Hollywood Union Members Sign Petition Asking MPAA & Hollywood Unions To Stop Supporting PIPA/SOPA

from the losing-your-own-members dept

The opposition to SOPA and PIPA continues to come from all sorts of places. The latest interesting one? Union members who work on movies and TV... whose bosses signed them up as supporters of SOPA and PIPA against their wishes. They've put together a petition urging the MPAA, IATSE, IBT, WGA, SAG, DGA, and AFTRA to formally oppose both SOPA and PIPA, noting that it would be a barrier to innovation that Hollywood desperately needs, wouldn't actually stop infringement, and would also be an online security nightmare. The groups listed in the petition are basically all of the groups that have been major supporters of the bill, but as some of the signatories note, they want no part of this. Just a few examples:
I'm a proud Local One and USA829 member, and am appalled to find my union supporting this act. While I agree that piracy is bad, this act is ill-designed by legislators with no clue how the internet works, and guided by greedy corporations who have ulterior motives, and who have a track record of abusing the DMCA the same way they'll abuse this.

It will do nothing to stop it, will give unfettered power prone to abuse to corporations who don't deserve it, will short circuit due process, and will have huge unintended negative effects on the internet as a whole.
And, another one from a studio grip:
Proud Local 80 Motion Picture Studio Grip and I'm signing because these bills go too far. I'd like to think that IATSE is just trying to do what's best for its members. But, I think once they dig past the surface they will see the same thing I did. And that is that these bills need to be quashed. We need another way to deal with piracy.
Once again, for all the talk of widespread "support" of SOPA and PIPA, it seems to be crumbling in every direction, including from within the groups who have acted as if these bills were absolutely necessary.

Filed Under: hollywood, pipa, protect ip, sopa, unions
Companies: aftra, dga, iatse, ibt, mpaa, sag, wga


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  1. identicon
    Kyle, 4 Jan 2012 @ 11:35am

    Re: Re: Re: They're Afraid of Becoming Irrelevant

    Actually, the part of SOPA that will make an impact is holding the payment processors and ad services accountable. Piracy is flourishing and growing because thieves can make money by stealing content. Get rid of the easy money and the legitimate access points will not have to compete with free. It's simple economics and makes perfect sense.

    Most don't want to bother with torrents and the like. The P2P model is diminishing and cyberlocker downloads increasing. Cyberlockers are in the business of making money. Cut off access to that and those sites will have to turn to more legitimate sources of commerce. They could easily activate a content ID system like Youtube's. That would be a huge step in the right direction and protect the rights of content creators small and large.

    Piracy will never disappear, but no one expects that. However, as efficient and legal online gateways continue to evolve, the pirates who cannot offer equivalent access will fall by the wayside. Take away the access to easy income and that will be the natural result. I think that is the expectation.

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