Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Attention all US residence! Please Stop SOPA now! Please?
Okay, I don't really like using ArtSlug for political things, but this involves the art world a lot! I had a much longer, detailed thing planned (and it's own little doodle) but THERE IS NO TIME LEFT! SOPA could be passed tomorrow!
SOPA, or Stop Online Piracy Act, would give companies omnipotent power to take down not just certain videos, but entire sites. Even things that once would be covered under "fair use" such as fan videos charity related media or non-profit animations containing parodies would not only be taken down, but be considered felonies. And so that social media sites won't become liable, they would have to shut themselves down. This can include DA, YouTube, Tumblr and Facebook!
FACE. BOOK. The social media site so famous, it got an award winning movie made about it.
Look, I don't like copyright infringement, but these companies already have enough power to combat copyright infringement. SOPA just gets rid of lawyers and the chance for sites to defend themselves.
I might be canadian, but I have friends in the US, and a great majority of art comes out the US these days. And the last thing i want is for the US to give any other country ideas.
SOPA could be passed tomorrow, so PLEASE, contact you're senator, makes some calls. PLEASE get on this!
If you'd like to suggest an alternative, read up on the OPEN act, which at least allows sites to defend themselves in court: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/12/alternative-sopa-open-process-befitting-open-internet
If you want to know more about SOPA, check out this video here: http://vimeo.com/31100268
And check out the main protest sight, which will help you contact your representatives about why we don't want SOPA: http://americancensorship.org/
Tegan Dumpleton aka SlugLady28
I've censored the following, in protest of a bill that gives any corporation and the US government the power to censor the internet--a bill that could pass THIS WEEK. To see the uncensored text, and to stop internet censorship, visit:
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