Piretabay Statement on SOPA/PIPA

INTERNETS, 18th of January 2012.

Over a century ago Thomas Edison got the patent for a device which
would “do for the eye what the phonograph does for
the ear”. He called it the Kinetoscope. He was not only amongst the
first to record video, he was also the first person
to own the copyright to a motion picture. 

Because of Edisons patents for the motion pictures it was close to
financially impossible to create motion pictures
in the North american east coast. The movie studios therefor relocated
to California, and founded what we today call
Hollywood. The reason was mostly because there was no patent.
There was also no copyright to speak of, so the studios could copy old
stories and make movies out of them – like
Fantasia, one of Disneys biggest hits ever. 

So, the whole basis of this industry, that today is screaming about
losing control over immaterial rights, is that they
circumvented immaterial rights. They copied (or put in their
terminology: “stole”) other peoples creative works,
without paying for it. They did it in order to make a huge profit.
Today, they’re all successful and most of the
studios are on the Fortune 500 list of the richest companies in the
world. Congratulations – it’s all based on being
able to re-use other peoples creative works. And today they hold the
rights to what other people create.
If you want to get something released, you have to abide to their
rules. The ones they created after circumventing
other peoples rules. 

The reason they are always complainting about “pirates” today is
simple. We’ve done what they did. We circumvented the
rules they created and created our own. We crushed their monopoly by
giving people something more efficient. We allow
people to have direct communication between eachother, circumventing
the profitable middle man, that in some cases take
over 107% of the profits (yes, you pay to work for them).
It’s all based on the fact that we’re competition.
We’ve proven that their existance in their current form is no longer
needed. We’re just better than they are. 

And the funny part is that our rules are very similar to the founding
ideas of the USA. We fight for freedom of speech.
We see all people as equal. We believe that the public, not the elite,
should rule the nation. We believe that laws
should be created to serve the public, not the rich corporations. 

The Pirate Bay is truly an international community. The team is spread
all over the globe – but we’ve stayed out of the
USA. We have Swedish roots and a swedish friend said this:
The word SOPA means “trash” in Swedish. The word PIPA means “a pipe”
in Swedish. This is of course not a coincidence.
They want to make the internet inte a one way pipe, with them at the
top, shoving trash through the pipe down to the
rest of us obedient consumers.
The public opinion on this matter is clear. Ask anyone on the street
and you’ll learn that noone wants to be fed with
trash. Why the US government want the american people to be fed with
trash is beyond our imagination but we hope that
you will stop them, before we all drown. 

SOPA can’t do anything to stop TPB. Worst case we’ll change top level
domain from our current .org to one of the
hundreds of other names that we already also use. In countries where
TPB is blocked, China and Saudi Arabia springs to
mind, they block hundreds of our domain names. And did it work? Not really.
To fix the “problem of piracy” one should go to the source of the
problem. The entertainment industry say they’re
creating “culture” but what they really do is stuff like selling
overpriced plushy dolls and making 11 year old girls
become anorexic. Either from working in the factories that creates the
dolls for basically no salary or by watching
movies and tv shows that make them think that they’re fat. 

In the great Sid Meiers computer game Civilization you can build
Wonders of the world. One of the most powerful ones
is Hollywood. With that you control all culture and media in the
world. Rupert Murdoch was happy with MySpace and had
no problems with their own piracy until it failed. Now he’s
complainting that Google is the biggest source of piracy
in the world – because he’s jealous. He wants to retain his mind
control over people and clearly you’d get a more
honest view of things on Wikipedia and Google than on Fox News. 

Some facts (years, dates) are probably wrong in this press release.
The reason is that we can’t access this information
when Wikipedia is blacked out. Because of pressure from our failing
competitors. We’re sorry for that. 


Source: http://static.thepiratebay.org/legal/sopa.txt


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