Los Angeles, CA
We at OPeX studios thought long and hard about how to communicate to the public why it is important for us, as a small startup company and as divergent thinkers, to participate in the fight against SOPA, PIPA, + CENSORSHIP. We arrived at the conclusion that using an example, a project of ours to be specific, is an effective way to illuminate the reasoning behind our stance. This project not only relies on access to open source of information for weaving layers of creativity into it, but also is an effort to encourage creative thinking within the Internet:
There are two critical components to the ideology of this project, which is titled “Square Inches of Love”:
ONE – A voice is a voice, no matter how small, and the power of collective.
TWO – Every great idea stands on the shoulders of other great ideas.
Weaving the virtual and the real worlds became the ideology of the “Square Inches of Love” project in order to demonstrate to the public that virtual efforts can render great, tangible, outcomes for the society without necessarily relying on government or a large corporation.
Prior to the launch of the project, we had been exploring ways to create an exhibition that would address the weaving of the virtual and the real in a visual format. Rather than producing the content for the exhibition ourselves, we decided to come up with a way that would allow for people’s creativity, point of view, business advertisement, and message of hope, etc to become the focal point of exhibition. And we were excited to let anomalies and the “un-expected”s to breathe new layers of inspiration and creativity into the project.
We took some cues from the hunches of other successful projects such as AID’s quilt and the milliondollarhomepage to name a couple. The “Square Inches of Love” was formed…
Should SOPA + PIPA bills pass, as they are presented at the moment, here are some things that would directly affect us and a creative project like the “Square Inches of Love”:
You get the picture…
As the laws currently stand, OPeX studios or any other company could get their pants sued off them should they commit copyright-infringement crimes. So, why the need for censorship of the material by the government?
We DO NOT support Piracy. We are forever indebted to the industries that gave us Bob Dylan, the Beatles, Janis Joplin, Jimmy Hendrix, Alfred Hitchcock, “Toy Story” and the list goes on…
But we DO NOT stand for censorship, and the disregard for the freedom of expression. This is NOT the legacy we would like to leave for our children; a world where the main answer to their “But Why?!?” question would be: “Because I Said So!”.