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Legal Content Sites

While there are many websites where consumers can legally view streamed content, there are many illegal downloading/streaming sites. These illegal sites constitute theft of media content. Theft of this kind directly affects our brothers and sisters in the motion picture and television industries both within I.A.T.S.E. and in our sister unions representing actors, directors and others. Compensation and benefits for workers in these industries are often tied to residual income from secondary markets for their movies, TV shows and music such as DVD sales, rentals and internet downloads. Illegally downloading such content takes money out of the pockets of the people who helped create it.

The Motion Picture Association of America and the Canadian Motion Picture Distributors Association have provided a list of sites where you can legally download/stream movies, TV shows and music.

Please take a look at it here.

Upcoming Changes Backstage

Last night at the August Membership meeting the Body voted to officially consolidate the Backstage with the Official website.  Local 15 will pay the monthly fee that Ning is going to start charging.  We may still keep an eye out for another provider to migrate the Backstage to in the future, but for the time being we are taking the path of least resistance and staying put with Ning.com.

What kinds of changes exactly?
This will bring about some changes to the site from how it is currently set up.  We will be introducing some policies for usage of the site by the members and staff to address civility issues.  Forums will become moderated (volunteers for moderators anyone?).  Groups unrelated to work or IATSE will more than likely go away pending review.  (Personal pages?  Not sure.)  Amendments to the site as suggested by the web survey results will be implemented.

When is this going to happen?
What this means is that sometime in the near future the Backstage will be closed for maintenance.  Probably on August 20th, 2010, and probably for a couple of weeks, but that isn’t quite clear yet.  So if there is any stuff you want to download off the site you might want to grab it soon, before it possibly goes away.

Just in case anyone is wondering, I did make a backup of all the data stored here as of July 28th, 2010.  The files comprise 1.95 gigabytes of storage space.  If you would like a dvd copy of these files please get in touch with me and we’ll see what we can do.

Thanks everyone for bearing with us as we make these changes!!!

respectfully submitted,
Brian Foley
on behalf of the Web Committee and Executive Board

Backstage Web Survey

Backstage Users – Help decide the fate of the Backstage! You should have recieved an email with a link to the survey. Please take the time to fill it out. If you didn’t get the email, check in on the Backstage to get the link. Thanks!

John Moore Memorial, Saturday, March 13, 2:30pm

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

It is with great sadness that I pass along the news that our Brother John Moore has passed away.  On Sunday, March 7th, 2010, while working on the set of a video shoot in Oregon he suffered a massive heart attack.

Undoubtedly Local 15’s best weapons smith and broad swordsman, John was a member in good standing with the Local since 1993.  He was an excellent builder and graced many a scene shop with his fine woodworking and welding skills.

Among many other notable achievements, John started out life as a Local 15 stagehand working in the Seattle Opera shop in 1993 at the end of the build of Norma, then on a crash course of simultaneous builds of La Boheme for the LA Opera and Kentucky Cycle for the Washington, D.C. Opera.  Many various and sundry gigs followed of course, at every theater and venue represented by the Local.  Most recently, John split his time on the bounce with his work as a principal cast member in the Seattle Knights (as Angus McHeath) and as a founding member of Penumbra Fantasy Faire (as King Oberon), which had it’s inaugural event in October 2009.

John will be remembered with great fondness by all who worked with him in any capacity for the Local.   His presence and jovial sense of humor will be greatly missed, especially when we’re about to lift something heavy.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, March 13, 2010, 2:30pm at Bonney-Watson in Seatac near the airport.  All who knew John are invited to attend by the family.

Bonney-Watson

16445 International Blvd.

SeaTac, WA 98188

john moore

John Moore, 1965 - 2010

in honor, Brian Foley

E-mail Your Availability

There’s a new way to call-in your Availability for work!

E-mail it to call-in@ia15.org.

This is just a test to see how this works, so you will still need to call in and leave your availability on the voicemail line. It will still be for one week at a time. Just email your information for the week of work on the outgoing message. If this works out, we may make it a permanent option in the future.

Welcome to 2010!!!

2010 is starting out BIG!  In more ways than one…

First off, we have a new Business Representative, Mr. Paul Bigman, who will be gradually taking over duties from Mr. Bill Wickline in the upcoming months.  Mr. Wickline will be entering retirement just in time for Major League Baseball spring training most likely.  Mr. Bigman’s email will be stagerep(at)ia15.org and he can be reached by phone at (206) 604-8242.

Secondly, the look and feel of the website is getting a facelift yet again.  The new look includes some features new to the site, such as allowing for following Local 15’s Twitter account, commenting on select pages, site searching, and the long sought after ability to Log In (although exactly how this will be used or what it will be used for is as yet undetermined at this time).  A FAQ page is in the works.  Feel free to sign up and register to the site in order to better utilize potential new developments as they get developed and installed.

And last but not least, our new phone system is finally getting installed this week!  Betsy will believe it when she sees it.

Let us know what you think and what you’d like to see by using the comments or via email. Maybe you’ll even “Bleckov” yourself into writing a page or two for your brothers and sisters of the Local.

Website Update

If you have ever visited the IATSE Local 15 website before, then you might notice that something has changed here.  Ever a work-in-progress, the Website Committee is in the midst of updating and upgrading the Local’s website.  We are now finally approaching Web 2.0 folks.

This site is now using WordPress as a management system for the website.  The implications are rather enormous – this means hopefully less work for the webmaster by simplifying the process of adding information to the site.  As we get the hang of it, communications between the Officers and the Membership should speed up and improve.  There is still a learning curve to climb and lots to learn about how to master the powerful tools we’re starting to use.

Of course if you see something you might like to help us change, or have any mad website, writing or photoshop chops you can share with us, please feel free to write us at: web (at) ia15.org .  We can always use some help.

Watch for ongoing changes in the coming days, weeks and months.

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