There’s a new war emerging.

A war is being waged against the most despicable criminals in the world, the most dangerous sort of thieves, the most unbelievably ruthless low-lives society has ever created. These men and women are the purest breed of criminals, spreading chaos and disaster not just in one country, but all across the entire world. They have no respect for anything people believe in, and they attempt to pollute and trash people’s dreams by using even their own children against them.

At least that’s what big corps and state officials want you to believe. That’s because, you see, unlike on other types of threats, the people they got their eye on are you and all of your friends!

This war is against all people like you who, with every mouse click “destroy” everything entire industries “stand for”. You’re the only reason they lose “hundreds of millions of pounds to organized crime each year”.

It’s a war on online intellectual property crime:

The City of London Police department recently launched its new unit “dedicated to tackling intellectual property crime, with a special focus on offenses committed online” – the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU). It is

“dedicated to tackling intellectual property crime, with a special focus on offenses committed online”

When a special unit is dedicated to fighting you, and you alone, you know they’re taking it seriously. And that officially makes you, the reader, viewer, and/or downloader an intellectual criminal.

Or, better yet, an intellectual terrorist. Congrats!

Forget about killers, torturers, rapists, people who actually steal things and commit evil, ruthless premeditated crimes. You, the guy/gal who copied a file that can be infinitely duplicated anyway, YOU will become every state’s number one interest.

It has been proven over and over that it is not in the author’s best interest to restrict the copying of information, and it’s definitely not in the citizens’ interest either. And I’m starting to see corporate interests being flung left and right, dressed up as issues of national importance, more and more often these days. Copying was made illegal not because authors wanted to make it so, not because the citizens wanted to, but only because the industry did.

I’m not saying that it’s not okay for the state to support its industries. But what I’m asking myself is…

When did an industry, any industry, become so much more important that a country’s own citizens?

Not too long ago, the DMCA – the law that copyright lobbyists fought for so long, the law that promised to end all “piracy” – was declared ineffective by the rights-holders themselves. It’s not, by far, the only case, but it’s the latest in a series that goes back to phonographs.

So now RIAA starts to push for more control. It’s now “suggesting” that Google cooperate by warning its users against “unauthorized sites”. No matter the results of a previous “war”, they start a new one, ignoring all the signs of their total failure – only with more damage than before. The copyright industry will fervently push for more and more types of control, even if all previous efforts have been proven ineffective.

And they’ll convince the right people to make it legal.

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The Simpsons: Movie Piracy is the number one “crime” for the FBI

Business commonsense dictates that, if your business is doing poorly, you should take it as a sign that your plan is flawed. People are not buying into your crap, so perhaps it’s time to change the plan. Give potential customers what they’re really looking for, instead of what you think they’re looking for or what you want them to look for.

Is the copyright industry doing any of this? I believe it isn’t. So why should we, the potential clients, be criminalized for a business model that somebody else chose? Why should we be branded with the iron of intellectual property crime, when that model right there is clearly not adapted to today’s consumer habits? When it is obviously on its way to collapse? When did corporations become more valuable then citizens?

Illustration by: Liviu B─ârbulescu