Thursday, January 26, 2012

Trendy SOPA/PIPA post + DIY Free Gift That You Had All Along


As you might have heard, the government is getting all up in our cooking apparatus again in an attempt to pass SOPA/PIPA. In short, these are bills that will disembowel the internet and offer its organs as tribute to the Gods of the Entertainment Industry (who have become angered as they have chosen to think that online piracy is to blame for their lack of success, rather than the truth, which is that nearly everything they sell is uninspired trash).

The record labels that own the music that I've made officially commissioned music videos for are already kind of unmanageable. One, in particular, continuously flags my videos on YouTube, I theorize, in order to put ads on them (ungratefully failing to realize that my videos are already free advertising for them, and they should be thankful to even have them online). If these laws were to pass, my site could automatically be shut down without my consent in a similar act of kerdickery, and I would have to go through court to prove that I have the rights to upload my own work. (In reality, if these bills pass, I'll just rip the music out of the videos in question and replace them with a proper soundtrack. And considering some of the music's quality, that'd be beneficial to everyone.

Anyways, instead of blacking my site out or putting melodramatic censor strips over logos, I did something else. As I mentioned earlier, I spent a month or so in early 2011 remastering all my work in HD. I did this with intent to put out a DVD later on, but then I realized something. I art because I enjoy it. Not because of money. These multi-billion dollar enterprises and (to a slightly lesser extent) their artist-slaves are already rolling in lakes of cash and seas of supporters, but I've become content with my tiny shack of a career, out in the middle of some dense woods that not many venture out to because of all the ticks. And so I uploaded all the 1080p files of my work (originally intended for the DVD) to MegaUpload for free download.




But then the government realized they didn't need SOPA nor PIPA to be corrupt and took down MegaUpload on a bunch of overinflated charges and technicalities. Along with all the files I spent a few days uploading. As I don't have time to put them up on another site (only for the government to tear them down too), I've made some instructions (that many of you may have already known about) in order to download any of my work in HIGH DEFINITION.

STEP 1) Go to http://www.blip.tv/barfquestion
STEP 2) Scroll down and click on the animation you wish to download.
STEP 3) Copy the URL
STEP 4) Go to http://www.keepvid.com
STEP 5) Paste the URL of the selected video into the text field and hit DOWNLOAD in a dramatic fashion
STEP 6) Right click and select "Save File as" on your desired file type.
        Select >>Download MP4<< - 1080p if you want a HUGE FILE for GRAND PURPOSES such as burning a DIY compilation DVD.
        Select >>Download MP4<< - 240p if you want a TINY FILE for TINY PURPOSES such as putting the animation on a mobile/handheld device.
        Select >>Download M4V<< - 360p for some kind of iPod format thing. It is fairly tiny, and also suitable for tiny purposes, like putting on mobile devices.



You absolutely can:
• Feel free to make archives/torrent(s) of these files and upload it to various file sharing/torrent sites. File sharing sites are getting hit hard though, so be aware that your hard work might go to waste.
• Copy these files to your various fancy mobile devices.
• Copy these files to your various not fancy mobile devices.
• Burn DVDs to share with friends, fellow fans, or family.
• Use screen captures/footage for fan sites/media/tattoos, etc. (Use with discretion. Stumbling upon good fanstuff boosts self-esteem and productivity. Stumbling upon cancerous fanstuff makes me question if I should even be uploading my work to the internet in the first place).
• HURRY AND DOWNLOAD THEM ALL BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE AND THE FEDS TAKE DOWN KEEPVID TOO WAUGH.


You absolutely can not:
• Upload these files to other video hosting sites/film festivals.
• Charge money for these files.

Happy Holidays and remember to steal, share, and enjoy!

2 comments:

Demonstarfox said...

It is so good to see you update again! You had me worried for a while.

I have nothing but the utmost respect for you, man. You have always encouraged people to pursue their own idea of happiness, whatever that may be.
The fact that you oppose SOPA/PIPA does not surprise me, and I really like what you've done to oppose it. This bill will destroy some of the best parts of the internet, including independent artists like you.

I have been a fan of yours for many years, and as long as you continue to produce content, I'll continue to support you.

eSc. said...

I too have been a fan of yours for many years, it would disappoint me greatly to see you stop animating because of something like SOPA

please continue your effort for everyone's enjoyment