I guess I am writing this for input being for once I am really worry about my future online. Well maybe not only my future but that of the world around me. For those that don't know, I am sure by now SOPA and PIPA are in our minds. For some of us we are sick of hearing about it. Well first blood has been shed. After the protests of places like Google and Wikipedia. The United States Government has removed MegaUploads.com from the web. This is with the arrest of the owner and charging them with 'copyright infringement'.
Now I know this might be like So what's your point. to a lot of people. So I want to show the point being personal I didn't really care about it too much. Otherwise I would like to show a point, maybe something a lot of you know. Maybe a reason to care more? Well here is the view I see and well. Maybe someone can sort me out or least show some safety. Because I remember the US government wants to be the world's parent and I know a lot of peoples parents that bring up mythical figures like Santa Claus to make us feel better. Then we learn the cold hard truth, too late and just expected to get over it. Do we really want our freedom of the web being in the same boat as Santa Claus?
For like I was saying I look at evidence of matters compared to flights of fantasy and idealistic thought in this matter. So lets dissect this. First off, until someone clears up the matter. Our home on Byond will be gone. You might say no, but remember when fan games had to be removed because of Funimation? Before we get into it being the whole debate of who's fault. Keep in mind companies like Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony are supporting SOPA and PIPA right now. This doesn't mean they might remove Byond because of someone's DBZ game. It would mean they might attack Byond because your games interface looks to much like Dragon Quest on the NES. I mean heck, think of this. It might bring down this home of ours because some company wants to convict Byond that pixel style games are patented by there company. Something from 20 years ago that no one looked at till now and leading to a money grab of wanting people making this to pay or be charged with violating the terms of law.
This doesn't stop here, Byond will not be the only thing we lose. First look at the social networking sites, Facebook, Myspace, Twitter. Because someone has an Icon of an anime character. Posts a link to there lets play video, or more so just has something on there some company doesn't like. They can be removed. Further more, This leads to the sources of this... Places like Project playlist and Youtube will be removed. Then your sub sites, Places like Angelfire, freewebs, and so on will be removed as well. Why? Because of those old Fan sites use pictures of Copyrighted material. This would go for Forums and any source of feeling personalized as showing likes and dislikes to the fashion we are use too.
Now I am sure someone is having a good laugh because this couldn't be possible. This is the world coming up. I mean you think it wouldn't be possible unless you attack everything. Any creativity on the web would come under fire. Bring to the point you future would hold getting on Bing and Shopping. Honestly, I don't like it. It scares the fuck out of me to think of losing all the work I put into not only RP Unlimited but my friendship and my home here.
But what can we do? Well as said in my time, we are the world. So this is now getting out of hand in the US alone. Keep in mind, MegaUpload is located in Hong Kong as the central office. This is where the arrests where made. This is a non-US company being pulled into a US court to be charged. This ending the whole myth of, It is not a US company we don't need to worry. I would say for one, move to start on these protests and don't stop. I don't mean just the US citizens. I mean us as a world. Bring the the points to your foreign affairs departments. Stop paying for good from the companies supporting these measures. I mean in truth, I hear this is over 2%. Being in the last 10 years the 1% of people that used internet piracy is now taking 2% of profits. So lets look at this... they claim they lost $135 million dollars to piracy. Now lets scale this up for people to look at. If it is only 2% of the profits, this would mean they are making about $6.7 billion dollars, my math is not that good so you can figure it out yourself. To give you an idea is that this is like having a dollar in change and you drop 2 cents by accident. Yes, everyone is in an uproar because Music, Movie, and Some big tech company is pissed off, because someone took 2 cents out of there dollar of change they left unchecked on the table. Why do I say unchecked? Because most the piracy is done inside the company. Employees leak things like movies, games, and this early. So if you really targeted the source and not these aftermaths I think the world would be a better place.
I just want to know what really is going on I guess, know the future. Personally I wanted to know if Byond can still run if they shut down the server, as in the program. More looking at trying to continue to program with Byond and plan for worst case situation. I know there are tutorials on how to do it. Just more wondering if it still links up. Otherwise, I am working through my own thoughts. Just was concerned and thought I would address those of Byond's Community.