Some people have asked where I got my numbers from when saying that SOPA and PIPA would cost the country 3.1 million jobs.
I talked to people, lots of people.
That is how I also discovered that their claim that not having them would cost 2.2 million jobs is false.
Here is how it works.
How often do you go to the movies? How often did you go to the movies 10 years ago?
There is a difference in that number. That difference according to the people I talked to is the price of the tickets.
Who did I talk to? Everybody who would talk to me on the street, at the post office, McDonalds or anywhere else I could find people. See I found that the average now is one a year. Ten years ago it was six times a year. Why? Ticket prices.
According to people, it is just to expensive to go and sit in a theater. They would rather wait for it to come on TV.
Where does the loss of jobs come from in the entertainment industry? Theater personnel, distribution, and yes, some in production. This loss is less from any sort of piracy, that the internet can be held responsible for, than the drive for higher and higher profits within the industry itself.
Does piracy exist? Yes. It is the guy on the street corner who took a video camera into the theater and recorded the movie so he could sell copies. It is not online.
What is online? Clips, that people enjoyed and wanted to share. Very like the trailers the studios themselves put out. Oops, people thought that sharing a clip that they enjoyed would get someone else to buy the DVD.
Where did that idea come from? Commercials run by networks that are paid to run them by the studio.
Now you know why the networks want to shut it down. The studio does not have to pay them for as many commercials because people are willing to share their opinions with their friends. This saves the studio money, it does not cost the studio money! That means they will fire some of their marketing people. Ah, found some of those jobs that they claim are being lost. It will also increase their profits.
Their logic fails when you consider that shutting down the site where the people share a clip means they now have to spend the money on advertising again so they also have to hire the marketing people back thus reducing the profits. That again means they raise the ticket price and less people go to the theater.
What will they blame it on then?
The networks have another reason. The very public meltdown of Charlie Sheen and others on sites like Twitter and other social networking sites. That cost them.
Not the talk or the clips but, that people knew about it so they could not call it a contract dispute. They have to admit that either they fostered the behavior or ignored it. That means they didn’t care about the person who played in the show. So why should the people think they care about anybody?
To my way of thinking they don’t. Why not? ABC, CBS, NBC, TNT, FOX and any other network you can name, they are not people they are a bunch of contracts stuffed in a file. A corporation, not a feeling human person. A corporation is a money making machine. Ask your microwave if it cares what you have for dinner. It too is a machine. If it answers you seek help. None of the networks will answer you either. They will put several people into a room who will come up with what they should say about something. Then one, or several of them will say it. Oops, I wanted to talk to ABC/Disney not bob the marketing guy.
You get the idea.
Now on to where the bills cost jobs.
Small independent film makers hire electricians(grips), cameramen, sound engineers, musicians, editors, carpenters and many others. The major studios will no longer have to pay them for their work because all they need to do is cry copyright infringement! Then they can take the idea and film it themselves, with people they already have on staff. So the jobs in those smaller companies are gone. Get on Google (while it still exists) and search for the small film makers. Now multiply the number of them by 10. It is a conservative number, most of them need more than ten people. Now you have part of the 3.1 million job loss created by the two bills.
Now that has been established I am going to ask you, Where are the young, new grads supposed to get their work experience so they can get a job at a studio or network? They work for the independents, if the number of independents drops then they do not get the “experience” and thus do not advance their career.
Is there a local TV station in your town or state? If the networks have their say, not for long. Join the network or go broke and out of business. That news set looks like ours so you must have copied it, copyright infringement! The local station is gone. Now you are stuck with news from fifty miles away that has nothing at all to do with your town. Back to where do the young grads get their work experience. Oops another failure of logic. The networks do not get to hire experienced people unless the person as a student consents to an internship, which amounts to slave labor. As an intern you are worked long hours and made to do things that any high school kid could do. Do not ask, why am I running for your coffee, the answer is going to be, because you want the internship so you can say you had the experience.
Now go back to Google and find all the local TV stations in the country. Multiply by 10 again. This time it is a very conservative number. Now add this result to the one from before.
Not 3.1 million yet?! Not to worry my friends, it is time to talk about the next set of big business sponsors for these bills.
Publishers. The major publishing houses are ready to cry infringement on each and every independently published book that comes out.
It would of course still get published. That is if the author can afford the years of court battles to prove the publishing company was wrong and they are innocent. Until then their work does not exist. I can find the same phrase in one hundred books by one hundred different authors all of them published. Yet if an independent author uses the phrase it can be called copyright infringement.
Yes, I am serious. Stephen King started out as an independent author, look what happened there! We would have lost out on his genius. But then again I can find phrases of his in the works of Philo. Did he copy them? NO! He used them like every other author does. So really, every author since Moses has infringed on copyright. That is a lot of writers!
The graphic artists that do covers for the independent books would lose income. Most likely their self employed status would become unemployed. The same is true of self employed editors, writing coaches and a host of others. The independent publishing houses would vanish. The printers they use would have to find that income somewhere, unemployment again.
The independent film makers, that do the book trailers for these authors, if they did not fold up before, when the studios hit them, they would now.
Time to go to Google again. You guessed it, find the independent publishing houses and multiply by 10. What a number we have when added to the previous two. This is not finished by a long shot!
Find the number of independent authors, graphic artists, writing coaches, editors and any other independent you can think of. Now just add that number in to the total.
I think I have said enough. There is more if you think about it. Just run what you think of and add it in. The number is larger than the 3.1 million claimed. I was being conservative and only claiming the 70% increase over their 2.2 million claim. If I wanted to dig deeper I am sure I could triple that number.
So what are they supposed to do? There is a bill that is a viable alternative. The Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act is that alternative. You have not heard of it because the supporters of the other two don’t want you to. It is in the Senate, and the Senators either know about it or they are not doing their job (I know they don’t but that is another article).
What does this bill do that the others don’t? First, it makes the complainant prove the charge of copyright infringement before shutting the defending party down. The old innocent until proven guilty saying is still alive, just not well. It also holds the guilty party liable for a percentage of the profits they made off of the pirated property. A jail sentence is optional and for the judge to decide, in most cases I would advise against it. How is payment to be made on the monies owed if the person(s) are in jail? Would you like to read this bill? Not a problem, but I cannot say the same for the other two. To read it for yourself go to www.KeepTheWebOpen.com you will also be able to see the name of the author. Yup, a Senator!
If a Senator wrote the better bill why are the others supporting the two that hurt the economy?
In my opinion, they were purchased by the large amounts of money invested in them by the corporations that support the bills. But again, that is another story. Guess I have more writing and research to do.
I hope we the people band together and keep our freedom of speech. Until I do the rest of the research and write the other articles hinted at in this one, have a good life, enjoy your freedom and don’t let the elite or the corporations take it from you.