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The Pirates of PIPA

Today the English version of Wikipedia (along with many other websites) had a 24 hour blackout.  This was in protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act and its cousin the Protect Internet Providers Act, two bills which are a currently in discussion in the US Congress.  This post is not about the reasons for and objections to SOPA and PIPA (I may examine those in a later post) but rather about the concept of piracy on the internet, why it is so widespread and what to do about it.

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You may have seen this rather witty image being bandied about the internet today:

It’s another sad attempt to equate the economics of the governance of modern, highly developed economies such as America with an individual citizen struggling to balance their incomings and outgoings as justification for the sado-monetarist. This is very stupid nonsense. The existence of Government is the recognition that people are interdependent and need an outside agency to coordinate, regulate and protect this civil society. Therefore to pretend that the Government an island unto itself, whose only legitimate preoccupation is balancing the national check book  is wrong. Government cuts to spending does not exist in a vacuum, the Government is after all the biggest single employer, customer and benefactor in all western economies. So you cut Government spending you cost workers their job, businesses their contracts and citizens their entitlements. That loss of economic output then echoes through the economy as a magic bullet, reducing private sector activity and tax receipts.

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