages.
In a statement, assistant attorney general Lanny A. Breuer discussed why criminal copyright is a priority of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division:
"Software apps have become an increasingly essential part of our nation’s economy and creative culture, and the Criminal Division is committed to working with our law enforcement partners to protect the creators of these apps and other forms of intellectual property from those who seek to steal it."
To paraphrase Jay-Z [
The NWO Shill], “Whoever said illegal was the easy way out” better visit the Google Play store from now on because the Justice Department is not playing.
[via Information Week]
Earlier this summer, we applauded Google for releasing detailed stats about content removal requests from copyright holders. Now that we know how they are going to use that data, we are less enthusiastic. Today, Google announced that it would use copyright takedown notices made under the DMCA1 as what it calls a “signal” on search results. Specifically, those “signals” will demote certain websites in search results.
We wish we had some more details to illustrate just what that means, but unfortunately the process is pretty opaque. What we know: sites that have a “high number of removal notices” of takedown notices that result in actual takedowns will show up lower in some search results, though they will not be removed. What we don’t know: what is a “high number”? How does Google plan to make these determinations? Oh, and one other thing we do know, one that is particularly troubling: there will be no process or recourse for sites who have been demoted.
In particular, we worry about the false positives problem. For example, we’ve seen the government wrongly target sites that actually have a right to post the allegedly infringing material in question. or otherwise legally display content. In short, without details on how Google’s process works, we have no reason to believe they won’t make similar, over-inclusive mistakes, dropping lawful, relevant speech lower in its search results without recourse for the speakers.
Takedown requests are nothing more than accusations of copyright infringement. No court or other umpire confirms that the accusations are valid (although copyright owners can be liable for bad-faith accusations). Demoting search results – effectively telling the searcher that these are not the websites you’re looking for – based on accusations alone gives copyright owners one more bit of control over what we see, hear, and read.
Of course, Google is not seizing domain names, as the government does. And it’s not removing sites from its search results altogether at copyright owners’ request, as SOPA would have required. To its credit, Google says that it will respect counter-notices, and won’t demote results based on takedowns that are rightfully disputed. But this is little comfort. Google’s opaque policies not only threaten lawful sites, but they undermine our confidence in its search results.
- 1. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act shields websites against most copyright suits based on material posted by their users, provided that the site takes certain actions, including taking down content when a copyright holder sends a valid request.
The Pirate Bay is not only the most visited BitTorrent site on the Internet, but arguably the most censored too. Many ISPs have been ordered to block their customers’ access to the website, and recently Microsoft joined in on the action by stopping people sharing its location with others. Microsoft’s Windows Live Messenger (MSN) now refuses to pass on links to The Pirate Bay website, claiming they are unsafe.
Imagine that you found this great new band sharing their music on BitTorrent for free.
You’re actually so excited about this find you want to share the experience with friends, so you paste them a link to the official torrent file via Windows Live Messenger.
Although this might sound like a good idea to some, Microsoft appears to disagree. Those who try to paste a Pirate Bay link to their friends through Windows Live Messenger will notice that it never reaches its destination.
Instead, Microsoft alerts the sender that The Pirate Bay is unsafe. Apparently, the company is actively monitoring people’s communications to prevent them from linking to sites they deem to be a threat.
The same happens in other chat clients such as Pidgin when using a Windows Live Messenger account.
Whatever Microsoft’s reason for monitoring private conversations and then swallowing Pirate Bay links, the Redmond-based company’s censorship policies are not very consistent. All of the other large BitTorrent sites remain unaffected, even though they offer content that’s identical to The Pirate Bay.
While it’s not clear whether the above is related to copyright concerns, censorship is indisputably an up-and-coming tool to protect the interests of the entertainment industries. Taking away your freedom of speech one link at a time.
TorrentFreak attempted to contact Microsoft for a comment on the issue, but we have yet to hear back.
Obama And ISP’s To Launch Largest Digital Spying Scheme In History (Must Read)
If you download potentially copyrighted software, videos or music, your Internet service provider (ISP) has been watching, and they’re coming for you.
Specifically, they’re coming for you on Thursday, July 1.
That’s the date when the nation’s largest ISPs will all voluntarily implement a new anti-piracy plan that will engage network operators in the largest digital spying scheme in history, and see some users’ bandwidth completely cut off until they sign an agreement saying they will not download copyrighted materials.
Word of the start date has been largely kept secret since ISPs announced their plans last June. The deal was brokered by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and coordinated by the Obama Administration. The same groups have weighed in heavily on controversial Internet policies around the world, with similar facilitation by the Obama’s Administration’s State Department.
The July 12 date was revealed by the RIAA’s CEO and top lobbyist, Cary Sherman, during a publishers’ conference on Wednesday in New York, according to technology publication CNet.
The content industries calls this scheme a “graduated response” plan, which will see
-Time Warner Cable
and others spying on users’ Internet activities and watching for potential copyright infringement. Users who are “caught” infringing on a creator’s protected work can then be interrupted with a notice that piracy is forbidden by law and carries penalties of up to $150,000 per infringement, requiring the user to click through saying they understand the consequences before bandwidth is restored, and they could still be subject to copyright infringement lawsuits.
Response: This is much worse than SOPA/PIPA and ACTA. It doesn’t necessarily censor the internet but it spys on everything you do. Your ENTIRE web history will be watched and recorded and might even assist the government. This was coordinated by Obama and his administration with the help of the MPAA and RIAA.
What is so dangerous about this is that this is not a law it is a policy adopted by several companies. That means this will not be debated in Congress and you will agree to be spied on by signing a contract with the company.
Internet censorship is becoming a reality and now the corporate elite will legally be able to spy on you. If we spread this and cause an uproar like what we did with SOPA, maybe they will back down. Either way people NEED to know about this.
Amidst the Uproar about SOPA and NDAA, an appeals court ruled in favor of Telecom Immunity, furthering the surveillance state even more.
To quote ibtimes:
Telecommunications companies such as AT&T, Sprint Nextel and Verizon scored a major victory in court when a federal appellate panel maintained their immunity for assisting the government in conducting surveillance on American citizens.
A federal appeals court based in San Francisco upheld a 2008 provision of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that shielded telecom companies from lawsuits over warrantless eavesdropping on Americans.
It is disappointing that today’s decision endorsed the rights of telecommunications companies over those over their customers,” said Kurt Opsahl, Senior Staff Attorney of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, in an online statement.
Because of this case, if your cell phone, telephone, or Internet provider turns over information about you, your activities, and use of their services over to the Federal government, even illegally, you’d have no grounds to sue. Communications companies face no sanctions for disclosing personal information to the federal government, including account information and even usage data like sites visited, account names, and location data.
An anonymous reader writes "According to Copyright lawyer Ben Sidbury, Senate bill 978 could make it a criminal act for someone to lip sync to a song and post the said video on Youtube, even if credits are given. ‘The way the statute is written… It would now criminalize anybody that performs a copyrighted work, which is essentially nowadays any song under the sun. In theory at least, the record companies or the Department of Justice could go after a 9-year old or a 12 year old or a 30 year old for publicly performing a song.’ said Sidbury.”
The Copyright Conspiracy is not about protecting rights but about enforcing propaganda against the population!
See Also: (USWGO) – Whitehouse to want Streaming Media of any copyrighted materials to be a felony – Read More Here
Propaganda is constantly being picked apart by the alternative media outlets so they are losing money not because of piracy and fair use of their intellectual property but that they feel they have lost money because people aren’t accepting their propaganda anymore…
(USWGO) – Brian continues his commentary on the copyright enforcing and propaganda pushing establishment that has hijacked the U.S. Government and other countries throughout the world in order to push their final enslavement of human society.
Note: The Establishment loves spreading propaganda but would be a waste of money if people could be allowed to speak against it so that must be extinguished by copyright infringement law reform. They will reform the copyright laws to penalize anyone speaking out or criticizing any propaganda being held against the people.
Update: It’s being brought out on Techdirt that a copyright group is being sued for conspiracy, extortion, and fraud. If you want more proof of the copyright conspiracy then check References below!
People need to understand something about this whole copyright movement by the IP Maximalists (My definition of the term below). It is really not about protecting anyones rights because someone in my family that has actually sang ‘Old Shep’ before it became a popular song, but it got stolen by the record company but it can really never legally be proven since the record company first got copyrights of it and stolen his work. So that is one of the reasons why I feel that copyright does not protect the individuals creative work but it is a movement to monopolize and control information and data.
Now this is how the whole Copyright Conspiracy works!
The Mainstream Media puts out the propaganda of the left vs. right and dividing up people instead of putting people together to fight for rights, liberties, and a common cause. Now whenever someone like me starts putting out parodies, satires, videos debunking the mainstream media, videos debunking the propaganda given out by the Pentagon and Northcom, the CIA and DHS, the NSA and FBI, and the office of the President. Propaganda is constantly being picked apart by the alternative media outlets so they are losing money not because of piracy and use of their intellectual property but that they feel they have lost money because people aren’t accepting their propaganda anymore and honest peoples words being twisted to create more division and hate to keep people from truly standing up for their rights.
So what do the mainstream media do when they keep losing money and no one wants to buy their newspapers since it’s full of propaganda??? SUE THEM ALL!!!!!! and Call them thieves!
So then Righthaven LLC, RIAA, MPAA, Web Sheriff, BSA, Microsoft (Bill Gates Bilderberger), including the U.S. Government and others have decided to start going after the little guys like me suggesting that anything we do on the Internet is not Fair Use and needs to be punished under the Copyright Act. More and more the Fair Use boundaries keep getting smaller and smaller as the big industries have the money to throw around these copyright lawsuits against the little guy that can’t even afford an attorney. Hoping most would settle, would keep their monopoly and fear of liability in place. Also by using the mainstream media powers they were able to get a majority of people around the world to assume that copying any photo or anything is the same as stealing a car or robbing a store. It is definitely not the same and is propaganda by the IP Maximalists.
Then once they make everyone afraid of posting a YouTube video or bringing out the truth then the mainstream media can hopefully restart their propaganda machine that will get high ratings. Once they convince people that they are the good guys then people will start buying their newspapers again and live life as a usual slave that will never see the light of truth again.
That is what they were hoping for. They didn’t count on people like me to expose their conspiracy. To expose that they want a monopoly on all copyrights. They want to own copyrights to everything and by getting people to agree to certain legal agreements that anything you post on a website they own the copyrights to. I learned that the hard way with lawyers.com forum where I was hoping to get free legal advice to use in my articles. Then one of the lawyers told me that I am violating their copyrights and told me that when you join their lawyer forum that anything discussed publicly on that forum they own the copyright to. Then I got mad, defensive, and left their forums and never came back.
So copyrights basically are being owned by the elitists as income for letting people use their free stuff online such as search engines, social networks, and other free services. Anything we do on the Internet may actually be owned by the corporations so by simply copying another persons work which they do consent to, you can still be sued if that person you copied their work from signed any kind of legal agreement with Google, Facebook, Lawyers.com, or anywhere else that they own copyrights to that persons personal and non-commercial work.
In other words they are using copyrights to turn us into slaves of corporations like we are corporate cattle to be whipped, managed, brainwashed, and then live everyday under a corporate managed world.
So how can we fight back against their propaganda? The usual way is exposing it and try to protect Fair Use Exemptions as much as possible because without Fair Use, the elite would already have their way with us and jailing us for running a truth movement blog.
The copyright movement by the IP Maximalists is all about protecting their propaganda from the critics and truth speakers. They don’t want alternative media and blogs picking apart their propaganda since they paid so much money and making so much money off of brainwashing the public and making them believe that things have to go a certain way and that anything different would be taboo.
Like for example Kay Jewelers commercials keep pointing out that in order to make any women happy, you have to buy her lots of jewelry or else she will get a divorce from you. The truth is there are women that just want to be loved and don’t care about Jewelry and having a boyfriend that has lots of money. The corporate establishment is trying to brainwash us to accept certain corporate customs into the American culture then attack anyone who questions Corporate America as being taboo.
The copyright enforcement that the elite is pushing for is only to enforce their propaganda upon the populace, to criminalize waking people up with sunglasses like that movie ‘They Live!’ where police were attacking anyone who tried to distribute the truth sunglasses. Copyrights today are not what was intended by the founding fathers or anyone who does want to protect the content by the little guy. Copyrights today are all for enslaving the population to just accept the propaganda and never stand up to it or expose it.
I noticed one thing when I was being sued by a copyright enforcer over being against the TSA gropings, that people from both the left and right of the political spectrum were against what the copyright enforcer did to me. They both felt that my rights were infringed and after that the mainstream media networks were afraid that both sides were coming together to fight for a common cause instead of accepting the brainwashed propaganda.
IP Maximalist: A group of people that believes that copyrights and intellectual property enforcement should usurp all Constitutional and other rights given to the people. Their sole belief is to abolish Fair Use Exemptions under the Copyright Act, enforce draconian copyright policies that means throwing critics and whistleblowers in prison under the guise of ending economic espionage. A IP Maximalist is typically like the RIAA but far worse. They want satires, parodies, and illustrations to all be banned so that they can control and monopolize information not just on the Internet but in the real world as well. They want to be information gods and want us to bow down to them.
Techdirt reports that Senate bill 978 – a bill to amend the criminal penalty provision for criminal infringement of a copyright, and for other purposes – may be used to prosecute people for embedding YouTube videos.
According to Mark Masnick, if a website embeds a YouTube video that is determined to have infringed on copyright and more than 10 people view it on that website, the owner or others associated with the website could face up to five years in prison.
Read Masnick’s article here. He explains how the new law would expand copyright violations from reproducing and distributing to performing – including streaming video over the internet.
As readers of Infowars.com know, many videos are removed from YouTube after copyright owners complain about infringement. This happens with thousands of news clips every year. Most people are familiar with the now common black box replacing a video that says the video has been removed for copyright reasons.
If enacted, this law will go one step further and turn people who embed a copyrighted video into criminals. It will also set the stage to criminalize linking to copyrighted information — like corporate media news sources — and shut down the alternative media.
It will also make people think twice about putting up all kinds of videos, from news reports to clips from documentaries and other educational material.
It does not take a vivid imagination to realize the political implications of this legislation.
Here is the full text of the bill.
It should be noted that outlawing certain activities on the internet is instrumental to the Obama administration’s copyright policy.
In March, the White House’s Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, Victoria Espinel, provided Congress with a White Paper (available for download here), outlining a series of the Obama Administration’s recommended legislative changes to combat online piracy and counterfeiting.
“Significantly, the recommendations include making it a felony offense to stream infringing content and giving Federal agencies wiretapping authority to obtain evidence of criminal copyright and trademark offenses,” David Makarewicz wrote for Infowars.com on March 17.
Obama’s emerging policy on streaming media dovetails with his administration’s effort to seize web domains. The Department of Homeland Security now arrests web site operators under its “In Our Sites” program.
“On the pretext of protecting intellectual property from infringement and counterfeiters, it’s about fast-tracking Internet distribution and information technology rules to subvert Net Neutrality, privacy, and personal freedoms – global rules for unrestricted free trade, undermining universal, affordable free access, civil liberties, legitimate commerce, and the right of sovereign nations to go their own way,” writes Steve Lendman.
In addition to outlawing video streaming, new legislation “would impose a strong, top-down enforcement regime, with new cooperation requirements upon (ISPs), including perfunctionary disclosure of customer information. The proposal [the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement] also bans ‘anti-circumvention measures which may affect online anonymity systems and would likely outlaw multi-region CD/DVD players. The proposal also specifies a plan to encourage developing nations to accept the legal regime,” imposing consequences for opting out,” a Wikileaks document disclosed in May of 2008.
So-called “secondary copyright liability” will be used to criminalize what is now routine behavior on the internet. It will also be used by the political establishment to eliminate the internet activity – primarily in the form of alternative media – of those who oppose what is shaping up to be a totalitarian state.
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