As I was putting my Merlin DVDs back into the box I realized something, without the internet, without Tumblr or Youtube, or Streaming websites, I would never have even known of Merlin. I certainly wouldn’t have ordered all 3 seasons of it, spending money I really shouldn’t have spent. This also goes for Torchwood. If it had not been for a fanvid and scenes I had seen on youtube and streaming websites which allowed me to watch the shows so I could see if I even wanted to watch, I would not have bought all 3 seasons of the show (once again spending money I really should not have spent. ) I wouldn’t have bought Series 1 of Sherlock if not for a streaming site (and I wouldn’t have freaked out about Series 2 and made immediate plans to by it as soon as it comes out in the states ), I wouldn’t have known about any of my favourite bands or songs or even films that I have spent loads of money buying if not for youtube and music blogs that will eventually be shut down by your anti-piracy bills. I’ve bought books because of blogs telling me how great they are, I’ve spent hundreds of dollars on manga and anime because of so called illegal sites which let me try them out and see that I would love them.
And it is due to sites such as Tumblr which keep these obsessions alive so that I spend more money on merchandise and physical copies to accompany my iTunes copies so I have all of the Special Features and interviews and commentaries.
You may think that by imposing SOPA/ACTA on the commonwealth that you will be saving money, but in the long run you are wrong. You say you have lost millions of dollars due to piracy, did you even stop to consider how dedicated the fan base is for any of those things, did it even occur to you that we use the internet so we can find more things to love so we can eventually buy it because we are so obsessed and we cannot imagine life without the physical real deal copy? Did you even think to factor in the increased revenue you received through free publicity from sites such as tumblr and youtube? I’ve lost count of the number of people who I have seen say they are converted to a show just because those of us who already love it bombard them with images and fics and rants and essays we have composed to our fandom.
Yes, I admit you are hurting us with your SOPA/ACTA, but it isn’t just us, in the long run you will feel the affects as well. Those of us who know what was taken away from us, we will bleed, but eventually people will stop realizing they are missing something. They won’t know about your shows or your music, because it isn’t anywhere that we can see it. You will lose profits and you will fall, and it will be your fault entirely.