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Black A good, informed read.

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The Do's And Don'ts Of Black March!

Black March is a public, nationwide boycott of all things Hollywood in protest of SOPA, PIPA, ACTA, etc. Despite two being 'shelved,' all three remain a threat to the future and continued freedom of the Internet.

Not just the bills themselves, but consider the HUGE injustice already committed by the US Government. The FBI shut down MegaUpload under a law that isn't in effect yet, and the people behind MU are being pulled from their home country (outside the jurisdiction of the FBI) and brought to the US where they will be jailed and eventually tried for, again, a law that isn't even a law in the US, let alone anywhere else.

The government believes they can protect themselves and the profits of the corporations by silencing our freedoms and capturing the Internet in the palms of their greedy hands. Either we put a stop to this now, or we suffer the loss of everything we have come to count on as part of our daily lives.

Think about how many times you visit Google or Wikipedia for tidbits of knowledge and research?
How many times do you visit Facebook to check in with your friends?
How often do you check Twitter, Tumblr, etc. to keep up with your followers?
How many hours are spent endlessly searching through the art galleries here at dA or listening to newly-discovered bands you never would've known existed on YouTube?
How many times have you watched a YT video?
How often have you thought or said 'just Google it'?
How many times have you been able to sit awake at 2 AM and search through any website looking through endless streams of information without taking a breath?
How often have you chatted with a person in Japan? Germany? Italy? How often have you become friends with someone you would never know without the Internet?
How many times have you used the Internet to enhance your life by finding friends, getting directions to a new restaurant or an unfamiliar city, to learn about any and every topic, to find your own voice, to speak out, to be creative, to express who you really are, to have conversations with people all over the world without intrusion or monitoring, to be free?

Now, imagine you wake up tomorrow, and every site you once loved has been seized by the FBI.

Fight for your freedoms now, or lose them tomorrow.

From March 1st throught March 31st, do not purchase anything produced by Hollywood. This includes movies, books, video games, TV show box sets, music, comics, etc, and accessories connected to these items such as TVs, DVRs, game systems, etc. Don't even visit the movie theatres.

If we can ban together and show Hollywood that the public is in charge of their profits and if we can make their sales suffer for just ONE month in protest to these bills, we will make our position known.

Do your part! It's simple: don't buy! Spread the word! Tell your friends, family members, etc. to participate, and together, we have a chance.

Don't kid yourself. This is important, and as MU proved, this affects everyone, not just Americans.

For inspiration, here are some more famous views on the topic of freedom:

"There are only two kinds of freedom in the world; the freedom of the rich and powerful, and the freedom of the artist and the monk who renounces possessions."
~Anais Nin

"Any existence deprived of freedom is a kind of death.”
~Gen Michel Aoun

"Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.”
~Benjamin Franklin

"Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”
~Martin Luther King, Jr.

"When decorum is repression, the only dignity free men have is to speak out."
~Abbie Hoffman

"Freedom is the will to be responsible to ourselves."
~Friedrich Nietzsche

"The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission."
~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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GothicShade Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
TheVeR0-1 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
Beautifully written! I am in support of Black March, which will hopefully be painless for me as I am rather strict with my spending. Are you in support of us sending our funds to our fellow supporters? ie website donationsto devy art, random sites we enjoy, indi comic writters that allow our free viewing? Another Devy directed my attention to this mistep and I agree, I don't want to lock down fledgling artists.
aydean Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for reading the description. :thumbsup:

Oh, completely. Black March is just a protest against the big corporations trying to limit our Internet and our freedoms. The typical 'starving artists' don't apply. :] I actually had a discussion with a friend of mine about this. These bills we're fighting are, aside from strong threats to the Internet, supposed to extend the copyright laws to better protect against theft. Problem is, they will only protect copyright owners who have their pockets lined with money and politicans. So dA artists (or any artists for that matter) who create their own works from scratch, own all the copyrights on original pieces of work, and make their living through their art... where's their copyright protection? Why doesn't the government step in to take down sites like ILoveArt (I believe that was the name of it) who horribly and wrongly steal work from others and sell it for outrageous profits?

So, yes, support your starving artists! :] Black March is just a protest against the greedy, filthy-rich corporations trying to limit our freedoms in the name of personal profit.
TheVeR0-1 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Super duper. You are marvelous with words :) I know people can get a little carried away with the 'don't buy ANYTHING!!' It's sometimes a fuzzy line to find on what is appropriate to buy and what should be avoided until March ends. I hope we spread the word enough that this will make the news and make people further aware. Thanks so very much for your reply :boogie:
WheelJackson Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012   General Artist
If these bills were people, I'd have them all thrown out in front of a speeding train.
pacmansonic138 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What about things from Japan (for example: Sonic merchandise)?
aydean Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Since ACTA is up for debate in over 70 countries, Japan could potentially be one of them, which if that's the case, Japan's products are off limits. In fact, one of Japan's largest corporations, Sony, was, last time I checked, in favor of ACTA, so surely Japan as a country will vote on the bill eventually. So the short answer is yes. :] During March, avoid the products made by ANY corporation that's in favor of these bills.
Herman0709 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
I've seen Nintendo didn't accept it, so i can buy a 3DS?
aydean Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why are you people looking for loop-holes? o.O These bills are serious, and you're either against them or not. Last I checked, Nintendo hadn't withdrawn their support from the ESA which is still very much in favor of ACTA. Black March is your decision. If you can't wait 31 days in protest to buy a product, then your priorities are a bit out of order. But it's your decision. That's the beauty of freedom.
lionessgirl2007 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
anyways nothing good is coming out on March :D
so I support Black March :clap:
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