Well, how'd you know? Six journal entries in a row in just a little of a week now (seven counting this one now). Given my especially spare activity in past months/years or so, that surely must be a record now.
Though I guess you could also consider it cheating at the same time, since 5 had been going on about the same thing, so, presuming that's only countable as one, this would make it the 3rd entry in such short time now - but then still even moreso than my normal ratio.
What goes for said latest entries, I once more wanted to apologize for the rather roughly wrapped up last entry of same series. I know it to be unfair to you and perhaps I should've invested some more time into it, after all. Then again, while not excusing things, it might still be for the better, seeing how I didn't intent to ruin anyone's fun doing these in the first place as well as fitting in not giving too much away at same ending then following my oh so often brought up reason of.... nope, no, not this time. This time I'll spare you of that bad meme of sorts, I guess that point should've been made across long by now and it's stopped being funny already 3 parts ago or so.
Anyway, part of the reason I did fasten up same summarization at the end of the previous part happens to be based on having direly wanted to move on to this differing entry of sorts before it's too late. Still not excusing things, I know, but at least done for good reason as you're about to see.
Now then, this happens to be a real ominous topic I happen to bring up, for it happens to be right around the corner and which I happen to find... 'concerning'
at best, but dangerous
at worst - to the point that, if no action is done in that direction, it could perhaps spell the end of deviantart, the entire internet
the way we've come to know (and love?
) over the decades.
What I'm rambling on about, you may wonder?
Why I'm talking about the next Sopa/Pipa soon on the rise that may as well soon emerge from here - having it's origins not in the US this time, true, but no less threatening either.
Before you may rebuff me for seemingly causing rucus to no apparant good reason, especially if it's supposedly not concerning many people found on large parts of the remaining globe, please hear me out:
In less than 2 days, the European Parliament's gonna assemble to the subject of many topics - one of them being a complete overhaul of long-existing, but meanwhile out-dated copyright laws to be matched to modern standarts and to ultimately be enforced within the entire EU - this case being known as the Copyright Directive.
While a general overhaul of an over a decade's old law in itself is not a bad thing and somewhat begrudgingly a necessity in the long run, the way European lawmakers have now come up with a revision of same one can truly become a threat towards the internet's very fundamentalities in many ways.
The very axis of this entire newfound revision in that case happens to lie within the internally dreaded and somewhat infamous 'Article 13' of same draft to be voted about in EU Parliament on 20th of June.
Said article, simply put, will hold websites and online platforms providing and sharing content at much greater liability to survey their content provided within or through its users and filter same ones to the dangers of facing great penalities if not doing so.
This in turn means stricter monitorings, controls and selectivities of content shared and/or uploaded through same sites or users, needing to undertake greater measures in weighing up what's supposedly copyrighted content now or not - all having greater amounts of deletions and censorships way beyond your average takedowns of illegal movie streams and the like meanwhile found en más on the internet as a result.
And yes, because of websites' and online platform's very existences to the likes of YouTube, Google, Twitter and, yes, deviantart, among many other, this will also affect you, the average user.
For one thing, if the vote's greenlighted, unhampered sharing and providing of information like newsportals and the like will become much more difficult, bearing the same meanings to the likes of censorship while, in that same vein, users and indepentend producers are gonna find themselves way harder times coming up with new content without it running danger of facing deletion without consent, independent of originality. Even a simple act of just sharing links can suddenly become a really hard problem that way, then.
However, what goes for details regarding those consequences if said law's approved the way it is now, I'll refrain from further trying to explain here as some of those very aspects included within the sources I'm about to share with you happen to do a way
better job of explaining those very factors than I ever could, honestely.
Still, what I can basically say here is that if said law - and with that, that very ominous Article 13 - is ultimately passed, we, as an internet-community, will effectively find ourselves in an unescapable trap full of restrictions, monitoring, full-blown control and censorship to the likes of already (and sadly enough) greatly excercised measures found in a good deal of other countries around the globe, if not somewhat worse, then.
True, especially adressing Non-Europeans with this now, it may not immediately affect you in best case, but even if not so, will not mean you'll be spared in any way for long as such an act can and will most likely be copied over and then be applied through your (individual/other) government as well then - again, not so unlike earlier mentioned Sopa and Pipa cases fought against so many times before.
And if, alongside many experts, human rights activits and other opponnents, the very pioneers of the web happen to disapprove of same law/article and subsequently stand up against the very ones about to abolish it, it should tell you a great deal about how bad this truly happens to be.
It's already bad enough that, in case of America, they find themselves under dictatorship from cable companys now scaming them of their hard-earned money through otherwise censoring websites, and slowing down online content. Don't let the same happen to the very foundations of the world-wide web.
I plead with - no, I beg you, even if you're not from Europe:
Don't let the hype of the World Soccer Cup deceive and distract you from parliament about to once more abuse this situation to use for their own ends. Don't sit back and just hope for things to solve themselves, 'cause they won't and that's - among other things - the very thing that'd ultimately lead towards the earlier mentioned cable company fiasco.
Stand up and fight!
I know you think it's not your fight or that adding your vote's not gonna change anything. I can understand you, I used to think the same way for quite some time even in my early adulthood-years.
And on one hand I find myself hypocritical now for investing so much time and effort doing this now - speaking up and warning about such a thing now - when I supposedly never did the same towards Sopa and Pipa or even especially earlier named cable-company disaster when they still were relevant and I apologize for same hypocrisy. I'm sorry, I really am - and in hindsight, I deeply regret that now.
But this is not about personal past mistakes and the like (though I'll regardlessly accept any accusiations thrown in my direction to that end), but about a fight for our very future (within the web that is, if not any less significant than if we'd have to carry on the battle within the 'real world') - and this is something we, as a united force can and will do!
Give your vote, stand up and fight! Don't let this menace threaten to restrict and dictate your very lives even more than already the case, you still have a voice and a choice!
And the way you can ultimately help is all ultimately findable here alongside many other informations regarding this overall problem:
- further websites containing infos and instructions of how you can ultimately help influence the preventation of this very event
Again, this is a serious issue that can affect the many of you without kidding. Many good friends of mine around here i.e. that happen to (largely) make a living out of their (transformation-based/otherwise) content and already having to struggle with occassional takedowns of their works (though I'll purposely not name who I'm referring to here out of respect; though in case you - the person in question - happens to read this, neither would I exploit your case for this entire campaign now nor was this planned; all the same though, I'm yet once more sorry that you ultimately had to take down your works, in the end
) - their very existences can ultimately be threatened through such a thing. Youtubers, deviants and independent creators may befall this fate themselves. Memes and parodies, unhampered creating and sharing and independent research and receiving information, they all may become a thing of the past.
But not on the 20th! You still have a voice and a choice! Use it! Stand up and fight! Don't let this evil take you down! You still have the power to change the feature! United! Together!
We can make this happen!
*Sigh*, ok, I'll rest my case now. But once more, beware those warnings, they may be crucial for our all lives.
Ok, Pat out...