Do you remember a time when the Internet was not that big yet and there were only a few sites that people went to? This was more than a decade ago and back then things such as mIRC and ICQ (chat relay services) were quite popular. In 2003, a file sharing site known as the Pirate Bay made its debut on the World Wide Web and the rest, as they say, is history. This was when file sharing and torrent downloading started to take bloom, and both of them have become staples of the Internet.
We all know that the Internet has a strong stand against piracy, and unfortunately for them one of the most popular sites on the web also happens to cater to “pirates.” Now while it might not actually be doing piracy directly, the Pirate Bay’s users are the ones who upload copyrighted content onto their servers. These files are converted into torrents and are downloaded with apps called torrent clients.
The Pirate Bay’s main purpose is to give users a place where they can share their files, so technically the site is not the one at fault. If the law enforcers really want to catch the true culprits, then they will have to find a way to arrest the thousands of users who upload their content on the site on a daily basis. So how much has the Pirate Bay impacted the Internet? For one thing, it has become synonymous with the term “free content” because that’s what its fans get from it.
If it were not for the Pirate Bay, then web users all over the world would not be able to enjoy the benefits of watching their favorite movies, playing their favorite games, and reading their favorite comic books for free. There are a ton of sites on the web that try to emulate the Pirate Bay in terms of what they do, but the torrents they produce will never be able to match the ones that the Pirate Bay has when it comes to quality. Isohunt, also known as “the Pirate Bay copy site”, is a good example of this.
The Pirate Bay has become so popular that even the world’s governments have been trying for years to get rid of it for good. In fact, the UK has already imposed a ban on the site, but users have still found a way to get access to Pirate Bay through the use of Pirate Bay reverse proxies. These proxies hide a user’s IP address so they can browse websites like the Pirate Bay without being detected.
So it is pretty safe to say that the Pirate Bay has become somewhat of a cultural icon of the digital age.
Listen to Abe – Stop SOPA and PIPA
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"The Democracy of to-day hold the liberty of one man to be absolutely nothing, when in conflict with another man’s right of property. Republicans, on the contrary, are for both the man and the dollar; but in case of conflict, the man before the dollar." – Abraham Lincoln
In this case you might define Republican as "An advocate of a republic, a form of government that is not a monarchy or dictatorship, and is generally associated with the rule of law."
My point in using this quote is to highlight the fact that SOPA, PIPA, the DMCA and related laws are supporting the rights of property holders over the rights of speech and liberty. Very few people defend piracy , but it is not just to throw out due process of law to save a corporation some imaginary profits.
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Read the entire letter from Lincoln in the New York Times
Another Letter from Mr. Lincoln.; HIS VIEWS OF THE POLITICAL DOCTRINES ADVOCATED BY JEFFERSON.
THE WEB GOES ON STRIKE! Read All About It!
NOTE: After experiencing the day of protest about SOPA/PIP it is clear that the action could better be called a Web Blackout rather than a Strike.
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NOTE: I decided to change to this current quote after I determined that the quote that I was using probably erroneous. That quote is: "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."
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