For my Media Studies final, I decided to make a "video lecture" with the style based on one of my favorite shows on the Internet. Give it a watch. Maybe you'll enjoy it, but if anything I hope you take something away from it.
"In the past 24 hours, Congressional attitude about SOPA/PIPA swung from 80/30 (for/against) to 65/102. One day of organized protest turned Congress completely on its head."
Over 75,000 websites went black yesterday, including us. Because the Internet stood together, united under one common goal, they destroyed around 75% of the support of SOPA/PIPA. While the bills aren't finished yet, they've been crippled by numerous setbacks and I, for one, don't think they'll cause much more trouble now that they've been ditched by many of its supporters.
I'd also like to say that this is not going to be a blog where I'll be sharing my thoughts on life and current events. This is, first and foremost, a website where people can check the production of M2 Motion Pictures's latest projects. I just wanted to make that clear.
But even so, M2 Motion Pictures would have been affected by these bills if they were passed. I will not deny that we've used copyrighted songs in past videos without permission, but not because we're crooks or anything. It's just a matter of "Hey! That song works perfectly with this scene, let's throw it in there!" and then not having enough time to find the exact information. I promise this will not happen in the future.
This isn't the end. There will be more protests; there will be more bills; and there will be more controversy. But as Wikipedia put in big, bold letters on their site yesterday:
"The Internet must remain free."
Hopefully the supporters of these bills have understood that from yesterday, which a friend of mine called "The Day the Internet Stood Still."
On Wednesday January 18th 2012, the official website of M2 Motion Pictures will be taken down in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). These bills threaten the core of what the Internet was founded upon - free speech.
I know that the only person who frequents this website is... well, me, but that doesn't change the fact that M2 Motion Pictures will be affected if these bills pass. Something as simple as a licensed song being used for 14 seconds in a video could result in a heavy fine.
If you want more information, please visit Stop American Censorship. They've been some of the most active protestors of SOPA since it was first brought to light.
Hopefully the collective protests of websites around the 'net will send a blunt message to the people of Congress.