On June 5th, the Obama administration has enacted an agreement between themselves, internet service providers, and big corporations. It was not a law, so it did not need to pass the senate, merely an agreement that is being carried out.
What was this agreement? It was the agreement for most major ISPs to begin spying on the activity of their customers, and report that activity to the government and to corporations, such as Google.
What does this mean? It means EVERYTHING you do online is being watched and recorded and reported.
And now that corporations such as Google know everything you're doing, they are issuing cease and desist orders (and threats to sue) to websites that allow you to freely download or stream content. Is that where they'll stop? I doubt it.
Some people insist that "Oh, if you want the music or movie or whatever, just purchase it!"... But guess what? Not every kind of media is available to be purchased.
For example, what if you want someone's cover of a song that can be found nowhere but on Youtube?
What if you want to watch a foreign language movie that has never been officially dubbed or subbed to your language and is only available through fan-subs?
What if whatever media it is you're wanting is just plain so old or rare that you can't find it available for purchase anywhere??
Then what will you do? Just do without? No, that's shitty. The internet exists for a reason.
But no one is fighting back.... This can only go downhill from here.