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SOPA

I’ve had several people ask me what I think about this and how they’ve been surprised that I haven’t had a post about it, mostly because I always have an opinion on political nonsense, and second, because as a fiction writer I get pirated a lot, so I have skin in the game.  I haven’t posted much because I’ve been running behind. Correia 2.4 should be here anytime now, but is taking his sweet time. (Mrs. Correia has started calling this pregnancy Occupy Womb Street)

As for SOPA, piracy sucks, but I’d much rather have some loser rip me off than give an already out of control government one more Orwellian power. Screw Sopa.

All of my state’s congressmen and sentators are now against it, including Hatch (who was one of the original sponsors). Good. Kill this piece of garbage.

As for all of the people out there on the internet having a massive freak out about the government potentially damaging something they love… WELCOME TO THE PARTY.

You think this is something new or unusual? Nope. This is just about a topic that you happen to be familiar with. If you fall into that camp, I want you to take a deep breath, step back, and examine all of the other issues in the past that you didn’t know jack squat about, but your knee jerk reaction was to say “there’s a problem, the governement has to do something!” Well guess what? The crap the federal government usually comes up with to fix these problems is similar to SOPA. In other words, the legislation addresses a perceived problem by instituting a bunch of stupid overregulation and taking away someone’s freedom. 

You think people need access to affordable medical care and shouldn’t be denied coverage? Well, you got used and we got the bloated ridiculous mess that is Obamacare. You saw a news report about how big business defrauded people and said congress should do something? Well, everyone in the business world got screwed because of Enron by completely useless new arbitrary crap laws, and a few years later we got into an even bigger financial crisis which the arbitrary crap laws we spent billions conforming to did nothing to prevent. No, because that financial crisis was caused by people saying that there was this huge problem that needed to be fixed, so more people who couldn’t afford to pay mortgages could still buy houses, and the government simply had to do something to fix this problem!

Any crisis… Any problem… You ask the feds to fix it, you get this kind of answer.  Almost never do the laws fix the actual problem. Instead the government gets bigger and gains a few more powers and it doesn’t fix the issue. When the problem gets bigger, then the government gets bigger and gains a few more powers that actually make the problem worse. Oh look! Despite all of these laws the problem has gotten even bigger? Whatever should we do? Why, I know! Let’s pass an even bigger law that takes away more individual freedom and gives the government more control!

Repeat, repeat, repeat. Any topic, any situation, any problem.  They address it, you lose freedom and they gain more control. Some of you are only offended today because this particular law hurts something you enjoy. The rest of the time? Screw it. You can’t be bothered to pay attention. Or worse, people like me who are up in arms over an issue are just cranks or anti-government crackpots.

I was going to close this blog post with a quote I read about freedom versus control, but Wikipedia was down protesting SOPA. 🙂

EDIT:  Right after I posted this, friend and co-author Mike Kupari posted this. So I stole it from him. (surely a SOPA violation!)  He’s on the same wavelength: 

You didn’t care when the government decided it could spy on you without a warrant. You didn’t care when they started telling you what you could eat. You didn’t care when your kids’ education was turned into indoctrination. You didn’t care when they were more worried about military veterans than Islamic terrorists. You didn’t care when they spent so much money that our entire economic system may co…llapse. You didn’t care when they gave billions of your money to unions and corporations that were their political contributors. You didn’t care when inert cosmetic features on guns were felonies. You didn’t care when they made it a fucking crime to not have government approved health insurance.

All of these things were done in your name. On your behalf. To help you, protect you, take care of you. Each time you gave them more power and gave away more of your freedom. Each time you believed them when they said they were protecting you, or helping the less fortunate, or sticking it to “the rich” who “aren’t paying their fair share”.

Each time you applauded their efforts. Mocked those that were concerned. Called them uncaring or racist or alarmist or stupid. Each time you asked for more. You begged them to take care of you, protect you, right wrongs, enforce equality.

But now that your Internet porn and bit torrents are threatened, NOW you care?

It’s too late for all that, kids. Turning off Wikipedia for a couple days isn’t going to win back the freedoms we’ve pissed away. It isn’t going to undo decades of expanding government power. They’ve already decided there’s nothing they can’t do, no law they can’t pass.

We watched it happen. We let it happen. We have the country we deserve.

So go ahead, post a rant about SOPA on your blog. Link to Ron Paul’s web page. Pretend you’re doing something. It’ll make you feel better. Then you will go back to business as usual and so will they.

Democracy in action. Isn’t it beautiful?

The Burning Throne, Episode 12: Kuni Magatsu

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TXGunGeek
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4 years 6 months ago

As always, utterly brilliant!

Chris
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Chris
4 years 6 months ago

Keep telling it like it is, Larry. Some of us (a few at least) are out here too!!!!

Mike S
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4 years 6 months ago

It would have been nice if there had been nearly this much outrage about Congress giving the president the power to imprision anyone forever without due process.

Graham
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4 years 6 months ago

A fair assessment, esp Mike’s take. Pray let this be the turning point, where we start cutting back.

Sean(Houston) (@Cotyleus)
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4 years 6 months ago

4 words. Don’t. Hold. Your. Breath.

Nord Ronnoc
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Nord Ronnoc
4 years 6 months ago

I’ve read your post leading to this post on your blog. I would like to ask you something, copied and pasted from my Facebook comment: What could we, the people, do about our government? Vote them out, perhaps?

Nord Ronnoc
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Nord Ronnoc
4 years 6 months ago

Also, the reason why we start caring is no just because, like you said, it will affecting us, it’s the fact that the majority of us (the Internet users included) are selfish. Once pushed, we can become stubborn as all hell. Selfish, and yet decent.

Nord Ronnoc
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Nord Ronnoc
4 years 6 months ago

So I ask both of you this: Why would you call us out for this? It’s rather harsh of you to say that, and I had a feeling I would be called out for being soft. I could be, so what?

Nord Ronnoc
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Nord Ronnoc
4 years 6 months ago

Besides, this is the Internet. People are becoming more aware of our government. It’ll be hard for them to cover their tracks.

Nord Ronnoc
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Nord Ronnoc
4 years 6 months ago

*post on Facebook

John Wlas
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John Wlas
4 years 6 months ago

As an old fart I’ve watched this going on since the 60s.
“Those who beat their swords into plowshares usually end up plowing for those who didn’t “. — Ben Franklin

John Brown
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4 years 6 months ago

That’s the best quote I’ve read in about three years. Thanks John Wlas.

John Wlas
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John Wlas
4 years 6 months ago

I felt the same way when I read it about 20 years ago!

Jeff
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Jeff
4 years 6 months ago

What was that old quota about “The tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of patriots occaionally”? of course i am paraphrasing but you get the idea. maybe its time for a second revolutionary war to clean out the trash we have allowed to creep into office…………..just a thought………:)

Joe in PNG
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Joe in PNG
4 years 6 months ago

I fear that a second Americian Revolution would trend more to the classic road of “blood in the streets, lots of purges, and pretty much the same kind of bastards in charge” that most violent revolutions in the past few hundred years have traveled. That the first Revolution was mostly free of this is a very, very unique situation. Just look how freaking nasty and bloody the Civil war was for a good example.

A revolution tends to be a bit like stirring a septic tank- it lets the really, really nasty bits float to the top.

Sean of Junction
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4 years 6 months ago
Our revolution was helped by the fact that the military leader, George Washington, didn’t set himself up as a dictator, didn’t run for office under the Articles of Confederation, and when elected under the Constitution, only ran for two terms before retiring (setting a tradition that continued until FDR broke it, after which it was made into a law). And don’t forget that the American Revolution was pretty bloody and nasty – just not in the same bloody and nasty league that the Civil War was in. The Civil War involved a much larger number of troops (millions of soldiers… Read more »
Janir
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4 years 6 months ago

Our fore fathers meant for the American Revolution to continue, and not just stop with them. The Revolutionary War was meant to stop with them. The quote “Occasionally the tree of Liberty must be watered with the blood of Patriots and Tyrants.” We, the Patriots in this case, need to continually work, sweat and bleed for our liberties and if, God forbid – but needed, to take down Tyrants. The more we bleed for our Liberties, the less chance we will need to bleed Tyrants to water the tree of Liberty the Tyrants won’t have that much power.

Sean(Houston) (@Cotyleus)
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4 years 6 months ago

How do I want to fix the problem..well..lets start with a quote from Babylon 5. “I’d like to live just long enough to see them cut off your head and mount it on a pike as a warning to the next 10 generations; that some favors come with too high a price. I want to look up into your lifeless eyes and wave just like this. *waves* Can you and your associates arrange that for me Mr Morden?” Now multiply it by…543…for starters…

Tom I
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Tom I
4 years 6 months ago

I think the SOPA protest is great and all but where were all these protestors when Obama gave the middle finger to due process? I guess due process is only convenient when you’re the one being locked up without the key? One by one this president is taking all the things that are great about this country and dropping a deuce on them.

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Traye Steele
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Traye Steele
4 years 6 months ago

Larry and Mike,

Brilliant! A lot of my friends are all freaked out, and I am sitting back watching, while sending the occasional email to my state reps reinforcing the fact that I am one of the masses that hates this idea, and their bill. As an aspiring writer, yes, I’m not thrilled to be ripped off, but even if they don’t do it here, they will do it in other venues.

HawkFoE
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4 years 6 months ago

Larry for President, you have my vote and you couldn’t have phrased any closer to how I feel. Oh get out of my head lol.

Marty Goodman
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Marty Goodman
4 years 6 months ago

Well Said, Larry and Mike. I wish I had said that.

Courtney Millburn
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Courtney Millburn
4 years 6 months ago

Habeas Corpus anyone? Secret military tribunals? Indefinite custody? No attorney-client privilege? “Patriot” Act, my ass. My form of patriotism requires upholding the Constitution, not eroding it at every session of Congress.

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John Brown
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4 years 6 months ago
One of the chief functions of the US government is to protect an individual’s right to property–physical or intellectual. According to Wikipedia: “Congress says it’s trying to protect the rights of copyright owners, but the “cure” that SOPA and PIPA represent is worse than the disease. SOPA and PIPA are not the answer: they would fatally damage the free and open Internet.” Okay, fine. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t an issue that needs to be addressed. Larry Correia would not be making oodles of money on his books if the US government wasn’t ready to prosecute copyright infringement on… Read more »
Ryan Ballantyne
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Ryan Ballantyne
4 years 6 months ago
The solution, as it’s always been, is for parents to teach their children correct principles. A functioning society lives or dies by the virtue of its citizens. Even a police state can’t catch every criminal, nor stop every crime–and who wants to live in a police state? Piracy is already illegal. The solution is not more draconian laws that are not any easier to enforce than the laws that are already in place. As we’ve seen with laws like the DMCA, such laws are often abused to remove legitimate content that someone does not like. The result is not decreased… Read more »
John Brown
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4 years 6 months ago
I agree the culture needs to support honesty. At the same time, that only goes so far. Especially when the internet connects everyone, including those who do not espouse such values. At my kid’s middle school nobody locks their locker. They leave their backbacks hanging on pegs. My wife, a teacher, doesn’t have to keep her wallet on her person at all times. She can leave it in her bag. Things just don’t get stolen out of those places here. However, in the place I grew up we needed locks. There were enough folks there who would have stolen that… Read more »
ravenshrike
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ravenshrike
4 years 6 months ago
Sorry John, but unless you’re willing to mandate dumb terminals locked down tighter than Fort Knox as the only acceptable viewing/computing device, any DRM will be broken faster than you can say Jimmy cracked corn. The only reason consoles get away with it is the userbase is placid and percentage wise doesn’t care. Also, multiplayer is a primary motivation on the systems. See the PS3 as an example which was piracy free until they decided to remove open source functionality, and was then cracked in less than a year by interested parties with the technical know-how. Institute tougher laws and… Read more »
ravenshrike
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ravenshrike
4 years 6 months ago

I should revise my earlier statement. It is much much easier to crack a text file which you know even three paragraphs of than a game system. A completely unknown text file would be quite a bit harder, but since this is not a secret communique such conditions are not present.

John Brown
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4 years 6 months ago
Ravenshrike, I’m not talking about DRM. DRM doesn’t work very well. I’m talking about doing something to target the sites. Allowing pirates to operate in the open emboldens them and effectively says pirating is not illegal. I don’t see that as a solution. You don’t need dumb terminals. And we don’t need the great wall of China. And while new sites can pop up quickly, Google can find them just as quickly and catalog what they’re selling; it’s doing it now. How hard would it be for law enforcement to build an app that utilizes Google to ID these sites?… Read more »
ravenshrike
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ravenshrike
4 years 6 months ago
Given the current structure of the internet, virtually impossible. I personally use OpenDNS because Comcast’s DNS system has crapped out on me multiple times, but the fact that the internet structure allows me to use any DNS repository I want means that ISPs could never stop it. For that matter, since I use OpenDNS MegaUpload(Which while kinda silly that they only seized the domain name instead of stopping the servers,or at least the code running MU sites on the servers, is the right way to go about doing it) is still up for me using the domain name instead of… Read more »
ravenshrike
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ravenshrike
4 years 6 months ago
The biggest problem you’re going to have with internet piracy is that any solution that respects due process is never going to be fast enough to stem the tide given how fast the internet routes around anything it perceives as damage. If the solution takes more than a month or two, which it most certainly will if it respects due process unless you double the FBI’s budget, and allocate that increase in budget simply to copyright enforcement, the internet and the people using it will adapt and move on. This is especially true given that TPB is going to switch… Read more »
Julaire
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Julaire
4 years 6 months ago
I certainly don’t have all the answers, but if I may, I’d like to take a crack at this: First, defining the problem: 1) People taking copyrighted work and selling it/giving it away for free (in total) without any benefit going to the creator (author, musician, actor, etc.). As I understand it, this falls into three legal subcategories: a) within the US b) outside the US c) outside the US for sale/download within the US 2) People taking copyrighted work and selling/giving away for free portions of the work. (examples would be posting a segment of a video or song… Read more »
John Brown
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4 years 6 months ago

Interesting breakdown

Chuck Bogardus
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4 years 6 months ago

Oh, heck… I was gonna steal part of it, and part of Mad Mike’s rant, and maybe even Kupari’s well-thought out stuff…

But I’ll just link to it. And hope that some of the folks out there pay attention…

Wired magazine is “blacked out,” but is running an article that says that the government should REQUIRE car makers to add a more user friendly idiot light to vehicles… Looks like a lot of folks just don’t get it…

N Headley
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N Headley
4 years 6 months ago

Larry and Mike,

Your comments hit home for me but i will say this the people who might call of you crazy has no really idea on what the government has done to us over the years. With ever problem the people want fixed we the people just create new ones that need to be fixed because we look for ways to get around the laws that are passed. Know I am not saying the the laws that are passed to stop the issues that they were passed for worked because as you can see they have not and will not.

MBrandt
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MBrandt
4 years 6 months ago
The problem is never “too much” regulation. The problem always has been, and always will be, the wrong regulation. True justice demands some concession to reality instead of dogmatic insistence on some warped definition of “freedom”. Equality of outcome is a stupid idea and won’t ever work, but neither can your mythical equality of opportunity exist in a world where everyone’s ability to compete depends on circumstance, birth, and other factors outside their own control. Rawl’s “A Theory of Justice” is a worthwhile read. The key is not a leveling of the playing field, but a constant effort to work… Read more »
Nord Ronnoc
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Nord Ronnoc
4 years 6 months ago

I would agree with you on that one, MBrant. In fact, I think that’s what libertarians kept on missing.

Eh…no offense, Larry. 😛

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Tam
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4 years 6 months ago

Larry,

The phrase you’re looking for is “Gell-Mann Amnesia”. 😉

Keith Glass
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4 years 6 months ago

And then there’s THIS little gem. . .

http://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/sopa-in-a-nutshell

That’s right: “Pirating” a Michael Jackson song could get you 5 years in the Big House. But KILLING him only got his doctor 4 years in jail.

The Zombie Apocalypse can’t come soon enough. . . .

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Fox3
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Fox3
4 years 6 months ago

Y’all might want to pick up Spider Robinson’s “Melancholy Elephants” and give it a read. Baen has it in a compendium of his other stories.

MIght find it informative and enlightening on this subject.

AdamPM
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AdamPM
4 years 6 months ago
From listening to the media companies you’d think that piracy alone is killing their business. The numbers they use to prove their point are inflated and come from the industry. I have not bought a music cd in years because there haven’t been any released that I thougth were worth it. I also haven’t downloaded any, legally or illegally, for the exact same reason. I rarely go to movies because most of the current crop of movies are not worth ticket price. Some of them are worth the $1.20 it costs for a night from redbox but even that has… Read more »
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CA Barbarian
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CA Barbarian
4 years 6 months ago
I appreciate all the comments here, but I’m afraid the reality of the end game will be vastly different than many of you imagine. The sheer number of sheeple in this country – those who could give a crap about liberty or freedom – outnumber those who care. Of the remaining who do care, those who would risk their lives and the lives of their family are outnumber by those who would not. Of those who would risk their lives, those who are equipped, physically, mentally, and spiritually to fight a new American Revolution are far outnumbered by who would… Read more »
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Joecrouse
4 years 6 months ago
The term piracy itself is a misnomer its used because of its connotation. Copying a digital item is not THEFT. Theft implies depriving another of its use. When you can not FIND physical copy of an album in the store or digitaly in the format you want (at an affordable price nearly instantly) What choice is there? The music industry ONLY wants us to listen to the best and newest which unfortunately at the moment leads to listening to a lot of really bad pop music or (pardon me I have to vomit) Rap music. If you want to go… Read more »
Joecrouse
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Joecrouse
4 years 6 months ago
Other effects of Sopa/Pipa that are not quite as well understood. With the law as written RIGHT NOW, If I were to quote a part of a movie OR lyrics to a song OR post a link that links to a Cover band doing a performance of a song on Youtube OR a Music video that the Original band has done or released OR even just a clip of (in the case of classic songs) a record player playing a 45 of a single, This whole blog and infact the entire WordPress.com domain COULD be shut down. At the request… Read more »
Suz
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4 years 6 months ago

If I give you credit, may I post this on my blog?

😉

Raymond McCune
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Raymond McCune
4 years 6 months ago

The only thing certain is when you feed .gov after a panic attack by the MSM, it gets bigger and bigger and eventually turns into the monster we know it can become.
Remember this. There is nothing you can do for yourself that a politician cannot do less efficiently, using more time, greater inconvenience, and greater expense to everyone but themselves.

Ray

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C. S. P. Schofield
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C. S. P. Schofield
4 years 6 months ago

Democracy; the theory that the Common Man knows what he wants, and deserves to get it, good and hard.

H. L. Mencken

P.S. Mencken was active during the time frame of your 1930’s books. Any chance of hear what the old boy might have been up to?

Zeonista
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Zeonista
4 years 6 months ago
Excellent, excellent, and right on the money!! Yeah, used to be one of those people always waving my fist in the air, and demanding that Big Brother get off his butt and DO SOMETHING RIGHT NOW!! Then I began to take a closer and harder look at what the response tom my calls and others’ calls to action were leading to…and was nearly as appalled as Trip when he met the Elf Queen. (The horror…the horror…) This nation is reaching a fork in the road, where we get to decide whether we keep our Republic, in some form, or go… Read more »
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