If you can dream it, you can do it. -Walt Disney
Quality is a great business plan. -John Lasseter
Let's make some funny pictures. -Tex Avery
I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend. -Howard Zinn
When critics sit in judgment it is hard to tell where justice leaves off and vengeance begins. -Chuck Jones
And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? -Jesus
A man should never neglect his family for business. -Walt Disney
What's most important in animation is the emotions and the ideas being portrayed. -Ralph Bakshi
Once you have heard a strange audience burst into laughter at a film you directed, you realize what the word joy is all about. -Chuck Jones
Before enlightenment: chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment: chop wood, carry water. -Buddhist Proverb
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Here is yet another disturbing situation approaching us. We might actually be losing the internet as we know it. If this new anti-piracy legislation is passed, SOPA, the internet will be "sliced up" into pieces and most of it will be shut down. Millions of sites will be automatically shut down and completely censored into oblivion just from the mere claim of piracy or copyright infringement. The supporters of the new anti-piracy legislation use the assertion that they are trying to save and create jobs but what will happen is they will be destroying millions of jobs and severely crippling the industry. The tech industry will be squashed and the the modern dark ages we currently live in now will become much darker. I hope the people and the industry can block this or all will be lost. This will lead to the government having complete control over the internet.
Everyone has to sign any legitimate petition they can find to stop this insanity.
or here: americancensorship.org/
Watch this all the way through.
More on how it wont work anyway.
White House Petition Against E-PARASITE/SOPA
Imagine a country where the government is able to shut down Web sites at the slightest provocation, where elected representatives invoke fears of "overseas pirates" to defend the interests of domestic industries, and where Internet companies like Google must cave in to the demands of government censors or risk being shut down.
No, we are not talking about China, North Korea or Iran — we are talking about the United States, where legislators in both the House and Senate are attempting to push through new anti-piracy legislation by year-end that would benefit Hollywood at the expense of Silicon Valley.
Unlike other, more confusing efforts to regulate the relationship between content providers and other Web sites, opposition to the new Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) legislation has led to a unified front within the tech community. Some of the most powerful players in Silicon Valley — Google, Facebook, Zynga, eBay, Twitter, Yahoo, and LinkedIn — have made their opposition to the bill public, even going so far as to take out full-page advertisements ("We Stand Together to Protect Innovation") explaining their position. Companies like Tumblr and Reddit that benefit from user-generated content have gone one step further, with highly publicized efforts to show users why it is important to speak out against SOPA. (Full disclosure: Washington Post Co. Chairman and chief executive Donald E. Graham is a member of Facebook's board of directors.)
The anti-piracy legislation in the House, which has companion legislation known as "Protect IP" in the Senate, has picked up the support of the Motion Picture Association of America, the Screen Actors Guild, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and even the International Association of Firefighters. The legislation is a ham-handed effort to shut down Internet piracy anywhere on the Web, but it confuses "piracy protection" and "censorship." The bill also showcases a failure on the part of lawmakers to understand how the Internet works. Under SOPA, any site that contains user-generated content, such as Flickr, Etsy or Tumblr, could be found liable for copyright infringement and be forced to shut down until the offending content has been removed.
There is obviously a lot at stake, and it goes far beyond a tally of dollars and cents lost to piracy.
This new legislation, if enacted, would strike at the very core of the way the Internet has been structured. Sharing, openness, and participation are at the core of what the Internet represents. When it comes to a choice between an open Internet and an Internet of walled gardens patrolled by government censors, there is no doubt which is preferable. As Booz & Co. pointed out in a recent study, the SOPA legislation could lead to a decline in Internet innovation.
Give a politician and bureaucrat an inch and they will take a mile of your freedom and do so in such a way that is convenient to themselves and those who lobby them with money, gifts and favors.
I don't like piracy, but I do like due process. Bureaucracies, by their nature, can't be trusted with the Constitution and once entrenched find it very easy to act like a gang of officious thugs.
Ironically, the word "SOPA" in Greek means be quiet, or a milder version of "shut up".
Here's more video dealing with the subject. An anti-SOPA press conference from this past November 15.
Shouldn't the MPAA be more concerned with how their box office sales have hit a three year low? It seems they don't care about the really bad movies they keep pumping out and the low sales. Instead they (and the RIAA) want to have control of the internet. What? Is the MPAA trying to get out of the movie making business now? Well, if they actually get this control that they are buying with their big bucked bribes, they wont only be castrating the internet. They'll be castrating themselves as well.
Legacy media bankrolling campaigns of SOPA cosponsors
The creeps never learn...
SOPA/PROTECT IP must die
Say goodbye to your freedom?
thanks for following up with this issue, Skynet!
Here we are again. Fighting for our IP rights...I personally think that this is the core issue of everything happening in this world.
To control information.
Whats the first thing a conquering nation does to the conquered??? they destroy their information, their history, their identity.
Information is everything. Ideas are everything. Creations are everything.
Outside of gravity, these are the things that make the world go around...not money.
Remember, we're doomed to repeat history if we don't learn from it...and if a certain group is in control of that history then we're doomed...to repeat every mistake we made over and over and over...hey, its voting time!!! The irony...ready to repeat yourselves, people??? VOTE FOR THE LESSER EVIL!!!! hahahaha, suckas!!!!
But we don't know our history. Truly we don't. How could we if our nation, the conquerers, destroy the conquered knowledge...History is skewed in someones favor...and it aint ours.
IP is the new industry for our world. Whoever controls IP controls the world. Game over.
Good Luck! Have Courage! Do whats right, even if there is nothing to gain for your lifetime. Think of your kids kids kids...
The last time this self-serving set got the legislation they wanted, my at the time very expensive DVD recording device ended up setup so that I couldn't copy my own camera footage recorded to my own DVD's. Had to take the footage into my computer directly from the camera, author and not try to use my DVD recorder as a real-time encoder. Encoders at the time were rather slow.
I guess I could have found a ripper, but that's kind of ridiculous to have to do for my own footage and made extra steps. I haven't forgiven them for that.
Well, the bill goes to the House tomorrow so we shall soon find out if we are completely doomed.
Check here if you want to do something about it.
Kill SOPA, save America's Internet and American jobs: ACT NOW, bill goes to the House TOMORROW
Yeah, these guys obviously have no idea what they are doing to even come up with legislation this bad. Either there is a mind numbing brain dead process of thought growing in this country or the powers that be just want all the control...and the situation keeps getting worse as we stumble along into insanity. How many bad decisions do we have to deal with? Sometimes I have to stop and wonder why we are even having these kinds of discussions. I'd rather be talking about the things that will push us into a future that is positively charged and far more advanced, and I don't want to talk or think about these things that are pulling us down into stagnation and degeneration. Technology has already been hindered so many times, but if they keep cutting it off like this, we'll never get anywhere. The whole world is so messed up right now, it's hard for a lot of people to know what to think about anything.
Yeah man, seems like all these people who know better then us are just keeping us in the dark ages and keeping us from true progress with all their talk, red tape and laws that keep us from owning...well, ourselves.
We;re born into a system that they made...a system where our identities can be stolen????
Statutes are made because they don't have any true solutions....because true solutions aren't profitable and in a social construct built around money, if it aint profitable then its not worth it....???
Looks like Godaddy is in full support of SOPA and people are getting very upset about it. Thousands and thousands of domains are in the process of being transferred away from godaddy and hosting accounts are being transferred to other web hosts (their registration is good but no one should be hosting with godaddy anyway because they suck at hosting so that's a no brainer). If godaddy continues to support SOPA lots more people and companies are threatening to take their business elsewhere. I'm not sure what godaddy is thinking, maybe they are looking to get out of domain registration and hosting (just like how netflix seems to be wanting to get out of their business by self destructing)? Godaddy has been going downhill anyway which is depressing because their registration service in general has been excellent, except for their confusing maze of ads and garbage you have to navigate through on their ridiculous web site.
Looks like domain transfers are in a lot of people futures soon if something doesn't change.
Go Daddy hit with SOPA backlash
Ditch GoDaddy’s SOPA-Loving Butt
That was quick. Looks like Godadday has already backed out of supporting SOPA today because of the message they were getting from all their customers. They were facing a huge boycott. It doesn't change how bad Godaddy looks right now, but what does this show everyone about SOPA?
It's a very bad thing that no one in their right mind wants.
GoDaddy Changes Its Mind on Supporting SOPA
All the Companies Supporting SOPA
Have you seen the list of companies and organizations supporting this legislation?
Check it out. This is from the link provided by Skynet in the post above...
60 Plus Association: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP): 703-539-ASOP (2767)
American Federation of Musicians (AFM): email@example.com
American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA): (212) 532-0800
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP): firstname.lastname@example.org
Americans for Tax Reform: email@example.com
Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States: firstname.lastname@example.org
Association of American Publishers (AAP): email@example.com
Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies: firstname.lastname@example.org
Association of Talent Agents (ATA): email@example.com
Baker & Hostetler LLP: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Beachbody, LLC: http://beachbody.custhelp.com/app/ask
BMG Chrysalis: firstname.lastname@example.org
Capitol Records Nashville: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Cengage Learning: (800) 354-9706
Christian Music Trade Association: 615-242-0303
Church Music Publishers' Association: (615) 791-0273
Coalition Against Online Video Piracy (CAOVP): (212) 485-3452
Concerned Women for America (CWA): (202) 488-7000
Congressional Fire Services Institute: email@example.com
Copyright Alliance: firstname.lastname@example.org
Coty, Inc.: http://www.coty.com/#/contact_us
Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB): (703) 276-0100
Council of State Governments: email@example.com
Country Music Association: communications@CMAworld.com
Country Music Television: firstname.lastname@example.org
Covington & Burling LLP: http://www.cov.com/contactus/
Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP: email@example.com
Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C.: firstname.lastname@example.org
Directors Guild of America (DGA): (310) 289-2000 or (800) 421-4173
Disney Publishing Worldwide, Inc.: (212) 633-4400
EMI Christian Music Group: (615) 371-4300
EMI Music Publishing: (212) 492-1200
ESPN: http://espn.go.com/espn/contact?lang=EN ... d%20states
Estée Lauder Companies: (212) 572-4200
Fraternal Order of Police (FOP): email@example.com
Go Daddy: (480) 505-8800
Gospel Music Association: firstname.lastname@example.org
Graphic Artists Guild: email@example.com
Hachette Book Group: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/custom ... ct-us.aspx
HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide: firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 207-7000
Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA): http://www.ifta-online.org/contact
International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees: See Artists and Allied Crafts
International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC): email@example.com
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW): (202) 833-7000
International Brotherhood of Teamsters: http://www.teamster.org/content/contact-us
International Trademark Association (INTA): firstname.lastname@example.org or
International Union of Police Associations: email@example.com
Irell & Manella LLP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenner & Block LLP: (312) 222-9350
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP: http://www.kelleydrye.com/contacts/index
Kendall Brill & Klieger LLP: (310) 556-2700
Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP: email@example.com
L'Oreal: (212) 818-1500
Lathrop & Gage LLP: http://www.lathropgage.com/contact.html
Loeb & Loeb LLP: http://www.loeb.com/Firm/Contact/
Lost Highway Records: (615) 524-7500
Macmillan: (646) 307-5151
Major County Sheriffs: firstname.lastname@example.org
Major League Baseball: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/help/contact_us.jsp
Majority City Chiefs: email@example.com
Marvel Entertainment: (212) 576-4000
MasterCard Worldwide: (800) 622-7747
MCA Records: firstname.lastname@example.org
McGraw-Hill Education: email@example.com
Minor League Baseball (MiLB): firstname.lastname@example.org or
Minority Media & Telecom Council (MMTC): email@example.com
Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP: http://www.msk.com/contact/
Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA): firstname.lastname@example.org
Moving Picture Technicians: See Artists and Allied Crafts
MPA – The Association of Magazine Media: email@example.com
National Association of Manufacturers (NAM): firstname.lastname@example.org
National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators: (518) 432-1100
National Association of State Chief Information Officers: svaughn@AMRms.com
National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA): email@example.com
National Center for Victims of Crime: http://www.ncvc.org/ncvc/main.aspx?
National Crime Justice Association: firstname.lastname@example.org
National District Attorneys Association: (703) 549-9222
National Domestic Preparedness Coalition: email@example.com
National Football League: http://www.nfl.com/contact-us
National Governors Association, Economic Development and Commerce Committee:
National League of Cities: http://www.nlc.org/about-nlc/contact-nlc
National Narcotics Offers' Associations' Coalition: firstname.lastname@example.org or http://www.natlnarc.org/default.aspx?page=1011
National Sheriffs' Association (NSA): http://sheriffs.org/content/contact-us
National Songwriters Association: http://members.nashvillesongwriters.com/
National Troopers Coalition: email@example.com
News Corporation: firstname.lastname@example.org
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP: http://www.pbwt.com/contact/
Pearson Education: http://www.pearsoned.com/contacts
Penguin Group (USA), Inc.: email@example.com
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phillips Nizer, LLP: http://www.phillipsnizer.com/about/contact.cfm
Pfizer, Inc.: https://www.pfizer.com/contact/mail_general.jsp
Proskauer Rose LLP: email@example.com
Provident Music Group: (615) 261-6500
Random House: firstname.lastname@example.org
Raulet Property Partners: http://www.raulet.com/HTM%20Stuff/ContactUs.htm
Revlon: http://www.revlon.com/Revlon-Home/Revlo ... ntact.aspx
Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP: http://www.rkmc.com/Contact.aspx
Scholastic, Inc.: http://scholastic.custhelp.com/app/ask
Screen Actors Guild (SAG): email@example.com
Shearman & Sterling LLP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP: (212) 455-2000
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP: email@example.com
Sony/ATV Music Publishing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sony Music Entertainment: http://hub.sonymusic.com/about/feedback.php or http://
Sony Music Nashville: http://www.sonyatv.com/index.php/contact
State International Development Organization (SIDO): email@example.com
The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO): firstname.lastname@example.org
The Perseus Books Groups: (800) 343-4499
The United States Conference of Mayors: email@example.com
Tiffany & Co.: http://press.tiffany.com/Customer/Reque ... actUs.aspx
Time Warner: http://www.timewarner.com/contact-us/
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC): firstname.lastname@example.org
UMG Publishing Group Nashville: (615) 340-5400
United States Chamber of Commerce: http://www.uschamber.com/about/contact/submit-
United States Tennis Association: https://forms.usta.com/usta/form325815541/
secure_index.html or email@example.com
Universal Music: firstname.lastname@example.org
Universal Music Publishing Group: email@example.com
Visa, Inc.: https://corporate.visa.com/utility/contactus.jsp
W.W. Norton & Company: (212) 354-5500
Warner Music Group: http://www.wmg.com/contact
Warner Music Nashville: http://www.warnermusicnashville.com/contact
White & Case LLP: http://www.whitecase.com/ContactUs.aspx
Wolters Kluewer Health: firstname.lastname@example.org
Word Entertainment: email@example.com
Notice that the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees is on that list.
That's the mothership union of The Animation Guild.
Oh Boy! I really trust this legislation now!
This is what Hostgator, a major web hosting service, has to say about SOPA...
SOPA Must Die!
Written by Patrick Pelanne
Thursday, December 22nd, 2011
Imagine if you were able to genetically combine Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, Darth Vader and Barbara Streisand into one horrifically terrifying being. Now imagine that being is actually a piece of proposed legislature — the terrifying creation in your midst would then be the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) which is currently being considered by the House.
SOPA, aka H.R. 3261 is a bill right now in the House sponsored by R-TX Lamar Smith. It’s not just any bill though, it’s a bill that would allow the USDOJ, RIAA, MPAA and anyone else who lobbies for the entertainment industry to effectively censor the internet to suit their needs.
James Allworth recently wrote “Is this really what we want to do to the internet? Shut it down every time it doesn’t fit someone’s business model?” and I couldn’t agree more. Censorship is a slippery slope. Not only that but it also creates an absurd amount of bureaucratic busy work. Here at HostGator we already spend a HUGE amount of time answering DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) requests. If we allow our representatives to begin deciding what is and what isn’t ok for you to view on the internet then where will it end?
The bill itself is absurdly broad, creates a ton of liability for small to mid size e-commerce based businesses and will serve to stifle the tech industry in order to cater to lobbying groups paid by companies who refuse to adapt to a world in which free information is king (and almost as unstoppable as a force of nature).
A couple months back Godaddy CEO Bob Parsons decided to head to africa to help out the good african citizens by murdering elephants (pesky elephants!). They received so much hate in response to that you’d think they would take a more neutral tact in their views going forward. NOPE! Today Godaddy came out in support of SOPA (which is mind blowing to us as we’re both in the same sector) and they’re receiving a good amount of (well deserved) lashback:
http://www.reddit.com/r/politics/commen ... 1_domains/
We here at HostGator support a free internet. An Internet in which free information and unhindered distribution of said information is an unalienable human right. Do the same, contact your representative and tell them to vote NO on SOPA.
Link to Hostgator commentary.
This was a good thing to do but i'm not so sure it will help to make the fools in congress understand the situation any better. You might as well teach a rock how to go deep sea fishing.
Well, hope it helps to stop the SOPA insanity.
83 of the Internet's most prominent inventors, founders, and engineers have penned an open letter to Congress in opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act, which is slated for markup in the House today. The signatories warn that the bill will compromise fundamental Internet infrastructure and undermine the security of the net.
Censorship of Internet infrastructure will inevitably cause network errors and security problems. This is true in China, Iran and other countries that censor the network today; it will be just as true of American censorship. It is also true regardless of whether censorship is implemented via the DNS, proxies, firewalls, or any other method. Types of network errors and insecurity that we wrestle with today will become more widespread, and will affect sites other than those blacklisted by the American government.
The current bills -- SOPA explicitly and PIPA implicitly -- also threaten engineers who build Internet systems or offer services that are not readily and automatically compliant with censorship actions by the U.S. government. When we designed the Internet the first time, our priorities were reliability, robustness and minimizing central points of failure or control. We are alarmed that Congress is so close to mandating censorship-compliance as a design requirement for new Internet innovations. This can only damage the security of the network, and give authoritarian governments more power over what their citizens can read and publish.
Internet Engineers to Congress: SOPA censorship will harm Internet security
It's too bad there's no real education on internet technology (or anything else) in congress. As is the case every time, these guys are flappin their mouths off about how to regulate something they know absolutely nothing about. It further shows the incompetence of these people to lead. Any person with an average IQ should be able to understand it enough to at least have some common sense, or you'd think.
The scary thing is that this brings up an issue that bleeds into everything these foolish "leaders" are doing. How did these incompetent people get into these government positions making huge rising salaries? These people are making lots of money off of our backs and all they do is make asinine decisions and policies. It baffles the mind. Is it a prerequisite to be completely uneducated on most subjects before entering politics? Is it because most highly intelligent people avoid politics because it means you have to become brainless and lose your mind?
Well, you can read more and check out links below to find out the rest for yourself.
...the most notable feature of the debate turned out to be the sheer ignorance of the elected officials discussing it. One after the other, members of the U.S. House of Representatives professed — nay, bragged about — approaching this weighty legislation from the vantage point of someone who is not “a nerd” or a “tech expert.”
Nerds and tech experts, and plenty of savvy Internet users who don’t consider themselves either of these things, cringed in unison. They retaliated with an Internet meme, of course, an open digital letter informing Congress that it is finally “No Longer OK To Not Know How The Internet Works.”
The episode — and the backlash it engendered — raised serious questions about how much personal expertise is required of elected officials with the power to regulate technical niches, from stem cell research to Internet commerce. But, perhaps more importantly, it raised this question: Where do members of Congress get their expertise? They don’t all arrive in town as born experts on medical cost curves and equity derivatives.
SOPA Debate Highlights Congress’s Ignorance
The nightmarish SOPA hearings
As everything around us escalates further into the realms pointless complication, we almost have to start asking questions like: What the hell are we all doing here and what does it mean to be alive? Are humans collectively becoming deranged or what? As we lurch into 2012 we are bombarded with so much unnecessary bureaucracy, laws and other insanities that seem to only damage and shackle individuals. Is that the purpose or the byproduct? Is it still possible to live and let live or are those days gone? As a so called "intelligent species" shouldn't we be understanding more about life and what it means to be alive instead of getting more confused, restricted and troubled about everything? Maybe we're not as smart as we'd like to think we are, but I'd like to think we have the ability to rise above the fog of madness that's drifting across the planet, or at least some of us. We need to start avoiding chaos, instead of creating it.
Anyway, here's an interesting take on SOPA...
SOPA, Freedom, And The Invisible War
Thank you for keeping us updated as to what's happening with this bill Skynet.
A topic as important as this is being overlooked by the online animation community. None of the sites involved with the business of animation, as far as I can tell, have had anything dealing with this.
And to top it off as I mentioned before, IATSE, which is the mothership of our own industry's union, actually supports this legislation. Maybe that's the reason for the widespread silence.
At least AN is keeping this crucial topic in the public eye of the animation community.
Most of the guilds and unions in the entertainment industry are backing this legislation, which also has the support of the entertainment conglomerates. The destruction of the Internet as we know it gives these generally opposing camps something in common making them allies on the issue.
This is just plain wrong, especially on the part of the guilds and unions. This isn't going to stop piracy, and if piracy is a problem that's adversely affecting the economy of entertainment, I don't see the studios or the unions struggling to make ends meet because of this. Everyone is doing very well despite the allegations.
The bad economy is doing more to hurt the entertainment box office than anything else. And if they pass SOPA, will we see more jobs being created in this sector of American industry?
Check out this video, it's very informative.
Google, Yahoo, Facebook and Amazon are considering a day of blackout to protest the "Stop Online Privacy Act" or SOPA. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian discuss SOPA and what kind of impact this protest would have.