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Well, gang, yours truly is in mourning along with millions of others around the 'web today...As you are aware if you are here, I enjoy making music vids out of clips from my favorite television shows.  (I know, I've been pretty absent lately, but I swear I'm still here.)  Well, to get said clips I have to download copies of the shows.  Now, the majority of these shows are shows that I already own on DVD or Blu-ray so I have absolutely no guilt regarding downloading them.  After all, all I'm doing is obtaining cyber-copies of what I already paid for.  Now, admittedly, I have indulged in other things...a free movie here, a free CD there.  But, for the most part, if I see something online that I enjoy, I go and actually buy the DVD or CD.  It's more an insurance policy for me...to make sure I'm going to enjoy what I'm spending, what in many cases is, a lot of money on.  And, I am not the only one...there are millions of us "pirates" out there...Simply sampling the material before we purchase...like a movie-goer's test-drive.

Now, to why I'm wasting your time with all this and why so many of us are upset...For those who don't know (and, I didn't until I got home from work a couple of hours ago) Megaupload.com, one of the biggest file-sharing sites on the 'web, was shut down today and several of it's top executives were arrested on piracy charges...Check out the story here.  Okay...let me get this straight...they rent out space to individual users who have to agree to their Terms of Service, which state that the posting of copyrighted material is prohibited; those users violate the TOS and post the stuff anyway; and, Megaupload itself is responsible, not the individual violators...Yeah, that makes all kinds of sense that doesn't.  

Seriously, they tried this crap with YouTube years ago...so what did YouTube do?  They came back with a bunch of warnings and stricter policies regarding censoring their users file-sharing.  But, they came back!!  They tried this with Napster...they shut it down, and what happened?  Kazaa popped up to replace it...shut it down and more sites came up to replace those...Are these guys ever going to learn?  It's not going to stop with one site...or even if they enact SOPA and start shutting down multiple sites...more will come back...it's a war they cannot win...

Hey, Hollywood fat-cats, let me give you some advice...If you weren't charging $20 a freakin' ticket to see a two-hour movie (and that doesn't count the snacks) maybe people wouldn't be looking for ways to get them for free...if we weren't more concerned with $4 a gallon gas prices and weekly increases in the price of milk, maybe we could afford to pay your exorbitant prices...You want to shut down pirates?  Make your product affordable again...Remember when you and a friend could go to the movies, get a little popcorn, maybe a soda a piece and enjoy yourselves for all of $20 for the both of you?  I do...and, guys, I'm not that old...your prices have just gone that high that fast.  You aren't going to win in a war of pricey luxury vs. free luxury.  People will find a way around you and all your legal mumbo jumbo.  Why don't you spend more time worrying about how to make good movies and present them affordably than crying over being outsmarted by the cash-strapped public??

And, as for the FBI...let's just hope their masters over that the MPAA give them their well-deserved pats on the heads for being good, little doggies...maybe even scratch them behind the ear and toss them a Milk Bone...I mean, seriously.  They are shutting down file-sharing sites...are there no missing kids that they need to be looking for or murderers that need to be hunted down? (Hey, I watch Bones, I know these things.)  Shouldn't our governmental authorities be focusing on the real, violent, dangerous crooks out there instead freaking out over a nerd and his computer?  But, that would mean growing a spine and standing up to special interest groups like the MPAA...so...here ya go, FBI.  Good boys...yes, that's a good boy!!  Maybe if we toss 'em a Snausage, they'll roll over for us, too...

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