January 18, 2012 @ 12:02 am
The spin of these twin bills is very telling given the shortlist of supporters. RIAA, MPAA, any and all television networks, production studios, and video game publishers. all the “giants” of their industries. never the independents, because they know the power of essentially free advertisement. the level of piracy that occurs online simply reflects these corporations inability to provide content in a means that consumers are willing to accept. What about a DVD or Blu-Ray movie actually justifies the $20 – $40 people pay to own them? the packaging consists of a $0.50 plastic case, some $0.30 of paper and ink, and a $0.30 – $0.50 plastic disc. the rest is pure markup for the sake of it. if they manage to make back the production costs in theater ticket sales the rest is greed. and that’s another thing; if you don’t make your money back in ticket sales, it means you’ve made a shit film. Suck it up.
These bills would effectively put sites hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people use every day on the proverbial chopping block. That would mean that what I do, as an artist, on Livestream.com would have earned me multiple life sentences by now. I host a channel where I give tutorials, but no voice-over, so I play whatever music it is that I am currently listening to, so my viewers have something else. the stream includes software which I have purchased and is fully licensed; the use of hardware, which I have purchased; and music which I have also purchased in either digital or disc format. They have lost no money and no potential sales because I am not distributing, and they are possibly GAINING sales they never would have had because people can now see what can be done with the software, or maybe they’ve heard a song they’ve fallen in love with.
the phrase “shooting oneself in one’s own foot” comes to mind. They will lose support, they’ll make enemies of their customer base, and they’ll lose some of the largest outlets they have for their OWN content because, really, how many of us flock to the company’s main website to watch their trailers. usually, we’ll just look it up on YouTube. I hope that, as a content provider myself, as many people openly protest this as possible. Site blackouts by facebook and youtube should be a “Nuclear Option” but if they make their denied users aware of what they’re protesting, maybe by printing something in the vein of “Denied by SOPA/PIPA” and a link to the bill, these bills and (crossed fingers) bought-out politician scum will go down in glorious flames.