EDIT2: I WAS MISTAKEEEEN. It's on the 18th XD I won't have time to log in tomorrow anyways.
EDIT1: If you don't believe me, try looking for the bill on Google. It's been all over the web for almost two weeks now. Or better yet, there are even journals about it.
Let's all try and go against the SOPA. For those who don't know what this is, The Stop Online Piracy Act means the end of the world for us the internet users. This means that if it gets approved, we won't be able to share one single copyrighted thing like songs, movies, pictures, etc. You could say Hey, that's good!, well no. For example, imagine you're about to tweet or update your Facebook status with a piece of the lyrics of a song. That could take you to prison. Imagine you're working on a video using one Britney Spears song to upload it to YouTube. That could take you to prison too. Imagine you're drawing Danny Phantom fanart. THAT COULD TAKE YOU TO PRISON.
This would bring huge benefits to artists or huge companies such as Disney, etc. But for us that usually share things on the internet, it could mean the world to us
So what's the thing?
Just like *KicsterAsh said. Many websites will shut down for 24 hours such as Wikipedia (and maybe Facebook, Twitter and Google, I'm not sure). Let's all try not to log in to dA tomorrow from 8AM TO 8PM. YES. It will be hard, but hey, do you want to lose your freedom of expression through the net? COME ON <3 Just one day. Hopefully I won't die.
bueno , lei todo y maņana asi como muchas personas maņana no van a estar usando su internet y yo no usare mi internet tampoco :3 y me dio risa que la ley se llame sopa y no creo que ocurra eso, bueno el internet es muy grande y no se, ojala maņana no ocurra nada malo a la internet :c
First of all, SOPA can't prevent us from posting any kind of artwork, because the artwork belongs to us. You are allowed to produce any sort of artwork and post it wherever you want. (Selling it is a different story, as lots of places have specific rules about this sort of thing.)
You are NOT going to prison for posting artwork. And you are NOT going to prison for posting song lyrics on your facebook.
You listed it right in your journal. SOPA stands for STOP ONLINE PIRACY ACT. Artwork is not piracy. Neither is posting simple song lyrics. Neither is posting a video of you playing the ukulele and singing someone else's song, actually.
What IS piracy is the illegal downloading of tv shows, video games, books, music, movies, etc. to be used for your own recreational purposes (such as making videos, for example). The artistic difference between posting artwork, and creating a fan-video of sorts is that when you make artwork, you draw it all by hand (or scuplt it or whatever the hell medium you're using). When you make a video, you are NOT animating that by yourself!! You're taking someone else's material and using it to make something that is "yours." How would you like it if some girl took a bunch of your artwork, and then cut and pasted it all together to make some kind of "original character" that was part-TRON, part-Glee, and part-DP?? No, it is YOUR artwork. The person may not have meant any harm by it, but they are still stealing. I don't think that making videos is a bad thing, because usually they are fun, and no harm is intended. But it is theft nonetheless.
Now... don't get me wrong. I'm pretty anti-SOPA myself. But my reason is this: you know me well enough to know how much foreign music I listen to. I have to "pirate" ALL OF MY SWEDISH MUSIC. It's not really "pirating" though, because that music ISN'T AVAILABLE IN THE USA!!! I can't even buy songs from a CANADIAN ARTIST, even though I can SEE Canada from my god damn motherfucking HOUSE!!
I think that the government is using SOPA as a temporary solution to our lack of availability to obtain data. Today, the internet helps us connect with people all over the world!! Just look at me and you-- we live super far away, and we can still sing to each other, and video chat, and call each other. So if I can talk with my friend in Finland on a direct, real-time video call... then how come I can't purchase music from their country?? It's because of the data transfers, and the currency exchange, and the price difference, and the differences in legal rights, etc., etc., etc. You know what? That's bullshit. I want to be able to purchase songs from my favorite artists instead of having to illegally download them.
And that brings me to another issue: Lots of people disagree with the way music is managed in the present time. When you buy an album on iTunes, or a CD in the store, or whatever-- over 50% of that money goes to the RECORD COMPANY, not the artist themselves. So really, buy purchasing music, we aren't even supporting artists anyway!! (I buy all of my music when I can, unless it's from another country.) So lots of people will go to an artist's website, donate 20 bucks, and then "illegally" download the album instead. What's the problem with this? Well, it puts huge record companies out of business (which is generally a bad thing, but most people probably can't understand why).
If the government really wants to make SOPA successful, they should first fix the problems in their system.
Make shit more available. I want to be able to download any electronic song that comes out of Scandinavia. I WILL PAY FOR IT, YOU WILL SEE. If things are more readily available, people WILL PAY FOR THEM. Game companies should throw together more game demos. A lot of video games are pirated because people want to try them out before they spend 60 bucks on a game that might SUCK. If there were more demos out there for people to test, they wouldn't risk illegally downloading an entire game. Compromise with the people about where their money goes. If I buy a song, I want the ARTIST to receive the money. (Well yes, that is true, but the record company is the one who makes it possible for the artist to produce, so they do deserve some as well.) If, perhaps, there was a deal so that the record company and the artist each received equal shares, then more people would be willing to purchase music. People need to be more honest, as well. If you can't afford to buy the music, that doesn't mean you go and illegally download it. If you can't afford to buy it, then you have to live without it, or wait to listen to it on the radio. That's just how it works, unless the artist is offering it for free.
Sorry, this was ridiculously long >___> I have no clue when you first posted this either since you updated it three times But I'm not worried at all, I don't think the bill will get passed, simply because there are so many other BETTER choices the government could make in order to reduce pirating significantly.
The fu- I understand better now. What I said over there was what I had read from lots of websites and well, the internet is most of the times wrong when it comes to information.
Don't worry about all this long speech. I've read it all :'D So here are my thoughts.
Wouldn't using a song in a video wrong? I mean, YouTube is now capable of blocking videos in a few countries, deleting videos or blocking/suspending your account for using what they call copyrighted material (aka, a song you didn't even do). And as I've read those terms & conditions of posting such things in videos, it clearly says your IP could even be blocked, WTF? That's just unfair and WRONG. Where's the freedom in there? Like you said, there would be no harm, so why sending somebody to prison for posting a damn video with a Britney Spears' song?
Of course I am anti-SOPA, as a person that frequently uses torrents and downloads tons of illegal shit XD It's necessary sometimes! In your case, you download music you don't even find in iTunes or some site where you can buy it. I do pretty much the same thing, but when it's definite that I can't find the album, DVD or Blu-Ray I'm looking for to rip it for my own use, that's when I'm forced to use torrents or anything where I can download either a movie or an album.
SOPA wouldn't be successful anyways in my opinion. Just like you mentioned above there, the internet is now used for millions of different things. We can contact someone else that (e.g.) is on the otherside of the world through a simple video chat, or whatever thing. It just makes life so much easier. If it was approved, shit loads of websites would be shut down. Maybe Facebook, Wikipedia, sharing sites like Mediafire or Megaupload, the list could be endless ._.
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