For those of you who don’t know, the NZ government has made a four strikes you’re out policy, allowing ISPs to cut user accounts of people who break copyright laws and illegally download. The response to this has been huge, with the main anti-movement being the movement of blacking out profile pics (on facebook, bebo etc) to show you don’t support the law, made world famous by Stephen Fry joining in via his twitter pic.
I posted my response on facebook the other day, and here it is. I didn’t go into huge detail, so the massive comment conversation that ensued on facebook may also happen here if anyone reads this. If they read it hehe.
Anyway, here it is:
Make sure you and your flatties know the implications of illegal downloading. And let’s get this straight. Just like parents haven’t stopped smacking kids, common sense is going to be used to regulate it. ISPs aren’t going to cut someone’s connection unless they know they’ve been downloading illegally, and let’s face it, it’s not a hard thing to find out for an ISP. They know where you’ve been, and illegal download sites aren’t all that secretive about what they’re doing.
I don’t know why people are so freaked out by this law, it’s really a very transparent process. You download an illegal file, your ISP can check in a jiffy whether you’ve actually done so or not, and act accordingly.
Don’t thieve intellectual property, and don’t let your flatties thieve it, and your connection is safe!
I’ve noticed that a lot of people are very defensive about their so called “right” to steal other people’s creations, including Christians who would never pocket a CD from a shop. What’s with this? Sort it out people, and you’ve got nothing to fear.
Guilt upon accusation… well hands up if you’ve never downloaded something illegally? Nobody’s raising their hand. I thought so. So why do you fear being accused of something you know you’ve done?