Saturday, January 21, 2012
Clash of the Titans; Don’t Forget About us
The following was provided by Jon Hendry of IATSE Local 480, Motion Picture Technicians state of NM.
Mr. Hendry raises some interesting concerns in his breif peice here regarding the SOPA bill and the PIPA bill and how it could affect our beloved film industry in this state.
As the monumental clash between Hollywood and Silicon Valley develops please don’t forget about the film workers of NM. There are thousands of us who put on our boots at 5am and go to work building sets, shooting commercials, handling post production for the US and the world.
We’re by no means Hollywood. Just because we’re concerned that foreign sites are stealing our work product and the residuals that fund our pension and health plans doesn’t mean we’re in any way proposing restrictions to the free internet access we all enjoy. If we can’t protect our intellectual property then the future of the film business in NM and the bright future for thousands of students currently in film & media programs in our high schools and colleges will be squandered. This is not about intellectual freedom, it’s about theft. The film workers of NM and their unions: IATSE, SAG, AFTRA, IBT, DGA, and AFM challenge those who oppose the bill to help us protect our jobs, protect the taxes that NM so desperately needs, and come up with a solution that protects everyone’s rights and intellectual freedom.
I challenge the film and music industries to find a way to halt or limit piracy which does not interfere with internet access.
The SOPA/PIPA approcah is to take a chainsaw to the internet when a laser scalpel would be more appropriate.
Posted by: Proud Democrat | Jan 21, 2012 6:15:50 PM