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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

March 21, 2012

http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/

Which everyone should read at least once in their lives.

Initially I was going to write something about that leading up to the right to Internet access (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right_to_Internet_access) which in turn would identify those seeking to disrupt these rights – certain countries and entertainment lobbyists, to be specific. And from there, comparisons with  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terrorism and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crime_against_humanity.

Yes, yes, it’s all Wikipedia, which is certifiably comparable in accuracy to Encyclopaedia Britannica, so there you go with the links.

So, quick quotes:

Common definitions of terrorism refer only to those violent acts which are intended to create fear (terror), are perpetrated for a religious, political or, ideological goal; and deliberately target or disregard the safety of non-combatants(civilians).

Violence. Should we postulate that violence = harmful acts, disregarding the (probably important in court) involvement of physicality, and keeping in mind the right to the Internet as a human right, doesn’t taking away a person’s *paid for* right to the Internet for something he/she may not even have done – that’s serious violence right there. So: persecuting people for piracy = violation of a human right. And what are they trying to achieve – are they happy grabbing a measly hundred K or so off some elderly pensioner who didn’t password protect the Wifi router?

No. That’s not what They want. There’s a lot more in it for them. Truth is, they want to scare the shit out of everybody so they go ‘legit’. Buy more DVDs, buy CDs, grab them off iTunes, the works. Every single person whose eyeballs land on anything copyrighted – pay up, man, pay up. So: deliberately creating fear by threatening the loss of Internet access for the purpose of ensuring they get what they think they are entitled to. Never mind the fact that they didn’t think up the actual TV show or write the music; theirs was the hand that funded the venture and the other hand holds a scythe to reap in the profits.

In any case, that’s all I have. Back to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. I hadn’t properly read it before, but I did today and all Malaysians (and Singaporeans lolsrsly) ought to read it and Think About It. Seriously. READ IT. Article by article. Don’t stop at Article 8. Don’t stop at Article 17. Keep reading past 18 and 19.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’d better research my rights to exercise Article 14.

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