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08 January 2012 @ 12:25 pm
I know it's hard to pull ourselves out of our daily routine and fannish glee to look at the big picture, but if we don't, we may lose the "small" picture so many of us love and which brought us together online.

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) looks on course to pass later this month in the United States. The implications are pretty serious for internet users. The following quote shows who will be vulnerable to SOPA:

Although the House is supposed to be the mid-winter recess, representatives like House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) continue acting as lobbyists on behalf of SOPA's financers rather than acting on our behalf as elected representatives. Please help thwart the undue influence of media businesses who are trying to circumvent the will of the average American via SOPA. Fight SOPA and tell Congress they need a more effective, less destructive law to handle online piracy.

SOPA can and will effect fanworks and the sites that post and host them. People you know, art you admire, writing you've done, websites like AO3, YouTube, LiveJournal, Dreamwidth, InsaneJournal, Photobucket, Image Shack, Google, deviantArt, Vimeo, reddit- basically any website with user submitted content WILL be affected.

Websites without user submitted content (i.e. hulu, netflix, and other corporations that make money) will be unaffected.

This means that the wild, adorable, terrifying, romantic, otherworldly, realistic, deeply personal, glamorous, infuriating, magical, poetic perspectives that we take on canon will be vulnerable to blocking and blacklisting, lawsuits and censorship.

I added the underlining above, because you can see who this affects. It's us-- whether as creators or consumers of fan-created art. We're the ones with only a personal but not corporate interest in this, and thus our wishes are being ignored.

Please speak up. Contact your representatives, enlist your friends. Where else has this issue come up in the past, you might ask? Parody and satire, already ruled as having First Amendment protection. But the things you and I do, for the most part, are being threatened. Why now? I don't know. This also means I can't come up with any reason why this has suddenly become so pressing that it has come before Congress and is being pushed so hard to pass.

The line in the past has always been "for profit" vs. "not for profit." But now it's "for coroporate profit" vs. everyone else.

If you need more information, please see nrrrdy_grrrl's public resources at her journal. She has a lot of great links and discussion. Please, let's not let ourselves be silently voted out of following our passions.

nrrrdy_grrrl on January 8th, 2012 08:41 pm (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 8th, 2012 11:41 pm (UTC)
And the thinky character pieces, and the crackFic, and all the rest!
The Rogue Bitch.: flaming typewriterroguebitch on January 8th, 2012 11:50 pm (UTC)

I used nrrrdy_grrrl's handy cut and past letters (with a few things altered) and sent them to my Senators. My life would suck without my intarnetz and everyone in the Senate should read a copy of Lawrence Lessig's "Remix Culture" so they could truly understand how vital the net is to creativity and artistic viability.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Birthdayhalfshellvenus on January 9th, 2012 06:11 pm (UTC)
Yay for you!

I completely forgot to send birthday greetings yesterday. I hope it was nice! Was Hari with you all day, or just near the end?
The Rogue Bitch.: cake or death?roguebitch on January 16th, 2012 12:06 am (UTC)

Oh hey, phear my response-time fail.

My birthday was *great*, although I wasn't there for much of it. I went out and partied a bit the night before, and then slept, got up for brief intervals of food or water or the phone, and didn't get out of bed until 4:30 in the afternoon! ;)

Then I went to get Hari. Which was also nice. I had bought a couple of pieces of cake and we lit a candle and she sang and I blew it out and it was all sparkly and delicious.
Maz (or foxxy!): Irritated Michaeltuesdaeschild on January 9th, 2012 09:50 am (UTC)
I'm definitely behind this campaign to save all that we love and enjoy WITHOUT MAKING MONEY OUT OF IT!!! Grrrrr!!

But because I'm stuck over here in the UK I'm kind of powerless. Still backing everyone who can make their voices heard, of course.

Good luck and long live Teh Pr0n!!!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on January 9th, 2012 06:14 pm (UTC)
That's the thing-- I just can't figure out what the sudden, pressing need for this bill is, unless it's that media conglomerates are trying to wipe out Torrent sites and using too broad a brush.

Fanworks, to a large degree, help increase viewer/reader passion and often bring new viewers/readers to a given fandom. So in the end, it even helps the original creators of series/movies/books. Although not, one notices, always the "in-betweeners" like Hulu and Netflix.

If ever a bill screamed of narrow special interests, it's this one. :(
Maz (or foxxy!): Irritated Michaeltuesdaeschild on January 10th, 2012 11:12 am (UTC)
Fanworks, to a large degree, help increase viewer/reader passion and often bring new viewers/readers to a given fandom. So in the end, it even helps the original creators of series/movies/books.

This is what irks so much. And I do think you're right that it's probably the media conglomerates who want to wipe out Torrent sites but of course they're using an Uzi 9mm when maybe a water pistol would do the job!

I see we are now in each others' reading (or non-reading, as it were!! *g*) circle over at Dreamwidth. At least we do have somewhere to meet up if Live Journal ever goes down the tubes. :)