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Timothy Geigner at TechDirt spotted a guest post by filmmaker David Newhoff on the blog The Copyright Alliance that displays before your very eyes the disconnect between file sharing advocates and opponents.
Amazingly, Newhoff treads into the waters of a civil rights issue (gay marriage) and somehow wants to make comparisons with piracy, an issue of economics and artistic expression.
The craftiest of gay-marriage opponents will argue that legalizing these unions infringes on their rights to be Christian in America, which is tantamount to undermining religious freedom. Yes, anyone with two working brain cells can recognize that this isn’t sound reasoning so much as thinly veiled bigotry. Same-sex marriage can only be a threat to religious freedom if we agree that the zealot’s belief that homosexuality is a sin should implicitly influence our legal definition of marriage. There is no way to cut through this logical Gordian Knot without concluding that all marriage would have to be religious (and ultimately Christian) in order to be legal in the U.S. And that would violate the definition I believe most of us apply to religious freedom.
Similarly, the copyright-threatens-speech proposal uses the illusion of reverse discrimination to suggest that when the producer exercises his copyright, this somehow infringes on the consumer’s desire to reuse or “share” the work as he sees fit, which amounts to a “chilling effect” on speech. Like the same-sex marriage thing, this argument glosses over personal bias to foster a logical leap to a shaky conclusion. Copyright only threatens speech if we agree that the consumer’s right to reuse is more important than the producer’s right to treat his work as property.
Geigner adeptly skewers Newhoff’s perceptions of what the pursuit of happiness in The Declaration of Independence means for copyright holders.
However, as someone openly gay and in favor of file sharing I find Newhoff’s comparisons deeply offensive. The anti-piracy forces of the RIAA, MPAA and others have consistently lied about how much money they lose due to piracy. This perceived loss is due to business decisions the recording and movie industries should have made a long time ago when it became clear that an entire generation of entertainment fans would be downloading files, instead of buying CDs and DVDs, as the main mode of acquiring new music and movies. Studies have shown, however, that those industries are still making profits and, indeed, benefit from piracy. If the mega industries are making profits but cutting productions (where I assume, Mr. Newhoff, you’ll be making most of your money), that’s a business/labor issue, not a rights issue.
Newhoff will have to explain to me how his freedom of speech and pursuit of happiness arguments allowing him to make money from his film productions bear any relevance to being allowed to simply live freely. After the hate talk of Jeff Sangl’s church, Ron Baity and Charles Worley, who’s ready to pull the switch on gays and lesbians, Newhoff’s claims look particularly lame.
Do you seriously think that if I click “share file” that I’m exactly the same as those who would send gays to the Nazi gas chambers, force gay men to be chemically castrated or simply pummel gays to death?
I don’t know where your personal history has taken you, David Newhoff. But mine includes chapters such as death threats made before the very first march for gay rights in Rochester, NY back in 1987. As part of a group helping organize that march, I had to deal with rocks, eggs and other debris thrown at us. People shouted out names. A pick-up truck containing guys wielding baseball bats parked across the street from our starting point. One of those guys wore a shirt with the phrase “I Hate Fags” printed on it. The coup de grace of disgrace was a man who brought his two knee-high children over to scream “Biblical” accusations at us. The children were wide-eyed and terrified. I’ll never forget that traumatic incident of child abuse.
File sharing has no comparison whatsoever to any of this. To even suggest that it does is insulting to anyone who genuinely cares about human freedom.
If I were an atheist trying to win converts, I would be sending gigantic ‘thank you’ cards to some of those crazy preachers who became news makers over the past couple of weeks. Nothing increases the numbers of the unbelieving better than having entranced anti-gay bigots express concern about Eiffel Tower unions, give approval of a Pink Triangle Holocaust 2.0, or happily cheer on a toddler parroting the adults’ hatred of gays. How ironic that the psychotic fear of child indoctrination–long a staple of the arsenal that homophobes use against the advancement of gay rights–supposedly has no play in that viral video generating disgust from thousands of viewers. Straight people who’ve seen the light: now you know what LGBT people have had to deal with for almost forever.
I won’t go over the pathetic blathering of these loser preachers. You can click on the hyperlinks if you wish. However, I’m very intrigued about what happens after the viral videos and radio spots. It’s pretty clear from the reactions of some of these folks they have no idea of the power of social media. None.
One Million Moms, which in reality is Less Than 50,000 Moms if you take their Facebook numbers into account, got a case of the holy water vapors when DC Comics announced The Green Lantern would come out as gay. They posted the “shameful” announcement on FB and promptly was inundated with cheers for the comic. Ooops! Didn’t expect so many people would actually like a gay character. Sorry, but we’ll just take down our Facebook page, because we’re “attending Bible school” and make ourselves look ridiculous, shall we?
Pastor Jeff Sangl, whose Apostolic Truth Tabernacle Church hosted the toddler brainwashing contest, flew the coop with his wife and put the church on lock down. Oh, those bad and nasty gays are making death threats to them, right? The county sheriff says otherwise.
Charles Worley, the preacher who wants to kill off the gays and lesbians behind an electrified fence, remains defiant and refuses to talk to anyone. However, those at his home are ready and willing to have guns exposed on their torsos to stop the onslaught of quarrs ready to indoctrinate the bearish blowhard to same sex love. (Oh God, perish the thought!) How lucky he is to have people even dumber than he is come forth to the media and make complete mockeries of their humanness. Video is forever, Stacey. You’ll need to work this out later. But when you do, our eyes will be on you. You see, that’s what social media does best. What you and the lame-brained Sunday morning asshole can’t fathom is how you would ever explain his batshit fucking crazy rant publicly in any way that even comes close to feasible, so your complete and utter interview fail will be the laughing stock of Christianity. Don’t worry though. Worley won’t do any better. Hell, he just had an avowed anti-gay, right-wing Christian Republican publicly turn against him.
And speaking of how to lose friends and deter people, the gay-hating Family Research Council just gave it’s top annual award to Ron Baity, who found ample opportunities to prove himself worthy of a straight-jacket fitting.
You would think the right-wing Jesus establishment would be jumping for joy about this, but Baity’s “honor” was too much for the Southern Baptist Convention, which publicly distanced itself from Baity and the other lunatics.
Hell, even that Factory of “Ex-Gay” Fraud–Exodus International–couldn’t stand it anymore. Its president, Alan Chambers, came out (excuse the pun) against having that nutcase get an award. When you have a fraudulent organization slam a hate group for giving honors to another fraud, you’ve really got something going.
So rather than having these videos spread the word of God, these vids completely blew up in the bigots’ faces. Social media pages get slammed, interviews go poorly or not at all, opposition increasingly gets vocal and your own allies turn against you–all the very opposite of how social media exposure is supposed to work for you.
At this rate, these preachers will have to go into self-exile in the desert. Hey, it would be Biblical, wouldn’t it?
But what if you’re porking your first cousin and want to have a baby, you know, just like the Bible commands? I mean, you don’t really want to waste that seed, do you? And abortion, of course, is out of the question.
So where in the United States can you safely have your 5-armed, 3-legged, curly-Q tailed horned infant free from the evil intrusions of the “guvmint” but still make sure those evil kwarrs can’t marry and ruin your blissful lives?
TUGM is here to provide you the answers:
North Carolina (but no “doublin’ up”. They have standards, donchaknow)
The states listed above are–let’s face it–not very likely to give gays marriage protection any time soon. The following states also allow for first cousins to marry:
District of Columbia
Ooh, some of the states above allow for same-sex marriage. I’m sure this moral conflict will cause great consternation for Preacher Bob when he marries his first cousin in Alabama and carries on a faithful tradition.
At least the following states have the good sense to tell first cousin couples, “you can get married, but you ain’t poppin’ out any Rosemary’s babies”:
Indiana (first cousins, once removed)
Maine (may require genetic counseling)
Some other states allow for half cousins or adopted cousins to marry or not at all.
So to those saying no to gay marriage, but okay with cousins shacking up: you’re looking dumber than an offspring of a sibling marriage.