SOPA and online gangsterism

This whole SOPA business, and the hysterical reaction to it from sites like wikipedia, amazes me. There seems to be little appreciation of the fact that piracy is not merely criminal, it is gangsterism on a huge scale. There’s no moral difference between the online pirates of today and the racketeers of the past.

Not that I feel any great sympathy for the music industry or for Hollywood. Personally I’d be delighted to see a moral sewer like Hollywood go under. But I feel even less sympathy for online pirates, or for sites that really have no legitimate purpose other than to facilitate piracy and that makes millions out of it.

It seems to me to be a symptom of a very disturbing disease – the culture of geek entitlement, the belief of a frighteningly large proportion of the online world that it’s perfectly OK to just steal stuff if you can’t afford to buy it. Or even that it’s perfectly OK to just steal stuff even if you can afford to buy it.

It’s the same mindset that drives the Occupy Wall Street scum, that the world owes them a living. Overgrown spoilt babies who gleefully loot the candy store then cry when there’s no more candy left to steal.