Monthly Archives: January 2012

Iron Sky - In 1945 The Nazis Went To The Moon

Iron Sky – Nazis from Space!

Nazis on the dark side of the moon. The Iron Sky movie plot is that in 1945 the Nazis develop antigravity and retreat to the dark side of the moon. Now its 2018, a Nazi invasion is over 70 years in the making and they don’t plan to goose-step accross Europe, this time it’s the world!

Finnish director, Timo Vuorensola and his crew will premier the move at 6pm in the Berlinale on February 2nd 2012. Plot aside, two features make this move special:

  • Iron Sky was made collaboratively by fans over the Internet.
  • Iron Sky was financed in part, by donations.

Fans collaborated to make the movie. Fans joined in creating ideas and content for the movie using the Wreckamovie platform. Wreckamovie does for movie making what Wikipedia did for the encyclopaedia. Founded by Star Wreck Studios in Finland, is web site that makes it possible to collaboratively produce professional quality A/V content of all types: from short films to feature films and to all distribution screens – from Internet and mobile to film theatre. Established in February of 2007 the world’s first feature-length collaborative Internet film, Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning had more than 8 million global downloads.

Paid for in part by donations. While 6.3 million euro in funding was secured through traditional film funding channels 900,000 euro of the budget was raised with crowd funding: securing money from volunteers via merchandise sales, pre-orders and an upcoming investment possibility, which gives you a chance to take part in this movie project.

There’s a lot to be learned when it comes to the future of film, both good and potentially bad. As movie budgets continue upwards, crowd funding offers independent film makers a channel to much needed funding. But call me old fashioned, is the creative aspects of a screenplay is a good idea?

Watch the teaser. If you like what you see demand Iron Sky at a cinema near you.


Stop “Irish SOPA” Legislation

On 26-01-2012 junior Minister Sean Sherlock proposed an “Irish SOPA”. The proposed legal amendment, whose final wording has not been released, raises fears that courts could be given the right to hold intermediaries such as websites and ISPs to account for hosting any material that might infringe copyright. This could include most online services.

The proposed legal amendment is in response to an Irish High Court action held in 2010. The action was between EMI Records (Ireland), Sony Music Entertainment Ireland, Universal Music Ireland Limited, Warner Music Ireland Limited and WEA International Incorporated and UPC Communications Ireland Limited. The media companies sought an injunction against UPC as an Internet service provider, to prevent the theft of their copyright by third parties illegally downloading it over the Internet. Finding in favour of UPC, in his judgment, Mr Justice Peter Charleton held that laws seeking to identify and disconnect copyright infringers were not enforceable in Ireland, regardless of the record companies’ complaints.

The media companies’ strategy towards copyright theft, seems a little bit like the Police prosecuting the National Roads Authority for assisting a thief driving to and from the premises stolen from.

Just like the now possibly abandoned SOPA and PIPA legislation in the US, Minister Sherlocks proposal, which has not been published at this point, could put the burden on website owners to police user-contributed material and call for the unnecessary blocking of entire sites. Small sites won’t have sufficient resources to defend themselves. Internet businesses based in Ireland, such as our own indigenous Irish companies or inward foreign investment corporations could be closed down or discouraged from opening offices in Ireland. Sites might also be prevented from showing up in major search engines.

Consider signing the “Stop Internet Censorship. Stop SOPA in Ireland” petition here.

Stop SOPA | Stop PIPA

Stop Internet Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA)

Many websites world-wide were blacked out 18-Jan-20121 to protest proposed U.S. legislation that threatens internet freedom: the Stop Internet Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). From personal blogs to Wikipedia, sites all over the web — including this one — are asking you to help stop this dangerous legislation from being passed.

To learn how this legislation will affect internet freedom, check out Wikipedia.