Dear United States – you do not own the internet. You have no right enforcing what other countries do, good or bad. Just like I don’t have the right to tell my neighbor not to watch Family Guy because it violates my ethics, you don’t have the right to create a global firewall sponsored by greedy entertainment lobbyists whose main motivation is money, not advancing technology, society or humankind. #learnfromiraq
As a photographer who has recently been in a bit of media spotlight for my stand on using photos/media without consent or for free, taking a side of PIPA/SOPA was something I’d have to do a little bit of research about. No, I don’t like it when people use my photos without asking. Yes, I’m insulted when someone asks to use my photo without paying for it. But I also have to remember, how else am I going to get my work exposed? Not by print sales and hoping they get put up in trendy restaurants, or in a coffee table book. Internet, yo!
The only reason I got to where I am now is by drawing upon the influence of others on Flickr or searching the interwebz for others who have blazed the trails for the rest of us. I’ve found new locations, learned new techniques, and even stood right next to people taking the exact same shot. Without seeing others work, or having the resources of the internet available we would be stuck in the 70s, and only Disco J would want that.
I’m afraid if SOPA and PIPA get passed, there are going to be secret agents all around us, and when we jokingly quote Anchorman to each other, some agent is going to smack us in the face and staple a citation to our chest. We’ll each have to have our own copyright lawyers walk around with us because God forbid we say something that’s been copyrighted and we don’t have the artist’s permission to quote it.
Yes, if you have a video camera and copy a movie and sell it, that’s wrong. If you download music and use it to promote your website or advertising, that is wrong. If you use someone’s photo for your website/publication without them knowing about it, that is wrong. But if your cute kid recites a Justin Bieber song on Youtube… that’s a crime too?
Come on, Hollywood. Use some common sense. The internet has HELPED you become successful, and helps spread the word of new music, movies, technology, books, etc. I can’t share a 20sec video clip of Anchorman to a friend? What is the worst that could happen… they might like it and maybe buy the DVD? I wouldn’t be able to take a photo of Disney Concert Hall because it’s considered “a work of art” and I don’t have the architect’s permission to photograph it and can be arrested? What is this world coming to?
By the way, everything I just said is copyrighted. Every word. If any of you use any word mentioned above, I’ll SHUT YOU DOWN. And if you make me really upset, I’m going to tell Al Gore to shut the Internet down since he invented it!
Further your opinions on my Facebook before it’s censored down too.