Let's look beyond the dramatic changes in DeviantART for a moment. There's bigger and much scarier things going on. The USA is destroying Net Neutrality, at the same time the EU is moving towards passing a Directive that will likely end free sharing of content on the net for Europeans (likely including DeviantART as well, by the way).
I admit I've been busy with my own things for some time and I am behind on news. Trying to catch up now, it seems like I do just in time.
Today, November 29th, has been chosen for a Day of Action to save Net Neutrality.
To my friends in the USA, join the battle to save Net Neutrality:
What is Net Neutrality and why is it important for YOU.
This short video explains is quite well:
To my friends in Europe, the red alerts are off for Articles 11 and 13.
As a matter of fact, our battle here, against Articles 11 and 13 of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market may prove even more important and crucial for the future of the internet as we know it. It may as well be the crucible for our right to communicate, share, CREATE freely on the internet. THEY WANT TO TAKE THAT RIGHT AWAY.
We must not allow that happen.
They are passing this right under our noses, in silence, after the noise we rose back in summer has subsided. Back then the Directive with the troubles Articles was rejected. But in September, it was passed. A final voting will take place in January - and if it is passed, each and every country in the European Union will have no choice but enforce laws in accordance to that Directive and its insane Articles 11 and 13.
If that happens.... it is even possible that sites like DA may as well BAN us from both uploading content and viewing content uploaded on them, to avoid legal prosecution. Think I'm exaggerating? Think again.
Here is a part of the official statement by Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube:
"Article 13 as written threatens to shut down the ability of millions of people -- from creators like you to everyday users -- to upload content to platforms like YouTube. And it threatens to block users in the EU from viewing content that is already live on the channels of creators everywhere. This includes YouTube’s incredible video library of educational content, such as language classes, physics tutorials and other how-to’s.
This legislation poses a threat to both your livelihood and your ability to share your voice with the world. And, if implemented as proposed, Article 13 threatens hundreds of thousands of jobs, European creators, businesses, artists and everyone they employ. The proposal could force platforms, like YouTube, to allow only content from a small number of large companies. It would be too risky for platforms to host content from smaller original content creators, because the platforms would now be directly liable for that content."
This is the CEO speaking. Saying clearly the regular uses like us might end up being denied the right to upload content, simply because YT cannot afford the risk of being sued for whatever its users are uploading. And make no mistake - if YT can get as badly affected, then certainly so can DA.
And you know me, I like "conspiracy theories". Two laws being passed independently, in USA and in EU respectively, at nearly the same time, both threatening the internet's integrity and freedom of sharing, expression, growth.... I'm telling you, those guys up above who govern over us, they do not like that we can share so much freely, exchange our thoughts and ideas, create anything we want and share it with so many other people. Do you know why? Because we are beginning to realize just how corrupt and inept they are. We are beginning to realize that we don't need them the way they exist now. We are beginning to realize that they are only lying to us while working for their own interests and following only their own agenda. Most of all they don't like it because we are uniting around those and more progressive ideas and when people unite - this is when they stand strong and have actual chance to make their voice be heard and thus overthrow the innate dictatorship of today's powerful. Because when there are too many of us disagreeing, they cannot ignore us any longer. Internet enables us to unite against them like never before in history. They want to put a stopper to that. Mark my words, if we allow laws like these be passed now, we are far from seeing the end of this. Divido et impera. Little has changed since Ancient Rome.
Read more, watch videos - understand the implications. SHARE.
Fight for the freedom of the Internet, fight for your own rights.