jason (FMA Admin)
jason on 10/28/2011 at 09:30AM
It's a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA video that incorporates awesome music by artists who share their work under video-safe licenses via the FMA (credits at the end).
The video describes a new bill that is moving quickly through congress under the misleading name "Protect Intellectual Property Act" as a disingenuous threat to the basic structure of the web:
"The law would let the government or corporations censor entire sites-- they just have to convince a judge that the site is 'dedicated to copyright infringement.' The government has already wrongly shut down sites without any recourse to the site owner. Under this bill, sharing a video with anything copyrighted in it, or what sites like Youtube and Twitter do, would be considered illegal behavior."
PIPA would give the government and corporations the ability to censor the net in the name of protecting "creativity," which when you look at the details seems counterintuitive. If you're an artist who want to tell congress that you actually feel empowered by the Internet, and threatened rather by this bill, Fight for the Future drafted a letter to congress from artists here, while a more general letter can be found here.