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As of March 1st 2018, I can officially say we won. Deviantart is accessible again. I've held back on posting anything until I made sure we have officially won and here it is:

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I am beyond grateful for everyone who fought with me, for every single comment, for every friend and stranger who chose to take a stand and join their voices to mine. None of this would have happened if it wasn't for you. Yes, you, you've helped make a difference in the world. That difference ensured that people who have to survive through bad situations day in and day out can still come here for a safe haven away from the grim realities outside. Politics should never restrict art, people should not be discriminated against for whatever reason. 

Our actions didn't stop at Syria, no, they also extended to help Iran, and Crimea which all had been geobanned earlier for the same claims. You've changed the world for over 100 million people. Yes, I know that not all of them are artists nor might have come here, but you too need to know that if they do, they will be welcome to join and create as much as anyone else thanks to you standing up with me. Take pride in what you did.

I have a ton of comments on the main journal. I am floored by the kindness and the support that came through almost all of them,  and I will repeat myself for all the comments that claimed I should put a sock in it and accept the geoban as it is: NO. You're allowed to think and believe as you please, but to go all the way to call me names because my opinion doesn't match yours then go mad at me because I stood up for myself is just pitiful. There are consequences for every action, if you can't handle them, don't go forth with your actions.

Words have tremendous power. Use them well.

I will say thank you, over and over again, your support made a difference for a lot of artists here, myself included. I am forever grateful for this community, because it proved time and time again that it can conjure miracles.

I'd like to take a minute to thank tatasz WAUthethird Senzune JCoolArts for helping out tremendously in so many ways, as well as ArtakaWorks Tuntalm JenLaFayette Shesvii Eaohkan neurotype Likeclockworkorange Hawkieface for their continuous support and wonderful comments, as well as many others who joined their voices to us.

Be proud, for today we have changed the world.

If you're unfamiliar with the story, please see here: The hypocrisy of deviantArt

I'd also like to share this link for those of you who want to see what Damascus looks like currently, and you can see the contrast for yourselves: www.facebook.com/LensYoungdima…

Si vis pacem, para bellum courtesy of JenLaFayette 

Julian. 







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:icontnynfox:
Tnynfox Featured By Owner May 11, 2018  Student General Artist
Wait, are commissions, adopts, and MYO slots considered "commercial" according to Heidi? Could you still engage in those with points?
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Mythiril Featured By Owner May 11, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
:shrug: people can still give me points if they desire, i can still make commissions and there are other ways of payment that don't go against dA's rules. 
you really had to tag heidi for this?
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SheDares Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2018  Professional General Artist
Well done, glad your actions and the community coming together made a difference :heart:
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:iconmythiril:
Mythiril Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you
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IndominusRexx Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am lost for words for what this community was able to achieve. I am so so glad we were able to unban all those who were affected by the geobanning. To all those who are in a country where things are not going well, please know that we are all standing behind you guys. This simple act proved it.
My utmost respect for you, Julian, for voicing this concern and for making us others aware of this. I wish you, and everyone else, nothing but the best.

We will always have your back. We won all together! ^^
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:iconmythiril:
Mythiril Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much :huggle: 
i am glad they made a difference and that this ended up in the people's favor.
Thank you for your high praise. I did what's right. It wasn't fair and the revoke proves it
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Shanglon Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018
I am so happy that i almost cry in joy T-T thank you! Thank you for letting me aware of this thing and the strength you had to fight fir your rights really inspired me. You are an inspiration for me, both as Artist and Person! :hug: thank you wonderful person!
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:iconmythiril:
Mythiril Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much :huggle: 
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rider450since2010 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018
holy shit something i did actually had a positive impact on the world



yeah that rarely happens
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:iconmythiril:
Mythiril Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you
and yes you did :3 
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:iconwauthethird:
WAUthethird Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Student General Artist
That was probably the most fun week I've had all year -- Thanks for organising this backlash!
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:iconmythiril:
Mythiril Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
:lol: well, it was an interesting week to say the least. 
we had plenty of laughs at some of the comments, that's for sure
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Doomblick Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
YES!!! CONGRATS!!!1
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:iconmythiril:
Mythiril Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you 
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:icondoomblick:
Doomblick Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome! You have done an excellent job in making this happen! 
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Professional General Artist
Yes I have..................good news. :wae:
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:iconmythiril:
Mythiril Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you 
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:icontheevilhadrosaur:
TheEvilHadrosaur Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This makes me happy. :)
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:iconmythiril:
Mythiril Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you 
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PolarAnemone Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Great to hear the ban has been lifted! La la la la What an incredible outcome.

You have stood up for yourself, against the odds, and led so many people to fight for the noble cause of internet freedom.
You are an inspiration, Julian.
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Mythiril Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you  
aww that's sweet of you. I spoke up against what I thought to be an extremely unfair act, and I won. That's all there is to it\ 
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daftidiot1 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
tum fratrem meum (as well my brother)
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:iconmythiril:
Mythiril Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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:iconatomicwhiskers:
AtomicWhiskers Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Student General Artist
Congratulations!!!! :squee: This is awesome! It shows how people can make a difference if we stick together to reach a common goal! :hug:
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:iconmythiril:
Mythiril Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much :huggle: 
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:iconatomicwhiskers:
AtomicWhiskers Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018  Student General Artist
:hug::heart:
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Andrea-Colunga Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Student Digital Artist
:D Awesome! ^u^ I'm really happy to see the result! Though, I hope they allow the transactions and stuff too for your and the other countries, that denial is the only downside of that comment the staff member posted.
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:iconmythiril:
Mythiril Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much 
ehhh, ah well, i am glad it's over 
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Andrea-Colunga Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Student Digital Artist
:) Yeah, at least that is some huge progress!
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PrismicDiamondArt Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope the transaction thing can open up soon. I am glad that deviantart has offically allowed those who where previously blocked by the U.S. sanctions to access this site again. 
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:iconmythiril:
Mythiril Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
thank youso much 
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PrismicDiamondArt Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
:) no problemo
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:iconhopefulzero:
HopefulZero Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful news!!! 
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:iconmythiril:
Mythiril Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you
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:iconmortyciahearse:
MortyciaHearse Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018   Photographer
:iconexcitedplz:

Hope to never see stuff like this again, humans are horrible sometimes...
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:iconmythiril:
Mythiril Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you and yes we are
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:iconmortyciahearse:
MortyciaHearse Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018   Photographer
You're Welcome! :thumbsup:
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:iconkaliberz:
KaliberZ Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is great news!!!

now I just hope this doesn't repeat itself...
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:iconmythiril:
Mythiril Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you
god i hope not. but I'll fight again if it happens, that's for sure
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PictureOnProgress Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
And this is why I've always thought that sometimes, questioning authority is valid. Look at what y'all accomplished by being persistent :la: I'm impressed. I was watching this closely since I first heard about it.

Now to wait for the influx of new peoples :dummy:
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:iconmythiril:
Mythiril Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you
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:iconpictureonprogress:
PictureOnProgress Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Your efforts shall be remembered :salute:
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WindySilver Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Hell yeah! I'm so happy about this! :happybounce:
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:iconmythiril:
Mythiril Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you
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:iconwindysilver:
WindySilver Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
^_^
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gypsycat07 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my God, YES! Thank you so much for this great news!! I'm so glad we won!! :D
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:iconmythiril:
Mythiril Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you too :la:
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:iconrachelillustrates:
rachelillustrates Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Yaaaaaaaaaay!!! Thank goodness :heart:
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:iconmythiril:
Mythiril Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
yay! :la:
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Kimberly-Faith-Raven Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Student General Artist
I'm so so So greatful to hear! :D :glomp:
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