It seems that in the last few years we’ve been in a battle between the old ways and the new way of doing things not just on the business side and the creators and sharing side. Terms like Social Media and Creators is something that is a term of the 21st Century. Before web 2.0 if you had an idea for a book, a movie, a game or some kind of software, you needed to go to the big boys. The middleman who had total control over if your content was good enough or not.
Now some of you might think, that didn’t this end when the Internet became a thing to the public in 1995? Well no. While the first version of the Interwebs became something of a household thing in 1995. To about 2000 with AOL, no one really knew anything.
Web 2.0 is a term used to show the change in the Interwebs, such as when social media became a thing. Like YouTube, Facebook and even beyond that with Snapchat, Reddit and Instagram. Some of these have been around longer than the term Web 2.0 but they became a household name at that time.
So what is this whole Article 13 thing that has been talked about on Social Media the last few days? Well, it’s basically another try at the old school folks who don’t get the interwebs to destroy fair use. The idea and how it works right now is this.
If I upload something to social media that would be copyright, the Social Media posted on would take action. Such as generally muting sound, music, etc. Images or videos would be either removed or ads place that would give the copyright owner money.
Like in YouTube if you upload a video with copyright music or video, ads are placed. You’re not allowed to gain money off those videos. In case of like Facebook, generally, the videos are not approved.
Basically, Article 13 is a European Parliament’s proposed changes to copyright legislation. This has massive effects now on websites like YouTube, Facebook, and other Social Media.
How Does this Effect Majin Planet
Like any content build website, Majin Planet uses a lot of copyright content in terms of imagery and other visuals. While the Majin Planet logo is 100% created by me and the name itself does not have any copyright grounds that I can be sue on. Such as the word itself, Majin Planet while most would think Dragon Ball Z with Majin Buu. The term Majin itself means Evil Wizard as such no media company can sue me or force me to give up the domain or name Majin Planet as it’s 100% owned by me.
That being said, however, I could be sued or forced to remove the Music Videos and other imagery that uses stuff like Dragon Ball, Marvel, DC, Magic, World of Warcraft and Power Rangers. Those images are by all used copyright owned by those respected media companies.
Never in the history of Majin Planet have we ever taken claim to any visuals that are used as our own work. Even when the imagery has been heavily edited. Even when an image has been cut to be used as a render. Credit has never been taken away from the copyright holders. The Music Videos, for example, use both imagery and sound that are by all means copyright content.
However, while that is true it falls under fair use as the works themselves are created by the use of cutting and editing the video to line up with music to create something new. While in terms of the content work itself is copyright, it falls under fair use.
Fair use does not, however, mean, I make money off it. This is why the money made off the videos that I have gotten over the years, let it be that I was allowed to claim off YouTube or even the Ads I place on the website has always 100% go back into the website.
Those who have followed Majin Planet would know how much I give back in terms of free giveaways both cash, gift cards, and free stuff. All of which generally comes out of my own pocket.
Drawing the Lines
But with Article 13 it would effect Majin Planet a great deal, most of the content on the website would become blocked in the EU. Due to the wording and how some global company’s work would allow them to take direct action against someone. Right now, if I made a video, using sound or imagery that is copyright, either by the thumbnail itself or using images in a blog post. I could be sued, more so my web host could be sued.
Other than to deal with all of that, the web host would just shut me down, they would have every right to do so as well. Because with Article 13, there is no longer fair use. Such as if I used a picture of Goku in a post talking about the character. A written work that is 100% my own work, the imagery itself would be copyright and grounds to block the written work. While right now that would be fair use.
But this is just a website, that talks about things that I myself enjoy and I could do away with using any images of the content I talk about and would be for the most part save. The imagery would be dull and this such imagery would not just affect me but EVERY website, not just social media.
YouTube has started a campaign and rightfully so as it would affect them a great deal in having to block content people upload from millions of people. It’s another thing to want to protect your copyright. I truly believe in Copyright and if myself or anyone ever tries to steal creative works from someone, they should and have the right to gain the money from such.
Heck, if I was ever given an order or asked to remove something due to copyright, I would honestly look at if it falls under fair use and if not would remove it. But I’m rather good at making sure anything I make or do falls under fair use.
After all, I live in the United States and host Majin Planet as such there. I’m protected by laws too and the European Parliament is trying to take that away from not just me, but you.
So at this point, words are words, speak loud, but in the end, vote with your wallet. Don’t support people who support such stupid laws. It’s one thing to protect copyright, it’s another thing to destroy creative thinking.
Let the Old Die
This is why YouTube while they agree that Copyright should be protected, but there is a better way than what the European Parliament wants. There is a better way, first off while I know YouTube tries their best to give good content to everyone and I get it, it costs money to make great stuff. But it has to be a limit to that cost.
The reason I don’t have cable anymore, the offering of content and being forced to watch on their time. This is why media like Hulu, Crunchyroll, and Netflix has replaced Cable because right now for myself I have YouTube Red, I have Netflix and I watch what Crunchyroll puts out for free. I don’t do Hulu too much and what TV I do watch I either just buy on Vudu, such as Agents of Shield or I watch it for free on the CW app.
Which is something I wish more big cable channels would do. Let me watch your shows free on my time. I’m busy, between working a full-time job, my hobbies, friends, gaming, etc. I have little time to watch a show that comes on at 8 PM or while I’m at work. The old days of coming home after school and watching Toonami are gone. Not because Toonami is bad, no way it’s awesome. But most kids these days are too busy on Social Media, watching on YouTube.
If you want people to stop uploading your music, TV shows, and other works online and losing money; start doing it yourself. YouTube has asked to find a better way. If the big media company out there who puts out content on TV wants me to buy it. Start selling it for Free.
Cable Is Dead
Yup, this is how you do it. Put your content on Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, etc. Make it so I can watch stuff a week after it airs on YouTube. Other than waiting a year or two. A lot of TVs is now on Hulu, yes. But how about putting stuff on YouTube, you know you can just roll ads on it right? Put an ad at the start, middle and end. If people don’t wanna watch the ads, they can get YouTube Red.
People want to watch on their time, not yours. If someone likes something, they will buy it. I will not lie, I watched all of Dragon Ball Super as it aired in Japan. I watched and even had to download a lot of it to watch. What I did was wrong, I stole and broke copyright laws. But guess what?
I liked the show and now that it’s been made available to buy in the English Dub, I started to buy it. Not everyone will do this. But you know, maybe you should have just put it on YouTube a day after it aired on your own channel to start with. That would stop people from uploading it.
All you can do is speak up, vote with your wallet, when it comes to voting, don’t vote for someone who doesn’t have your best interest at heart. If the person doesn’t get the internet, don’t vote for them. Speak up, send letters, make videos, use Hash Tags on Twitter, Facebook. The more you do, the better.
Will it make a difference? Don’t know, every time I read or hear about some new law being past that will more or less break the internet, take away our rights to make memes, take a copyrighted work and express ourselves either with a parody work, making a shirt. Even using an image to help express the tone of a blog post talking about it. Music videos, song covers, etc. I just roll my eyes.
The World has changed
I grew up in the 80s and 90s. I went outside and played. I didn’t have my first cell phone until I was 20. There were no Ubers to get me places, I rode a bike or walked. The best game system was the Super Nintendo and there was no Facebook. If I wanted to share something funny with friends or family. I met them at the mall, called them or would go to the park.
Now, if want to show off something, I just take a picture and post it to Facebook and anyone in the world can see it. If I get upset about something or want to talk about something. I can just now write a blog post which again, people I don’t even know can see and voice an opinion on.
I would get thrilled to see a movie because I either saw the ad on TV or the preview on another movie. Now I can read all about the film from start to finish. People have to remember, the people making these laws, trying to stop this movement of the no middleman so to speak need to understand something.
I’m 36, I was lucky to grow up in a time that I got to see both and still be young to enjoy the new. My Dad and people in their 60s are even luckier because they got to see the world change from the 60s into the 80s and beyond.
A better time
Some would say, was it better back then? Some stuff I do miss. I do miss sharing things with people in person. I miss the idea of social media being a gathering of friends at someone’s house, the park or a local coffee shop. If I wanted to play Magic the Gathering, I had to go to a game store to meet people. Now I can just download an app and play it on my PC or phone. While cool, you lose something.
Don’t get me wrong, I do both I enjoy the old but some things I enjoy the new. I think mutli-gaming online is way better than playing by yourself. I think social media is better than the old. I’ve met so many wonderful people with social media I never would have with the old.
But there is a lot of bad too, I won’t get into that. But let’s make a stand because sadly there are bad people out there and laws like this happen or get pushed not because of me or you. Who use it responsibly but the people who don’t. Remember, it only takes one person to ruin it for the rest of us.