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Copyright Law ( Criticism from an Anarchist )

Posted by officialericcrooks - July 13th, 2019

Copyright Law ( Criticism from an Anarchist )

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It’s 20 years since my first film which didn’t feature me playing with a toy black and white camera mimicking stuff I’ve seen on America’s Funniest Home Videos ( just goofy faces , not jackass stunts and making myself fall ) .

Thanks to the internet I was able to find the very commercial which got my parents to get me the thing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJGO0yjE2zw As well as the eBay listing of where I can get one again for memory sake. The Tyco toy video camera from 1996. 

In 1999 I had my second video camera ( which broke on we quickly ) which was the typical one which you put a VHS tape inside . I can use the internet to find one that’s similar or the very one. 

But you know what , capitalism kills… and copyright infringement laws and punishments is just one of them. Want to know how come I don’t have any of my short films anymore ? Want to know why I threw them away ? The FEAR OF COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT LAW PUNISHMENTS ! Oh dear , what kind of a crime could an 8 year old - teenager do ?

Making recordings of my puppets lip-syncing to music ? Speaking of which , did you know that JIM HENSON the creator of The Muppets himself violated the copyright of Stan Freberg ? However the ending of the story is quite funny , happy and ended with a friendship between the hero and the artist. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mefbXErJRJw

Furthermore when The Jim Henson Company owned The Muppets , they were fully well aware of the Muppet fan sites ( as well as tape trading going on ) . And they were thankful and as far as I know never went after ANYONE for it. The only times they sued was when people were making businesses like a DJ called Muppet F***er , a bunch of registered web site domain names , and Wimzie’s House ( well it was an…….interesting show putting it mildly . https://officialericcrooks.blogspot.com/2019/02/is-wimzies-house-possessed.html )

There’s so many stupid things about the idea of copyright infringement , and even getting celebrities like Jack Black trying to be funny while scaring people about the crime. Remember that commercial that was on DVDs on how DOWNLOADING IS AGAINST THE LAW ?

Well what if you wanted to invite some friends over for movie night. You bought the damn DVD and what ? Does The Government still want to break down the door , put guns towards everyone’s heads while arresting these terrorist criminals because only one bought the DVD and everyone should just watch the movie all alone and ONCE and if they want to watch it again they need to buy it again ? Doesn’t make any sense right ? Almost like an exaggeration of what’s really legal or not. But as an Anarchist , I found out that LAW and ORDER , Capitalism , Religion , Government , hierarchical power over you DOES NOT CARE ABOUT HUMANITY …. WE ARE NOT LIVING IN FREE COUNTRIES ( Land of The Free , Home of the Brave ) , WE ARE WAGE SLAVES ! Psychopaths rule this world. Don’t believe me , read The Anarchist FAQ .

Speaking of which , I’d like to quote what it has to say about copyright from it.

I quote the following.

“ Anarchists, needless to say, have some issues with such an analysis. The most obvious objection is that while "finders keepers" may be an acceptable ethical position on the playground, it is hardly a firm basis to justify an economic system marked by inequalities of liberty and wealth. Moreover, discovering something does not entitle you to an income from it. Take, for example, someone who discovers a flower in a wood. That, in itself, will generate no income of any kind. Unless the flower is picked and taken to a market, the discoverer cannot "profit" from discovering it. If the flower is left untouched then it is available for others to appropriate unless some means are used to stop them (such as guarding the flower). This means, of course, limiting the discovery potential of others, like the state enforcing copyright stops the independent discovery of the same idea, process or product.

As such, "discovery" is not sufficient to justify non-labour income as an idea remains an idea unless someone applies it. To generate an income (profit) from a discovery you need to somehow take it to the market and, under capitalism, this means getting funds to invest in machinery and workplaces. However, these in themselves do nothing and, consequently, workers need to be employed to produce the goods in question. If the costs of producing these goods is less than the market price, then a profit is made. Does this profit represent the initial "discovery"? Hardly for without funds the idea would have remained just that. Does the profit represent the contribution of "capital"? Hardly, for without the labour of the workers the workplace would have remained still and the product would have remained an idea. “

( Resource from The Anarchist FAQ : C.2 Why is capitalism exploitative? http://anarchism.pageabode.com/afaq/secC2.html )

I’ve even heard stories about young musicians singing their favorites and doing covers of their favorite songs only to be thrown out of some clubs.

Copyright Infringement like all Hierarchy is rooted in FEAR ! Now is this very blog article ILLEGAL ? Am I telling you to BREAK THE LAW ? The only thing I’m asking people to do is THINK about things that are outside the box and QUESTION HIERARCHY ITSELF ! Right Wing Authoritarian psychopaths / sociopaths / narcissists LOVE law and order and have you ever noticed how THEY ARE WITHOUT A DOUBT THE MOST UNFRIENDLY PEOPLE TO MEET ? Exactly , people in power. People who work at the DMV who give you a hard time. That Bus Driver who hates their life and can’t wait to get paid so they can have enough money to live on.

Capitalism kills.

Law is NEVER taught in public schools , it’s like you need to be a lawyer and go to law school … what ? To not spend life in prison ? Is it fair to say that those who sue the working class who ARE NOT EARNING MONEY OFF OF ANY COPYRIGHT / TRADEMARK MATERIAL CAN GO TO PRISON ? A VICTIMLESS CRIME INDEED !

Remember those annoying FBI warnings at the start of VHS tapes ? 

My father and my grandmother were recording movies and TV shows off of TV and copyright Blockbuster videos all the time. Part of me knew that this was cheap but on the positive side , here I was a little under 10 years old learning about how to work a VCR which are hooked up to each other. Educational right ?

( Both my Father and Grandmother were abusive monsters but that’s another story )

Let me tell you something , How many people violate copyright law ? EVERYONE !

You can just search your favorite show online and how the hell are you suppose to know if it was officially uploaded or licensed by the current copyright owner , YOU DON’T ! Furthermore the very workers and artists that made it but down own the copyright are thankful to see something even LOST FOOTAGE which is discovered by fans.

Here’s my theory , Fans keep media ALIVE ! Especially old TV shows and movies where the original people are pretty much dead and gone.

Want to know why Jim Henson died at the age of 53 ? I believe it was due to the STRESS Capitalists from Disney gave him , and just so overwhelmed with the unnecessary details being transferred from everything and… Jim became sick to the point where he was coughing up blood and died May 16 1990 in the hospital.

Guess who owns The Muppets now , DISNEY ! But they ended up getting it in 2004.

Disney stressed Jim Henson out so much that it was mostly when books such as Brian Jay Jone’s “ Jim Henson : The Biography “ Michael Davis’ Street Gang and Make Money , Make Art revealed the horrors that was going on.

I quote the following from Street Gang ( Fair Use “ civil rights of The United States Government ( and other free countries ) under Section 107 of The Copyright Act of 1976 . Review , Commenting , Criticism , Educational , Research , etc. )

The quote is from Joan Ganz Cooney ( The Creator of Sesame Street )

It was at that time, Cooney said, that Henson had also unburdened himself about misgivings about going forward with the Disney deal. “What really caused him immense grief, and I think contributed to his lack of physical resistance was the contract provision dealing with his personal services. Jim would have been exclusively theirs for the rest of his life. He would be permitted to work on Sesame Street for two weeks a year, but that was it. Jim wanted to sign only a five-year deal for his personal services, not fifteen, and Disney said no. In fairness, Disney was about to pay him $150 million, and for what? But Jim was feeling like a caged bird, physically and personally trapped. He just wanted to fly away. You want to say that was what killed him.”

Davis, Michael. Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street (p. 313). Penguin Publishing Group.

Here’s another thing , why is all of your favorite artists making a living at Comic Cons ? For one maybe because they don’t own the copyright themselves. Another is that in the Entertainment Industry they were paid BIG , and to keep that life where their like minded talented people are , they need to pay the bills.

Some care about the art and the fans even though the prices are expensive , others are narcissists that only care about the money and hope people don’t find out about the headlines about them from 5 to 10 years ago.

Sure there’s musicians who own their own music and they would sue a poor young adult for doing a cover of their song and they go to jail because they just can’t afford that fee.

People like that forgot why they were artists in the first place.

If John Lennon found out that his music could lead to world peace and all he had to give up was a wealthy lifestyle , he probably would if he wasn’t scared of Nixon hunting him down to the point where in his final years he would tell people he gave up on socialism and left wing politics calling it mature even though perhaps behind the public eye he is still the socialist / anarchist he was known for.

But do you think Yoko Ono who owns John’s music would care about copyright infringement , possibly !

Copyright laws are becoming more and more abstract. People watch stuff on YouTube all the time , people share their favorite stuff on social media and even add stuff to their Pinterest . How else would people discover stuff ?

I bet a lot of those capitalists would lose a lot of money if I DID NOT DISCOVER MANY OF MY FAVORITES !

You might as well just show stuff in the movie theaters again and not have stuff on VHS ! 

As an Anarchist , I want all people who care about what they love in general to stand up for it. If we need to talk in legal mumbo-jumbo just to save our behinds as well as fighting for the rights the Government CLAIM belong to us.

Can’t you see hierarchy is very contradictory , they say one thing and do another so it proves that hierarchy is not justified , it’s not a genius philosophy , and it all comes down to good / intellectual / creative / spiritual / awaken people vs a bunch of power hungry psychopaths who have weapons , money and power.

There’s a reason why free countries are better now then they were back in the days when America threw out Emma Goldman and Charlie Chaplin for speaking their minds and telling the truth about what was going on in America , and guess what …

( 1. It has nothing to do with republicans or even democrats , libertarian party , etc

( 2. Voting didn’t do it

( 3. Troops who are brainwashed into getting killed and killing people in imperialistic wars didn’t PROTECT YOUR FREEDOMS !

It was public pressure. Why else would authority beat up peace protectors with a permit or not , psychopaths fear people waking up to the truth and uprising against the injustice hierarchy creates.

Trump is horrible but he’s not the only one. There’s a reason why he gets away with what he does , because he can. The start of President Trump is when I became an Anarchist. 

I’m not telling people to break the law. However I am asking people to question it.

You can send someone who’s homeless or even a homeless hungry family to feed in prison for stealing bread , yet capitalism exploits people telling them that they need to slave a lousy dead end 9-5 job just to survive.

If animals had the same intelligence as human beings , would they have a hierarchical system like ours ? 

What does copyright infringement hurt anyways ? Those who are the copyright holders ? And why’s that exactly ? The people who worked and created the media you like ? Most often NOT ! Most likely the very greedy capitalists who CANCELED YOUR FAVORITE SHOWS !

South Park pointed out in an episode called “ Free Hat “ that art belongs to the people ( in a way ) . Culture belongs to the people.

It’s the fans that keep pop culture and intelligence and history alive.

Those copyright holders can DESTROY THE ORIGINAL MASTER TAPES if they wanted to. 

Not much different from authority nailing Jesus Christ to the cross and altering quotes that Jesus Christ said and adding on what they want him to say aka homophobia , transphobia , authoritarianism … literally turning Spiritual Anarchy until Authoritarian Hierarchical Religion.

Also did you know that Trey Parker & Matt Stone illegally downloaded episodes of South Park themselves ? That’s what inspired the idea of South Park Studios. For those who remember , you could watch all the episodes of South Park FOR FREE about 10 years ago. NOW it’s all Hulu !

Remember the episode “ Christian Rock Hard “ ? A time when South Park wasn’t spending most of their time attacking liberals and left wing politics. 

They satirized the hell out of rich celebrities and made the point that it helps gain discovery of new fans who would most likely go to bands concerts even if they downloaded their music.

Finally I want to point out. Trump wants to get rid of the internet , the FCC wants to get rid of the internet or at least make it more expensive. Just like America in the late 1880s / 1919 , outlaw all leftism and the radicals out of sight.

Power to The People , not The People In Power .

Culture Belongs to The People , Not the people in power .

Love heals , fear and capitalism kills ! 

So here’s something to think about. Someone stands up in court and protects their right of fair use aka The following list was created for educational / research purposes only and conforms to the “ Fair Use “ civil rights of The United States Government ( and other free countries ) under Section 107 of The Copyright Act of 1976 . Review , Commenting , Criticism , Educational , Research , etc.

Why do we need Courts again ? Doesn’t Hierarchical Authority know all the rules by the book ? Why the Lawyers ?


_ Erica

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