Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Aftermath of "The Day the Internet Stood Still"

"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."


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