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Hello all teammecha here,
I bring very bad news that ACTA (anti counterfeiting trade agreement) has been passed in around the world meaning we got to work harder than ever before against this act cause it's immoral in so many ways and I'm willing to put up a fight against it and maybe some of you guys.
ACTA is like SOPA which stops online piracy but is several time worse affecting us Globally around the net.
The government has become the templars of the net and us artist are the locked away mages in a tower of which some might become abominations because of demons and may go to prison instead of death like in our games.
Join the online revolution against this vile act against the templars, they are taking away our freedom of speech, silencing us in any shape or form.
your sincerally,
teammecha
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ClumsyMage Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
YES! REVOLUTION! JUSTICE! FREEDOM FOR MAGES-ARTISTS! DOWN WITH COUNTERFEITING TRADE AGREEMENT! *uncontrollable anger*
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KisaraelElementum Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Then once again i stand with the mages!!!!!!!!!!
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ZombieGirlHunter Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is a really great anology. Down with web-templars!
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LyriumGhost18 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
DOWN with the web-templars!!!
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tishaia Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012   Artisan Crafter
This is a very good short movie explaining some things about ACTA. Beautifully done too ^^.
[link] Share it!

Btw. Ladyofpayne, Paypal will be monitored too since it is connected to your email account.

Seriously, I can understand that some ppl don't remeber what is like to be controlled and censored and to be scared to talk openly, but Poland? We got tanks on the streets and police killing the participants of manifestations, students and workes, in 1980. That is not THAT long ago. Why anyone would want to go back to that willingly?
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Shini86 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
heroes of Ferelden/Kirkwall...whatever else!
we must do something!
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Ladyofpayne Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am libertarian. I use Paypal.
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Comic-Ninja-Whoot Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I would rather be an apostate than live under vindictive Templars. This act is really scary and I'm also affected by SOPA and PIPA for I live in the US. I've tried to stop them but have really no idea how. Does anyone know what I can do or how I can start?
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grimm-cat Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Damn Templars. I can't believe they'd actually go this far. Looks like we'll just have to keep protesting. :\

But, seriously... what's the point of these laws anyways? How do they benefit the people passing them?
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Mizuki-Anya Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
(Fully prepared to become apostate) this is worse than Templars, without expression we are no-one, my motive to draw is to post it here, and slowly and steadily i've been getting better because of it.
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wunleebuxton Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
So how exactly will the ACTA affect people drawing Dragon Age fanart or writing Dragon Age fanfiction?

So far I see nothing that will affect anyone within the group unless they are pirating videos, DVDs, computer programs and video games... :/. But then, drawing fanart or writing fanfiction isn't a crime, unless you are earning some serious cash from it without giving some to EA/Bioware in the process.
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Dasque Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Actually, drawing fanart and writing fanfiction is very much a punishable offense, if the company that owns the work deems it so. Bioware is just very generous with letting us play with their characters. If they told us we couldn't do it anymore, then we would have to stop.

The concern behind these acts getting passed is that they could be taking that decision out of the copyright owner's hands. As in, it wouldn't be up to Bioware anymore to let us play in their sandbox.
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wunleebuxton Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Punishable if you are making profit over it. For people not making any profit over it there is no point in calling the lawyers in to punish everyone.

You only call lawyers in if there is something to gain, it's bloody expensive calling lawyers and the courts in to punish someone for doing something.

So many people don't realise that if you lose a court case you must pay your lawyers' fee, your opponents' lawyers fee and the court fee. Really damn expensive. Bioware ain't going to be taking anyone not making any money to court over drawing and playing with their ideas.
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Dasque Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree, they won't. It's not worth the hassle, the expense, and frankly, they enjoy the free publicity. I was only pointing out that it is illegal, if someone wanted to make it an issue.
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wunleebuxton Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah and Bioware would lose out on a lot of business XD, I think the game companies would fight tooth and nail against it.
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Harusaki-chan Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
In the most extreme case, the system will register that people are creating images or written work using copyrighted material and shut down the site. Or that is what most of us are lead to believe.
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wunleebuxton Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Hm, that is very extreme but surely they would employ people to investigate a site before shutting it down.

I just need to see HOW they implement the new thing before a ruckus is cause imo. If they implement it well, then it shouldn't cause us much fuss, but if they implement it extremely poorly then I might have something to speak up about it XD.
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Comic-Ninja-Whoot Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That makes sense. But if they pass it first and it turns out it does shut down this site, then we would no longer be organized against it. We'd loose a major opportunity to band together and fight for our rite to post. We may be over reacting but we can't rule out the possibility that we could lose this freedom. These things start small and could end up really harming the people involved. From what I understand (and it's not all by any means)it could stop people who use anything from a game or book or show, be it a situation, character, or anything if they did not create it. That would be punishable no matter if they gained a profit or not. Just the unlicensed use of a non-original idea.

And Also! I"m waiting for more Georgiana comic pages.
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wunleebuxton Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
The big organisations would lose out on so much money if they were to do that to EVERYONE who was creating things using ideas that don't belong to them.


But I usually don't worry about these things because although they seem drastic they usually aren't that bad. Like ages ago our prime minister brought out a tax called the GST (which is a tax on EVERYTHING) and everyone's used to it, and just last year our new prime minister brought the carbon tax to Australia and it won't be a big deal either.
There are a lot of members of parliament, so there will always be a lot of discussion before things are made law. And I'm sure there are plenty of members of parliament who love their internet.
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Comic-Ninja-Whoot Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That is true. And I see your point, but it's been getting pretty bad in America with the anti-terrorist measures. It's scary all the laws that are being passed. The most resent put the old amendment back into affect allowing any high ranking officer to take a citizen into custody without cause if they suspect them of being a terrorist. No actual evidence is needed. Another law recently went into affect allowing unmanned air crafts to "spy," for lack of a better term, on any privet citizen suspected of terrorism of any kind including speaking out against certain political views. This law is also in effect in England but their crafts look like crafts police would use including a police band along the side. The ones being used in the US look like humming birds and a dragonfly one is being manufactured. There was already a few sites I've seen closed down with three seals on them from the FBI, the Department of Justice, and the IPR (The Intellectual Property Right Coordination Center). Claiming a "Conspiracy to Commit Racketeering." along with other outlandish charges such as "Criminal copyright Infringement". The page at one time contained their own personal band's album, as they allowed free downloads on Megaupload.com That has now for seemingly no reason been shut down. They protested saying it was their personal music that was created by them and was not being sold but merely distributed to the public but their protest were upon deaf ears as nothing has changed. It's just a scary time in the "land of the free." And even I could get into trouble typing this up. I guess one would have to be in the country and experiencing the laws effects first hand to really grasp it. But I can see your point and some will fight for the privacy of their countries' citizens but unfortunately that is not the majority.
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wunleebuxton Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Well so far things are fine :).
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tuszek Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
Well, don't worry about anything then. Just don't wonder what went wrong afterwards!
We were letting things slide too, and now we are in big trouble, because slowly our economy went down, the taxes up, and now what they collected tax for /health care, public education.../ is going to be given only if you pay /again/. We work for peanuts now, and have to pay our taxes from that amount, so we are lucky if we can live, not to mention paying back loans. And that is _if_ we have a job.

One needs to ask: Why we are paying for? What do we get back for it?
Do we need laws that will help politicians, or big companies against us? No we do not! So why we should let it happen?
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CodyGoGreen Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pfft this is what the hole 2012 end of the world thing is about.... jk jk but this has got to stop the internet is for the free share of information no mater what the info is about
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Larissa-Art Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maker NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
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Riversun Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
FFF ACTA WENT THROUGH? ok guys, let's form an assassins brotherhood. We'll show those templars who's boss!
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ladyspuds Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Student General Artist
A way to act: [link]
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tishaia Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012   Artisan Crafter
That is sadly true. And the worst part is, we got crazy Merediths in power, but there is no sight of someone leveled and dutiful like Cullen. :C
Greetings from Krakow, we had 10.000-15.000 people (according to different sources) protesting in the city center yesterday, but I guess it's not important to our politicians. Poland has 32 years of freedom without the censorship, and here we go again.
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morovv Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
mnie to najbardziej kurwica bierze jak pomyślę ilu ludzi na towarzysza Tuska zagłosowało. po 'nocnej zmianie' to już chyba każdy idiota by się zorientował, że to rosyjskie marionetki, zdrajcy i złodzieje, którzy powinni trafić do Berezy Kartuskiej.
no to teraz plebs ma na co sobie zasłużył, a my będziemy mieli robioną papkę z mózgu już nie tylko przez pro rządowe media i gazety ale także przez internet, bo ACTA to tylko pierwszy krok do całkowitej cenzury.
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tishaia Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012   Artisan Crafter
I do not claim to know anything about politics. I figured that voting is always like the Sapkowski writes in his books, to choose lesser evil. But seriously, there is NOONE to trust even a little, noone to give a vote. But hell, in any case, we got 3 more years to go with this goverment. Not much we can do :/. It starting to scare me :/.
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NikaKrae Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional Writer
Our Czech fuckers gulped and signed today, too. As a response - the web of our precious government is down for several hours and also OSA is down. I am afraid we've lost this battle already, but we won't be quiet and obedient.
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Kmk994 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yepp. Polish ambasador signed ACTA today at 3.00 am. Against hundreds of protesting people in my country. That's how demokracy work here.
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morovv Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are people protesting in Europe? There are big protests in Poland but tv says that only we are protesting. I wonder if it's another government lie. There is no democracy. Our premier Donald Tusk said that it's "blackmail", since when the will of the people is called that? They also deleted thousands of anti-ACTA comments from they facebook page and signed this document today. The government want to censor Internet because it's only free media and they can't teach us how to think.
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RawrchelSC Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist
maybe this is a late response but, i live in portugal and..about 2 weeks ago lots of people went to the streets to protest agaisnt acta. as far as i know, the same thing happened in other countries.
well you'd probably heard it in the news by now.
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ValiantIronSide Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Its time to write some Manifestos for these assholes.
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Silerna Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Damn that sucks!Here in the Netherlands,several internet providers want to block download sites within 10 days^^;.I guess the whole internet world is going upside down :(.
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