meido against sopa/pipa

I’ll let Wikipedia, Reddit, and EFF explain the evils of SOPA/PIPA. Pretty it means a gutting of anime. Without the pressure of fansubs, do you think studios will bother with Crunchyroll and Hulu anymore when they can sell $40 BDs instead?

What you can do.

If you live in the US,

The most effective action you can take is to call your representatives and tell them you oppose SOPA and PIPA, and any similar legislation. Type your zipcode in the locator box to find your representatives’ contact information. Text-based communication is okay, but phone calls have the most impact. (Wikipedia)

If you don’t live in the US, you can watch us burn. And then enjoy your SOPA/PIPA-like legislation in a year (or before a la Spain).

Contact your local State Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, or similar branch of government. Tell them you oppose SOPA and PIPA, and any similar legislation. SOPA and PIPA will affect sites outside of the United States, and actions to sites inside the United States (like Wikipedia) will also affect non-American readers — like you. Calling your own government will also let them know you don’t want them to create their own bad anti-Internet legislation. (Wikipedia)

If anything, get the word out. Yes, your awesome anime-watching friends might know about SOPA/PIPA, but what about your parents? Your aunts? Your bros who only play MW3 and drink Natty Lights? Knowledge is power. And, of course, you can always put your money where your mouth is and support anti-SOPA/PIPA organizations like EFF.

9 Responses to “meido against sopa/pipa”

  1. If you’re outside the United States, what you can do is to get your American friends to call their senators and representative.

  2. The meido pictures in between the paragraphs appear to have been censored out.

  3. It appears my last comment was censored out because I quoted a movie.

  4. It appears my last comment was censored out because a popular song could be heard playing in the background while I made my point.

  5. One of your meido has been corrupted.
    Would you like to scan for viruses?

  6. Not that I disagree, but it’s interesting that your opposition to SOPA/PIPA is “it might hurt people’s ability to distribute content they don’t have the rights to”. Most people who are against the bill talk about how the way it’s written it could impact legitimate sites, but you cut right the the core of the matter and say, I want to be able to download Japanese TV without paying for it.

  7. @suntzuanime: While I think that may be an underlying message, Hulu (primarily through Funimation) and Crunchyroll are actually legitimately licensing and bringing over anime and offering it for free with advertisements, with both offering a pay service for quicker/more/higher quality episodes. The point is that the business models both of those sites use work in some part because fansubbing existed. They offered a comparable, legal alternative to downloading fansubs because there was a market for “I still want to see my Japanese TV quickly and cheaply, but I’d also like to support the industry behind it”.

  8. SOPA stopped: Chief sponsor delays action indefinitely
    let it be known henceforth, on this day in the year of our lord, these brave meido and their brave sacrifices have stopped an unstoppable evil , the SOPA. LONG LIVE MEIDO.

  9. that propogabda has the opposite effect :
    Ill be waiting at an anime speakeasy every night waiting for the mountains and plains of america to bust my butt!

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