Opinions by Stephen Boyle…
I can’t tell you how much I respect TED talks for the level of intelligent discourse they provide. They are usually very well thought through and researched. This video is exceptional in its level of giving you insight to DMCA, ACTA, SOPA, PIPA and other copyright oriented legislation in the US and abroad.
Freedom of information versus protection of content has become a huge conflict. It is an open war between the people and corporate entities. Has society advanced so far as to govern the people within it that government can assume the people have no ethical or morale responsibility?
Governance over freedom is being financed and the laws are becoming stricter all the time. These are the days when the people are rising up in protest. We are not intentional thieves. The cost of doing business has escalated far too high.
Technology has enabled wide-spread distribution of content with minimal knowledge or acknowledgement of who produced it. If we knew the people, not the corporations producing – the PEOPLE, we might find the public honoring the work of content producers more fairly.
Corporations place workers within their “body” and say we enable this content for your consumption – pay us. When we do we hope the producers in the corporation are paid for producing what we are consuming. The layers of bureaucracy, and licensing fees, and legislative lobbying by corporations to maintain ownership of content reduces what the people producing work receive in wages. You may find your actions at work don’t provide a livable environment. They fail to honor your life on the street and enslave your friends and family. Honorable work in society today is grossly underpaid and we lose identity to the corporate entities we work for. Some will sit behind the shield of government and corporate work to protect themselves.
Corporate financed legislation and courts are deadly to the people being governed. It removes small and medium size business from competing due to police-state mentality. Start up businesses have to dodge through a maze of restricting concerns that often compromise the premise they were formed to serve.
The fight is on and the people need to adopt the police-state mentality with our law-makers that they will enact laws that provide for the freedom of the people. Courts need to see the people often have insufficient funding to be properly heard. Legislators, judges, and government-related agency workers need to know they are not above the law of the people – immunity to due process of law is a bad thing to see. It enforces police-state behavior enabling the elite to control the public.
The common person on the street is viewed as a criminal, guilty until proven innocent. When you “wear your number” responsibly they quiet the sound of sirens intent on muting your voice. This is bondage of the public and commitment into slavery. Immoral justice thrust upon the innocent for marginal activities.
Do as you are told and everything will be OK… for whom?