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Re: Bill S. 978 - About Copyright
« Reply #30 on: November 16, 2011, 01:45:13 PM »
Only problem is that the socialist/communist system just doesn't work very well economically in the long run.

Yes I know people would point out China, but I'm referring to the former Soviet Union and China does have it's own problems with the economy among other stuff, and it's more of a hybrid.
China is certainly hybrid. You're welcome to dig into their problems and we shall see if they're because of Socialism.

The Soviet Union did well for a long time - it had more than 10% growth for many years around the 1950's. USA undermined an important part of its export by making deals with Saudi Arabia to increase their oil production. And its military was a huge part of their economic problems - it spent more than 20% of its gross domestic product on military, rather than development, which was far more than the western countries during the cold war as far as I know.

I would say Capitalism has no chance in the long run, because it has no way to plan for the long run, when everything is based on corporations' short term impulses for profit. It will ruin the environment it relies on, like bacteria consuming an isolated apple. Blind exponential growth until the point where it runs out of something to consume, and then collapse.
And profit doesn't always equate to something which is actually beneficial to society, the people or the economy. You can see that every single day in your life - the spambots on this forum trying to trick people into buying probably non-existant products, the Coca Cola, alcohol and burgers people fill themselves with and the tobacco they smoke, costing immense amounts of money for the healthcare system, I could go on...

A planned economy can exactly take the future into account, because it's planned on the big scale.

Communism is the future. One day machines and computers can, and hopefully wil, do all of our work, and not distributing everything equally would be completely ridiculous at that point.

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Re: Bill S. 978 - About Copyright
« Reply #31 on: November 16, 2011, 01:54:45 PM »
Too long; didn't read. :P

Thankfully you didn't have time to right more, you'd probably post something three times the size of what you wrote. :P

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Re: Bill S. 978 - About Copyright
« Reply #32 on: November 16, 2011, 02:40:20 PM »
I think modern capitalism (as we know it and define it) started in the later 19th century while communism/socialism as it's define now probably really began to take on its modern form in the late 19th/early 20th century (Karl Marx and Lenins time), so the modern concepts are relatively young on the timescale of civilization, but yea...

Also, part of the Soviet Unions problem is that they were pretty oppressive and China is definetly to a lesser extent, so I'm not really sure if there can be a communist/socialist economy without getting an oppressive goverment.

I'm not being a defender of capitalism as I agree that there are major problems with the corporations, especially banks and capitalism is certainly a percentage of the cause of the current issues with the global economy (a great deal of it is due to politics though....).

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Re: Bill S. 978 - About Copyright
« Reply #33 on: November 16, 2011, 02:53:42 PM »
I've head a lot of bills and acts about copyright and I find them all depressing.
But isn't Youtube just a glorified version of "word-of-mouth"? Surely, you're using Youtube to describe a game to someone, but with a different medium. How about arresting me for telling people what I did in Skyrim today?

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Re: Bill S. 978 - About Copyright
« Reply #34 on: November 16, 2011, 05:06:47 PM »
Hah, very interesting view. Totally agreed.

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Re: Bill S. 978 - About Copyright
« Reply #35 on: November 17, 2011, 10:38:02 AM »
Also, part of the Soviet Unions problem is that they were pretty oppressive and China is definetly to a lesser extent, so I'm not really sure if there can be a communist/socialist economy without getting an oppressive goverment.
True. However, some of Europe is probably more hybrid than China, Denmark has one of the highest tax rates in the world for example (if not the highest). And their governments could hardly be called oppressive from a western point of view. And again, many capitalist governments are also very oppressive, like the extremely conservative ones in the Middle East. And capitalism must accept the oppression which money is bound to cause as well.
I think the power struggles in the early Soviet Union between not only the Bolsheviks and Mensheviks, but also other revolutionary Socialists like the Socialists Revolutionaries. When they received 40% of the votes in 1917 and the Bolsheviks only received 24%, the Bolsheviks then made the wrong move to try taking all control for themselves. I don't think you can blame Socialism for the oppressive rule which came after, maybe the chaos created by an armed revolution could play a role (however, I think the revolution was more than justified against the probably even more oppressive rule which came before it).

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Re: Bill S. 978 - About Copyright
« Reply #36 on: November 23, 2011, 05:33:04 PM »

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Re: Bill S. 978 - About Copyright
« Reply #38 on: November 24, 2011, 12:11:05 AM »
Oh lol, fail on my part.

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Re: Bill S. 978 - About Copyright
« Reply #39 on: November 24, 2011, 06:05:32 AM »
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Re: Bill S. 978 - About Copyright
« Reply #40 on: November 29, 2011, 11:48:37 PM »
I got e-mail:

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Sources Op-Ed: Blacklist Bill allows Feds to remove websites from Internet (Digital Journal)
http://digitaljournal.com/article/313463

Disastrous IP Legislation Is Back And It's Worse than Ever (EFF)
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/10/disastrous-ip-legislation-back-%E2%80%93-and-it%E2%80%99s-worse-ever

Silicon Valley legislators oppose online piracy act (SFGate)
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/11/15/BUO81LV0KI.DTL

House Hearing on Stop Online Piracy Act Scheduled (PC World)
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/243659/house_hearing_on_stop_online_piracy_act_scheduled.html

Growing Chorus of Opposition to "Stop Online Piracy Act"
https://www.cdt.org/report/growing-chorus-opposition-stop-online-piracy-act

The stop online piracy act: summary, problems, and implications
https://www.cdt.org/files/pdfs/SOPA%202-pager%20final.pdf

Why Is Justin Bieber So Pissed Off?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/timothy-karr/why-is-justin-bieber-so-p_b_1071055.html

Stop Online Piracy Act
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-112hr3261ih/pdf/BILLS-112hr3261ih.pdf

PROTECT IP Act
http://leahy.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/BillText-PROTECTIPAct.pdf

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Re: Bill S. 978 - About Copyright
« Reply #41 on: November 30, 2011, 06:58:04 AM »

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Re: Bill S. 978 - About Copyright
« Reply #42 on: November 30, 2011, 08:15:37 AM »
Pirating is capitalism's fault. Just make everything open source, give people credit for their work and give everyone equal amounts of material stuff so they don't have to rely on people not pirating their stuff to avoid starving to death (okay, that's not the case for the massive corporations, which really just want more money to expand to get even more money to make a colony on Mars, so they can conquer Pluto and then TAKE OVER EARTH and get more money) and as a result want to put ristrictions on the internet.

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Re: Bill S. 978 - About Copyright
« Reply #43 on: November 30, 2011, 12:05:00 PM »
I don't think pirating is illegal, but that's just me. The person who made the torrent should go to jail for putting it up. :P

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Re: Bill S. 978 - About Copyright
« Reply #44 on: November 30, 2011, 12:21:23 PM »
I don't think pirating is illegal, but that's just me. The person who made the torrent should go to jail for putting it up. :P
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_infringement_of_software
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_infringement

I don't pirate stuff, but I am very much against copyright laws, just as much as the current system which makes them neccesary. I don't feel sorry for massive companies and rich people, but there are also people who rely on their software sales to pay for their normal house etc., and I think it's wrong to pirate their software.

I'm always scared of being jailed and having to pay 3000 trillion money units for having done SOMETHING wrong copyrightwise somewhen. I mean, almost all software has ridiculously long terms of agreement which nobody could possibly have the time to read, kol, if I read them for all of my games, I could spend the rest of my life on that and never get to actually play them.
But then again, the leader of The Unity List has no intentions to stop pirating music in protest, so I probably shouldn't be that afraid, kolkolkol. :P
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Re: Bill S. 978 - About Copyright
« Reply #45 on: November 30, 2011, 03:32:53 PM »
Well someone wrote them, so it can't take THAT long to read. What are they giving us, 1950 technology games?