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{The replies will come this weekend ; Sorry to keep all of you guys waiting!}

Infopost on CAS

aiffe:

I’ve seen a lot of misinformation going around about CAS, the Copyright Alert System, AKA the Six Strikes system. Hopefully this will clear things up.

What CAS isn’t:

  • CAS is not a law. It is not SOPA or CISPA. It does not directly involve law enforcement agencies.
  • CAS cannot see the files already on your hard drive.
  • CAS cannot directly monitor your internet traffic.
  • CAS does not give a flying fuck about your reaction gifs, manips, fanfiction, etc.
  • Rightsholders cannot directly see your personal information such as name and address without getting a subpoena. They must go through your ISP, who already has that information connected to your IP because you pay them.

What CAS is:

  • CAS is a partnership between major rightsholders such as the MPAA and RIAA, among others, with major American ISPs AT&T, Cablevision, Verizon, Comcast, and Time Warner Cable.
  • The copyright holders monitor major public bittorrent trackers. They get the IPs of users downloading infringing files, and notify their ISPs.
  • The ISP then steps in to give users warnings. This begins with emails and phone calls, but quickly escalates to forcing you to watch copyright propaganda, blocking your access to certain sites, and eventually capping your internet speeds or restricting your internet access entirely.
  • There is an appeals process, which must be done within 14 days of the warning and costs $35 per appeal.
  • For repeat infringers, the copyright holders may seek legal action. To do this they would need to subpoena your personal information from your ISP. All they have before that is your IP address.

Why this is bad:

  • It violates presumption of innocence.
  • It sets a precedent for corporate vigilante justice—corporations finding and punishing crime in a manner they see fit.
  • It poses a serious threat to internet cafes and libraries that offer public internet access, making vital services less accessible to disadvantaged and impoverished Americans.
  • It is a form of censorship.
  • It violates the right to privacy.
  • We are piratey pirates who like to pirate.

How to not get in trouble:

  • Secure your wifi connection, and make sure all members of your household understand what CAS is and how to avoid problems with it.
  • If you download copyrighted material, do not use public bittorrent trackers without a VPN. There are multiple alternatives: cyberlockers, Usenet, IRC, FTP, private bittorrent trackers, etc. Avoiding major public torrent sites like The Pirate Bay entirely is the safest way. Downloading material not protected by any of the CAS affiliates is probably relatively safe. (Anime, warez, bookz, etc.) If you must use a public tracker, use a VPN. FYI, Usenet and the good VPNs are not free. The other things mentioned here generally are.
  • Google instructions for these things if you don’t know what the fuck I’m talking about.

How to fight CAS:

  • There’s some White House petitions: check out this one here and this one over here. The White House has already issued this statement: “[the] agreement is a positive step and consistent with our strategy of encouraging voluntary efforts to strengthen online intellectual property enforcement and with our broader Internet policy principles, emphasizing privacy, free speech, competition and due process.”  Since this is not law, government probably isn’t the most effective way to fight it, nor does the government seem likely to take a stance about this, but it can’t hurt to raise as much hell as possible anyway. Sign it, make some noise.
  • Call your ISP and voice your displeasure. If at all possible, switch your ISP to one not supporting CAS, and inform both ISPs that this was why you switched. THIS IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE METHOD.
  • Pirate anyway. Don’t be stupid and pirate through the channel they’re obviously watching, but don’t slack in your piracy. Show them that these measures only anger their customers and don’t actually do shit to protect copyright.
  • Contact the MPAA and RIAA and so forth and tell them you won’t be buying their products until they cease this war on internet piracy. They can have customers or they can treat everyone like criminals, but they can’t have both.

Hopefully we can all stop running around like chickens without heads claiming the police are coming for our reaction gif folders? Yes? Good. Pirate safely, folks.

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thesweetbluemalfunction:

icedmelody:

For some reason, he felt like he wasn’t really helping all that much. “Hey, do you want to go somewhere with me? It must be boring just.. sitting around and  talking.” He smiled slightly, but there was an awkward aura coming off his body language. “You pick where, okay?”

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“Alright,” he agreed. Deep down, however, he knew that sitting and talking could spark the greatest things. But, he wouldn’t argue with himself. It was a foolish idea. 

Thoughts ebbing away, the android randomly blurted, “Let’s go to a music shop.”

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A music shop? Well, that wasn’t a bad idea. “Alright. Do you know any around here?” to be honest, even though he probably could think of a good amount of shops around the area, he wanted his new friend to choose one. Also, Kaito wasn’t the best with directions. He liked to think that his sense of direction is just something that his manufacturer forgot to include, by chance. “There’s probably a map around here if you don’t,  I’m sure.” he added.

Send a ❤ if you would ship your character with mine.

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poemweavedinruins:

icedmelody:

 poemweavedinruins started following you

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Meiko!! It’s you!!” Kaito’s face lit up immediately when he saw the familiar face. He struggled to keep himself contained. He was always quite an excitable guy, especially when it came to people he fancied. ..Just as a friend.. o-of course..!
Despite the frenzy of feelings inside of him, he managed to remain just cheery, not anything more. He really didn’t need one of his closer friends thinking he was a freak.. or a creep.. or a pervert.. Sigh.

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“So, How have you been?”

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“Kaito!!!! I missed you!!” She exclaimed, grinning at the blue haired male. She hadn’t seen him at all during her tour, and to be honest, Meiko had mostly thought about him in her absence. So what if he could be a pervert? She had to admit that she missed even that part of him. I mean, it’s not as if she fancied him or anything. O-of course not! Meiko had to be focused on her career or she’d get nowhere! However, a little romance couldn’t hurt…

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“I’ve been wonderful! What about yourself?”

Kaito’s face felt warm. His entire being felt warm, really. It was nice to know he was missed, especially by someone whom he was so fond of, himself. “I missed you too”. He really did. Despite being sometimes in hot water with his companion, in the end, they always were close.

She had been on his mind a lot, ever since she had left. She was a star, but that’s what she was born to do. Her niche. Kaito had wanted, for so long, to have her be his star as well, but over the years- over her successful tours and shows, the merchandise and albums- he had suppressed the hope of those feelings ever being requited, justifying his actions by telling himself she was much, much to wonderful.

"I’ve been great, it’s been nice taking a long break after being busy for such a long time, but I’m sure you know that!" pausing, the smile that had faded slightly shone once again, "I’m so glad  you’ve been doing so well yourself. It must be fun going to all of the neat places, huh?"

{ whoops I went on a mini-hiatus guys. lost my muse.}

{I will be replying in the next few days.}