We at Thwipster wholeheartedly oppose SOPA as it currently stands and as we understand it. We believe in due process and not a Patriot Act for media companies to take down parts of the internet. You can find out more about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stop_Online_Piracy_Act
If you know anyone downloading illegal things off the internet, take a moment and tell them to stop being a dick. We don’t need the government and media companies to tell us not to steal. We can actually stop piracy ourselves by not doing it. Yes, it’s true when you torrent Tower Heist you’re not hurting Ben Stiller, BUT you are hurting the person who does Ben Stiller’s makeup day in and day out. So again, don’t be a dick and don’t let your friends be dicks.
You’ve got it hard, right? You make all this stuff that people are so ravenous over that they steal it, remix it and share it with everyone they (don’t)know. But hey, you gotta get paid! Guess what? Don’t be a dick. Cut out the DRM, cut out practices like making things unavailable for 30 days on Netflix or iTunes, and cut out going after people celebrating your products. And maybe, just maybe, be a little more human and people will stop thinking of you as an evil empire. People love the stuff you produce. Just not you.
A couple good articles on SOPA & the comic industry:
A petition for Marvel to pull out of SOPA: http://twitition.com/ulrd2
I am down with this. I’m also down with Thwipster, which makes it incredibly easy to avoid piracy by purchasing their awesome supply of trades and graphic novels at surprisingly marked down prices. It’s great. SOPA is bad.