Internet file sharing
Internet File Sharing refers to the often illegal distribution and trading of movies, music and software via the internet (or digitally). As our world moves into a new era, it is quite possible that recorded media will become obsolete. People involved with the music, film and computer industry have often spoken out about this highly controversial issue.
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- I am speechless about the idea of putting music fans in jail for downloading music. It is wrong to illegally download, but the answer cannot be jail. Here in America we create new opportunities out of adversity, not punitive laws, and we should look to new technologies like Apple's new Music Store for solutions. This way, innovation continues to be the hallmark of America. It is the fans that drive the success of the music business.
- Michael Jackson, press statement (21 July 2003), quoted in "Jackson attacks music piracy bill" in BBC News (22 July 2003)
- Child pornography is great. Politicians do not understand file sharing, but they understand child pornography, and they want to filter that to score points with the public. Once we get them to filter child pornography, we can get them to extend the block to file sharing.
We must filter the Internet to win over online file sharing. But politicians don’t understand that file sharing is bad, and this is a problem for us. Therefore, we must associate file sharing with child pornography. Because that’s something the politicians understand, and something they want to filter off the Internet.
- Johan Schlüter, antipiracy activist, speaking about political tactics to an audience of copyright industry insiders, "The Copyright Industry Absolutely Loves Child Pornography", as reported by Rick Falkvinge
- If there's anyone out there involved in illegal movie piracy ... don't do it. Take a good look at these people. These are the people you're stealing from. Look at them! Face what you've done! There are women here who can barely afford enough gown to cover their breasts.
- Jon Stewart at the Academy Awards, March 5, 2006.
- There is no justice in following unjust laws. It’s time to come into the light and, in the grand tradition of civil disobedience, declare our opposition to this private theft of public culture.
- We need to take information, wherever it is stored, make our copies and share them with the world. We need to take stuff that's out of copyright and add it to the archive. We need to buy secret databases and put them on the Web. We need to download scientific journals and upload them to file sharing networks. We need to fight for Guerilla Open Access.
- With enough of us, around the world, we’ll not just send a strong message opposing the privatization of knowledge — we’ll make it a thing of the past. Will you join us?