lunadelcorvo: (Oceania)
Originally posted by [ profile] jennybliss at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by [ profile] marguerite_26 at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
I'm seeing variations of this all over my flist and damn, it does not look good.

(this is an edited version of [ profile] lk737's post here)

According to this article, dated March 15, 2012:

"File-sharers, beware: By July 12, major US Internet service providers (ISPs) will voluntarily begin serving as copyright police for the entertainment industry, according to Cary Sherman, chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The so-called “six-strikes” plan is said to be one of the most effective anti-piracy efforts ever established in the US."

The article goes on to give details. After six notices, internet providers will decide to throttle a person's internet speed, or cut it off altogether. No more downloading eps of your favorite shows for vidding, gifs, or fanfiction art. No more downloading screencaps possibly.

Fox news confirms this:

Youtube video explaining this:

Well, it's nice to know all that SOPA protesting made a difference.... I'm hoping this is misinformation or hype, but it wouldn't surprise me if it were not. I'll post updates if I see anything new on this.
lunadelcorvo: (I will taunt you!)

Yep, you read that right, today, Sep. 30th is Blasphemy Day.

"Blasphemy Day is a day for recognizing the importance of blasphemy in a society which values the right to free speech. Without freedom to blaspheme, to speak out against ridiculous religious doctrines which keep society in darkness and ignorance, we cannot truly have freedom of speech. To blaspheme is to hold the idea that there is nothing which is so sacred that it cannot be criticized, mocked, or even spoken aloud."

And really, even though religious blasphemy is the closest type of blasphemy to my godless little heart, I think we can (and must) interpret 'religious doctrines' to include anything that is accepted as beyond reproach, question, or critique. And anything held in that way, be it religious, political, cultural, whatever, becomes dogma. But intellectual honesty, free speech, and our development as human beings demands that we question, challenge, examine, and demand proof of our dogma.

So get on out there and talk smack about a sacred cow, mouth off to a sanctimonious presupposition, or talk trash on a taboo topic!



Things I need to remember:
• Asking for help is not, as it turns out, fatal.
• Laughing is easier than pulling your hair out, and doesn't have the unfortunate side effect of making you look like a plague victim.
• Even the biggest tasks can be defeated if taken a bit at a time.
• I can write a paper the night before it's due, but the results are not all they could be.
• Be thorough, but focused.
• Trust yourself.
• Honesty, always.

Historians are the Cassandras of the Humanities



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