We've written about CreativeAmerica a few times. This is the astroturfing operation
set up by the major Hollywood studios, pretending to be "grassroots." Of course, as we've noted, they can't seem to find very many supporters
at all. In the entire month of November, when there was a ton of news about these issues, it appears that a grand total of 161 new people signed up for its letter-to-Congress offering. In contrast to that, folks protesting SOPA were able to get over a million emails sent
to Congress and over 87,000 phone calls in just one day
. And how did that happen? Because those of us opposed to SOPA and PROTECT IP just asked our communities, and they did so
The major Hollywood Studios do the same... and they get 161 new supporters over an entire month. It's kinda pitiful, but it really shows how little the public supports Hollywood in this campaign to censor the internet.
Either way, it appears that Hollywood is now trying to do what it does best: buy support. Since its efforts to just rally the troops directly has failed miserably, it's kicking off a big ad campaign, buying TV commercial spots
on both broadcast and cable TV. The commercial itself is incredibly misleading and repeats a bunch of the standard myths:
It also goes with the standard scare tactics of "evil content theft." It's amazing that the industry bigwigs still haven't figured out that no one believes that claim (well, other than some folks in Congress). Either way, it's yet another example of the stark contrast in how the public views this bill. Those in favor have to buy their support, while those opposed just talk to people and tons of people speak out. One of these days, perhaps folks in Congress will realize that these people vote.