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Well it seems the idiots attacking violent games never stop, do they? On the heels of the idiotic study into so called violent games “effects” on kids  set up by Senator Jay Rockefeller, We have my state trying to start the same old nonsense again. A politician in MA has decided that it would be a good idea to start a biased study to study the effect of games on kids again…. Right after MA stalled their bill aiming to restrict violent games so they could not be bought by adults. These “studies” popping up everywhere get to me. Because just like all of the other game attacking studies, these are bound to be biased, and engineered to show a certain result. A lot of other studies are funded by the Center for Successful parenting, a group that has this in their mission statement “We aim to motivate leaders of <insert tons of industries here> to change culture so violence is not shown to children” basically meaning “ban violent games”, because changing the culture of violence can only done by removing the violence.

 

The current studies by Rockefeller and this idiot in MA are troubling. The Rockefeller study, has language in it’s text that tells that the studies can find whatever results they want, because it asks if the violent games have any “new” effects on kids. After the brief but stupid moral panic surrounding child molestation and it’s nonexistent link to violent game playing, spurred by that Preacher Boykin and Ralph Nader, I wondered if they could use the vague language in the study to find that violent game playing leads to child molestation and pedophilia.  To see what the Study in MA does I  looked at the text of the study closely…

 

I got the text from this source:

 

 

 

 

“That a special commission is hereby established for the purposes of making an investigation and study relative to video games as  a form of media and as a training tool. Within that context, the commission will focus upon video games that allow the player to  simulate severe battery or killing (“killing games”). The commission will study, investigate, and provide conclusions regarding:  (i) the social benefits, impacts and implications of video games in general and killing games in particular, comparing the impact  on youth with the impact on adults; (ii) the use of video games as military training devices, educational devices, and other training  applications; (iii) how video games compare to other forms of media in terms of their ability to recreate a realistic experience, to  desensitize the consumer, to train the consumer to accept certain ideas, and to teach the player new skills or capabilities; (iv) the addictive quality of video games; (v) any connection, including any exposure t or imitation of behaviors exhibited in video games,  between killing games and actual violence, including rampage killings that have taken place since 1990; (vi) the reasoning and  conclusions drawn in the majority, concurring, and dissenting opinions in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association, as well as  other freedom of speech considerations relative to the regulation of video games, in light of the conclusions drawn by the commission  pursuant to (i)-(v); and (vii) the anticipated cost of any proposals to regulate video games. The commission members will play or observe killing games directly during the course of their investigation.”

 

So this study wants to see if games are an effective training tool. We’ve been told BS in the newspapers from the hack psychologists that violent games are being used in the military to break down the inhibition to kill. But this blog, written by a military trained soldier debunks the whole thing. I quote:

 

“I’m not aware of any military unit that uses video games to break down the inhibition to kill. In fact, this breakdown really only occurs in one place:

Boot camp.

 

Boot camp doesn’t even specifically concentrate on the inhibition to kill. Rather, they follow the CIA training manual for brainwashing almost point  by point, in order to instill in recruits ‘instant and willing obedience to lawful orders’ – that is what they do. The assumption, of course, is that these orders may be to kill; But they could be to drag a wounded child to safety, or set up a bunker in 100 degree weather, or pull night watch  after being up for a 36-hour convoy.

 

The inhibition to kill can only be broken down by, wait for it . . . killing.

 

The fact that the studies author is bringing this nonsense claim up to the Government is proof that the the government is trying to ban violent games again, IMHO. It must be stopped before it gets to the 90 day phase (see below), or we could have a MA ban on violent games to adults. Not to kids.

 

 

“The commission shall consist of: the Governor or a designee, who shall chair the commission; a member of the general  public appointed by the Governor; 3 members of the Senate, chosen by the Senate President, 1 of which is a member of  the minority party; 3 members of the House of Representatives that are chosen by the Speaker, 1 of which is a member of the minority party; 1 constitutional lawyer who specializes in freedom of speech; the Massachusetts Attorney General or a  designee; 2 psychologists or psychiatrists, at least one of whom is a mental health professional specializing in addiction;  the Secretary of Education or a designee who is an educator; a member of the military who engages in military training;  a representative of the video game industry; and a representative of the law enforcement community.”

 

At least one of the people involved has a bias against violent games if I am right. They mention “a member of the military who specializes in military training”. This fits one of the Hack Psychologist to a tee. Another Hack Psychologist could be in it too if I am right, “1 constitutional lawyer who specializes in freedom of speech” sounds a lot like a retired anti-game activist everyone in the community hates to me. They also mention how they need to study the impact of the proposed regulation on free speech, probably as a cheap way to see how they can make a constitutional law that causes violent games to not get in the hands of adults, such as the Oklahoma tax on 1% of all property every time someone in OK played, stored, bought and otherwise consumed violent games.

 

They also want to study how violent games have caused mass killings like columbine (I assume). Whats to stop them from not believing the nonsense spread by the idiots in the government, the media, and unknown parties that says violent games influenced Harris/Klebold/Lanza, etc? Such things include the Doom will become reality hoax and similar “tidbits of information” that seem to make it look like mass killers played violent games but this info is badly written at the least, and is outright lies at the worse.

 

“Legislative appointments shall be made not later than 30 days after the effective date of this resolve. The chairperson shall  meet with the full commission not later than 90 days after the effective date of this resolve. Members shall not receive  compensation for their services but may receive reimbursement for the reasonable expenses incurred in carrying out their  responsibilities as members of the commission. Upon appropriation of sufficient funds, the commission shall engage professional “advisors as needed to accomplish its purposes. Not later than 270 days after the effective date of this resolve, the commission shall report to the general court the result  of its investigation and study and its recommendations, if any, together with drafts of legislation necessary to carry its  recommendations into effect by filing the same with the clerk of the House of Representatives. ”

 

We have 90 days to stop this, gamers.  I want every gamer in MA to write their Representatives, using this message:

 

“Dear Representitive.

 

I am your constituent, and I am alarmed by the  study our senate has started dealing with video game violence and the whole idea that the effects on kids and how violent games are a training tool for the military needs to be studied. For years studies like this have been done and many are methodologically flawed, using cheap ways to say violent games lead to  violent behavior or aggression, such as subjecting the violent game playing kids to electroshock therapy. It’s very important to note that any evidence that violent games cause real life crimes has to be doubted. There are many hoaxes going around and media fabrications that make it seem like violent games cause real life violence. If you do a google.com search for the “doom will become reality hoax” you will find a blog debunking a claim that was used to “prove” eric Harris was influenced by the video game Doom while shooting up the school. This claim is a hoax, a fake website said “doom will become reality” and the FBI proved the site was not Eric Harris’s real site. Also many claims are spreading that violent games break down the inhibition to kill. These are false claims spread by 2 anti-gaming activists in the 90’s and the below linked site debunks them totally. The site is a blog ran by a Soldier in IRAQ, telling how violent games could never break down the inhibition to kill, and only Boot Camp obedience training does this…..

 

http://designsynthesis.blogspot.com/2005/03/training-our-kids-to-kill.html

 

I find it disgusting that the government would spend millions of tax dollar money on a bill that would have restricted violent games to minors so adults could not buy them. There is no reason to studythe false connections between violent games and Real life killings, all invented by the media and anti-gaming groups. The hoax mentioned above was used as “evidence” against  the industry in an Anti-Gaming Group’s Amicus Brief.  This group is from the Midwest, they are called the Eagle Forum, and they are pro-religious zealots who think violent games should be banned to adults and gamers should all be dealt with somehow.  They were trying to fool the Justices in the SCOTUS to think this evidence is real and not a hoax. One of the people championing the break down to kill “theory” is a zealot former lawyer who once said on the gamepolitics forums that all gamers need to get the Death Penalty. If you plan to study these things, you must be sure NOT to be swayed by these types. For they tried to sway the EMA vs BROWN Case and others….. I just don’t think this study is a good thing because it looks like people like these kinds of people are on the group conducting the study. I don’t like the idea of fake evidence being used to sway any people to believe this nonsense is real. A study like this is almost impossible to be Not swayed by people like this. I am against it for this reason, and I hope you are too.”

 

 

Send this message to your Representatives, gamers. Maybe we can get them to stop this now… If it doesn’t work, I urge people to resend it over and over again, till they stop the study. Flood their Inboxes over and over again, till their network slows down, if they fail to listen. It’s important to stop nonsense like this.

 

 

 

 

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This is an older article published last year on my sister blog (censoringlife.blogspot.com), that never got mirrored here.. Enjoy

So I was reading how google would put any site lower in their search results based on copyright takedown notices given to them by copyright holders. On an article about this (not the linked one), there was a link to this google site showing how many takedown notices google receives per month and what sites are complained about. Most are free file hosting sites, and warez sites, but some big surprises crept in..

First, nearly half of the 2000 links I looked through when browsing page 1 to the page where the 2000 link was posted, were porn sites. A lot of blogging sites crept in as well, and so did facebook, twitter, and other social networking. However, their have been copyright takedowns of gaming file hosting sites as well, probably fraudulent ones.

Here are 10 screenshots showing what sites were given fraudulent takedowns, all circled in red.. These results were set per month so the URLS listed were all complained about in 1 month.

I saw quite a bit of blogger listed, mainly because there are blogger blog with pirated content on them, but wordpress? Sounds like a fraudulent claim, because I refuse to believe that wordpress hosts 763 URLS that have infringing content on them.

Yahoo? WTF!  It’s a search engine and doesn’t actually host anything that could be considered pirated or infringing. With 1808 “Url’s” to boot. I refuse to believe that this is a valid takedown notice, mainly because besides yahoo mail (which nothing pirated can be hosted on), and my.yahoo, what else do you have?

No We have the 335 Facebook takedown notices. Now on facebook, there might be some infringing content, but 335? Sounds awfully fradulent to me. I refuse to believe that 335 URLS have been found per month with obvious infringing content.  Same thing with the below twitter.com takedowns. Twitter doesn’t even allow people to host anything but file links with very short descriptions and short 30 character “tweets”, where are the 333 twitter infringing URLS? Made up, that’s where!

Yet another fraudulent search engine takedown notice with 274 URLS of “infringing content” that is supposedly on a site that can’t even host that stuff. Google.com has search results and the mere idea that they are linking to infringing material might cause these “takedown notices” but there actually isn’t any material on google that is infringing, and notice how this said “google.com”, as in the search engine, not youtube, not gmail, not anything else but the search engine itself… Sounds really fishy to me.

Now we got 239 quite possibly fraudulent takedown notices of content on Scribd.com, a document hosting site.  I’ve never heard of scribd.com even being used to host copyrighted material, and while these results could be genuine, I’m not so sure… Moving on…

Now HERE is the one that pisses me off. Gamefront, formally known as filefront, is a gaming file hosting site, a really big one. It has thousands of video game demos, patches, mods, etc. Not once have I ever encountered anything pirated being hosted there… And I have never even heard of it being associated with piracy, but yet we get 232 takedown notices per month on a gaming file hosting site which probably deletes anything that could be infringing. Are these legit? Hell NO! These sounds fraudulent beyond belief. It’s like 2 copyright holders and 2 more organizations insisted on filing takedown notices on all legal files, because If you believe that filefront/gamefront has mostly legal files, how the hell can they have 239 pirated URL’s discovered per month? It sounds really fishy, fishy like an attempt to take down mods or something like that…

Now we get 192 takedown notices for dailymotion.com, a video sharing site. Whether these takedowns are legit or not remains to be seen, but judging by youtube and it’s thousands of fraudulent takedown notices done by people trying to make a buck off of innocent uploaders, you really cannot trust these to be genuine, can you?

Another yahoo.com search result… Moving on…

Finally, another 66 livejournal URL’s being “found” per month, by 26 quite possibly bogus copyright holders, and 19 “organizations”. I have never heard of livejournal as a source for infringing stuff, and I refuse to believe that 66 have been found per month…..

What we have here, is an example of Copyright Fraud being done on a large scale by people trying to shut down sites that host LEGAL, Non-infringing content. Not once have I discovered any infringing (full games,etc) files on Filefront, or infringing content on Google itself, or on yahoo or wordpress  or on Scribd, etc. Infringing documents maybe but 239 per month? Yeah Right!!! It seem like most of these circled ones are quite questionable at least and obviously fraudulent at worst. And to bring up another completely different subject : Look at all the porn sites listed…. Is copyright law being abused to shut down porn?

It looks like it is, maybe part of the GOP’s “War on Porn” that they announced recently. If the morons in the right wing can over abuse copyright  law to take down Porn, then they can abuse it to take down any site that gets their panties in a bunch (Porn, Violent Games, Modding Sites, Youtube, Social Networking), because I don’t believe that Porn is infringing, hell I don’t see how 16,000+ notices on tons of  porn sites are all infringing on someones copyright. I see how they are all fraudulent to censor them too..

If these results are the ones that will all be listed lower in the search results, then the internet has already been censored, and it will only get worse…

So, I was watching youtube, after hearing several horror stories about youtube bandwith being throttled by certain ISP’s in America, from forums and such. So I decided to search on youtube to find out if someone had posted a video about it. Well I did. This video, was done by the author of the video I found which proved that certain ISPS are throttling youtube, through a hidden file that only can be accessed in windows explorer if you turn the “show all system files” feature in folder options on, not the “show hidden files” feature, mind you. This folder called “Content.IE5” is super hidden, and found on any machine that the main user uses IE as a default browser. It contains among other things, cache files from any site you visited, html files from sites you visit, but what really scared me, is that it also contains screenshots and in some cases, copied .flv files of certain youtube videos, taken of certain, but not all youtube videos you watch.

The person who did the above video, mentioned how he found this folder on his PC during a defragging and found the hidden folder with copied .flv files  of conspiracy theorist type video’s only, but not other videos he had watched.  So he surmised IE has a secret system that was being used to spy on people by the government to find anti government types. I don’t know if that’s true, but if IE is in fact taking screenshots of certain youtube video’s and not others, then it is a bad thing for everyone who still uses that really badly designed browser. So I decided to see for myself what would happen If I purposely browsed in IE on youtube for a 2 day test.

Since I didn’t want to get hit with a nasty virus, I knew I would have to sandbox IE, like I do to any browser. I use Sandboxie on all my browsers due to nasty virus attacks I have gotten 2 times in the last 4 years on my PC, both unclean able by Antivirus products and both completely devastating my PC.  It’s the only way to really prevent a virus attack these days. Antivirus software really sucks and doesn’t prevent stuff at all due to many people on youtube reviewing them (look up mrizos on youtube), and finding out how much virus attacks they do not block. So I sandboxed my browser. But the other reason I sandboxed it was that sandboxie forces IE to put this Content.IE5 folder in a plainly visible part of the sandbox I can freely copy to any part of my PC later. So after I was finished with youtube, I could simply just copy the folder “Content.IE5” to another folder and view that in Windows Explorer like the video I saw on youtube did.

So I started yesterday browsing youtube and other sites in a sandboxed IE session to see what youtube would be screenshoted to my Content.IE5 folder. What I found would shock me. I browsed a whole bunch of video’s, from video game walkthroughs, to politcal type videos, which fit into 2 topics, anti-censorship, and anti-violent games BS. The anti-censorship videos mainly dealt with the TPP treaty I wrote about in my previous article. The anti-violent game BS  stuff were just video’s posted by gamers, in a VBLOG format talking about how the whole link between violent games and violent crimes is utter BS. There is a lot of that on youtube, apparently. So I finished watching the videos and went back to my browser of choice, Chrome last night and posted some more blogs here. But before I went to bed I examined the content.ie5 folder I had copied out of my sandbox. What it showed is that screenshots of the video game playthroughs and the Anti-TPP videos were taken, at certain intervals. Simply excusing this as cache images of the video thumbnails doesn’t add up, because multiple screenshots of one particular anti-TPP video made by a Japanese business man were found, and I knew right away that they were not thumbnails, more like regular screenshots taken by whatever program was taking them.

Strangely, absolutely none of the anti-video game violence videos were screenshotted at all, but the pictures from a descent 2 walkthrough were. It didn’t make sense to me. But then I remembered what the video I watched earlier that got me into this said, it was mostly anti-government stuff that got screenshotted. So then it hit me. Something on my PC was somehow taking screenshots of certain video’s that could be seen as a threat to the government or any legislation the public could oppose greatly, such as TPP, at least that’s what I was thinking when I viewed these images that were in the subfolders of Content.IE5.

Now to prove that these screenshots have a ton taken of Anti-TPP video’s being played, do a search on youtube for any video about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and you will get many video’s that these screenshots came from. It seems like tons of video’s that attacked the TPP got multiple screenshots taken of them but other video’s I watched before attacking violent games censorship and ones saying violent games do not make people violent did not.

But the truth gets even scarier when you see what it screenshotted today. I decided to continue my IE test after clearing the sandbox so that the images above would not be copied to the new folder, then logged into youtube in IE sandboxed, and decided to completely watch a different type of video, rant videos made by gamers, ranting about violent games being linked to real crimes, like Columbine, the V-tech shooter, the Norway shooter, and the Aurora Shooter, all by the media. I watched a good 10 different video’s, some really badly done, some really well done. Yet only one video uploaders video’s were screenshotted, the one who was the most cynical and humorous by far, someone who happened to be Australian. This guys video seen here is what was captured, and other videos I watched by him were also captured. But the only thing is that only his videos were screenshotted, not the other 10 or so  I watched before. The thing is that the screenshot capturing done by whatever was doing it was logging his video’s and no one elses. Now in australia there has been the biggest BS about violent games out of any country. Games over there if not good enough for the censors, they got banned, at least until the new law legalizing R18+ ratings went through. There has been a lot of morons in their government Bullshitting about how violent games cause crime, blah, blah, blah, including a certain former Parliment member who like a certain internet troll seen on gamepolitics, made it no secret that he thought gamers are shitheads, druggies, etc. So the bias against violent games, their companies, and the people who play them is really strong over there in the government, at least certain right wing groups, christian lobby, blah, blah, blah.  Another video screenshotted in the following videos shows another video game violence BS debunking done by a guy with long hair and a hat, which is also quite vulgar at times but makes the damn point it was meant to, which is all that counts. Somehow the screenshotter, which is unnkown to me what program it actually is, is screenshotting these video’s as well. So it’s screenshotting video game playthroughs of certain games but not others, but is screenshotting tons of Anti-TPP video’s, and certain videos attacking attacks made against violent games by youtube content providers, but not all of them. Go figure. Here are the screenshots that were taken today to show I am not making this up:

As you can see, certain screenshots are quite mundane and can be debunked as cached images, but the sheer amount of anti-gaming BS and anti-censorship video’s are quite high in these…  Now I cannot rule out the posibility my PC is Infected, allthough multiple Antivirus scans show nothing on the PC. However, this is quite scary to people who don’t want their privacy violated. Who knows what is being done with these screenshots. Another video made by the person who discovered this on youtube, suggested that youtube bandwidth throttling and snooping on email accounts from free email services like yahoo mail and gmail was being done through other files in this folder. Since I would never trust the swiss cheeze that is IE to log in to my email account, I didn’t even test that, even in a sandbox. It’s quite scary how certain programs may be used to watch people who certain members of the government may think are a threat. You simply are not secure anymore online. I highly suggest that people sandbox their browsers, switch from IE, due to it’s virus problems at the very least, install chrome instead and make sure that they visit sites like yahoo mail, or any other site that requires a log in and password with HTTPS enabled. You can download a free plugin called HTTPS enforcer to do that, and firefox users can use another plugin called HTTPS everywhere to automate this. It will help people stay anonymous online because HTTPS enables encrypted connections to every site that can use it if it uses it at all, and if TPP does pass this is at least a temporary solution to prevent “Deep packet Inspection” from being abused to sniff your data by ISPS who would give it to the government, incase data like that gets abused to arrest people for fraudulent reasons.

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I am Doing some research on the trans-pacific partnership treaty which would force the US to adopt copyright laws that allow the government to abuse copyright law like no other. The TPP would make the government able to take internet communications which all ISPS would be required to collect by spying on customers to allow the government to find “alleged” copyright infringement, and simply make one accusation of infringement, by saying “this site is filled with pirated links”, without proof, and then force ISPS to tell the copyright holder, force intermediaries like google to shut down the sites in question, and would also penalize temporary copies (think youtube buffer copies) as infringement as well. The spying (deep packet inspection), would be used to frivolously find such buffer copies and then accuse anyone watching any video with anything copyrighted in them with criminal infringement for simply watching the video! Basically this allows the government to legalize censorship of/frivolous lawsuits directed at  any site they see one accusation of infringement on (99% of the internet), or any site the government accuses of infringement based on the fact that they don’t have to prove links on the site infringe. That would be enough to get you arrested and sued under TPP!! One FALSE accusation. According to this site (found while researching TPP), all these  groups/corporations/whatever all lobbied for the TPP, which could be used to take down 99% of the cool parts of the internet, including gaming websites (planetquake,etc), modding sites (moddb, ANY site that hosts mods that have one accusation of infringement), youtube, amazon mp3, internet radio (pandora, etc), indie music sites (soundcloud, reverbnation, etc), and blogging hosts and social networks. It’s scary how the language could be used to censor the internet for “alleged” infringement.

As a consumer, simply complaining to the government and signing petitions, isn’t enough. IMHO. I am considering not buying anything from these groups  until (A) The TPP removes the temporary copies section to prevent buffer copies to be used in frivolous lawsuits takedowns of people who simply watch youtube videos of something that is allegedly infringement (there is a LOT of fraudulent youtube copyright claims especially to lets players, because content ID doesn’t require proof of copyright)  (B) removes the section that says the government doesn’t have to name every “infringing” link without proof of any kind for the ISP to take down the site and replaces it with direct confirmation from the copyright holder with proof of his copyright before the government forces the ISPS to remove said site (C) adds a section that requires a court order with proof of infringement included before the ISP can give deep packet inspection results to the government to find “alleged” infringement (D) Removes the section that mandates that copyright infringement for no profit is criminal infringement.  (E) Enacts Stiff penalties and jail time for falsely accusing someone of infringement, even if it was by accident, to be paid by both the government and the copyright holder.  If none of these changes happen or the US government even attempts to pass these provisions as  law without these changes I shall do everything in my ability to tell people who feel like they could be targeted under the buffer copies BS section for fraudulent infringement,  how to fool deep packet inspection using free plugins for browsers that are easily downloaded.  I already know how. Even if some of the corporations/etc on the list below didn’t lobby for the TPP for it’s IP chapter, It’s still a bad thing to lobby for something like this, and I still don’t really want to buy from them.

Corporations (how many times they lobbied for TPP)

Dow Chemical 12
Dairy Farmers of America 11
Generic Pharmaceutical Assn 11
News Corp 7
Biogen Idec 7
American Automotive Policy Council 7
Milliken & Co 6
Ann Taylor 6
Libbey Inc 6
Boilermakers Union 6
Abbott Laboratories 6
Communications Workers of America 6
Corning Inc 5
Cascade Designs 5
Gildan 5
Alliance for American Manufacturing 5
Footwear Distribs & Retailers of America 5
National Milk Producers Federation 5
McWane Inc 5
Net Coalition 4
Computer & Communications Industry Assn 4
Retail Industry Leaders Assn 4
Biotechnology Industry Organization 4
American Iron & Steel Institute 4
American Manufacturing Trade Action Cltn 4
Fiat SPA 4
National Amusements Inc 4
Express Scripts 4
Prudential Financial 3
International Longshoremens Assn 3
Herbalife International 3
American Farm Bureau 3
Library Copyright Alliance 3
Oceana 3
American Frozen Food Institute 3
Outdoor Industry Assn 3
USA Rice Federation 3
American Assn of Exporters & Importers 3
Homer Laughlin China Co 2
Technology Assn of America 2
National Corn Growers Assn 2
Campbell Soup 2
Animal Health Institute 2
Tyco Electronics 2
American Academy of Family Physicians 2
National Cattlemen’s Beef Assn 2
Cargill Inc 2
Tyson Foods 2
General Electric 2
American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees 1
Pharmaceutical Rsrch & Mfrs of America 1
Burlington Industries 1
Dell Inc 1
IBM Corp 1
Intel Corp 1
Public Citizen 1
Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affl 1
Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids 1
Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund 1
NETWORK 1
New York Farm Bureau Federation 1
Illinois Agricultural Assn 1
Visa Inc 1
Nucor Corp 1

(there are others on the site I got this from, but naming them puts me in risk for a “libel” lawsuit, so I am not naming them here)

Sites possibly effected by TPP:

Amazon
Youtube
Facebook
Moddb
Itunes
3dgamers archive
ANY and All of the following gaming sites:
Seriously
Duke4ever
Doomworld
TESNexus
Doom3world
Fallout3nexus
Planethalflife
Func-Messgboard (look it up)
Quaddicted
Unrealsp.org
Beyondunreal.com
Payne Reactor
Planet Deus Ex
The Admirals Command Chamber
Tenfourmaps.telefragged.com
Underworldfans quake review site
Darkplaces
Zdoom.org
Gzdoom website
D2x-xl
Kmquake2
Prboomplus
Doom Legacy
DarkXL
DukePlus
Eduke32 website
Reverbnation
Purevolume
Soundcloud
4Shared
Myspace Music
Myspace
4Shared
Dropbox
FileFront/Gamefront
Atomic Gamer
Rapidshare
4Filehosting.com
Completegamer.net
Mediafire.com
Sendspace.com
Vimeo.com
Zippyshare.com
Blogspot
Wordpress

UPDATE:

Recently the Openmedia group emailed me with this link, it’s a form to email the supporters/drafters of the Trans-Pacific partnership with your concerns. They will display your posts on a wall when they get invited to the next meeting on sep 6-15. I already filled in mine, to give them my 2 cents, I suggest you do the same.  I signed up with them for updates send to my email, that’s how I got the link. Pretty lucky I did. Imagine the backlash when dozens of people email these people with what they all think. It could change the mind of the people and supporters “who are on the fence”, especially people who support video streaming sites, gaming sites, internet radio, etc. If you post the form, make sure to mention how it could be used to take down sites fraudulently, without proof by the government, how it could be used to arrest online video viewers for simply watching a allegedly copyrighted video on a video streaming site because of the temporary copies clause, and also mention how the links that are infringing don’t have to be mentioned all by name, just the assurance of the gov’t that the site has a lot of “infringing links”. It’s important that you don’t actually mention any sites I think could be affected by name,  like “youtube.com” or similar. You don’t want to give them ammo to go after such sites if it goes the way they want.

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Right now, the US and 8 other countries are all negotiating a secret treaty, the “trans-pacific partnership agreement” (or TPP) behind the backs of the congress that according to a recent leak, would force each country who ratifies this faux treaty to pass extreme draconian “copyright” laws that will make the government able to read private data gotten by ISPS and see what stuff among this could be copyright infringement, and without any proof, simply make one claim of infringing links, and then force the ISPs to shut down the persons net connection and tell the copyright holder the government claimed the transmission/site infringed on, then force google/etc to remove the sites in question and filter them out from search results, basically giving the gov’t free reign to shut down anything and give copyright holders free reign to make millions of money off of frivolous lawsuits. Even worse, infringement of “temporary” copies (like buffer copies of youtube videos) are considered infringement under this, and even not making any money off of said “infringement” makes a person liable for criminal infringement under this. So basically simply watching a youtube video could get you arrested under this for copyright infringement, because watching one video that is copyrighted puts 1000’s of temporary copies on your HDD and the ISPS would catch this and find you guilty of infringement due to “downloading illegal copies”. What trash….

I mentioned in one of my latest articles about TPP, how Megaupload was shut down and my files, all video game mods, not infringing in any way, were all deleted.  It seems that TPP, which is being negotiated in secret in Leesburg VA, from SEP 6 to 15, could be used to shut down more sites like megaupload, which there are tons of…. And every single one is targeted by the copyright moguls as “piracy sites”, with claims of how each and everyone of these sites are profiting off of piracy, even though many of these sites have disclaimers that they are against piracy and will delete copyrighted files. And many of them do.

The Problem is that many of these sites have a “Premium” account that supports more file size for a price paid per month, usually from 30 to 100 dollars depending on the premium accounts size increase over the free account. Usually multiple premium account types exist with more of a price and more file size allowed. The problem is that none of the pirated files are uploaded to these premium accounts, at all. Pirates split their archives into 200 different copies all around 30 MB or so, to fit them on the free account, but to also make it so the person trying to illegally download them will have to download 200 files by clicking 200 links that all will open in new windows, why?

Pirate sites are almost always virus infected, the serious ones. And if they aren’t they require clicking on (virus filled) ad links that are to get access to the download links. The more time a pirated file downloader spends on the pirate site the more likely his PC will get infected to send out spam.  The problem is that file upload sites like megaupload cannot possibly profit off of files uploaded to their free account. The ads found on these sites fill the sites and no matter how “legal” a file you are downloading is, you will still get ads. Their profiting off the ads, but the crazy allegation that megaupload and others are “profiting off piracy”, is BS, plain and simple. The pirates don’t even have to pay more money to host their files, and don’t even want to do that. They make their money off of Spam/Virus related crap, and don’t want to have to pay more money to upload.

Now onto megaupload’s takedown. I had perfectly legal files on that site, all video game mods I was distributing on a video game modding blog, none of them were infringing, yet the copyright moguls and the executive branch morons dare to take it down and possibly “investigate” my files? Since the megaupload take down and investigation was done in complete secrecy by morons in the executive branch who refuse multiple requests by EFF and others to return files to their legal owners, who didn’t infringe, I have no way of knowing if my files are among them…. They deserve the crap they get out of this, Simply uploading to any file uploading site puts us legal uploaders in the crosshairs… you use megaupload, you’re a pirate, it’s that simple, they all think that…

It’s no surprise, that simply uploading to one of these sites gets a “pirate crosshair” (suspicion of piracy) put on you, due to this article. A big industry advertiser, GroupM, sets up ads for the music industry on other sites, apparently, hiring others to do the real work involved (correct me If I am wrong). They posted a massive, thousands of entries long, list of sites they forbid advertising to, due to the sites being “pirate sites”.  Surprise!!!!, every single fire hosting site you can think of is on this list, rapidshare, megaupload, zippyshare, filestube, dropbox (who has a policy against uploading copyrighted files), 4shared, sendspace, mediafire,  and even worse, filefront, telefragged, and soundcloud!!!! All of them besides the last 3 have had some pirated files on them, and that’s only a reality of free file hosting sites, the more files get uploaded, the more likely someone will post something “infringing” or “allegedly infringing”.

The real issue is that filefront, a gaming file hosting site is on this list. Filefront has absolutely NO infringing files on it, by default it can’t… All it does is host game demos, mods, addon levels, patches, editing utilities, all legal files related to video games.  Telefragged.com is a huge host for video game fan sites, all large in size, such as planetquake, any planet(instert game name here).com site, there are over 15 of them, planethalflife, planetdeusex, planetdoom, planet-you-name-it. Each one of these hosts dozens of dozens of other sites, many of them modding sites. Since modding involves distributing assets from the parent game with the mod to make it work, in certain cases, the chance that TPP will not be used to shut down one of these big sites is almost nonexistant. The infringing content on the mod site, really is on the big parent site, making that big parent site get taken down. Since that big parent site is really a subsite of telefragged.com, the request would move up the chain to telefragged, taking down ALL of these sites for copyright infringement under TPP, due to the “alledged” copyright infringement.  Then comes sites like 3dgamers archives which host thousands of levels for many many games, totalling in the millions for all games combined, plus mods. You get the same problem. There is not a single game out there that doesn’t have one mod that re-destributes content from the parent game, getting all of 3dgamers archive shut down. There goes every single brilliant doom megawad ever made due to one claim of copyright infringement on the whole site based on one mod for some completely different games. This isn’t even factoring in mods that take stuff from other games, which are quite common. You add in that and you get an overwhelming guarantee that the site will get shut down due to a copyright complaint.

Then you have soundcloud, a place where indie artists share their music with fans. It allows downloads in mp3 format, and since many people stupidly assume that mp3 = must be pirated, it won’t be long before it gets shut down too. Like I said in the previous article, this could affect DOZENS of popular gaming, file upload, video sharing, indie music, and internet radio sites. The real problem is that GroupM either purposely or accidentally put telefragged.com, soundcloud.com,  and filefront.com on their blacklist. I can’t see how these inclusions on their list can be an accident, with the exception of filefront, because many other sites on their list had file as their beginning, they thought filefront was just another megaupload. But that simply cannot explain why telefragged and soundcloud got on the list accidentally. In My honest opinion the fact telefragged and soundcloud are one there is proof, to me, that the copyright moguls are going after game modding sites and indie music sites as well as true infringement sites, to erroneously claim they are all infringing. They need laws like SOPA/TPP to do this because under TPP, the gov’t doesn’t need to list every infringing link separately, just simply say any site is filled with infringing links, without proof, to make it so the ISP is forced to shut down the person who made the site, from the net, and to force Google/etc to filter it out and take down the site.

If the threat the TPP poses to sites like this doesn’t scare you, then maybe the threat it poses to youtube and amazon might scare you even more. Either way, we have a law being forced down on the congress via a bogus treaty, that could be abused even more than SOPA could if it got passed, on a global scale, to take down many, many sites, for “alleged” copyright infringement. You could get every single site that the govt accuses of having infringing links on it, taken offline, their owners arrested and sued, all behind the copyright holders back, millions of millions of people being arrested and sued  for merely watching youtube videos that have one thing the government says is copyright infringing, due to temporary copies being found on their hard drive by packet sniffing (deep packet inspection), which would be required to be done by ISPS to hunt for internet traffic that the government may find infringing, and all of this is being done behind the congresses back, the supreme court is being usurped, with no say on how constitutional this is, just for more money by copyright moguls? It isn’t right… Someone has to do some serious standing up to this. On openmedia.org there is a petition with over 100,000 signatures. If you think you could be affected by this, sign the petition. It’s being taken to the supporters at the next secret meeting in VA between Sep 6 and 15 as a protest by openmedia.  Also make sure to visit eff’s page to click one button and tell your Rep’s and Senators how you feel about this. Send your own custom message to tell them how much of the internet is in danger from this, mentioning how innocent sites such as gaming, file hosting, video sharing, indie music, and internet radio sites could all be shut down under this law for merely being accused of infringement, without proof, and that temporary copies found on people computers when viewing a video could get them in trouble with the law for copyright infringement simply because the government claimed the video is infringing and that they were purposely downloading the temporary copies, just by one allegation!!!  It’s important that citizens stand up to this and use the government rights to tell our congressmen we have to protest crap like this. If there is no fight, this will pass. Do you really want to be sued for $22,500,000 for simply watching a video? It could happen to you if you don’t take part in this. It’s a scary world, and it only gets scarier.

Sites that could be effected by this (printed out in each of the articles I write on TPP)

Amazon
Youtube
Facebook
Moddb
Itunes
3dgamers archive
ANY and All of the following gaming sites:
Seriously
Duke4ever
Doomworld
TESNexus
Doom3world
Fallout3nexus
Planethalflife
Func-Messgboard (look it up)
Quaddicted
Unrealsp.org
Beyondunreal.com
Payne Reactor
Planet Deus Ex
The Admirals Command Chamber
Tenfourmaps.telefragged.com
Underworldfans quake review site
Darkplaces
Zdoom.org
Gzdoom website
D2x-xl
Kmquake2
Prboomplus
Doom Legacy
DarkXL
DukePlus
Eduke32 website
Reverbnation
Purevolume
Soundcloud
4Shared
Myspace Music
Myspace
4Shared
Dropbox
FileFront/Gamefront
Atomic Gamer
Rapidshare
4Filehosting.com
Completegamer.net
Mediafire.com
Sendspace.com
Vimeo.com
Zippyshare.com
Blogspot
Wordpress

I’ve been writing about TPP here for the last few days, because In My Opinion, THIS is the big threat to the internet that SOPA wishes it was. For the people who haven’t read any of my posts and don’t know about this at all, TPP is a secret treaty being negotiated by 9 countries (including the US), that is being used to secretly pass downright stupid copyright infringement laws that will end up being abused like no other to take down sites the government finds “infringing”, that’s right, the copyright holder doesn’t have to complain, it’s the governments call, and even scarier according to this site, the government has to simply say the site has infringing links, without proof, without direct specification of which links are actually infringing and the ISPS will be forced to take it down, the person will be forced into jail, will probably be sued too,  because now the ISPS’s will be forced to tell copyright holders the names of anyone found guilty under the proposed legislation of copyright infringement, on the sole account of the government saying “this site infringes, these are the links, etc”. Only that. NO PROOF REQUIRED…

The site goes into the differences between the proposed legislation and the current US copyright law. Among other things, the current copyright law refuses to penalize people for infringing on copyright based on temporary buffer copies PC’s and other devices make, criminal copyright infringement requires at last $1000 dollars to be made with the illegal copies, while TPP would assume ALL copyright infringement is criminal, regardless of how much money is made, so therefore people infringing on copyright who do not make money off of it would all be guilty of criminal infringement under the TPP! It only gets scarier when you read some of the leaked text from the TPP leaked document, that the site linked above shows to see how draconian and corrupt the TPA really is…

“Each Party shall provide that in civil judicial proceedings . . . (b) its judicial authorities shall have the authority to order that materials and implements that have been used in the manufacture or creation of such pirated or counterfeit goods be, without compensation of any sort, promptly destroyed or, in exceptional circumstances, without compensation of any sort, disposed of outside the channels of commerce in such a manner as to minimize the risks of further infringements . . . .”

This text basically says if someone is found guilty under TPP of “criminal infringement” (aka simply any kind of infringement under TPP), and their PC was used to “create” the infringement, the “judiciary authorities” would be forced to “destroy” their PC, to “minimize future infringements”, from that person. Now if the person is uploading illegal music/movies/whatever, that’s one thing. But the TPP also illegalizes any ALLEGED infringement from both permanent and temporary copies. Anyone viewing a video on youtube that is simply alleged to be infringing by the government would end up getting the temporary copies put on their pc. They would get their PC destroyed to “minimize future infringement”. See where this is going?

“Willful copyright or related rights piracy on a commercial scale includes: (a) significant willful copyright or related rights infringements that have no direct or indirect motivation of financial gain . . . .”

This makes it so even if an infringer doesn’t make money off the “infringement” he still is guilty of “Criminal Infringement”.

“. . . that its judicial authorities shall have the authority to order, among other measures, the forfeiture of any assets traceable to the infringing activity, and shall order such forfeiture at least in cases of trademark counterfeiting . . . .”

Lets say some video or some other site online is ACCUSED of infringement. If someone uses anything from that site/video to make something else, the government has the right to destroy that site/video too!

“. . . that its authorities may initiate legal action ex officio with respect to the offenses described in this Chapter, without the need for a formal complaint by a private party or right holder.”

The copyright holder does not have to publicly accuse the infringer. It’s the governments call to what is infringing, and they can “initiate legal action” for whatever reason they want whatsoever. This is free grounds for the government to accuse anyone of infringement without proof from the copyright holder…

“The TPP does not include a limitation on liability of nonprofit educational institutions, as § 512(e) does.”

Anything found infringing, created by a “non-profit educational institution”, would be treated as criminal infringement. Under copyright law there is a limitation on liability which prevents such institutions from being accused of this due to “educational value”. This would illegalize any infringement that is used for such value such as, video game commentary (!)/lets plays/ etc, news broadcasts, video game review, software reviews, etc.

“In the case of notices regarding an information location tool pursuant to paragraph (b)(i)(D) of Article 16.3, the information provided must be reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to locate the reference or link residing on a system or network controlled or operated by or for it, except that in the case of a notice regarding a substantial number of references or links at a single online site residing on a system or network controlled or operated by or for the service provider, a representative list of such references or links at the site may be provided, if accompanied by information sufficient to permit the service provider to locate the references or links.”

Under the TPP, if the government merely claims a site has a lot of infringing links, that’s enough proof for them. Under current copyright law, the accuser has to prove what links are infringing. This allows TPP to be used for widespread frivolous attacks on anything the government deems infringing, without any proof whatsoever.  In the last article I posted, the sheer amount of youtube video’s that could be merely accused of copyright infringement is quite high.  It includes far more than infringing music uploads…

“Video game commentary, Video game reviews, Video game walkthroughs, Lets plays, video’s of mods for video games especially ones that include content from other games, their are tons of that,  videos of video games that have background music that just HAPPENS to be copyrighted by someone, video’s showing live performances of bands or videos of bands, even if those videos are uploaded by the BANDS OWN LABEL, behind the scenes videos of bands in the studio that play the tracks after being recorded, even though they are uploaded by the BANDS own label, advertisements for any site that hosts indie music, indie music directly uploaded to youtube by the ARTISTS THEMSELVES, indie music uploaded by an artist separately from their own indie hosting site (think reverbnation) not knowing that reverbnation/etc,  happened to copyright it,  clips from TV shows, even ones uploaded with the copyright holders permission, TV shows uploaded with permission, any video where the permission has been secured to upload it,  and any video someone claims fraudulent copyright on, without actually owning the copyright!”

That’s a lot the government can take down with TPP, without having to prove anything. Youtube video links count as links under the TPP, and all the government has to do is merely claim youtube is filled with infringing links and that will be grounded to take them down.

“Without prejudice to Articles 11(1)(ii), 11bis(1)(i) and (ii), 11ter(1)(ii), 14(1)(ii), and 14bis(1) of the Berne Convention, each Party shall provide to authors the exclusive right to authorize or prohibit the communication to the public of their works, by wire or wireless means, including the making available to the public of their works in such a way that members of the public may access these works from a place and at a time individually chosen by them.”

Under this, any site that has any link to something allegedly infringing, that allows people to view them whenever they want, can be blocked by copyright holders if they own the copyright. This is not limited to Youtube (obviously), Any site that links to any content hosted on any of the constantly called infringing hosting sites such as 4shared, amazon MP3 which allows people to purchase digitally mp3 music any time they want, which counts as ” making available to the public of their works in such a way that members of the public may access these works from a place and at a time individually chosen by them”, any and all game modding sites, they also count under this, basically any site that hosts content that someone thinks is infringing and allows access to free downloading.

Now… I looked up more info on the TPP, and wondered who was lobbying for this pile of crap law. I thought everyone’s favorite music industry representative would be on the list but they arent. MPAA is, however, surprisingly so is the ESA, the entertainment software association and many other tech groups, including Yahoo!. The list is on this site.  Under the TPP ANY of the following sites could be taken down…

Amazon
Youtube
Facebook
Moddb
Itunes
3dgamers archive
ANY and All of the following gaming sites:
Seriously
Duke4ever
Doomworld
TESNexus
Doom3world
Fallout3nexus
Planethalflife
Func-Messgboard (look it up)
Quaddicted
Unrealsp.org
Beyondunreal.com
Payne Reactor
Planet Deus Ex
The Admirals Command Chamber
Tenfourmaps.telefragged.com
Underworldfans quake review site
Darkplaces
Zdoom.org
Gzdoom website
D2x-xl
Kmquake2
Prboomplus
Doom Legacy
DarkXL
DukePlus
Eduke32 website
Reverbnation
Purevolume
Soundcloud
4Shared
Myspace Music
Myspace
4Shared
Dropbox
FileFront/Gamefront
Atomic Gamer
Rapidshare
4Filehosting.com
Completegamer.net
Mediafire.com
Sendspace.com
Vimeo.com
Zippyshare.com
Blogspot
Wordpress

If you are a fan of any of these sites, I highly suggest you talk to your congressmen about this treaty, being legislated behind their backs, circumventing the supreme court, for the sole purpose of government led

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TPP FTA (TPPA): Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement Subordinates Nations (And People) To Corporations (Photo credit: watchingfrogsboil)

witch hunts against anyone they claim is copyright infringing. You do this with one click of a button at this site.

I’ve been writing about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) for a few days. Basically TPP is a huge and secret treaty among “pacific” countries that would force them all to incorporate extreme, unfair and downright stupid copyright laws, not limited to forcing internet intermediaries (google, etc) to filter and block any content accused of “alleged” copyright infringement (aka no proof needed), as well as ISP’s having to shut down access to the people accused and forcing the ISP’s to tell the copyright holders about any of these people accused of “alleged” copyright infringement.

To make things worse, as I mentioned in the previous article, temporary copies found on people’s computers would be enough to make someone liable for copyright infringement, if found by “deep pack inspection”, a technique ISPS would be forced to use to find these temporary copies, which are downloaded in the thousands everytime someone watches 1 youtube video, listens to 1 streamed song off of sites like  soundcloud, reverbnation, purevolume, etc, all specializing in hosting indie music artists music.  The content doesn’t even HAVE to be infringing any copyright for the holder to take action, remember how many fraudulent content ID claims youtube allows, because youtube does not require proof the copyright holder actually holds the copyright! If TPP and the necessary Copyright laws pass this will only increase, by the thousands! Now let me tell you how easy it would be for temporary copies of an infringing work to get onto someones hard drive WITHOUT them actually downloading them…..

Hypothetical situation A:

Some bar is blasting pop music.  The bar’s radio station of choice has the right to play the music. Some guy happens to be walking outside filming himself going to the bar, for some other reason. The music ends up on his video. He uploads it to youtube.  The video is immediately marketed on google like all youtube video’s are, by making it go into the search results.  Someone finds the video. He watches it on his PC. Without his knowledge, around 1000+ temporary copies are created PER viewer, that don’t go away till the viewers clear their cache. And even if they do clear the cache, the damage has been done. Deep packet inspection would have found them the instant they are downloaded, because deep packet inspection involves looking at everything someone downloads with extreme scrutiny while the packets are moving from the youtube site to the person viewing it.  The ISPS would be legally forced to copy these packets and look at them closely to find out if a “temporary” copy is inside any of them and if it’s infringing.  IF The infringing song is found in the packets, the person is then liable for copyright infringement, even though he didn’t actually steal anything!

Hypothetical Situation B:

Repeat the above scenario with the following changes.  The video’ audio is cut out and replaced with a song the person happens to like. Now the person uploading IS guilty of copyright infringement. But that’s not the point. The song is popular and makes the video even more popular. 90% of the viewers don’t know of the song, but every single one of these viewers has 1000+ of these “temporary” copies on their hard drive. And because of the deep packet inspection, each and every one of these viewers, even ones who accidentally viewed the video when youtube automatically played it in part of a playlist due to an error or on purpose, are all guilty of 1000+ counts of copyright infringement under TPP!

Now to examine the damages the people would be facing looking at the latest RIAA case:

The defendant of the latest RIAA case was forced to pay $22,500 dollars PER song downloaded when he only downloaded 30 songs illegally that were only worth $0.99 per song originally. Imagine this number multiplied by 1000 or more, It gets SCARY, Scary like in $22,500,500 per defendant for merely VIEWING a video! In a court case where the entire viewership are co-defendants of eachother (assuming the video gets 100,000 views), that adds up to $2,250,000,000,000 in damages!

If you think the lawsuit bringer would not stoop too that level, you are wrong… RIAA already made the defendant of the case pay $675,000 for 30 songs! If the persons involved show the video starts showing off the video to people on his PC, that number increases even more, lets say he shows the video to 10 friends, that number becomes $225,000,000 for that defendant!!!!

The bar, the uploader, AND youtube would probably  ALL be liable under TPP for ALLOWING infringement as well. The bar allowed someone to copy a song off the radio, don’t think for a second the lawsuit bringer won’t prosecute them.  The original poster even if he didn’t put the song in the video on purpose, would STILL be held liable for allowing copies to be distributed in HIS video, even if the song was “accidentally” played in the video. Now to get to youtube.

Youtube has the reputation as the worst place on the internet, besides warez, where copyrighted material is available, and many people mistakenly believe that youtube profits off of piracy… Why? Their content ID system, which was set up to alert copyright holders to unauthorized infringers uploading their copyrighted works, allows the holders to upload samples of their copyrighted works (without proof), and gives them the option to either take down video’s matching it, or to put ads in the video’s. When people see ads in video’s and they see infringement in the video’s they think youtube are trying to profit off of this, but they aren’t. The Copyright holders are, because it’s THEIR choice not youtube…

Even if you think youtube’s copyrighted works only amount to tv show clips and music pirated as video’s you are in for a shock to what things could generate “alleged” copyright claims on youtube and what does. The following types of videos are considered infringing by someone, not necessarily the movie and music industry:

Video game commentary, Video game reviews, Video game walkthroughs, Lets plays, video’s of mods for video games especially ones that include content from other games, their are tons of that,  videos of video games that have background music that just HAPPENS to be copyrighted by someone, video’s showing live performances of bands or videos of bands, even if those videos are uploaded by the BANDS OWN LABEL, behind the scenes videos of bands in the studio that play the tracks after being recorded, even though they are uploaded by the BANDS own label, advertisements for any site that hosts indie music, indie music directly uploaded to youtube by the ARTISTS THEMSELVES, indie music uploaded by an artist separately from their own indie hosting site (think reverbnation) not knowing that reverbnation/etc,  happened to copyright it,  clips from TV shows, even ones uploaded with the copyright holders permission, TV shows uploaded with permission, any video where the permission has been secured to upload it,  and any video someone claims fraudulent copyright on, without actually owning the copyright!

The sheer amount of video’s where alleged infringement could occur is about 99.9% of youtube video’s then. Even if some of these were not even infringing in the first place, the temporary copies found on the Hard drive of all the viewers would Guarantee that the copyright moguls and their clients would get even more money than they even deserve for this. Due to all the temporary copies being produced of copyrighted material that happens to be uploaded by people who own the rights, the amount of frivolous lawsuits resulting from this will SKYROCKET to the MILLIONS per years by people apparently downloading 1000 copies per video, without actually TRYING to do that. Simply viewing a video will get people thrown in jail and sued.  This will result in More money being given to the Copyright holders in court for something the defendant didn’t even do!  This WILL be used to shut down youtube because of this. Imagine a megaupload trial X100 with youtube for ALL of this PLUS Temporary copies, IP address info given to the copyright holders for ANYONE who Dared to watch any of these videos in question. Anyone who even visited youtube and got into it would be at risk for having to pay 1000X what that defendant did due to the temporary copies!!!!

What’s next after youtube??? If even ONE game related video from that list gets an alleged infringement tag, the copyright holders would get noticed. Now comes greedy gaming companies, suing major modding sites  AND lets players, people linking to those lets plays, for ALLOWING the copyrighted infringing material to be “distributed”, because of the temporary copies found on people’s HDD after viewing the lets plays. You would then get THEM suing youtube.  I watch DOZENS of lets plays, because I love seeing other people playing games. It helps me get into new ones, and helps me to see good strategies in games I have already played. People like me would be targeted also. This whole thing would not end there however.  Any modding site that hosts any kind of mod for any video game that includes content from another game would then be targeted. Here’s the thing. THERE ISN’T a modding site that DOESN’T do this. Every single game has at least ONE mod that does this… Even modified models/graphics/sprites/textures or ones that are based or inspired would get every single Modding site in trouble. And since 99% of the modding sites are hosted by BIG gaming sites dedicated to the game they mod, those parent sites would be next…. You have 99% of the internet sites dedicated to any video game being taken down due to this!!! The following sites could be gone, Doomworld, Duke4ever, Planetquake, PlanetDeusEx, Planethalflife, TESNEXUS, ANY and All game related file hosting sites (gamefront, atomic gamer, etc),  and ALL other big gaming sites that happen to host mods, nevermind MODDB and other modding sites dedicated to hosting the latest mods, ALL would be targeted under this… But that is just  the microscopic tip of the iceberg…..

Streamed video in youtube is only 1% of the total streamed content online… the rest include internet radio sites, like Pandora, Snakenet internet radio and others, and ANY site that has streamed music on it. After defeating youtube and modding sites, Amazon probably will  be the the music industry’s next target, for it’s Amazon Mp3 download service and Amazon cloud drive, which recently got heat from the music industry for allowing people to host their own BOUGHT music on the cloud….  Amazon MP3 Allows people to buy music legally online and the price is much lower (9.99 for album vs 20+ per Phsyical CD), due to the lack of packaging and medium.  However the music industry probably won’t like this because they think they don’t make enough money from REAL cd’s from amazon so… Next comes the Big Amzon.com take down where they demand Amazon get taken down because they are distributing “pirated” mp3 files.  Even though Amazon is not. Just because the service is “legal” does not mean the industry won’t file a big lawsuit. Under TPP the chance is MUCH greater this will happen, due to the fact the ISPS have to block any site that has any allegation of infringing content on it. One Mogul saying “Amazon Mp3 is all pirated stuff” is enough to get Amazon.com shut down too. It’s the only good source of music to many people, not just me, because of the fact of  the perfect selection of music and the cheap price. But that scenario only the tip of the iceberg….

There are literally Dozens of indie music hosting sites, ALL with streaming capabilities. A big one is soundcloud, another big one is reverbnation. I had my own metal music hosted on both for a while. Then you add in myspace music and facebook too because plugins for the later and the first allow streaming music. ANYONE DARING to listen to any music from any of these sites IS LIABLE for copyright infringement under the TPP, due to the temporary copies being made, thousands from one song being played!!!

Next come the number 1 enemy of Piracy morons everywhere, sites like 4shared, zippyshare, mediafire, megaupload, rapidshare, which all have LEGIT files being hosted.  Under the TPP, the ISPS’s have to filter and block ANY site that has been ACCUSED of infringement, that includes ANY of the following sites, and if one of these sites haven’t been accused, they will eventually, I guarantee it. This list,  which I shall constantly print on any article bashing the TPP and use as tags to get the sites owners (hopefully) involved in the attack against the TPP.

Amazon
Youtube
Facebook
Moddb
Itunes
3dgamers archive
ANY and All of the following gaming sites:
Seriously
Duke4ever
Doomworld
TESNexus
Doom3world
Fallout3nexus
Planethalflife
Func-Messgboard (look it up)
Quaddicted
Unrealsp.org
Beyondunreal.com
Payne Reactor
Planet Deus Ex
The Admirals Command Chamber
Tenfourmaps.telefragged.com
Underworldfans quake review site
Darkplaces
Zdoom.org
Gzdoom website
D2x-xl
Kmquake2
Prboomplus
Doom Legacy
DarkXL
DukePlus
Eduke32 website
Reverbnation
Purevolume
Soundcloud
4Shared
Myspace Music
Myspace
4Shared
Dropbox
FileFront/Gamefront
Atomic Gamer
Rapidshare
4Filehosting.com
Completegamer.net
Mediafire.com
Sendspace.com
Vimeo.com
Zippyshare.com
Blogspot
Wordpress

If Anyone reading this likes any of those sites I highly suggest you click the take action button on this linked page by the EFF, so that your Congressman know about  the BS that’s being done BEHIND THEIR back by the executive branch, CIRCUMVENTING the Supreme court, and Congress to allow the copyright moguls  to sue 1000X as much people, for simply viewing a video!