Daily Archives: July 6, 2013

S.O.P.A: Stop Online Piracy Act

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Stop Online Piracy Act gives power to the government and the entertainment industry to censor anything that would be seen as copyrighted material.

On October 26, 2011, by US Representative Lamar S. Smith, a bill was introduced that would change the internet. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) deals with the expansion of law enforcement to fight online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property and counterfeit goods.

SOPA has the potential to create government funded sectors to place censorship on anything that would be seen as “wrong”. Anything that has a connection to copyrighted material or counterfeit goods would be censored or shut down.

This will give the US government the permission to give censorship to the entertainment industry. Any material on any website that the entertainment industry sees as infringement of copy right would be shut down with the owner/creator of that website, being put in jail for five years.

With a lot of material being copyrighted, that is from international countries, the US has proposed SOPA. There was the need to take care of ‘pirates’, since little can be done at an international level, action will be needed at home.

This is done by tracking pirated websites or popular websites such as YouTube with many user submitted videos with copyrighted music and game content. By having mandatory rules which shutdown or place heavy restrictions, to censor the internet and track websites. This has said to “infringe on free speech and freedom” as it doesn’t have specific details and what could be considered as “wrong” can have many interpretations. It has also been said, “how far will they go, if this bill gets passed?”.

By censoring the internet, the US government would sue any individual that relates to an infringing website, merely by mentioning, linking or posting about one. The Government also has the ability to “cripple new start-up [sites]… they [US government] feel isn’t doing their censorship well enough”, this discourages internet users and also puts a strain on new bloggers and web-site owners.

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I had talked to a YouTuber that was familiar with S.O.P.A and the potential mess it will create. She is a performer on YouTube who uses other peoples music and sings along with them. She said “If S.O.P.A gets passed I will have to start all over again, instead of being able to entertain my viewers weekly I will have to do it only a few times a year with high restrictions – everything would have to be my original content”.

Extra links:

What SOPA means for Australia:

http://www.reloadmedia.com.au/searchstrategy/the-big-issues/what-sopa-means-for-australia/

Overview of SOPA on Youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDX8Lyl16Qs&feature=BFa&list=PL3B0BF0172B7D9BD2&lf=plpp_play_all

Famour Youtuber talking about SOPA:

YouTube: a game for business

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YouTube is one the most popular websites on the internet. It is the 2nd most used search engine, the first being Google.

YouTube is a video-sharing website which gives people the opportunity to popularise themselves or what they like, to a potential mass audience. It has provided an outlet for individual expression and creativity.

YouTube has created a new way to involve people in games. There are channels and videos dedicated to providing news, information, walk-through and strategies on games. An example is the “Let’s Play” videos which invite the viewer into sharing the adventure, of playing the game, the triumphs, the fails, the frustration and the relief of finishing a game.

I spoke to someone who was an “addicted fan” of YouTube. They tell me that Let’s Play videos are something that they enjoy watching, as it gives a “bond” over games. “To see someone have the same difficulties as you [in a game] is hilarious to watch… when they get mad and angry, when they get annoyed and frustrated… it is hilarious to watch”.

With the popularity of YouTube, successful channels that appeal to a wide audience and have hundreds-of-thousands of subscribers get the opportunity to earn revenue for their work through ads. This is seen as an incentive to continue making YouTube clips and growing a business foundation with partnering to YouTube.

YouTube only holds responsibility for its website not the business foundation in which a Channel would create for itself. This has caused a problem that the idea of “amateurs” or people with no or little business management running a successful business could be taken advantage of. In which either close friends or other businesses may corrupt or be unprofessional. This would hinder and publicly shame people who do not know what they are doing.

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The people who use YouTube are popular by being in a public eye. This causes the expectation, to always be public about problems, about every aspect of someone’s life, which causes the problem of Privacy.

The content on YouTube is user submitted so it is up to the individual for what they want public, however when there is popularity and an audience to adhere to then, it does become an expectation and a job and not just a hobby.

Interesting links:

The Yogscast (popular gaming channel):

http://www.youtube.com/user/BlueXephos/featured

Lewis’ (owner of the Yogscast) outlook on some unprofessional behaviour:

https://yogscast.com/showthread.php?55245-A-Response-to-Peva-and-Tinman

A fans opinion:

http://www.minecraftforum.net/topic/1117682-the-yogscast-discussion-peva-tinman-ridgedog-and-lewis/