The notion of making linking a crime is ridiculous and completely out of line.
How would anybody be able to discuss controversial sites or content if they first had to ensure the legality of the destination?
Would we have to make it so that links were simply spelled out and not HTML capable(www.tvlinks.co.uk vs TVLinks)? Maybe this is the answer because I think then it could fall under the category of speech.
Furthermore, it really shows that Google is getting away with bloody murder via sites like YouTube and Google Video.
FACT goes on to revisit the same old diatribe about how piracy is stealing food from form the tables of people who work in the film industry, but with guys like Brad Pitt reportedly getting $20million bucks to make trash like "Babel" who's really robbing who?
Couldn't Pitt be paid a little less, say $15 million, and leave that other 5 for the "starving" film crew? I guess not.
"The theft and distribution of films harms the livelihoods of those working in the UK film industry and in ancillary industries, as well as damaging the economy," said FACT's director general Kieron Sharp.
What's even more surprising is that the move was part of an overall strategy to crack down on piracy, though all it does is target a middleman who tells you where to go. More importantly, will its demise really compel people to find content legally or to suddenly run down to their local cinema? I think not, and all it means, as is usually the case with piracy, is that people will just go elsewhere.
Read my full story here:
This Petition is NOT to have the websites shut down, but instead, have them actually delete the websites with all the illegal links off their websites (I don't care how much they say it is not possible...it in fact is entirely possible!)
The Make Search Engines Modetate Their Links petition to World Wide was written by Stephen Jones and is in the category Politics at GoPetition.