Jiwang Network, Wind of Change.
PUTRAJAYA: The operator of a popular website, www.jiwang.org (JWG), who reaped hundreds of thousands of ringgit since 1997 by offering illegally downloaded and uploaded Malay songs, was detained by an enforcement team from the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry in Kelantan recently.
The ministry’s enforcement director, Mohd Roslan Mahayudin said the 35-year-old man was arrested after the team raided his house in Kubang Kerian, Kota Baru on June 11.
“The man had reaped profits from advertising services and contributions from JWG members. He admitted earning as much as RM10,000 per month in 2006, but his earnings have now dropped to RM1,500 after competitors used the same modus operandi,” he told reporters, here, yesterday.
Roslan said the enforcement team also seized information and communication technology (ICT) equipment worth RM30,000, while the man was released on police bail.
He said the enforcement division would be issuing a blockage access notice to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to prevent access to the JWG website as provided under Section 263 (2) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998. — Bernama
The truth is, when the newspaper labeled the JWG.org as some kind of a criminal den, I was really shocked. I mean, at the beginning, none of us care about what this Norman guy accused us of. Most of his movies suck balls anyway, in fact, I never seen anyone share Cicakman, Magika or even the international movie called Deadline (Its about a line, and it was dead..). Even the Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa (Otherwise known as The Malay Chronicles: Bloodline) got a really bad review in the IMDB (The only people who rate it good or great was obviously, us, Malaysian because, you know, we loves each other). Even though I myself finds that movie repulsive but still, support-the-local-industry is kinda ingrained into me, you know. My family had like 2 Proton and 2 Perodua cars. While I use a Modenas bike.
But after the Jiwang Network was hit hard, the forum shut down, and all of those false information regarding the 'pirate level' (Oh you got to watch the Astro Awani Trending news, the sketch is hilarious), and everything that have been thrown to the one the largest, oldest, free-speech community.. All of the accumulated wealth of knowledge for 10 years.. mIRC, php scripts, automobile and bike manuals, do-it-yourself tutorial, and I think there was a collection of cooking recipe too..
Oh, I feel like, I've lost faith in humanity. Hahaha
I read the other blogs where the writers shamelessly blames the forum admin for allowing the link sharing to take place, accuses that the admin had become greedy with money by using the link sharing to increase page traffic thus increasing the advertising income... and more.
All those link sharing, was requested by the forum members. All those adverts, was to finance the continuity of the forum and all other sites under the network.
We share because we care.
We share... because.. we thought... everyone care.
In the beginning, it start with a command line...