Sandia Mesa to merge with Disney

You heard it right. Colin Corbin and Scott Dash are gonna be in the same household as The Simpsons and Family Guy. How about that Stewie meeting Colin Corbin episode, eh?

Also, Sean King will be terminated from the company, effective immediately. Mickey and his pals believe his outrageous statements on various topics as of recent has massively damaged our reputation. And that he should no longer be with us. Before he goes, he would like to have a brief word with the public on this matter:

April Fools.

How should buying movies and show episodes on the internet work?

During the 1970s, a revolutionary change occurred. Particularly in the way we watched shows and movies. Before, most feature films were rarely accessible to the public. You had to either go the movie theater when they were showing it or hope that it would air on TV sometime soon. Now, you had the technologies of VCR. This meant that you could record a video tape of a favorite show or movie that was airing on TV and then watch it whenever you wanted to. Because this technology was relatively new, there was major competition in the field of videocassette formats – most notably between Sony’s Betamax and JVC’s VHS (and we all know that VHS ultimately won).

Today, we’re in the midst of another revolution in the way we watch shows and movies. No longer are a majority of us watching movies and shows on cable TV, DVD, or Blu-Ray. We’re watching them on the internet through streaming services. And like the competition between videocassette formats in the 1970s, we’re seeing competition between different online video streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go, and Prime Video.

However, we’re experiencing a major problem with online video streaming services today. Most online streaming services today are subscription-based. And because of that, there’s no real opportunity to buy copies of a movie or show. And when people are given the chance to buy a movie or show online, you don’t usually get true ownership of a copy of it. If we want the internet to continue to be a medium of getting and viewing movies and shows for generations to come, we need to acknowledge the problems with online video services today and figure out how buying movies and shows on the internet should work.

The Problems Facing Online Video Services Today

Today, online video services are facing major problems that prevent them from having sustainability in the long term. These problems are ones that restrict customers from having true ownership of their copies of movies and shows.

For one thing, most online video streaming services are subscription-based. Everyone wants to be the next Netflix. Even well-known film companies are wanting to get a slice of the subscription-based streaming services pie. This year, Disney is planning to launch its own streaming service called Disney+. And last year, DC Entertainment launched DC Universe. While there is nothing wrong with wanting to do a subscription-based streaming service depending the amount of content you offer, there’s often no other option that allows you to purchase or rent movies or shows. And this means that if you close your account, you lose access to everything you had access to.

Secondly, purchasing videos on the internet doesn’t always guarantee you ownership of a copy of a video. In the case of Amazon’s Prime Video service, you don’t technically own a copy. You get access to view the movie or show. And you can download it to watch on the go but only if you have their app. But besides that, what you can do with it is often heavily restricted by content protection technologies such as DRM (Digital Rights Management) and HDCP (High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection). So if the service is discontinued or Amazon goes out of business, you’re out of luck.

What’s the solution?

The solution is frankly simple. If you buy a copy of a movie or show episode, you should be allowed to keep it forever. Even if the company you bought it from goes under or discontinues selling the movie or show. But in order for it to work, there’s some things that need to happen.

First off, publishers and filmmakers need to restore their trust in the customer. Those who buy movies and shows online are not looking to pirate them. In fact, most people just want to watch their favorite movies or shows whenever they want with whoever they want. And those seeking other uses are lawful more often than not. They usually want to either remix them, criticize them, or parody them. And most of them understand Fair Use law.

Second, we need to reform and maintain a better online legal framework for handling copyright. In particular, the United States government needs to either change or repeal Section 1201 of the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act). Otherwise known as the “anti-circumvention” and “anti-trafficking” provisions, this part of the DMCA prohibits people from circumventing DRM technology (including the manufacture and sale of such tools). So it doesn’t matter whether you’re circumventing for the sake of copyright infringement or not. You just can’t do it all. Also, we need to stand strong against proposed copyright laws that only further restrict users’ rights. If such proposed laws like Articles 11 and 13 in the EU ever become a reality, they could dent the free and open internet that we know.

And finally, we must have clear and easily comprehensive return and refund policies. Regardless of what we sell on the internet, we should treat the customer fairly. And that includes giving them the option to return and get refunds on digital goods they bought.

Conclusion

The internet has so much potential as a means of distribution for films and shows. It has propelled independent creators such as The Angry Video Game Nerd. And independent media and journalists now have somewhere to speak of issues and topics that would otherwise go unnoticed. Their massive growth and ability to compete with large corporations and media conglomerates would not be as possible without the internet.

But it’s time for buying a copy of a movie or show episode to actually mean ownership of a copy. For too long, buying a copy of a movie or show from online services like Prime Video has not really meant true ownership. Instead, it has meant being able to watch this or download that but only to the extent that the publisher would like to us to. Without regard as to whether what we do with it is legal or not. And when they end selling the content, they run with the copies that we “bought” of it.

We should boycott services that implement restrictive technologies like DRM. And new publishers and filmmakers should consider standing against DRM. That includes doing our part by making all content we sell DRM-free. In addition, U.S. legislators should reform Section 1201 of the DMCA. And we should stand against legislation that seeks to impose more unreasonable internet restrictions such as EU’s Article 13. We need to call out companies and lawmakers who support such restrictive measures. And only then can buying movies and shows on the internet be a truly superior alternative to buying DVDs and Blu-Rays of movies and shows.

The Rise and Fall of Vidme and why Freedom of Speech is so important today

Today marks the 1st anniversary of the closing of Vidme, which was a startup alternative to YouTube based in LA. It had so much potential when we first joined their small video-sharing platform in 2016. In fact, we were so sure it was gonna succeed and become a huge competitor to YouTube, we decided to switch there full-time. However, the platform would unfortunately come apart fairly quickly and we would have to put our eggs in other baskets, such as LBRY and BitChute. But in order to understand how we got here, we must first take a step back and look at the early history of Vidme, what they advertised themselves to be, the strong community that was held during its existence, and ultimately, how the platform came apart.

The Beginnings

Originally called Viddme, it was founded by Warren Shaeffer and Alex Benzer in 2014. It was among several startups created by LA-based video product lab BitKitchen, which still exists today. Most notably as the owner of a blockchain-based digital art platform called Digital Objects.
Financially, Vidme was fairly strong. In 2015, they successfully raised $3.2 million from investors such as Mark Suster of Upfront Ventures and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. And in 2016, they raised another $6 million in Series A funding.

What Vidme advertised itself to be

The first time I heard of Vidme was in 2016 because Peter Day was trying out that platform. Many of us small creators had become disgruntled with YouTube’s business practices then, just like we still are today. From big studios being able to copyright-strike videos without much consideration for Fair Use law to YouTube’s “advertiser-friendly” policy, many of us creators were looking for a safe haven where we could just be creators and make content without the fear of being copyright-striked or getting suspended for no good reason.
So, I decided to create a channel for Sandia Mesa on Vidme. And frankly, I became quite impressed. The site’s design was not too bad and it seemed like the staff was willing to welcome Sandia Mesa with open arms.
What I liked the most was that they seemed to be emphasizing freedom of speech. And that is what they pushed the most, especially in the viral Statue of Liberty video, where they stated, “Give us your fucking profanity, your goddamn sexual humor”, etc. They also emphasized putting creators first before advertisers, the biggest reason plenty of creators came.

The Vidme community

During its existence, the community of creators was actually quite a wonderful one. I got to know many creators such as Dazzlinglatte, Kentantino, and Maria the German. And I even got a local creator known as Jenny Fedora and even got to be on their GACC Podcast and discussed the issues with Vidme in two videos with them.
So much so, I even got to be in a Monthiversary collab for Maria the German. Another good example of how the community came together is when a bunch of creators entered the Vidme Forward in 2016. Each of us who entered the collab had do one second for each part of the countdown to the New Year. Admittedly, this was quite a clever thing to do to compete with YouTube Rewind at the time.

Vidme comes tumbling down

In July 2017, Kentantino uploaded a video to Vidme criticizing the new design of the front page. And later, he was unverified with no reason given. Now, I had only known Kentantino because I was part of the Drama Crew Discord, where I would also meet some great creators. After hearing about him getting unverified, I honestly was kinda ticked off and shocked. Why would such a platform whose purpose of existing is to be a free speech haven for creators who want to be able to discuss certain subjects without fear of being punished for no good reason? Why would a company that so openly states that they’re open to feedback and have been working behind the scenes with creators suddenly abandon their values when it’s most convenient for them?
So, I called them out. And this was when they showed their true colors. Especially with how Duffy said that he “lost his privilege.” And of course, I responded by “blacking out” as part of the #FreeKentantino movement. Of course after #FreeKentantino started trending, the staff decided to cut videos in the “Vidme” category from being in the trending section of the front page. Honestly kind of a dumb choice in my opinion, especially with the timing because it only served to look as if they were doing it for PR damage control. But little did I know, it would get worse from now on.
In August 2017, Sandia Mesa got unverified on Vidme. Now if I recall correctly, this happened shortly after I commented about the fact that I wasn’t that big of a fan of Vidme anymore on one of Dave Cullen (aka Computing Forever)’s videos. Nevertheless, I decided to inquire about why I got unverified. No response either privately or publicly. In fact, the post in which I inquired about Sandia Mesa’s unverification on their subreddit was removed. You can still view the post in its full text on our main website.
But this is where the kicker comes in. So, some user named LoreReloaded decided to ask Vidme why they deleted my post. And get ready, this is how Duffy responded:

Yep. They antagonized me right out of the gate. Not because I violated ToS or shit like that. But because I’m someone who “obsessively bashes Vidme.” SO SPOOKY! So, I took it to Twitter to call out Duffy for the comment.

And to nobody’s surprise, I got blocked by Duffy a few moments later. But this isn’t the end of the drama.
Later in November 2017, a good friend of mine DarcsenOfLegend comes around and criticizes them. This time, for some stuff regarding ad revenue and them not necessarily being transparent about it called, “Is Vidme stealing from creators?” Note that he did delete the video and reupload a different version to clarify him because Duffy thought he was accusing them of stealing revenue, which was not Darcsen’s intent.
And of course that day, November 2nd, 2017, was the tip of the iceberg. To put it briefly, Duffy, being the oh-so wonderful person he is, unblocked me just so he could provoke me, Kentantino, and Darcsen. And then blocked me again afterwards.
Anyways, fearing that I was gonna be deplatformed by Vidme the next day. I rushed to get all the descriptions and titles of my video copied onto a Word document, made sure my videos that were on Vidme were still on my computer, and then began reuploading them to BitChute.
A few days later, I was proven right. On November 5th, 2017, the Sandia Mesa account was disabled. The channel was nowhere to be seen. Nobody could see the videos on Vidme anymore. In others word, Sandia Mesa was deplatformed by Vidme.
About a month later on December 1st, 2017, Vidme announces that they’re going to shut down the website in 15 days and immediately ended allowing for users to sign up or upload new videos, along with paid subscriptions. And of course, on December 15th, 2017, Vidme closes their doors to the public.

Conclusion

It is unfortunate that such a video-sharing platform like Vidme, which had promised to be better than YouTube, had to shut down. The many creators in the community I met were great. And to this day, I still maintain friendships with some of the creators I met. When I first joined Vidme in 2016, they had so much potential to become a big threat to YouTube’s monopoly in the online video-sharing market. Especially since they seemed like they could actually compete with YouTube and successfully offer a much better service.
However, this could’ve all been prevented. Had Duffy not pushed to unverify and deplatform those who dare speak out about their flaws; had they been more transparent with creators and the community; had they not abandoned their values just to save face whenever they got criticized, Vidme would’ve still been around today and could’ve been a true pro-free speech haven to YouTube’s tyranny.
Moreover, the debacles Vidme had with me and Kentantino are prime examples of why freedom of speech is so important on the internet today. Nobody who runs a public service such as a social media website, public forum, webhosting service, DNS registrar, or a payment-processing service should have the power to discriminate or deny service on the basis of someone’s viewpoint or opinion on certain subjects. Because when they do have the power, they can use it to try to wipe those they don’t like off the internet entirely.
Freedom of speech is so important, that it’s a basic human right protected by the 1st Amendment of the Constitution of the United States and advocated for in Article 19 of the United Nations’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. And yet, this basic human right is not necessarily observed by mainstream internet platforms and services.
If we truly want to preserve the open and free internet, we need to step up and advocate for the right to freedom of speech, even for those whom we may not like. We need to be more willing to call out those who deplatform others for no good reason; to support platforms and services who are pro-freedom of speech. And maybe if we do that, we’ll have a day where the most prominent internet services and social media sites are not deplatforming people on the basis of viewpoint or opinion, but rather on the basis of doing activity that causes danger and harm to others, such as doxing and calling for acts for violence.

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Hi fellew followers,

It’s CEO again with exciting announcment. Sandia Mesa is now maker of fun games. And our firs happy fun game is gonn be 12 Bunny Jesse.

Hire’s design concept:

Character fun Bunny Jesse

This all we got, but stay awoken because it will cum out in 2019 2 for NES… Th….

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Happy March Thirty-Foolst!

Officially moving operations to the new Sandia Mesa website.

Earlier last year, we moved Sandia Mesa’s official blog to Medium and the Official Newsletter to our new website at https://sandiamesa.com. Well, after some time of working on the new website, we’re officially moving all Sandia Mesa operations from the older Wix website to the new Sandia Mesa website.

I. Effective January 4th, 2018, My Little Hood will no longer be hosted by the now-defunct Vidme on the Wix website. Instead, it will be hosted by BitChute at https://mlh.sandiamesa.com.

II. Effective January 4th, 2018, the official contact page will no longer be on the Wix website. Instead, it will be at https://sandiamesa.com/contact.

III. Effective January 4th, 2018, Sandia Mesa’s official website will no longer be hosted on Wix. However, the older Wix website will operate temporarily only as a page to redirect to our new website until April 5th, 2018. Come visit our new website: https://sandiamesa.com.

As we continue to develop the new websites, feel free to contact us either via the form linked above or at info@sandiamesa.com if you have any feedback and/or suggestions as to what we can do to improve it.

Thanks so much for all of your support!

Announcing Voice Actress Auditions for Antoinette the French Unicorn

Tis’ true, I’m finally getting myself moving on finishing “An Olympics Scandal is Coming This Way,” the planned second episode of My Little Hood, and I hope to get it done and released before the end of this year.

Anyways, I’m looking for a voice actress** for a new character, Antoinette the French Unicorn, who in this episode is one of the representatives for the Olympic International League. I want her voice to have a French accent similar to that of a French Taunter from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. There’s also some singing musically involved in part of the role.

I will be doing the auditions in-person on November 10th between 12pm and 4pm. Contact me at sean.king@sandiamesa.com for the physical location.

Recommendations, which are not necessarily required, include:

  • Being at least 18 years of age.
  • Having some sort of acting experience beforehand.
  • Being a resident of the Albuquerque metro area (includes Rio Rancho, Bernalillo, Los Lunas, and the East Mountain area).

** Please note that for the time being, this will be a volunteer position.

ALERT: All Sandia Mesa websites to be shut down briefly for an Ubuntu upgrade

Our web host, DreamHost, has informed us that our shared server is scheduled to get an upgrade to the latest version of Ubuntu. This means that all Sandia Mesa websites will be shut down briefly sometime on either Wednesday, November 1st or Thursday, November 2nd.

To stay informed on updates about this, join our Discord server and subreddit. And also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Minds, and Gab.

Announcement XZAF (from Shrek)

Originally published at sandiamesa.wixsite.com on March 31, 2017.

Oh, hello there!

Today, I am proud to announce that Dreamworks is [conquering…]

….

….

partnering with Sandia Mesa. This will be a beneficial relationship indeed.

From now on, a new season of My Little Hood every month, not on Vidme, but YouTube.

And will air each episode weekly on the new YouTube cable TV.

[….Mostly to benefit our stockholders….]

And Comcast is making sure Universal Studios makes a new movie with them….

[….every year and will continue on for eternity, just like Minions….]

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Congrats, Sandia on…

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BTW, MARCH THIRTY-FOOLST!

Final Blog Post of 2016

Originally published at sandiamesa.wixsite.com on December 30, 2016.

Let’s be honest. 2016 was a tough year; from the Presidential election with the most disliked candidates in U.S. history to YouTube ditching content reviewers and creators for big money and large corporations. You’re not the only one.

While we all can take time to look back at the good moments to relieve us, it is time to move forward into 2017. We have some awesome ideas for you to consider this coming year and also some announcements.


First off, check out our new Vidme channel if you haven’t yet. We will no longer be posting our newest videos on YouTube, so follow us there for newest happenings around this town. Not only do we have more followers there, but the team at Vidme is very utmost committed to making a creator-friendly and community-oriented website.

vid.me/sandia_mesa_mlh


We will be participating in two end-of-year videos!

On December 31st, Vidme will be releasing their first annual Vidme Forward. We have plans to take part in the countdown to 2017. Stay tuned on the official Vidme: vid.me/Vidme

That same day, Sandia Mesa Founder and President Sean King will be taking part in Ruben Leija’s “Why I’m Grateful” compilation in which they’ll discuss what they’re grateful for. Stay tuned for that on Ruben Leija’s Vidme channel: vid.me/RubenLeija


Check out these awesome content creators from Vidme!

Dazzlinglatte: vid.me/Dazzlinglatte

Becky Boop: vid.me/BeckyBoop

Jenny Fedora Productions: vid.me/JennyFedora

Chaotic Gaming: vid.me/ChaoticGaming


And we’d like to conclude this by wishing you all a wonderful rest of your winter holiday season and have a Happy 2017, from all of us at Sandia Mesa Animation Studios!