It's Random

Well, I woke up this morning, and one of the first things I read on my twitter feed was a post by Lain Trzaska, better known for producing chiptune styles of music under the monicker of she.

Yup, I immediately went to Facebook, and the artist page for she was gone.  The only thing that I can think of is that someone issued a bogus DMCA takedown request to Facebook, and of course, everyone on the internet is guilty until proven innocent.  So Facebook immediately removed the artist page as well as the account holder’s Facebook page for supposedly violating terms of use, even though there was no violations occurring.

This is the kind of stuff that needs to stop.  It’s ultimately the same exact thing as censoring free speech.  Nothing on the she Facebook page was illegal, as Lain, other than two major releases, produces all his own music and releases it for free online.  It’s an absolute joke that the system is abused in this way.

I could be completely wrong, and I have been before.  Someone could’ve just hacked the account and deleted it.  However, why anyone would do that is beyond my comprehension.  I mean, seriously, he gives away really good music, for free.  Why would anyone want to hack his page?  So, the more likely scenario is that it was taken down for violating a make believe section of DMCA laws that record companies like to throw around.

I can only hope that the day when things like copyright and intellectual properties are used to help create, not destroy, ideas and free speech is a day that comes sooner, rather than later.  The laws regarding copyrights need to be overhauled.  Corporations believe that they can use other people’s creations and then rake in cash for nearly a century, which time frame will likely be extended thanks to the lobbying efforts of movie and record studios that are members of the MPAA and RIAA, respectively.  Creations that should have become part of the invaluable public domain are still locked into copyright extensions, belonging to corporations that do nothing with the creations, but still use them wildly in litigation regarding infringements, or as they would want you to believe, theft.

Edit: the video below is a good explanation of one of the points I was making.