This is not Hollywood versus Silicon Valley, as oldmedia likes to frame it. This is Hollywood versus The People. The copyright cartel thought they were battling Google. They’re not. They’re waging war against the people, with the help of the politicians.

Late yesterday, it was announced that Poland is suspending its ratification of ACTA indefinitely. The Slovenian ambassador signing the document (which has no legal effect whatsoever) has publicly apologized and called people to rally in Ljubljana, Slovenia for their rights.

This is not Hollywood versus Silicon Valley, as old media likes to frame it. This is Hollywood versus The People. For decades, they have trained us to think in black and white, in good versus evil fighting for domination of the free world. And now, they’ve gone and put themselves in the role of evil villain.

This is not a call for boycotts, boycotts only reduce (fractionally at best) profits. We must prevent these corporations from getting their product out and stalling their operations, to actually cut into their profits and create losses.

One comment on “This is not Hollywood versus Silicon Valley, as oldmedia likes to frame it. This is Hollywood versus The People. The copyright cartel thought they were battling Google. They’re not. They’re waging war against the people, with the help of the politicians.
  1. John says:

    Private property: This is what it comes down to. What the “media companies” are essentially saying is that they own this song, this TV series episode, this e-book or this movie. They paid some money in order to acquire this particular “square” on the real-life “monopoly board”, and now they want to collect rent everytime someone steps in their square. This is how the system works, isn’t it? I mean, what’s the point of buying a square on the Monopoly board, if the other players aren’t going to pay you if they step on it? What’s the point of financing the creation of a movie or a TV series, if the viewrs (“clients”) refuse to pay any money for watching it?

    This is very bad for you, the owner of this particular square. And this is why you must stop this sort of behaviour, which goes against the very core of the system (private property). I mean, the people do respect private property when it comes to paying their electricity bills, or paying the barber who cuts their hair. But when it comes to paying for watching movies, or reading a book, they don’t. This is not just an financial matter of “lost revenue”, it is also a political and ideological battle:

    The people “must” be taught to respect private property laws on the internet, otherwise they might get some “strange ideas” about abolishing private property all together, thus ending all the monopolies that now control their lives and replacing them with a system the producers of wealth cooperate and share everything, from mp3′s and movies to…food and electricity, “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs”.
    [...]
    Capitalism treats everything as “products” that can be sold or bought (for a profit), or at least that’s its “natural instinct”. NOTHING is free. You have to fight for every little thing in this life (“there is no such thing as a free lunch” in capitalism as the neoliberals famously -and rightly- declared). Movies, books, music songs, all these things are products -the fact that they are not physical doesn’t really matter much. In fact, this is a big problem for the capitalists, as the “digital age” is still new, and the people haven’t yet been taught that they must respect private property laws on the “digital products” (whereas they have been taught that they must respect private property laws on the “physical products”, as they have been around for many years).
    [...]
    http://whataboutmarx.blogspot.com/2012/02/sopa-pipa-acta-private-property-and.html

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