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The Department of Homeland Security is seizing hip-hop blogs and file-sharing websites.
On November 29 ICE seized 82 websites, many sold counterfeit goods but others were file sharing websites. ICE called it the "Cyber Monday Crackdown"
Should intellectual property rights be changed, were all of the websites really criminal,? I think big media no longer has an economic purpose and shouldn't be defended by law.
There have been many critical reactions to ICE‘s actions, some see free speech violation, some see no evidence and invalid warrants, some see unwelcome regulation of the "free internet". Many accept the need to crack down on counterfeit goods but what about the blogs which were supposedly promoting artists; what about the torrent search websites?
Please do a show discussing: what happened during the cyber monday crackdown, how strong is the evidence, what does the new law (COICA) say. Then please consider the complicated blend of ideology surrounding internet piracy.
The second part is very important to me, I'll outline ideological viewpoints because the discussions in the media so far don't recognize that there are many very different points of view.
They either confuse the actions and statements of those holding one belief with those holding others, or they only represent two. I'm asking for a discussion that attempts to define and separate the beliefs and show groups that hold them as they pertain to piracy and internet freedom. The beliefs about the internet are outlined at the very bottom because they are only guide posts to decipher the beliefs behind actions and statements.
Fellow listeners can help the ideological discussion by, responding to my perspective (next post), pointing out bloggers and opinion makers that correspond to each stance I outline at the bottom, fleshing out their own mix of beliefs, or including ones I've missed.
The internet is: a new stronghold of free speech++ a place for anonymity and anarchy (think "anonymous" the wiki-leak hackers)++ a new market place and artistic medium++ an extension of commerce directly to the consumers home++ a common gathering place for socialization++ a great repository of knowledge enabling independence (think Wikipedia and Howcast)++ a corruption of commerce++ a corruption of socialization++ a threat to intellectual property++ enabling people to become radicalized and say things they wouldn't normally++ a dangerous source of misinformation and so large it enables echo chambers
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