Billy Big Steps should get used to wearing orange
A reader emails;
Just watched Mr Dotcom on TV pontificating about freedom and rights alongside Mr Minto at protests about the GCSB bill – fair enough I have never agreed with anything John says but since 1981 I have always admired his passion and commitment to saying it. But I really don’t like the company he is keeping. Mr Dotcom is holding him self up as someone fighting to keep freedom alive, especially on the Internet, as if doing something illegal is ok just because it is done on the Internet. Somehow restricting it in reality is ok – put in on the Internet and we need to fight for it.
I see it all the time sensible, middle aged people who wouldn’t walk into Whitcoulls and shop lift a book, think nothing about downloading a book for free from some on-line file site. And that’s the problem with people’s perception of Dotcom – people need to look at what he does in terms of a real life analogy – so here it is. Essentially he provides the equivalent of a flea market table – he then says to people we will charge you (through looking at advertising or fees) to put your stolen goods on that table and sell them or share them with others. Imagine if I set a table up at the Otara market and didn’t sell anything but charged others to display their pirated or stolen CD’s and DVD’s to the punters – no questions asked. I doubt any judge would allow me that defence
This is what Mr Dotcom does and it wrong, it would be wrong at the flea market, it is wrong on the Internet – you can argue firms who create things (music, movies, medicines etc,) and charge to much for them are also wrong – well ok change the laws or don’t buy the goods but don’t steal them just because it is on the Internet.
Mr Dotcom does not care about freedom he cares about making money from his scam and John Minto (can’t see why he would align himself with a millionaire capitalist like Dotcom either) is doing himself a disservice through the association. Mr Dotcom, in his newly adopted role of defender of freedom, does not care about our freedoms he only cares about keeping himself in front of the cameras because 1)any marketing is good marketing and 2) he wants us to stop looking at his internet scam and 3) when he does go to jail he wants us to think it is because the NZ government wants to shit down the freedom defender
He is a snake oil sales man and scam artist and what he does is wrong, adds nothing to society and certainly does not protect our freedoms.