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Thank you so much for the wonderful and amazing entries!!!!
It will take me a while to go through each entry and write a comment, so you still have a bit of time to submit your entry^^

I'll announce the results around the end of next week, around May 5 maybe. So if you still want to submit an entry, you have until then.

thank you for all those who entered and submitted an entry^^



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I'm extending the contest to

April 24, 2013

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I hope that is enough time to finish your entries. =D

Also thank you everyone who entered and submittied an entry. They are so amazing and beautiful :love:
There are more than 50+ entries :squee: Thank you so much :hug:
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Hi wonderful members/watchers/visitors!!!!!!!! I hope everyone is doing well =D. It's been a while since our last contest sooo its's time for a contest!!!!!


Theme: Use your imagination!!!



Now about the contest.

Below is a list of numbers to choose from. Each number contains a word. If you decide to sign-up (which I hope you do), just comment saying: "I am in!" and pick a number. You should have back-up numbers just in cause the number you want is taken.

Your comment should look something like this: "I am in! 13".

Once your word is revealed use your imagination to create what you want.

Ex. Say your word is arrow, you can make a drawing of an arrow, take a picture of it, draw a cupid with an arrow, anything!!! Just create anything that relates to the word.

The sign-up procedures start today, February 22, 2013. It's a "first come, first served" basis, and that means, that the first that gets a number, keeps the number. The numbers-word combination will be announced on February 25, 2013 in a updated journal. The unrequested numbers will remain encrypted until somebody claims them.



Rules


:bulletblue: Nothing inappropriate
:bulletblue: Must be your own work
:bulletblue: All mediums allowed
:bulletblue: Submit & See entries here: twilightlotus.deviantart.com/g…
:bulletblue: Have fun :squee:



Prizes


Click Here to see the prizes^^
:new: Added Sub Prizes :new:

:new: 2 Giveaways :new:
1st Giveaway: Submit an entry, the more you sumbit it increases ur chances
2nd Giveaway: Fave this Journal

If you donate a prize u get 2 :points: after the contest is over.  



Deadline: April 24, 2013




:star: PARTICIPANT LIST :star:


:bulletblack: Submitted Entry
:bulletblue: Entered in 1st Giveaway

:bulletblue::bulletblack: 1. Entheofuschia- rose ------------------------------------------------------fav.me/d62e5ld
2. AznDramaFrk94- cards
:bulletblue::bulletblack: 3. Ealaincraft- clock-------------------------------------------------------------fav.me/d5wt7d8
4. KuroNoTenshi13- leaves
5. doubleZ129- feathers
:bulletblue::bulletblack: 6. ItalianDream- ribbon --------------------------------------------------------fav.me/d5x63h9
7. kuamoto- skateboard
:bulletblue::bulletblack: 8. VeLLuchi- seashells------------------------------------------------------------------fav.me/d621ebx
9. futakoboshi- bandages
10. nuuira- ladder
11. mimihangsupsidedown- sword
12. Sept-creature- heart
:bulletblue::bulletblack: 13. SarcasticSardines-arrows---------------------------------------------------fav.me/d60m3bn, fav.me/d60v7jr
14. kamism- hot air balloon
15. JJ4evalol-fruit
:bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblack: 16 epicShadowdragon- butterfly----------------------------------------------fav.me/d5z3rog, fav.me/d62slvy
17. e-no91- kite
18. lozlocs- waffle
19. Vanillasauce04- pancakes
20. strxbe- belt
21. friesianloverl2K- music
22. darklightwolfcub- necklace
:bulletblue::bulletblack:23. Drunk-Love- snow -------------------------------------------------------drunk-love.deviantart.com/art/…
:bulletblue::bulletblack: 24. LWSkybones- clouds ------------------------------------------------------fav.me/d60zbr4
25. ColonelMarksman- key
26. kuaiven-stuffed animal
27. khyddinamaani- magic
28. Ebonmoony- palm tree
29. CareBearKelly- moon
:bulletblue::bulletblack: 30. smmiller09- chicken ---------------------------------------------------fav.me/d61u3yq
31. BlackFurushima- caterpillar
32. FlamesVoices- scrapbook
:bulletblue::bulletblack: 33. Katrina-B-S- bag----------------------------------------------------------fav.me/d610cbq
34. Voleuro- pinecone
:bulletblue::bulletblack: 35. JimmayRevolution- photo------------------------------------------------fav.me/d5yuhnq
:bulletblue::bulletblack: 36. chillua- snake --------------------------------------------------------------fav.me/d60z5sh
37. izumichan37- squirrel
:bulletblue::bulletblack:38. lunalove2- paintbrush -------------------------------------------------------fav.me/d5z7xko
39. No-Name-Girl- snow flakes
40. XDElisabeth69- vines
41. artofstory- villian
42. SnowPeashooters- mushroom
:bulletblue::bulletblack: 43. Racuch- pencil -------------------------------------------------------------fav.me/d60rslv
44. shademist030- doughnut
45. GreyAngelArt- cowboy hat
:bulletblue::bulletblack: 46. Keksi626- eye patch ------------------------------fav.me/d62crhg
:bulletblue::bulletblack: 47. Ankh-Ascendant- horns ---------------------------------------------------fav.me/d60jkif
:bulletblue::bulletblack: 48. Moonstripe567- cupcake ---------------------------------------------------fav.me/d5yz2ip
:bulletblue::bulletblack: 49. TheWritingDragon- saxophone --------------------------------------------fav.me/d5xx1yf
50. A-R-T-3-M-I-S- apple
51. OneSimpleDream- robe
Dark Blue Bullet - F2U! by Drache-LehreTurquoise Bullet - F2U! by Drache-Lehre 52. DeathlyBeautiful52- umbrella- fav.me/d62ox3j
:bulletblue::bulletblack: 53. Mao-chuu- mermaid--------------------------------------------------------fav.me/d5zaz0m
:bulletblue::bulletblack: 54. ArtCrawl- lamp post ----------------------------------------------------fav.me/d60qza6
55. stardrifting- dress
56. Saihai- hat
57. Pepperfan1- bell
58. Seanoin- ball gown
59. Evil-Alice8- egg
60. NekoTchu- wolf
61. lianaluv99- octopus
:bulletblue::bulletblack:62. MariPocket- mustache--------------------------------------------------fav.me/d60p15w
63. Willowstream- painting
Dark Blue Bullet - F2U! by Drache-LehreTurquoise Bullet - F2U! by Drache-Lehre  64. ART9807- flowers- fav.me/d62py7z
65. ShinshiteKI- darkness
66. MegiInkdragon- box
67.  chameleonskyes- shoe
68. Brin-Chan- snowman
69. KasiaDraws- frog
70. SmittenFirefly- water
71. LunchBagArt- crab
72. Gamerwolfgirl- cake
73. soarts- domino
74. Shakyl74- shark
:bulletblue::bulletblack: 75. ErinPtah- ice cream------------------------------------------------------fav.me/d5zij8n
:bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblack: 76. Raqonteur- stars----------------------------------------------fav.me/d5zcac1, fav.me/d60ygaj
77. annsquare- penguin
Dark Blue Bullet - F2U! by Drache-LehreTurquoise Bullet - F2U! by Drache-Lehre78. TiteArumi- fairy - fav.me/d62q3zl
Dark Blue Bullet - F2U! by Drache-LehreTurquoise Bullet - F2U! by Drache-Lehre 79. Xite91- myth - fav.me/d62r4b8
:bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblack: 80. LashelleValentine- ladybug-----------------------------------fav.me/d5z7vhk fav.me/d5z7x93
81. ChaosFay- vintage
82. colorcrystal- rock
83. LIDIAMARINA- lamp
84. bluefoxangel143- scarf
85. SeangelSaph- lighthouse
:bulletblue::bulletblack: 86. kirei0- watch --------------------------------------------fav.me/d5zmxi1
87. Beachpie- ring
88. HINA0CHAN14- hair pin
:bulletblue::bulletblack:89. Koza-Kun- letter------------------------------------------------------------fav.me/d5zorzm
:bulletblue::bulletblack: 90. Princess-CoCo-154- pen -----------------------------------------------------fav.me/d61eyhr
91. Silverammy- picture frame
92. Avaloki- bee
:bulletblue::bulletblack: 93. 23MC-Studio- fantasy -------------------------------------------------fav.me/d606jju
94. Anyura- tree
:bulletblue::bulletblack: 95. TheIrishAngel- crown -------------------------------------------------------fav.me/d5xijcu
96. UniversalDragon- scissors
:bulletblue::bulletblack: 97. CalaelAzasar- polka dots---------------------------------------------------fav.me/d5z9co3
98. DottyTheKitty- castle
:bulletblue::bulletblack: 99.  lovebunnyXdeathkitty-headband------------------------------------------fav.me/d5ya99d
:bulletblue::bulletblack: 100. animix98- vase------------------------------------------------------------fav.me/d5xc7t7
:bulletblue::bulletblack:101. b24beanz- toy--------------------------------------------------------------fav.me/d5xlfy8
102. YumeNatsuki- fairy tales
:bulletblue::bulletblack: 103. CYoung521- bubbles----------------------------------------------------fav.me/d5y1z6f
:bulletblue::bulletblack: 104. vyen8936- rope---------------------------------------------------------fav.me/d5ytc52
:bulletblue::bulletblack: 105. tanasha67- love potion --------------------------------------------------fav.me/d5yvzwi
106. SuccessfulDropOut- straw hat
107. nimbusphoenix- circus
108. laexdream- violin
109.  idoreallytry- baseball
:bulletblue::bulletblack: 110. DawnMLC- wings--------------------------------------------------------
dawnmlc.deviantart.com/art/Fai…
111. Starfighterace-421- lion
:bulletblue::bulletblack: 112. DayTripper2128- pirate--------------------------------------------------fav.me/d5z0u0j
113. ImaginaryWings-   glass
114. RainbowCrumbs- dragon
115. magicwingsforever- panda
116. brynnita- ink
117. dragonrider2796- spring
:bulletblue::bulletblack: 118. reiko-akire- garden ---------------------------------------------------fav.me/d60r3tl
119. PaperSpiders- horse
120. PortalCat- ruler
:bulletblue::bulletblack: 121. GabrielPaintings- fish ---------------------------------------------------fav.me/d609ooc
122. Alislinn- love
:bulletblue::bulletblack:123.  008AE6- coffee-----------------------------------------------------------fav.me/d610bcm
124. QuickFemaleNinja- sketchbook
125. molerskates- ants
126. quirkylashes- fan
127. Zombielovesuphtgrphy- flamingo
128. XIIIProjectWingsXIII- animal
:bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblack: 129. 2-Fili- puppet ----------------------------------------------------fav.me/d61oglx, fav.me/d62qrws
:bulletblue::bulletblack: 130.  Rhetoricism- zombie----------------------------------------------------fav.me/d5z33fo
131. DogsAndRoses- stripes
132. DINOsayzRAWRtoPUG- cookies
133. Spiral-0ut- boots
:bulletblue::bulletblack: 134. hotarox-x- wood -------------------------------------------------------fav.me/d5zbd5g
135. AsherAv2- stripes
136. porings-4-love- harp
:bulletblue::bulletblack: 137. animewiccan725- princess--------------------------------------------fav.me/d5y9m19
138. KalteEinsamkeit- broken glass
:bulletblue::bulletblack: 139. Isabel-Afolalu- vampire-----------------------------------------------------fav.me/d60vjfm
140. ArousingSoul- buttons
Dark Blue Bullet - F2U! by Drache-LehreTurquoise Bullet - F2U! by Drache-Lehre  141. Narodenia- time-fav.me/d62kgzl
142. DeathlyWish- skull
Dark Blue Bullet - F2U! by Drache-LehreTurquoise Bullet - F2U! by Drache-Lehre 143. Yuumira- jacket - fav.me/d62m5u6
144. dagoth-jeff- super hero
:bulletblue::bulletblack: 145. WackyToaster- carnival --------------------------------------------------fav.me/d60zpb3
146. Art-By-Cait- jar
147. catsasuhina- queen
:bulletblue::bulletblack: 148. ibuzoo- glasses-----------------------------------------------------------fav.me/d60rjkl
149. SavageFrog- king
:bulletblue::bulletblack: 150. JazzyTyfighter- balloon --------------------------------------------------fav.me/d60qh5n
151. ayakurri- seaweed
:bulletblue::bulletblack: 152. in-dis-guise- tulip --------------------------------------------------------fav.me/d5zqr53
153. SSJWildcat- terror
154.
155. amberriess- blanket
:bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblack:156. Jiuhl- cherry bloosoms -----------------fav.me/d5yrqm9 fav.me/d5yvqwx fav.me/d5yscdt  fav.me/d5yw4ze
157. Zephrine- post card
Dark Blue Bullet - F2U! by Drache-LehreTurquoise Bullet - F2U! by Drache-Lehre  158. WeirdLittleZombie- sunflower -fav.me/d61agdr
159. littlepig159- ocean
160. CheshireHearts- swirls
161.
162. Animeismylife1- tiger
163. Link-of-the-twilight- four leaf clover
164.
Dark Blue Bullet - F2U! by Drache-LehreTurquoise Bullet - F2U! by Drache-Lehre 165. captainjedi- video games-fav.me/d60ummh
166.
167. Odettery- duck
168.
169. Find-My-Wings- sadness
Dark Blue Bullet - F2U! by Drache-LehreTurquoise Bullet - F2U! by Drache-Lehre  170. electrifried- witch -fav.me/d60l7or
171. kuri-osity- berries
Dark Blue Bullet - F2U! by Drache-LehreTurquoise Bullet - F2U! by Drache-Lehre 172. ChibiShay- book -fav.me/d602k8v
173. Entomologia- summer
Dark Blue Bullet - F2U! by Drache-LehreTurquoise Bullet - F2U! by Drache-Lehre 174. Potato-K- cat -fav.me/d5zrr7o
Dark Blue Bullet - F2U! by Drache-LehreTurquoise Bullet - F2U! by Drache-Lehre 175. Luchianguyen- steampunk -fav.me/d5zv9kg
176.
177. Lily-Lyn-Rain- claws
178. haith92- dinosaur
179. PandaUdon- robot
180. Nakamie- strawberry
181. Skyzera- candy
182.
183. Zbee8- pond
Dark Blue Bullet - F2U! by Drache-LehreTurquoise Bullet - F2U! by Drache-Lehre 184. Gonshyk- unicorn -fav.me/d5zklug
Dark Blue Bullet - F2U! by Drache-LehreTurquoise Bullet - F2U! by Drache-Lehre 185. uymariel- costume -fc07.deviantart.net/fs71/f/201…, fav.me/d5bzs5r, fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net…
186. dandandanao- dandylion
187. 2468sapling- anger
Dark Blue Bullet - F2U! by Drache-LehreTurquoise Bullet - F2U! by Drache-Lehre 188. SpainPrussiaFrance- confess -fav.me/d60k6jd
189. DreaminPinkandBlue- encounter
190. Hahli1994- skelington
191.
192.
Dark Blue Bullet - F2U! by Drache-LehreTurquoise Bullet - F2U! by Drache-Lehre 193. vampiricdemoncutie- mail -fav.me/d61yh7c
194. magnolia-rabbit-fire
195. Reliquus-  lizard
Dark Blue Bullet - F2U! by Drache-LehreTurquoise Bullet - F2U! by Drache-Lehre 196. Dagneo- underwater-fav.me/d611z0u
197. DancingInTwilight- sun
198. Afriana- wind
Dark Blue Bullet - F2U! by Drache-LehreTurquoise Bullet - F2U! by Drache-Lehre 199. Sobola- light -fav.me/d5yyw2k
200. Tsipirika- winter
201. KageTy- fire fairy
Dark Blue Bullet - F2U! by Drache-LehreTurquoise Bullet - F2U! by Drache-Lehre 202. DanMeow- bunny -fav.me/d60ypto
Dark Blue Bullet - F2U! by Drache-LehreTurquoise Bullet - F2U! by Drache-Lehre 203. GhostDog401- frost -fav.me/d60ks1h
Dark Blue Bullet - F2U! by Drache-LehreTurquoise Bullet - F2U! by Drache-Lehre 204. WonderHeartMedCat flying -fav.me/d62oco4
205. Aki-Chaan- rabbit
Dark Blue Bullet - F2U! by Drache-LehreDark Blue Bullet - F2U! by Drache-LehreTurquoise Bullet - F2U! by Drache-Lehre 206. SingapuraStudio- angel -fav.me/d627qkw, fav.me/d629bm2
207. 4everabooklovergirl2- cane
208. Queen-of-Nonsense- lighting
Dark Blue Bullet - F2U! by Drache-LehreTurquoise Bullet - F2U! by Drache-Lehre 209. Vissyscrafts- knight -fav.me/d60qw01
210. EchelonErased- prince
211. Silver-Willow04- friendship
212. FruitTartz- fireworks
213. Lightning-Lund- tea cup set
214. FloralFantasy- camera
Dark Blue Bullet - F2U! by Drache-LehreTurquoise Bullet - F2U! by Drache-Lehre 215. Metarex12- romance -metarex12.deviantart.com/art/I…
216. B-RizzleXXXX- hero
217. Wystiir- staff
Dark Blue Bullet - F2U! by Drache-LehreTurquoise Bullet - F2U! by Drache-Lehre  218. Harmaasusi- charm -fav.me/d62rzzm
219. BubblegumBrainfreez- red
Dark Blue Bullet - F2U! by Drache-LehreTurquoise Bullet - F2U! by Drache-Lehre 220. Turkeyhead987- doctor -fav.me/d60uqdx
221. dathie- cane
222. damage-ko- chains
223. scatterbrainkid13- pineapple
224. Squitopus- ghost
225. ZerutoKaZe- candle
226. BlackShadow6202- bread
227. firethroughpain- bow
228. TheCharlieSyndrome- basket
229. angellexar- witch's hat
230. Kuroshi-tenshi- smile


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Competitive Actuation 001 - the last call

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 5, 2013, 10:57 AM
Dear members, watchers and friends :iconcoffeedanceplz:


time is running and the contest timeline expires soon, exactly spoken at the 5th of May :-)

So I want to send today a kind reminder and hope there are some more entries in work which will be sent the next few days.

Have a wonderful time and see you

feigenfrucht


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Dear members, watchers and friends :sun:


while kidding around with the lovely Debora Filterkaffee - about drinking coffee and the fitting emoticons for us coffee addicts e.g. this one :icondrinkcoffeepotplz: - an idea for a contest was born.


Here the details:

The theme is "The Strange Coffee Drinkers" as seen here:

Ahoy! by Filterkaffee


The detailed rules are:

  • We want to see strange pots/persons/situations while drinking coffee as seen in the examples above.
    We are expecting to see: strange pots (no usual coffee cups) and a person / strange habit from a person while dringing coffee / strange situations while a person drinks coffee.

  • The contest starts today and is ending at the 5th of May

  • Only new art taken/made after the 5th of April

  • All kinds (photography, traditional, digital, ...) of art are accepted


  • Please add in the comment of the picture that it's a submission to the contest e.g. "This is my entry into the "The Strange Coffee Drinkers" contest of : iconnon-real :."
    [Please remove the spaces]

  • The winners will be choosen by a combination (50/50) of the votes of polls and the votes from the jury



The prizes are:


:icon1stplaceplz:

3 month membership by :iconfilterkaffee:
600 points by :iconfeigenfrucht:
300 points by :iconokavanga:
300 points by :iconfremdartet:


:icon2ndplaceplz:

400 points by :iconfeigenfrucht:
200 points by :iconokavanga:
200 points by :iconfremdartet:


:icon3rdplaceplz:

200 points by :iconfeigenfrucht:
100 points by :iconokavanga:
100 points by :iconfremdartet:

A feature of all winners at :icontrees-with-character:
A feature of all winners at :iconmonotonicity:
And for sure a winner's feature at non-real :-)


We hope you have a lot of fun while taking the pictures.


Your jury


:iconfeigenfrucht::iconfilterkaffee::iconokavanga::iconfremdartet:

CSS Journal Coded by FleX177 small edits by feigenfrucht

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UPDATE/EDIT - A few people requested I extend the contest deadline, and due to a few extra things that came up last minute, I'll be extending the contest until Friday, May 10th 2013. Consequently, the livestream announcement of winners will be moved back until 6PM EST on Saturday, May 11th 2013. I will not extend it farther than this, as it wouldn't be fair to the people who have already entered. But if you're still on the fence about entering, now's a good chance to finalize some things and get it in ^_^

CONTEST ENTRIES: 28
GIVEAWAY ENTRIES: 2 (the odds are really good here, and some kickass prizes to boot!)



Hey there sports fans!

I'm running a bit behind on art in preparation for Secret!Project, so instead of offering commission specials, I'll be holding a CONTEST instead! Because there's no better special out there than FREE ART, amirite?

This contest is informally called "TELL ME ABOUT YOUR ORIGINAL CHARACTERS" 8D

.~* THE QUICK INFORMATION *~.
:bulletblack: Tell me about your character following the rules below.
:bulletblack: There will be three contest winners, and one* randomly selected giveaway winner
:bulletblack: This contest's deadline is Friday, April 19th, 2013)Friday, May 10th 2013
:bulletblack: You can enter the contest with up to two characters.
:bulletblack: You can enter the giveaway as many times as you want. :D


.~* Let's start with the prizes, shall we? *~.
FIRST PLACE WILL RECEIVE
:bulletgreen: 1000 :points:
:bulletgreen: Digital painting: two characters, full body, with background
:bulletgreen: 50% off your next three commissions from me (Paypal only)

SECOND PLACE WILL RECEIVE
:bulletblue: 500 :points:
:bulletblue: Digital painting: one character, full body, no background
:bulletblue: 50% off your next two commissions from me (Paypal only)

THIRD PLACE WILL RECEIVE
:bulletpurple: 250 :points:
:bulletpurple: Digital painting: one character, waist up, no background
:bulletpurple: 50% off your next commission from me (Paypal only)

GIVEAWAY WINNER WILL RECEIVE
:bulletpink: 500 :points:
:bulletpink: Digital painting: one character, full body, no background
:bulletpink: Two-week art feature on Commission-Magic



.~* CONTEST/GIVEAWAY - YOU will qualify if... *~.
A) you are a living breathing human living on this green, green earth
B) you are a DeviantART user
C) you are watching my gallery :D



.~* CONTEST - Your CHARACTER will qualify if... *~.
A) they are your own creation. This means fan characters from an established series are allowed. Adoptables that you have purchased from another person are NOT allowed, however. If you have questions on what constitutes "your own creation", feel free to ask!
B) there is at least one reference image of them.

and that's it! As long as you created them and I have a visual reference, you're golden!



.~* CONTEST - How to enter your CHARACTER *~.
Send me a note with the subject "Character contest" and the following information~

A) Fill out the objective stuff.
:bulletred: Name:
:bulletorange: Age:
:bulletyellow: Gender:
:bulletgreen: Species:
:bulletblue: Height/weight:
:bulletpurple: Hair/skin/eye color:
:bulletred: Scars/unusual features:
:bulletorange: Tattoos/piercings:
:bulletyellow: Fashion sense:
:bulletgreen: Jewelry:
:bulletblue: Makeup (if applicable):
:bulletpurple: Important equipment (max. 3 objects):

B) Tell me about their personality. (300 words maximum)

C) Tell me about their history. (500 words maximum)

D) Tell me about their relationships. (300 words maximum)

E) Show me a reference picture. (1-5 pictures maximum)



.~* CONTEST - What criteria will you be using to decide who wins? *~.
A character is made up of two parts - one part objective, and one part subjective. I'll be judging each character on both objective and subjective criteria.

OBJECTIVELY, I will be looking at surface characteristics.
A) How much thought it looks like you put into their appearance
B) How well their appearance matches up to their personality
C) How well coordinated their colors are
D) How their appearance fits in with the world they're a part of
E) The balancing act between "unique" and "uniform"
F) How their reference pictures match up to their written description

SUBJECTIVELY, I will be looking deeper into the character based on what you write about their personality, history, and relationships.
A) Can other people relate to your character?
B) Do they have clear motivations for the things they did in the past?
C) Do they have goals for the future?
D) Do they exhibit many Mary Sue characteristics? If so, does it seem like they are thought-out and established with clear intent?
E) Does their personality invite me to learn more about them?

Basically, the goal of this contest is to challenge you to think beyond just the surface of your character, to their deeper wants and needs, and compose a description for them that invites other people to want to learn more about them. It's as if somebody says they think your brain-child is interesting! It gives you a sense of pride that few mediums can recreate.

Alternately, I do feel the need to state up front that if you do not win, it is not an attack on you personally. It's barely been twelve hours and I've already gotten five entries! It's going to be difficult to choose three winners, but at the end of the day, you come out of this contest with a character that you've put probably hours, if not days or weeks of thought into - and nobody can take that away from you. Which really makes you a winner, no matter what. :)



.~* A NOTE ABOUT MARY SUE CHARACTERISTICS *~.
You would be hard pressed to find a character that does not have Mary Sue tendencies. Being ungodly beautiful, friendly to everyone, best friends/love interest to the main character in a series, noteworthy and unusual variations within their race... these are qualities that often make up main characters. If they weren't unusual or interesting, we would have no reason to pay attention to their story!

HOWEVER. The characters I choose as the winner will have balanced typical "Mary Sue" traits with other non-Sue things to achieve a well-rounded character. And remember, one person's Sue is another person's Average Joe. It's up to you to craft your character description in such a way that it highlights their positives and gives enough attention to their flaws.

Click here for more information.
Click here for the Universal Mary Sue Litmus Test

Please note, I am not affiliated with either page - this is just for your reference in case you still have some questions :D

_________________________________________________________________

.~* EXAMPLE CONTEST ENTRY *~.

:bulletred: Name: Charlotte Aranda
:bulletorange: Age: 20
:bulletyellow: Gender: Female
:bulletgreen: Species: Human (for all intents and purposes)
:bulletblue: Height/weight: 5' 7", 140lbs.
:bulletpurple: Hair/skin/eye color: Brown hair with highlights - tanned skin - hazelish green eyes
:bulletred: Scars/unusual features: None visible
:bulletorange: Tattoos/piercings: Ears pierced
:bulletyellow: Fashion sense: Trendy with a flair for the dramatic.
:bulletgreen: Jewelry: Yes, and lots of it. Prefers gold over silver.
:bulletblue: Makeup (if applicable): Yes - eyeliner and bright lipstick are a must.
:bulletpurple: Important equipment (max. 3 objects): Black Coach purse, white iPhone.

Personality - Highly fashionable, obsessed with high heels and handbags. Former prom queen, lead dancer in the show choir, social butterfly/party hopper and all that - she was the alpha female of her high school. Think Regina George from "Mean Girls". On the outside, she's a sweet, friendly person. On the inside, she's a selfish, manipulative hussy using her looks and sexuality to get the things she wants. Even deeper than that is an insecure little girl who understands the vastness of the world, and finds herself intimidated by everything outside of her self-absorbed bubble. And when she finds herself unwillingly interning with the most brilliant minds in the world, it takes all of her resolve to mature and flourish on a life path she knows it's her duty to fill. (130 words)

History - Charlotte grew up in an upper-middle class family in Wheaton, IL to parents who never really understood her affinity for broadway and musical theater. Assuming it was simply a phase, they continued to urge her to pursue a more "meaningful" degree. What they really meant is that they wanted to raise her to be the world-changer they knew she was destined to be - something they could never explain to a girl who refused her calling every time it came her way.

Charlotte never answered that call until it threw her into a laboratory hell-bent on murdering its test subjects; she barely clawed out with her life intact. Every day that goes by, she learns more about the circumstances surrounding her destiny to lead an organization of geniuses, just how deep her family are involved, and how reluctant everyone is to share this information with her and her companions, for fear of "altering the course of time".

She would later learn that phrase would mean exactly that - "Back To The Future" style, minus the DeLorean of course. (178 words)

Relationships - On the surface, Charlotte likes her friendships and relationships with a touch of drama - it keeps things interesting and the gossip delicious and fresh. You could say she never takes it too seriously, as she's aware nothing lasts forever, and it keeps her from being burned by unfortunate love affairs.

She maintains a tolerable relationship with her parents, because they provide a reliable financial crutch (as she would otherwise have zero dollars to her name). However, their uncaring attitude toward her hobbies has left a bad taste in her mouth. As a result, she gets along best with them when they're kept at a distance, where they don't scrutinize her every move, and she doesn't put up with their criticism over her life decisions.

There are very few people that manage to worm their way into her deepest core to see that insecure little girl intimidated by the big scary world. The most influential of which is Dr. Reynold Sinclair, the second-in-command of the organization of geniuses. Obligated by fate to oversee her development, he makes every effort to groom her into a public figure worthy of running that organization. As time goes on, it's becoming less of an obligation and he's taken more personal interest, even going so far as to say he cares about her as a confidant and a friend. In return, Charlotte sees Reynold as a very reliable mentor, and the only person to give her straight answers about the way things are progressing in the world/story, where she's expected to save the world and given no tools to do so by the powers-that-be. (270 words)

Reference images -
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kayla0.deviantart.com/art/VC-3… (picture on the right)
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.~* GIVEAWAY - Rules *~.
:bulletblack: Again, if you're a breathing human with a DA account and you're watching my gallery, you qualify!
:bulletblack: Enter by drawing a picture of Charlotte Aranda, my contest example.
:bulletblack: Send me a note with a link to the picture
:bulletblack: I will shower you with hugs and adoration and give you a number
:bulletblack: I will hold a livestream on Saturday, May 11th where I will randomly roll the number of the winner* :D
:bulletblack: * - For every 10 entries I receive, I will add another winner (same prize)

And that's it! Since I want to focus on the character contest, I will not be judging for quality, though I do ask as a fellow artist that you please take pride in the work you do ^_^

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE! I can't wait to meet some of your characters! :D
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:bulletblue: :bulletblue: :bulletgreen: :bulletblue: :bulletblue: ITU Contest - Past and Present :bulletblue: :bulletblue: :bulletgreen: :bulletblue: :bulletblue:



The contest is now (for real this time) closed!



Sorry for the confusion, but yes the contest is STILL OPEN for another (almost) 12 hours! Again, sorry for the confusion!

If you have already submitted your entry but it has yet to be accepted, please do not ask us when it will be accepted! We have a big backlog and your entry is fine as long as you have submitted before this journal update.




Hello Members and visitors of :iconinspiretheuninspired:, and welcome to our newest contest!

Our last contest prompted you to think about the prospects of your past and future, and this time we'll be asking you to consider the relationship between your past and present! With the help of our admins and affiliates, we're in the process of compiling a prize list, so you can look forward to watching it grow! We look forward to seeing who participates!:D


Theme: The theme of this contest is "Past and Present." Consider your past and the events and decisions you've experienced and made: which ones have made you the person you are today? Now, keeping those in mind, here is your challenge: show us how you would be different if some pivotal, key event in your past changed drastically or never happened. In other words, if some very important event or decision in your life never actually happened at all or turned out differently than it actually did, what about you and your personality would be different compared to who you are today? What you'll essentially be doing is creating an alternate universe in your story or poem where you "took the other fork in the road" during a major event or decision in your life.

Feel free to interpret the prompt however you like! Entries can be fictional, but we're at least looking for fiction that was inspired by true events.:D Have any questions? Leave a comment and I'll help you out!:dance:

Start Date: Friday, March 1st
End Date: Friday, May 10th
Judging Period: Friday, May 10th - Sunday, May 19th
Judges: MistressofQuills, forestmeetwildfire, Lady-Luck03
Judging Guideline: The scores will be tallied up and scored out of twenty. You can get:

:bulletblue: Five points for Creativity
:bulletblue: Five points for Interpretation
:bulletblue: Five points for Technique
:bulletblue: Five points for Impact


Rules:

:bulletorange: Each entry must be a new deviation.
:bulletred: In the author's description, you must state that your deviation was written for this contest, and include a link back to this blog. Please also briefly include what your inspiration was (e.g. what event in your life did you choose?) and how it relates to the theme.
:bulletorange: Both prose and poetry are acceptable entries!
:bulletred: Each person can submit only one entry, but it can be edited or swapped for another one until the contest closes.
:bulletorange: Mature deviations are allowed, as long as they follow deviantART's terms and conditions regarding mature content.
:bulletred: No fanfiction.
:bulletorange: Members and members of affiliates may enter!
:bulletred: You may submit an entry of you are a judge, but you are not eligible to win.
:bulletorange: The maximum word length allowed is 4,000 words.
:bulletred: Please submit your entry to the Past and Present Contest folder.
:bulletorange: If you contribute to the prizes, you may still enter!

:bulletpurple: If you would like to donate prizes, just note me (MistressofQuills)and I'll add your donations to the prize list! After the contest is over and the winners have been announced, I will be featuring all the donors for this contest!:D


Prizes:


First Place


3 month Premium Membership, courtesy of Lady-Luck03
200 :points:, courtesy of forestmeetwildfire
100 :points:, courtesy of WritersInk
50 :points:, courtesy of TheBackOfTheBook
40 :points:, courtesy of H-A-Cooke
25 :points:, courtesy of DEANJENO--art
20 :points:, courtesy of TheCritiquables
15 :points:, courtesy of AshHughes
15 :points:, courtesy of NotenSMSK
Group journal feature, courtesy of InspireandCreate
Group journal feature, courtesy of ThePoetryofDA
Group journal feature, courtesy of Wielders-of-the-Pen
Group journal feature, courtesy of Love-Literature
Group journal feature, courtesy of Soul-Poets
Group journal feature, courtesy of TheCritiquables
2 Literature commissions, courtesy of MistressofQuills
1 Literature commission, courtesy of Dusky-Inc
1 Literature commission, courtesy of Renn-Ravengirl
1 Literature commission, courtesy of AimeeRaindrop
1 Visual Art commission, courtesy of LaParisienne12
Journal feature, courtesy of MistressofQuills
Journal feature, courtesy of forestmeetwildfire
Journal feature, courtesy of AshHughes
Journal feature, courtesy of Dusky-Inc
Critique on the Winning Piece plus 4 additional deviations, courtesy of MistressofQuills
Critique on the Winning Piece plus 2 additional deviations, courtesy of Dusky-Inc
4 :+fav:s, courtesy of AshHughes
Llamas, courtesy of: MistressofQuills, forestmeetwildfire, AshHughes, Dusky-Inc, strawburdeath, xSammyKayx, The-Amber-Footprint, SweetAndSourLollipop, aliforever331, Starija (if available).


Second Place


100 :points:, courtesy of forestmeetwildfire
50 :points:, courtesy of WritersInk
30 :points:, courtesy of TheBackOfTheBook
20 :points:, courtesy of H-A-Cooke
15 :points:, courtesy of DEANJENO--art
15 :points:, courtesy of TheCritiquables
10 :points:, courtesy of AshHughes
10 :points:, courtesy of NotenSMSK
Group journal feature, courtesy of InspireandCreate
Group journal feature, courtesy of ThePoetryofDA
Group journal feature, courtesy of Wielders-of-the-Pen
Group journal feature, courtesy of Love-Literature
Group journal feature, courtesy of TheCritiquables
1 literature commission, courtesy of MistressofQuills
Journal feature, courtesy of MistressofQuills
Journal feature, courtesy of forestmeetwildfire
Journal feature, courtesy of AshHughes
Journal feature, courtesy of Dusky-Inc
Critique on the Winning Piece plus 3 additional deviations, courtesy of MistressofQuills
Critique on the Winning Piece plus 1 additional deviation, courtesy of Dusky-Inc
3 :+fav:s, courtesy of AshHughes
Llamas, courtesy of: MistressofQuills, forestmeetwildfire, AshHughes, Dusky-Inc, strawburdeath, xSammyKayx, The-Amber-Footprint, SweetAndSourLollipop, aliforever331, Starija (if available).


Third Place


50 :points:, courtesy of forestmeetwildfire
50 :points:, courtesy of WritersInk
20 :points:, courtesy of TheBackOfTheBook
15 :points:, courtesy of H-A-Cooke
10 :points:, courtesy of DEANJENO--art
10 :points:, courtesy of TheCritiquables
5 :points:, courtesy of AshHughes
5 :points:, courtesy of NotenSMSK
Group journal feature, courtesy of InspireandCreate
Group journal feature, courtesy of ThePoetryofDA
Group journal feature, courtesy of Wielders-of-the-Pen
Group journal feature, courtesy of Love-Literature
Group journal feature, courtesy of TheCritiquables
Journal feature, courtesy of MistressofQuills
Journal feature, courtesy of forestmeetwildfire
Journal feature, courtesy of AshHughes
Journal feature, courtesy of Dusky-Inc
Critique on the Winning Piece plus 2 additional deviations, courtesy of MistressofQuills
2 :+fav:s, courtesy of AshHughes
Llamas, courtesy of: MistressofQuills, forestmeetwildfire, AshHughes, Dusky-Inc, strawburdeath, xSammyKayx, The-Amber-Footprint, SweetAndSourLollipop, aliforever331, Starija (if available).


And with that, the contest is OPEN, as is the new folder in our gallery! It's called the "Past and Present Contest" folder.

:bulletblue: Good luck everyone! The judges and I look forward to seeing your entries!:squee:

~ MistressofQuills

RESULTS ACG - Tales of Time - CONTEST RESULTS

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 3, 2013, 9:44 AM



It has been one tough ride deciding the winner out of all the wonderful, imaginative, creative, story telling wonderful wonderful pieces.  You can see all the entries here >> anothercontestgroup.deviantart… << ~ Thank you to everyone who took part, donated and judged.

Also don't forget about our next contest which is happening now "I am no Picasso" >> anothercontestgroup.deviantart… <<

ACG's TALES OF TIME CONTEST WINNERS
Congratulations!!

:trophy: 1st Place goes to :iconkanamm: with Valkyrie, well done Kanamm :trophy:
Valkyrie by Kanamm
"In Norse mythology, a valkyrie is a female figure who decides which soldiers die in battle and which live. Selecting among those who die in battle, the valkyries bring their chosen ones to the afterlife, Walhalla, ruled over by the god Odin. Valkyries also appear as lovers of heroes and other mortals, where they are sometimes described as the daughters of royalty, and sometimes connected to swans or horses."


:trophy: 2nd Place goes to :iconbushaqua: with Gaia, well done Bushaqua :trophy:
Tales of Time: Gaia by Bushaqua
"Gaia was the goddess or personification of Earth in ancient Greek religion, one of the Greek primordial deities. Gaia was the great mother of all: the heavenly gods, the Titans and the Giants were born from her union with Uranus (the sky), while the sea-gods were born from her union with Pontus (the sea). Her equivalent in the Roman pantheon was Terra."


:trophy: 3rd Place goes to :icon1kit1: with Red Riding Hood, well done 1Kit1 :trophy:
:bigthumb389341277:
"I was inspired by the story of Red Riding Hood. Red Riding hood has always been one of my favorite fairy tales, and I wondered what it would be like if it was more romantic... (I love wolves, so it made me sad when the wolf was killed. In this version, no wolves will be killed! :D)"


Congratulations to our 3 winners.  But as stated in the prize list below everyone who enters will get some prizes.  So here's everyone else :meow:
:iconhallosse: :iconparaniva: :iconb-rizzlexxxx: :iconfairychamber: :iconprettyflour: :iconxkalipso: :icononeillpogi: :iconbestyoshimon: :iconscotsprincess2: :iconinanisvoid: :iconpuzzledpixel: :iconcaoticaneutral: :iconivyartist: :iconeriwib: :iconhodayabn: :iconentar0178: :iconspyderzt: :iconall4sparta: :iconda1976: :iconerinptah: :iconlink-of-the-twilight: :iconribjaw: :iconlolita-artz: :iconraqonteur: :iconsakkem: :iconspiceycaramel: :iconhoustonb: :iconerrantcanada: :iconwdnest: :iconwrxstv: :iconoperia: :iconpumpkinphotography: :iconwhitewings16: :icon08points: :iconpu-an: :iconlyscooper: :iconxannijn: :icongreenmangos: :iconnashimus:

Well Done Again
:iconkanamm: :iconbushaqua: :icon1kit1:

PRIZES ARE AS FOLLOWS:
Winners please contact prize givers

1st Place:
Winners Package from AnotherContestGroup
Permanent Page Feature from AnotherContestGroup
30 :points: donated to ACG-PointsDonations for this contest
Llama Badge (if available) from ACG-PointsDonations
2x Free Commission from missimoinsane
Llama Badge (if available) from missimoinsane
Comment/Critique from Child-of-Minerva
20 dA :points: from Missvirginia
Llama Badge (if available) from DraculaRosa
Llama Badge (if available) from Stabilization
300 :points: from Stygma
1 month feature in Furry-Tales from Stygma
Llama Badge (if available) from Stygma
Journal Feature from Christianonfire7
Literature Commission from Christianonfire7
Stock Pack wonderlandstockx.deviantart.co… from wonderlandstockX
Traditional Commission - Operia
Feature - Operia

2nd Place:
Winners Package from AnotherContestGroup
Perminant Page Feature from AnotherContestGroup
22 :points: donated to ACG-PointsDonations for this contest
Llama Badge (if available) from ACG-PointsDonations
1x Free Commission from missimoinsane
Llama Badge (if available) from missimoinsane
Comment/Critique from Child-of-Minerva
Llama Badge (if available) from DraculaRosa
Llama Badge (if available) from Stabilization
200 :points: from Stygma
1 month feature in Furry-Tales from Stygma
Llama Badge (if available) from Stygma
Journal Feature from Christianonfire7
Literature Commission from Christianonfire7
Feature - Operia

3rd Place:
Winners Package from AnotherContestGroup
Perminant Page Feature from AnotherContestGroup
10 :points: donated to ACG-PointsDonations for this contest
Llama Badge (if available) from ACG-PointsDonations
Comment/Critique from missimoinsane
Llama Badge (if available) from missimoinsane
Comment/Critique from Child-of-Minerva
Llama Badge (if available) from DraculaRosa
Llama Badge (if available) from Stabilization
100 :points: from Stygma
1 month feature in Furry-Tales from Stygma
Llama Badge (if available)from Stygma
Journal Feature from Christianonfire7
Literature Commission from Christianonfire7
Feature - Operia

Everyone Who Enters:
Llama Badge (if available) from ACG-PointsDonations
Llama Badge (if available) from Child-of-Minerva
Llama Badge (if available) from DraculaRosa
Llama Badge (if available) from Stabilization






Thank You To Our Judges
:iconmissimoinsane: :iconacg-pointsdonations: :iconannuski: :iconlightdragonqueen: :iconkimidoll: (+3x anonymous)

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If you wish to have a contest featured in our journals (it's free) please send a note OR comment to the group and the staff will get it added a.s.a.p.
Skin created by missimoinsane
It's been incredibly dead around here for a few months hasn't it? :stare: Well let's change that shall we!

This is the Co-Mod announcing the start of the :sun:2013 Summer, Summer, Summertime Contest!:sun:

Theme: Summertime :sun:

Draw any Titan, Ally or Villain enjoying :relax: (or hating:onfire:) the heat of the summer season or just loving :relax:
(or hating:onfire:) the heat of the summertime in general! The setting for the piece must occur during the summer, so no snow, no cold...it's gotta be hot!

:nod: Allowed:
:bulletblue:Couples pics (romantic or otherwise)
:bulletblue:OCs (either with a Titan or alone)
:bulletblue:Group pics
:bulletblue:Comics

:disbelief: Not Allowed:
:bulletred:Shounen/Shoujo Ai or Yaoi/Yuri
:bulletred:Overly mature content such as sex or gore (PG-13 range people)(If they're in swimsuits, keep it classy.)
:bulletred: Any entry that is not related to the contest theme.

:gallery: Submission Rules:
The contest starts tomorrow May 16th and ends on June 16th30th.
All entries must be submitted to the Contest Folder or they will not be counted.
Only one entry per contestant so be sure the piece you submit is the one you want judged.

:judge: Voting:
:bulletorange:Voting will take place the day after the contest ends and will end on July 5th.

:winner: Prizes

:star:1st place: A full color drawing of any Titan
:star:2nd place: A chibi sketch of any Titan
:star:3rd place: A simple black and white chibi sketch of any Titan
(any of these prizes can be done in either the original Teen Titans style or Teen Titans Go style)



If I've forgotten anything or there are any questions/suggestions, feel free to speak on it! Happy contesting! :peace:

EDIT: I've extended the amount of time for the contest. I've forgotten the days when school ends in late June because in college classes end much sooner! So have all of June to make your masterpieces! And again, happy contesting! :peace:
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Hey guys, sorry I took so long! This year I'm going to try something a little different and not Flash-dependent. I wasn't really sure how much I was gaining by making the pages squiggly and separated by animated transitions, so without further adieu, here's my report on this year's Anime Expo, now with alt-text! (hover mouse on image for commentary)






































My biggest regret this year was being too busy and not getting around the artist alley more and visiting people and panels. Thanks to everyone who visited, and sorry to everyone who I didn't visit (or visited only very briefly)! I feel really rude in retrospect. I also feel like I didn't really get to see much of what AX had to offer this year by confining myself to my table for most of it.

Next year I hope to have some sort of book-type product at my table, but knowing myself, I will probably either give up or miss deadlines again and you'll see a repeat of the first two images in the report.

MAN, I sure got tired of drawing myself. But I'm glad I finally finished this so I can go back to drawing other things / playing games without feeling like I should be doing something elseOHYEAHSALESTAXES.
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Alright so I wanted to write down all the headcanons with this AU so I finally got around to make a blog page about it! Go check it out!
wingtalia.tumblr.com/
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Edit 3/14/2014



I've finished my final writeup!

SOPA 2014: Voluntary Agreements, TPP, and StaydownEDIT 3/22: Added some links, some additional notes, and some credit. (Also added some of the same on 3/17)
A few days ago, I started seeing journals once again ranting about how SOPA is going to take away our fandom, or even our original content, in my feed here on deviantART. I did a search for reputable sources talking about it, and found just enough to be worth discussing, but not enough to justify the panic that's happened. I vowed I would do a journal about it come the weekend.
Since then, it's blown up. I've had numerous new faves on my old write-up of SOPA 201, despite it having "2013" in the title. I wish I could be happy as well as flattered, but the piece of potential legislation I wrote about then isn't the one people are talking about now. People have been calling for me to explain the "New" SOPA, but research to cite has been scant and so has my time. I have many more obligations now than I did then, and I wrote the last article at a much less busy time


And my friend did a petition that covers my points:

wh.gov/lVUUX

Edit 3/13/2014



Are you here about SOPA 2014? I'm still working on my write-up of the latest SOPA Scare. Most of the research is done, and I am in editing/petition hunting now. If you'd like to see what I have, and maybe even help, the link is here: 

sta.sh/01z7ekc8lpoq

Please do not use the article you're looking at now, "The Real Story on SOPA 2013/Section 201," to figure out the current situation. It has NOTHING to do with the two things that have people crying that SOPA is back this time. 

EDIT 3/12/2014: This article is OUTDATED and does not apply to the latest "SOPA scare." I'm hoping to write up a more detailed article on the new SOPA, but last I checked research was light, and these things take time.

The new SOPA is more serious than this one, but not as serious as most people on deviantART are saying. It's my understanding that the new SOPA won't change the already dubious legal status of fanwork... it will only make it harder for hosts, search engines, and directories to resist financial pressure from copyright holders to disallow these things.

This is not as bad as the original SOPA, so stop scare mongering. 

I will post more when I am able.

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Edit 6:50 P.M. EDT 8/24/2013: Made a minor edit for clarification when discussing fair use, and fixed some minor mistakes. Thanks to cneilson for the tip!

***

Most of you are likely aware of the memetic circulation of a petition here on dA. The petition rambles about SOPA and PIPA being "back," and people's write-ups of it in their journals universally cite broad-reaching consequences... without actually naming the particular legislation in question. I think you can see the problem here. 

I don't know about you, but no matter how you feel about trusting the government... you really should distrust people who try to stir up your emotions without giving you facts a bit more. 

I've spent far more of the last day than I wanted to trying to look up details on a revival of SOPA. I have been severely hindered by in this by the fact that the bills talk about "SOPA" and "PIPA," bills that have been killed and will never be introduced under their former names again for PR reasons. 

So far, I've only found one thing that actually fits. If you have found an actual proposed piece of legislation that fits aside from "section 201," please comment or note me. 

There was a section of SOPA, section 201, that changed the way the law handles "public performance." I am pretty sure it is not against US law to reproduce the actual text of proposed laws, so I'm actually going to copy and paste directly from the Library of Congress' website and talk about what I found there.

I will be formatting parts of the bill for emphasis.

If you do not want to read my analysis of the law, please use ctrl + f or command + f to search for "Conclusions of Analysis" where I will explain how my findings should effect the petition.


Line by Line Analysis of SOPA Section 201

    (a) Title 17 Amendments- Section 506(a) of title 17, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:
OK, so to understand this, we have to understand U.S. Code Title 17, particularly amendment 506a. A quick search reveals this is pertaining to copyright. Duh. Finding the actual text of it was fairly annoying by government document standards, but I did find it: www.copyright.gov/title17/92ch… . For easier reading, I'm going to try to avoid quoting from it in block-quotes, but I'm going to italicize what 201 changes.
    `(a) Criminal Infringement-

      `(1) IN GENERAL- Any person who willfully infringes a copyright shall be punished as provided under section 2319 of title 18, if the infringement was committed--

      `(A) for purposes of commercial advantage or private financial gain;

      `(B) by the reproduction or distribution, including by electronic means, during any 180-day period, of 1 or more copies or phonorecords of 1 or more copyrighted works, or by the public performance by means of digital transmission, during any 180-day period, of 1 or more copyrighted works, when the total retail value of the copies or phonorecords, or of the public performances, is more than $1,000; or

      `(C) by the distribution or public performance of a work being prepared for commercial dissemination, by making it available on a computer network accessible to members of the public, if such person knew or should have known that the work was intended for commercial dissemination.
The purpose of this change is to specifically make STREAMING a work as illegal as allowing it to be DOWNLOADED. I am not clear on whether the law at this point punishes the person viewing the stream as well as the person offering it, but it's my understanding that until this point "public performance" of copyrighted work was governed by different, weaker laws than outright theft.  That's why you can generally get away with singing happy birthday in a public place, but the wait staff at a restaurant cannot. 

Interesting note: this would make Let's Plays on the same level as allowing a game to be downloaded for play.

Onwards.
    `(2) EVIDENCE- For purposes of this subsection, evidence of reproduction, distribution, or public performance of a copyrighted work, by itself, shall not be sufficient to establish willful infringement of a copyright.
The purpose of THIS passage in both the original code and SOPA Section 201 is to protect people who literally had no idea it was copyrighted, and had no way to know. Given that the previous passage makes it clear that you're still accountable for what you should have known, this is kind of confusion. My bet is that this exists to protect people who have a disputed claim to the copyright, or who made an honest mistake, like TV shows that don't have the rights to the music on the DVD release. Again, the only change is the "Public performance" provision.

      `(3) DEFINITION- In this subsection, the term `work being prepared for commercial dissemination' means--

      `(A) a computer program, a musical work, a motion picture or other audiovisual work, or a sound recording, if, at the time of unauthorized distribution or public performance--

      `(i)(I) the copyright owner has a reasonable expectation of commercial distribution; and

      `(II) the copies or phonorecords of the work have not been commercially distributed in the United States by or with the authorization of the copyright owner; or

      `(ii)(I) the copyright owner does not intend to offer copies of the work for commercial distribution but has a reasonable expectation of other forms of commercial dissemination of the work; and

      `(II) the work has not been commercially disseminated to the public in the United States by or with the authorization of the copyright owner;
That's a doozy. Basically, the original passage is specifically designed to nip piracy of unreleased movies in the bud. This broadens the scope to include works that are released in other places first, or not released here at all. It's designed to close a loophole in the existing law, but it has a potential chilling effect on the distribution of things that are not intended to be localized, like anime and manga that aren't in negotiations to be adapted. I think you could still make an argument for work that will NEVER be released here being ok under this, but I AM NOT A LAWYER. I'm a history teacher.
      (B) a motion picture, if, at the time of unauthorized distribution or public performance, the motion picture--

      `(i)(I) has been made available for viewing in a motion picture exhibition facility; and

      `(II) has not been made available in copies for sale to the general public in the United States by or with the authorization of the copyright owner in a format intended to permit viewing outside a motion picture exhibition facility; or

      `(ii) had not been commercially disseminated to the public in the United States by or with the authorization of the copyright owner more than 24 hours before the unauthorized distribution or public performance.'.
 Basically, this helps them prosecute people who stream or upload these videos right before the release. I think. Again, IANAL.

Title 17 is basically unchanged from there on out. I don't know about you, but I don't really think this law changes all that much. It does make it harder to be a fansubber, though. This passage certainly wouldn't have any effect on dA.

The next part of the law amends Title 18. I had a harder time finding this; here's a link to the law as posted at Cornell University: www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/tex… Again, I'll be using italics and bold as needed to show where text differs, if the text of the proposed legislation doesn't. 
    (1) in subsection (b)(1), by striking `during any 180-day period' and all that follows and insert `of at least 10 copies or phonorecords, or of at least 10 public performances by means of digital transmission, of 1 or more copyrighted works, during any 180-day period, which have a total retail value of more than $2,500;';
Basically, this creates a lifetime cap of ten infringements before you become a felon, instead of letting it reset after 180 days. I don't really find this part offensive.

      (2) in subsection (c)--

      (A) in paragraph (1), by striking `of 10 or more copies or phonorecords' and all that follows and inserting `including by electronic means, of at least 10 copies or phonorecords, or of at least 10 public performances by means of digital transmission, of 1 or more copyrighted works, during any 180-day period, which have a total retail value of more than $2,500;'; and

      (B) in paragraph (3), by striking `if the offense' and all that follows and inserting `in any other case;';
These changes extend the three-year sentence and maximum fine to offenses by streaming, but also increase the amount of people who are eligible for the minimum one year sentence and fines. So yes, this does make streaming copyrighted material, including lets plays and fansubbed anime, punishable by jailtime measured in years. 

    (3) in subsection (d)(4), by striking `under paragraph (2)' and inserting `committed for purposes of commercial advantage or private financial gain under subsection (a)';
Basically this passage reserves the harshest penalties for people who are profiting from copyright infringement and protects people who are attempting to use fair use for the public good from the harshest penalties (it does not absolve them of criminal or civil responsibility in total, though). Still, it does increase the span of people who can receive this penalty to people who are doing this for any kind of financial reason. 
      (4) in subsection (f)--

      (A) by amending paragraph (2) to read as follows:

      `(2) the terms `reproduction', `distribution', and `public performance' refer to the exclusive rights of a copyright owner under paragraphs (1), (3), (4), and (6), respectively, of section 106 (relating to exclusive rights in copyrighted works), as limited by sections 107 through 122, of title 17; and';

      (B) in paragraph (3), by striking `; and' and inserting a period; and

      (C) by striking paragraph (4); and
So this is basically saying only the copyright owner is allowed to stream something. This would effectively outlaw Youtube cover videos more thoroughly than they are now. It also mixes up some definitions.

      (5) by adding at the end the following new subsection:

    `(g) Evidence of Total Retail Value- For purposes of this section and section 506(a) of title 17, total retail value may be shown by evidence of--

      `(1) the total retail price that persons receiving the reproductions, distributions, or public performances constituting the offense would have paid to receive such reproductions, distributions, or public performances lawfully;

      `(2) the total economic value of the reproductions, distributions, or public performances to the infringer or to the copyright owner, as shown by evidence of fee, advertising, or other revenue that was received by the person who commits the offense, or that the copyright owner would have been entitled to receive had such reproductions, distributions, or public performances been offered lawfully; or

      `(3) the total fair market value of licenses to offer the type of reproductions, distributions, or public performances constituting the offense.'.
This basically stipulates that if no one would pay for it and the copyright owner or thief weren't charging for or getting ad revenue for it, you can't really go after them. That doesn't really change much, though.
    (c) Rule of Construction- Any person acting with a good faith reasonable basis in law to believe that the person's conduct is lawful shall not be considered to have acted willfully for purposes of the amendments made by this section. Such person includes, but is not limited to, a person engaged in conduct forming the basis of a bona fide commercial dispute over the scope of existence of a contract or license governing such conduct where such person has a reasonable basis in law to believe that such conduct is noninfringing. Nothing in this subsection shall affect the application or interpretation of the willfulness requirement in any other provision of civil or criminal law.
So basically this is saying "Look, you can be slapped with all sorts of civil lawsuits and minor criminal charges for redistributing something you don't have the rights to... but if it looks like you genuinely had a good reason to think it might be ok, you won't go to prison for six years over it." 

Conclusions of Analysis


Right now, it's a misdemeanor to stream copyrighted material, or perform it in public. It's a minor criminal offense. This law seems to make that a felony, and to sharply increase the penalties. Things that would be jailable offenses under this revised section would include:
  • Posting a Let's Play on youtube
  • Posting a fansub of an anime that is not intended for dubbing
  • Posting an AMV
  • Posting a lyrics video
  • Posting your own cover of a copyrighted song
  • Singing "Happy Birthday" in public
I'm also not sure about this, but I'm pretty sure that watching any of the above also counts. This basically eliminates the distinction between downloading copyrighted material and streaming it, making the two acts equivalent. Downloading is already illegal.

While this would have almost no impact on Deviantart, people's OCs, etc, as people are saying, it would cripple Youtube. Not only would it cut out some of the best reasons to go on youtubue (like Let's Plays that comment on and analyze a game or fan covers of songs with different instrumentation or vocal ranges), it would make it hard to go on youtube and watch things. If you have any indication you're watching something the uploader didn't create, you might be in trouble, too.

Now, I'm against many cases of copyright infringement. I don't believe in downloading movies you could go pay to see... but you know what? This does a lot more than that. This creates situations where you could go to jail from singing "Happy Birthday" in public too often. It creates situations where you could go to jail for making AMVs or subbing anime that will never be released here (although the latter would be very difficult to prosecute).This would undercut safety of youtube for viewing by the public and, if I understand the law correctly, damage the exposure of original, non-infringing content by introducing additional risks of inadvertent infringement by potential viewers.

So, once again, this would hurt people who are actually independently making their own things in order to help big industries protect their profits. 

If someone can show me where in the law it says you can't go to jail for downloading copyrighted stuff without uploading it, too, I'll go redacting, but I'm pretty sure you can right now. I don't know because I don't download movies, or anything I don't have a legal copy of, anyway. 

What You Should Do


That petition that everyone is passing around is vague and unlikely to heard. You can't even tell what legislation it's about.

If you want to change this, you need to specifically name the legislation and passages that you're opposed to, and you need to explain why in the petition. You also need to do enough fact checking to make sure the legislation you're talking about will actually do what you're afraid of

So if someone can give me the particular law that lets the RIAA and MPAA prosecute downloaders as well as uploaders, I may be able to craft some text for you Monday or Tuesday.

Meanwhile, we need to make sure that SOPA 201 is what people are actually talking about. Do some basic internet searching for SOPA, PIPA, and Section 201, and check the news online before posting, ok?
THIS WRITEUP IS NOW OUTDATED. I hope to write up "SOPA 2014" soon.

My attempt to break down the latest SOPA/PIPA scare and recommend a course of action more likely to be hearded than a poorly-written, vague petition on the internet. 

Long story short, the threat of a reintroduction of a small portion of SOPA has been grossly exaggerated, but it does still have potentially chilling effects on things it doesn't actually outlaw. The petition that's currently circulating is useless in terms of actually stopping it. I don't proclaim to totally understand copyright law, but I know enough to tell you a better way to try to stop this.
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