Before I start off, I just wanted to let you all know that I am fully aware that it is against GBAtemp's rules to link/upload warez or inform others where these may be gotten. This rant is just my take on how and what SOPA will change, what it will limit, what negative effects it may carry, despite the fact that it would give big companies the money they deserve. Before I continue, I find it quite important that you take a look at this: Warning: Spoilers inside! Now of course, let's start with the very basic point of this rant: What is piracy? and what has it done to big companies? To sum things up: Piracy is *illegally* obtaining a form of software by means of the internet. Due to the fact that piracy's gotten easier over the years, big companies aren't earning as much money as loads of people are no longer buying and are pirating instead. Let's move on to two points I want to make very clear: Piracy is not exactly theft. There's a difference. When you pirate, a copy of the thing you're pirating does not disappear from the store and appear in your hands. It's still in the store and in your hands. You are creating a soft copy of the file, which of course, still is a bad thing as the company who made it will have lost one customer. The reason people pirate music for example isn't only because of the ease. I mean, have you seen iTunes? Click the download button and it's there in your library. I don't think it's about affordability either. I'm 13 and aware that let's say 90% of my friends pirate regularly. In a private school with other kids with affluent parents, piracy is still how people get their music. It's a thought process. If one of my peers' favourite artist released a new song, they'll just get it off limewire. (or whatever they use today since that thing shut down) They could've easily afforded it, but preferred not to pay for it, as they can use the money for other stuff. Go back to my first point, people don't pirate because it's easy. I think it's safe to conclude that mainly, the only 2 types of people that would really be willing to pay for music are: Hardcore fans of a certain artist. And I mean, REALLY hardcore. "I want them to get money, so I'll buy it" Extremely rich people with so much disposable income, that they really no longer know what to spend on anymore, and end up getting music albums because they think they might like that for a change. Okay, now something else: When the option to pirate is given to a large percentage of the world's population, then is taken away like that, not many people will move over to buying originals, except for the desperate. That said, a smaller percentage will have song x by artist y on their iPods. That song will not be as popular as it could've been with the freedom to pirate, and hence, making less people actually buy the thing. ^ That might've been a bit confusing; allow me to rephrase that: People will pirate songs on their iPods and players, that stuff will become popular, so album-buyers will hear about them and purchase their songs. Do not get me wrong. I am not promoting piracy whatsoever; it's just that I find it very wrong to ban it. Spread the message that SOPA will affect business, economy, finance, society, the internet, freedom and more in unpredictable ways, as I did! Get the word out on forums, blogs, and whatever places that may not be available to you as SOPA grows stronger. Allow the internet to remain the one place where people of all backgrounds come as one and speak to each other freely.