PIPA voting postponed after online protest; SOPA/PIPA slapped by the internet’s dick, but not dead yet

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After some convincing from a full-day blackout from numerous web presences and demands from internet bigwigs, as well as the possible realization that many older legislators didn’t even know what the internet was, the anti-piracy bills SOPA and PIPA have been postponed indefinitely, shelved in the dark corners of Washington, where they will possibly fester and grow eviler each day.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced the postponement of a planned ballot for the Protect IP Act just two days after Google’s logo was boxed out, and Republican chairman of the House Judiciary committee Lamar Smith then reported that his panel had also caved and would delay any action with the Stop Online Piracy Act until more agreement on the legislation could be coerced out of techies and major internet companies.

Reid was rumored to have become quite upset that he couldn’t download the latest episode of Celebrity Wife Swap due to Megaupload being shut down. We’ve received word from an anonymous source that he admitted that he “did not realize Wife Swap would be affected” and that he really doesn’t “get how the internet works.” Reid encouraged the authors of the bill to redraft their tool of fascism with the online community in mind, so that it forged a “balance between protecting Americans’ intellectual property, and maintaining openness and innovation on the internet.” Film studios and major record labels then realized that Congress may no longer be their bitch, for now.

Obama also protested the bills by singing a copyrighted Al Green song right in Al Green’s fucking face, as if to say “fuck you, and those fucktards at ASCAP, too.”

• Strike Against SOPA: http://sopastrike.com

The Promo Bay starts taking applications as The Pirate Bay aims to further legitimize their torrent services

Arrr matey! The Pirate Bay brings us news of a new free advertising service called The Promo Bay to help promote independent artists! Unlike major labels and their cadre of big name content creators (a.k.a. land lubbers), many out there in the vast ocean of artists are more concerned with getting their output to the people than they are with having their output stolen or pirated. Many would say that if their work was in such high demand that it warranted pirating, they’d probably be doing a pretty good job of creating other streams of revenue.

In the spirit of Google’s homepage ‘doodles,’ The Pirate Bay has begun allowing artists of all stripes the chance to apply to have their ‘doodle’ replace the usually omnipresent Pirate Bay icon for a day. Artists must provide a link where users can download or stream content for free (movies, music, manifestoes, etc.), the aforementioned doodle, and a list of three countries where they’d like to have the doodle featured. The aim is to expose users to new content and promote cross-cultural exchange at no cost to artists as long as they’re making something available to users for free.

The Pirate Bay has come under attack from major labels who see the torrent service as a haven for illegal downloading, and this move is yet another step in the right direction for legitimizing what this and other sites do for internet users (and what bills like PIPA/SOPA are trying to keep offline). By creating a community of content creators who openly support the free distribution of their work as a means of exposure that will lead to people buying concert tickets and other merchandise, it increases the acceptance of such practices (as will the blackout that took place on Wednesday across a huge range of media sites, including TMT, in solidarity against such censorship legislation). A few big name artists, including Nine Inch Nails and Radiohead, have already openly supported The Pirate Bay by making some or all of their work available for download on the site — hopefully this promotion will help create some of the next big names in music and film, further placing the focus on the quality of the product instead of the quality of the marketing plan.

• The Promo Bay: http://thepiratebay.org/promo

Anonymous gets revenge for the takedown of Megaupload, takes down RIAA, Universal Music, Justice Department, BMI, US Copyright Office, MPAA, EMI, FBI, HADOPI, and an unofficial Bon Iver fansite

Call the coroner. Megaupload is DEAD AND GONE. The Feds said “SHUT IT DOWN,” and the outcry has been enormous. Before you freak about how you’re going to watch HBO now, the file-sharing site, whose CEO was recently revealed to be Swizz Beatz (just like the rest of us, he doesn’t think his own albums are worth a cent), already has a new site that can be found at Megaupload.bz, which will hopefully be able to avoid the fate of its predecessor.

But things are getting heated. In retaliation for the takedown, the well-known pranksters referred to as Anonymous claim to be behind the outages of many websites. RIAA, Universal Music, and the Justice Department were the first ones to go, and now BMI, the US Copyright Office, MPAA.org, EMI, the FBI, and HADOPI, a French authority, have joined the “involuntary #SOPAblackout”. This is by far the largest takedown of sites that Anonymous has ever carried out, as they DDoS the piss out of the big wigs.

Gawker has more details on how you might be unintentionally taking down sites yourself by clicking on the links that Anonymous is posting on its Twitter account. Read Anonymous’ statement about all the attacks from today here.

• Anonymous: https://twitter.com/#!/YourAnonNews/status/160181678717927424

Megaupload shut down by Feds, who waited a day to not look THAT bad

Yesterday was a pretty interesting day. On the one hand, The Internet, spearheaded by Google and Reddit, invoked a protest that included a site blackout (of which we were a part), enough to scare Congress and the White House into rethinking its actions on SOPA/PIPA. On the other hand, the Supreme Court handed down a decision less steeped in an understanding of copyright law and more steeped in the judicial branch’s recent tendency to nod their heads in agreement to whatever the federal government says when they don’t have a fucking clue what the case is about.

Today, another setback occurred in the War on Copyright. Department of Justice prosecutors, likely under orders from the RIAA, ordered the shutdown of cyber locker Megaupload, as well as the arrest of seven executives, including founder Kim Dotcom (a.k.a. Kim Schmitz) in New Zealand. The indictment cited over $500 million in supposedly lost revenue due to copyright infringement.

Megaupload’s tale has been a weird one. Last month, in a show of solidarity, several artists (including will.i.am and Kanye West) created “The Mega Song,” showing their love for the cyber locker. Said song provoked the ire of Universal Music, who had the YouTube video of the song taken down temporarily on the grounds of non-existent copyright infringement, adding fuel to the anti-SOPA/PIPA fire. Just yesterday, it was discovered that the song’s producer Kasseem Dean (a.k.a. Swizz Beatz) had become CEO of the site. The federal government did not name Dean in the indictment, but it is possible that such an indictment could come later.

James Ferraro unlocks the secret to the perfect movie, names the perfect movie Rapture Adrenaline, releases the perfect movie on DVD

James Ferraro, the crazed mastermind behind the Tiny Mix Tapes-praised Far Side Virtual (TMT Review), has made a movie called Rapture Adrenaline. It is 94 minutes long. FACT reports that it is now out on DVD, albeit in a limited quantity of 500 copies. And, though they do not come out and simply say it, they also report that it is the greatest movie ever made. Let’s go to the bullet points:

• Sleazy television station called Hell-TV.
• Sleazy television station called Hell-TV that is run by someone named Acid Eagle.
• A character named Professor Pizza who may or may not be the same person as Acid Eagle, because the description is very confusing.
• Brutally murdered police officer reborn as super-human cyborg.
• Rochester.
• Driver taken hostage by seatbelt.
• A robot that becomes smarter and more dangerous and puts a boy and his friends in danger.

And more. The movie came out on VHS last year and everyone who watched it is now dead, not because they killed themselves, but because their bodies simply didn’t see the point of living after watching it. In the present moment, you can buy the DVD here. Do so only if you possess no fear of your body snuffing out its own flame of life.

Meanwhile, Ferraro has some UK/Europe dates:

02.01.12 - London, UK - The Dome
02.02.12 - Berlin, Germany - Transmediale (talk)
02.03.12 - Berlin, Germany - Transmediale (show)
02.04.12 - Milan, Italy - O’Artoteca
02.05.12 - Geneva, Switzerland - Ecurie de L’Ilot
02.07.12 - Nantes, France - Stakhanov
02.08.12 - Brussels, Belgium - Les Ateliers Claus
02.09.12 - Lisbon, Portugal - Kolovrat 79
02.10.12 - Guimaracs, Portugal - Centro Cultural Vila Flor
02.11.12 - Paris, France - Barofar

• James Ferraro: http://soundcloud.com/digital_skin
• Hundebiss: http://hundebissrecords.bigcartel.com

Zammuto (the guy from The Books who sings all pretty and delicate) announces new album; sure hope it’s pretty and delicate

Nobodaddy here, reporting from the trenches, where, for the past two months following my deft and dutiful reporting on The Books’ mastermind Nick Zammuto’s colorfully-titled Zammuto project and the release of its first single, I’ve been waiting outside his house in my 1993 Honda Civic to tease details about whatever release may be forthcoming from the man’s garbage cans. I haven’t showered since the YMCA kicked me out of their bathroom on Christmas Eve, and I’ve been surviving solely on a particularly long English cucumber and one of those “squeezable” bottles of jelly.

But now it’s all worthwhile, because I finally got a lead on the Zammuto album!

Okay, ready? The new Zammuto album is titled… Zammuto!?!? Oh, fine. Thanks, Nick. Oh well. I can at least further report to you that it’s coming out April 3 via Temporary Residence Ltd. But to be honest, I didn’t get too much else from rooting around out here. Not even a tracklisting. Fuck, let’s see: there’s a discarded DVD with a cool little interview on it that I guess I can rip and upload and post for you guys. And here’s some shredded press release scraps that seem to refer to the album as “a deep reinvention,” “progressive and forward-looking,” and “intense and driven”; but since it’s torn up and in the trash, I’m guessing that maybe Nick wasn’t happy with the wording. Besides, come on; we all know that it’s just going to sound like The fucking Books.

2012 Live dates:

02.03.12 - North Adams, MA - Mass Moca
02.04.12 - New York, NY - 92YTribeca
02.06.12 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall

Meanwhile, here’s a stream of an EP called, yes, Zammuto - Idiom Wind EP:

• Zammuto: http://www.zammutosound.com
• Temporary Residence: http://temporaryresidence.com

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