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What we can do? Black March

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 23, 2012, 3:33 AM

"Another protest is building steam. This time, its a boycott aimed directly at big media, called Black March. For the entire month of March, consumers are encouraged to not buy any media. Personally, I like the idea of this even better than the web blackout, as effective as it was. Sony, Disney, Fox, Paramount and the WB seem to think they are invulnerable because we, as consumers, have grown so dependent on them for our entertainment. Hopefully, a good participation level will show them exactly how wrong they are.
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Taken from 'The  Inquisitr'

Honestly I couldn't agree more, protests aren't enough, Black March sounds like a great idea. If you are against SOPA, PIPA, ACTA and other forms of internet censorship...then hit them where it hurts, in the wallets. Since this whole issue boils down to money, show them that a terrible way to try increase their profits is pissing off the customers. Sitting back and thinking others will take care of it is how things like this slip by. If you enjoy your right to free speech, YOU have to act. I know a lot of their supporters have backed out of the bill..but its still important to show repercussions of such bills being pushed forward.  

In other news? a word of advice, make sure info on both sides is taken with a grain of salt. I have seen all kinds of allegations flying both ways from things like, SOPA took down Megaupload, to the feds intentions to go after everyone on the Megaupload servers. Remember to do a bit of research and if you find anything interesting make sure to let others know or link it here?

What do you guys think? Is Black March a good idea? or do you think a small few are going to be bored for a month?

( Also there is the issue of some companies being against SOPA/PIPA, does anyone know a reliable source where we can find out who is in favour and who isn't?)

Edit*(cough cough....people have brought up some good points, "e.g If you want to do something that makes a statement, consider shifting your money not only away from corporate media but to independent media. Buy comics published by someone other than DC and Marvel. Buy books from small and independent presses. Support independent production companies who fight to stay independent and fan-focused. Better yet, buy things directly from creators and artisans. Support independent retailers. Don't just blanket punish media producers and distributors—refocus those resources into supporting the ones who espouse and depend on free exchange of information and ideas"… taking my own advice and looking into other alternatives? perhaps shift your focus to supporting the independent film and music industry instead of the big corporate brands. You can do either but we must be VERY careful about what we do and make sure we don't end up hurting those who have been made vulnerable by the very people powering SOPA and PIPA. As always I am ready to listen to others on the issue, please if you have something to say or agree or disagree, feel free to voice your opinion here. If we want to do something we need a thorough understanding before hand of what we can do and what we need to avoid.

Supposed sites in favour of SOPA/PIPA?… can anyone verify this?

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:iconninjadp: sent me here. I am working on supporting this, but it's hard to rally the family for this. They keep trying to find those none existent loop holes and still want to rent movies _V_ But I will continue to spread the word! Viva la revolution! :salute:
Squibley Jan 25, 2012  Student General Artist
To be honest,Black March is pretty much a stupid idea in some ways.
Squibley Jan 25, 2012  Student General Artist
I mean,it's great that we are protesting and all,but there are limits,and people are just going to go back to their downloading and shit before Black March is over with.
US CITIZENS -> [link]

NOT FROM THE USA -> [link]

January 18th, 2012 was the largest online protest in history to stop the internet censorship bills, SOPA & PIPA. On January 20th, Congress shelved the bills indefinitely. If they return, we must be ready.
Yipee! Money saved! But no! No media to celebrate with after the final exams!
I go months at a time already without buying anything but food really, so this would be a problem at all for me. But I'm better people who live in cities would have a harder time. Ah, the perks of living in the boonies, they are few, but sometimes they are great.
Xelioth Jan 24, 2012  Student Filmographer
great idea, but ill-conceived. Even the most adamant supporters aren't going to go the whole month and even if everyone did, it would screw with the economy something fierce.

I'm behind the idea of Black March, but I think the execution could use a little work, to say the least.
YES! I wrote a rant on this. Doing further damage to the economy because we can't get free movies is like cutting down a precious tree to save it from fire.
moni158 Jan 24, 2012  Student Filmographer
That is why I think people should shift their attention to independent companies?
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