Posts Tagged ‘Big Business’

Defend our freedom to share (or why SOPA is a bad idea)

January 21, 2012

The content on the net does not come from Hollywood studios or from the music business. It comes from you and I, we like to create, we like to share with others. It is part of story telling, of being creative.

I do not watch TV, I do not even possess a TV. I do not watch TV because it is complete and total crap.

I find it very depressing passing down the street as it is getting dark, passing by people’s houses, and seeing all those people sat like zombies watching the same moronic rubbish.

That is what Big Business wants, moronic consumers who do not question, do not think.

As a poor student, I used to go to a photocopy repair workshop and copy off whole books, though more often articles and academic papers. I was not depriving anyone of an income, as I could not afford to buy, but I was helping in the dissemination of information.

I often make use of other people’s work. It is called fair use. But I do not pass it off as my own or claim the credit. The originator is always credited, with a link back to their work.

Sopa and Pipa will end all that. Greedy Hollywood and the music industry wish to end all that. They wish to control what we watch, how we think, as they were able to do in the 1950s when there was only a couple of TV channels, no internet (though there has always been books and the radio).

The US policy-makers who were pushing Sopa and Pipa have accepted millions from Hollywood and the music industry.

What Hollywood does not seem to understand is we do not have to buy their rubbish, we do not have to go to the cinema.

I am suggesting we now go on the offensive. A world-wide boycott of Hollywood. Let’s see what they think of us then as so far we have been treated with contempt.

The Megaupload closure and seizure of assets and equipment, US Imperial Storm troopers trampling on the world in their jackboots, is a taste of what is to come. Many people used Megaupload to store valuable documents, all now lost, or maybe recoverable after years of litigation. If nothing else, a warning not to store valuable documents in the cloud. How can we be sure they are safe, accessible? The Megaupload closure demonstrates we cannot.

Thoughts of Paulo Coelho on Sopa
Stop SOPA
The Megaupload Mega-Mess: When Innocents Are Crushed‏

UK Uncut on Newsnight

February 1, 2011

Excellent BBC Two Newsnight coverage of UK Uncut tax avoidance protests.

The UK Uncut documentary included here was made for Newsnight by Fat Rat Films and the original can be viewed on Vimeo.

The comment from the guy from the Institute of Directors that if UK Corporate Tax was lower companies like Boots would not need to go offshore is unbelievable.

The ordinary working man and woman has to pay tax on the money they earn and there is nor reason why Big Business should not too. If these tax dodging businesses wish to set up shop and do business in the UK then they should expect to pay the going rate of Corporation Tax.

Since its acquisition by a hedge fund, Boots has aggressively avoided paying its fair share of tax. Why should Boots avoid paying tax because its head office is a letter box in Switzerland?

Vodafone claim its £6 billion unpaid tax is an urban myth. Why then were they being pursued through the Courts for this unpaid tax by HMRC? Why did their accounts show they set aside £2 billion to settle?

Vodafone acceded to the repressive regime in Egypt and shut down their network, giving yet another reason to shut down Vodafone shops. When the Egyptians finally take back control of their country they should seize the network from Vodafone and hand to another network operator. I suggest Grameen Bank in Bangladesh who operate the largest mobile network in Bangladesh. It can then be run as a social business for the benefit of the Egyptian people, not as a cash cow for tax dodger Vodafone.

The messy truth of police CS spray use
A Taxing Dilemma
Tax dodger Boots turned into a field hospital
Tax dodgers shut down again
Vodafone tax protest made me smile
We are not the Topshop generation
UK Uncut Brighton – Sir Philip Green’s Christmas Payday
Sir Philip Green is Sponging Off the State
Shop a Scrounger
Captain SKA – Liar Liar
We are all in it together

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

November 3, 2010

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