Anonymous’s ‘Black March’ Media Survival Guide

"copyrighted media won't be allowed while internet is censored"

"copyrighted media won't be allowed while internet is censored"

Anonymous and other various Internet freedom groups are calling on people to boycott the corporate media for the entire month of March 2012 in efforts to affect the bottom line of organizations calling for the imposition of The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.  ACTA will profoundly restrict the fundamental rights, freedom of expression and communication privacy of Internet users the world over.

For those of you who intend to participate in the boycott, there is plenty of public domain and Creative Commons licensed  media that, for now, is freely available for you to download and enjoy, enough for the entire month of March.

The following is by no means an exhaustive list of sources to help you remain entertained while participating in the Black March Boycotts.

Video

Audio / Music / Sound

Text / Books / Magazines / Literature

Please dig in, re-view some classics and enjoy our open media heritage, while it remains free and open, and feel free to post your suggestions of Black March safe media.

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  • Ken_A1

    The longer this boycott is meant to last, the less successful it will be, and the less specific it is, the less likely it is to be noticed by anybody in a position to do anything about this issue. I want this thing to succeed as much as anybody, but it needs to be developed with concrete goals and realistic expectations in mind. (“Let’s HURT ‘em!” is not a concrete goal, and “Everybody avoid all corporate media for a whole month!” is simply not going to happen.)

    And somebody please edit that infographic before people start spreading it around. For one thing, it’s in dire need of proofreading. For another, as rotten as the MegaUpload takedown was, it’s a PR goldmine for anti-piracy crusaders. Including it in a list of grievances that are entirely legitimate on their own is only going to hurt.

    • Garry McLaughlin

      Same old same old – you’re making the ridiculous assumption that Anonymous is run by an office of people somewhere, with a designer, a copywriter, a policy planner etc. The whole point of Anonymous is that it is a very loose coalition of interests trying to make a stand against things that those parties believe in, and believe that others feel strongly about too.

      The minute you start saying “edit this” and “develop that” and “concrete goals”, you’re assuming it’s something that it’s not. If this action isn’t for you, don’t take it. If you believe as strongly in it as you suggest, organise something yourself. Something loosely based around “this thing”, perhaps; something concrete like that.

      • Haystack

        Right now I’m assuming that Anonymous is stoned and in high school. 

    • Alacrity

      yea,  do it any way you can..  organize yourself, don’t try to organize anonymous

    • Guest

      Hey there! I see you’re attempting to improve Anonymous’ effectiveness
      by providing constructive feedback in regards to delivering a message
      for the boycott happening in March. If you find yourself unconvinced of
      the action’s effectiveness, the remedy is to ignore the action or engage in a discussion like this! So far so good…

      If you think that the effectiveness could be enhanced by such changes as: specificity, proofreading, and/or whether or not certain grievances should be mentioned…

      …then you have just taken part in Anonymous action! How? Even by identifying these issues, you are identifying a concern that has not been visibly addressed to date. Why? It is either because all of those who have identified the concern, do not see it as such; or it is because you are the first to identify those concerns.

      Now, who can address these concerns? I’d argue that the most qualified would be the person that was able to successfully identify the concern, but that person may not deem the action of addressing the concern (making the changes that need to be made) important enough to warrant the use of their time. Then I suppose it is up to whichever Anon shares your perspective AND warrants the time necessary to address the concern.

      This is how Anon works, you either contribute an effort, or you can complain about it. Either way, if you want to see a change, then make it happen. If people support your change, then it will evidenced by the number of participants.

  • Kenvallario

    that’s weird, i had the exact same idea a few days ago, about boycotting apple downloads to protest their labor practices…i love it when that happens…

    http://kenvallario.com/blog/curent-events/the-forbidden-fruit-of-progress-apple-boycott

    • Server

      I generally just “boycott” apple downloads because there’s nothing worth the bandwidth.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Johnson/683259446 Luke Johnson

    The bit under P.S. Is wrong though, they’re being prosecuted under laws that are already in place… it’s part of the argument against SOPA ?

  • Apis

    Cancel netflix for the month of march

  • Sam

    Man, the typos deflated the whole thing for me. Sorry. I just have a feeling that a serious operative in Anonymous wouldn’t let that slide. Besides that, it’s a nice idea.

  • Rodcottage

    Megauploads owners are not ‘from new zealand’. kim dotcom is from germany but lives in nz. 
    he has been denied bail (apparently he’s a flight risk) and is still in prison, and has not been deported.
    Also copyright does exist in NZ and Germany. wtf!

  • Kf Ostalo

    thnx for this … I participate but as I’m ill now (just a flu) its becoming hard ;(

  • Ashantra

    What if this was also a test by Anonymous to see how devoted the people whom claim to be behind them are?  If you guys are so weak to not be able to handle a month without buying something entertainment-wise, what kind of life do you have?

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