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Originally posted by [ profile] mclachlan at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by [ profile] summer_skin at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by [ profile] thegrlwhowaited at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by [ profile] brokenheart05 at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by [ profile] ledbylove at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by [ profile] awry at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 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. I don't know if they will crack down on torrents only, or if it is up to the internet provider. I get the sense it is up to the internet provider. So some people could get away with downloading non torrents, while others might get their internet service cut off. I urge you to click it and read, as we all know people who download.

No more downloading eps of your favorite shows for vidding, gifs, or fanfiction art. No more downloading screencaps possibly. I'm so sorry my friends. I don't even know if BT Guard will work to protect you, but I would google it if I were you. It is a professional service that supposedly can protect you from the invasive eyes of your internet provider.

Just, my friends, please make each other aware. Please be aware of the date JULY 12TH. Mark your calendar and double check with your internet provider by then. If you start receiving notices of downloaded activity, this is why. And your internet service could be throttled or cut off.

Fox News confirms this:

Youtube video explaining this:

ETA: Petition for RIAA and the Obama Administration: Stop ISPs from launching a massive copyright spying scheme this July 12th

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Video to download (right click, save target as) With thanks to the original upload provided by 'givemetherope' on Youtube.

A few piccies behind the cut... )
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Originally posted by [ profile] electricdruid at The fiasco continues

ACTA in a Nutshell –

What is ACTA?  ACTA is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. A new intellectual property enforcement treaty being negotiated by the United States, the European Community, Switzerland, and Japan, with Australia, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada recently announcing that they will join in as well.

Why should you care about ACTA? Initial reports indicate that the treaty will have a very broad scope and will involve new tools targeting “Internet distribution and information technology.”

What is the goal of ACTA? Reportedly the goal is to create new legal standards of intellectual property enforcement, as well as increased international cooperation, an example of which would be an increase in information sharing between signatory countries’ law enforcement agencies.

Essential ACTA Resources

  • Read more about ACTA here: ACTA Fact Sheet
  • Read the authentic version of the ACTA text as of 15 April 2011, as finalized by participating countries here: ACTA Finalized Text
  • Follow the history of the treaty’s formation here: ACTA history
  • Read letters from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden wherein he challenges the constitutionality of ACTA: Letter 1 | Letter 2 | Read the Administration’s Response to Wyden’s First Letter here: Response
  • Watch a short informative video on ACTA: ACTA Video
  • Watch a lulzy video on ACTA: Lulzy Video

Say NO to ACTA. It is essential to spread awareness and get the word out on ACTA.

Via Tumblr

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Originally posted by [ profile] obstinatrix at To UK Flisties
Originally posted by [ profile] de_nugis at To UK Flisties
(Taken most recently from [ profile] amber1960, slightly adapted.)

If you're from the UK and you believe in freedom of speech and an uncensored interenet, you really need to sign this petition. There are others floating about, but that particular one is the best way to ensure that your voice gets heard. It's hosted on the directgov website and addresses parliament directly. If it gets more than 100,000 signatures, it becomes eligible for discussion in the House of Commons.

Everyone's been getting so worked up over SOPA -- and rightly so -- that ACTA seems to have slipped under the radar. This is hugely problematic, because ACTA is a similar bill, but it has the potential to be far more damaging than SOPA ever could be.

Some people seem to have this misconception that ACTA is the 'European SOPA', but that simply isn't true. It's a global treaty, and it's already been signed by eight countries, including the US, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore. Europe votes on Thursday. If they vote 'no', the bill will have to be taken back to the drawing board and reformulated, which should buy us some time at the very least.

If you think this doesn't affect you, you're wrong. If ACTA passes, it could well signal the end of the internet as we know it, and that isn't an exaggeration. It's not just about watching movies and television online. If ACTA passes, sites like YouTube, Livejournal, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook and even Google and Wikipedia could become impossible to maintain. ACTA would allow ISPs to monitor your net activity and cut off internet access for your entire household if one person is suspected of breaching copyright. Think Big Brother is Watching. I don't think I need to emphasise just how damaging it can be to be without internet access in this day and age, when we rely so heavily on technology.

It's not only bloggers and fandom that would be affected, either. Small businesses, independent film-makers and unsigned musicians who have previously found their niche online would also suffer hugely, and would be at risk of being bullied into submission by Hollywood and multinational corporations under accusations of copyright infringement. All those artists who found fame by uploading covers of songs to YouTube would never have had the opportunity to do so under ACTA, as those cover versions would be prohibited.

I know the internet has its problems, but to my mind it's the single greatest invention to come out of modern times, and it would be an absolute travesty if we were to lose that now. From a personal point of view, I can't even put into words how important this is to me. I've met some of my closest friends through the internet and online fandom, people whom I would likely never have met without it, and it's given me this amazing social support system. I don't want that to end here, and I want to preserve it for future generations so that they can have the same experience and opportunities I've been given through my online interactions.

I know that opinions on the seriousness of copyright infringement and online piracy vary wildly, but that isn't really the point. Internet giants such as Google are opposed to this bill, and it's pretty safe to say that they're not in favour of copyright infringment, as anyone who's ever had a fanvid taken down from YouTube will be painfully aware. Whatever your stance on copyright, this isn't the way to go about dealing with it. This is dangerous legislation that impeaches on some of our most basic human rights, such as the right to privacy and freedom of speech.

So if you're from the UK, please, please sign the petition. If you hail from elsewhere in the world, there may well be similar movements in your own country, but I think the most effective thing anybody can do right now is to keep talking about this. Talk about it on Livejournal, on Twitter, on Tumblr, on Facebook, and anywhere else you can think of. Make sure this issue is never far from people's minds. The internet is an amazingly powerful tool: let's utilise it while we still have the chance.

Please repost and spread the word :)


Please consider reposting this, especially if you have a large proportion of UK flisties. And please consider spreading the word via other platforms: Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, your own personal network.

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Originally posted by [ profile] digitalwave at Seems I Am Not The Only One...
Originally posted by [ profile] morgandawn at Seems I Am Not The Only One....
...who feels the need to take a break from an increasingly dysfunctional relationship.

We can't usually afford to do much in a given month regardless but I'll gladly save any money we would have spent to help this cause. Megaupload was just the beginning. If we don't make our voices heard now the internet will soon change and it won't be for the better.


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Why, yes, there is.

Meet Dr. Charlie Harris...

Michael Shanks in his role as Charlie Harris in "Saving Hope", which hopefully will be picked up by a U.S. network.

Latest news about the potential series in the usual place.
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So the site is having probs loading - Minions, we are nothing if not dedicated! - so I grabbed the page source code to read the html code of the front page... this is what I got:

Welcome to The Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen.

If we have more than 500 teams, we will be immortalized with an official Guinness World Record!

Sign up now! The Hunt begins on November 18th when we post the list of scavenger hunt items on this site.

If you and your friends want to be on the same team, enter your friends' names on the checkout page.

Otherwise you will be assigned to a team. You have until Wednesday, November 16th, 11:58 pm MDT Moscow Daylight Time.

Join me in breaking a Guinness World Record with actor Misha Collins. We're going to shatter the world record beginning on November 18th!

Step 1: Register at: and join me. Misha promises it will be unlike any other scavenger hunt you've ever seen.

Step 2: Ask your friends, neighbors, grandparents, and pets to register. We need at least 1,000 individual participants to make 500+ teams!

Step 3: Wait for November 18th, 2:12 am MDT Moscow Daylight Time, a.k.a. the beginning of your new life. While you're waiting, repeat step 2.

Here's a download link for the video that was on the site. (Right click, save target as.)

Oh, and there are also links for - those these may not be active yet.

List of Items:
We Are Described By Many:

Now with pretty picture cos finally got it to load! (Click on the pic to get bigger version:

And another one... the rules page:

Go Minions!

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... you know who to call :-)

Yes, you call Jack... Jack O'Brien....

Read more... )

Clips of Michael's very brief scenes - no, seriously, I mean VERY brief scenes - in the usual spot.  Original hi-def mpg files are huge considering the length of the clip, but they are clearer. There are wmv files, too.


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A fandom manifesto. Snagged from [ profile] twisting_vine_x . Originally created by [ profile] hesychasm .

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"Fandom is focus. Fandom is obsession. Fandom is insatiable consumption. Fandom is sitting for hours in front of a TV screen a movie screen a computer screen with a comic book a novel on your lap. Fandom is eyestrain and carpal tunnel syndrome and not enough exercise and staying up way, way past your bedtime.

Fandom is people you don't tell your mother you're meeting. Fandom is people in the closet, people out and proud, people in costumes, people in T-shirts with slogans only fifty others would understand. Fandom is a loud dinner conversation scaring the waiter and every table nearby.

Fandom is you in Germany and me in the US and him in Australia and her in Japan. Fandom is a sofabed in New York, a roadtrip to Oxnard, a friend behind a face in London. Fandom talks past timezones and accents and backgrounds. Fandom is conversation. Communication. Contact.

Fandom is drama. Fandom is melodrama. Fandom is high school. Fandom is Snacky's law and Godwin's law and Murphy's law. Fandom is smarter than you. Fandom is stupider than you. Fandom is five arguments over and over and over again. Fandom is the first time you've ever had them.

Fandom is female. Fandom is male. Fandom lets female play at being male. Fandom bends gender, straight, gay, prude, promiscuous. Fandom is fantasy. Fandom doesn't care about norms or taboos or boundaries. Fandom cares too much about norms and taboos and boundaries.

Fandom is not real life. Fandom is closer than real life. Fandom knows what you're really like in the bedroom. Fandom is how you would never, could never be in the bedroom.

Fandom is shipping, never shipping, het, slash, gen, none of the above, more than the above. Fandom is love for characters you didn't create. Fandom is recreating the characters you didn't create. Fandom is appropriation, subversion, dissension. Fandom is adoration, extrapolation, imitation. Fandom is dissection, criticism, interpretation. Fandom is changing, experimenting, attempting.

Fandom is creating. Fandom is drawing, painting, vidding: nine seasons in four minutes of love. Fandom is words, language, authoring. Fandom is essays, stories, betas, parodies, filks, zines, usenet posts, blog posts, message board posts, emails, chats, petitions, wank, concrit, feedback, recs. Fandom is writing for the first time since you were twelve. Fandom is finally calling yourself a writer.

Fandom is signal and response. Fandom is a stranger moving you to tears, anger, laughter. Fandom is you moving a stranger to speak.

Fandom is distraction. Fandom is endangering your job, your grades, your relationships, your bank account. Fandom gets no work done. Fandom is too much work. Fandom was/is just a phase. Fandom could never be just a phase. Fandom is where you found a friend, a sister, a kindred spirit. Fandom is where you found a talent, a love, a reason.

Fandom is where you found yourself."

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Fandom is a stranger moving you to tears

So, like... right now?
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Absolutely. Freaking. Hillarious.

And if you don't know how to download from YouTube (or can't) and would like a copy of this on your hard drive, right click and save target as on this link. :-)

Castiel - and Misha - you are, as ever, awesome.
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IMDB has been updated with a video clip - a behind-the-scenes look at the second movie Michael's done for the Nasser Entertainment group (cos ya know anybody who can play a bad-guy Russian must be a ring-in for a fluffy Christmas movie, yeah? *g*)

Clip available to download from the usual place ... and here's a few piccies wherein Michael talks about the film...

looks all serious about it...



then gives you a look that says "please, watch my movie"



"Go on... you know you want to... just for me..."



Which, if the marketing department were sensible, is just how they'll sell it. *g*

But I may be biased. *g*



Jun. 8th, 2011 12:15 pm
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Want it too? Go vote on the RIPT Apparel Facebook page for the design:

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"I've always wanted to see Castiel really become a human.... to see what that's like, to totally fall from grace and to experience what it's like to be a human being.... " 

If only TPTB would listen to Misha! (and us!)

(And btw... God I love this man's smile! :-)  )

Good lord, how am I going to last till September. And how will I last through what I suspect what is going to be a crap storyline for Castiel.

(Trying to be hopeful, but have seen so much crap stuff happen to good characters on one too many shows.)


Bring on Divine!

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Thankfully some brilliant person was able to grab and upload the TV Guide Fan Favorite video to youtube, so as a result I was able to grab a copy. For anyone who'd like to save a copy to their hard drive (and doesn't know how to do that from youtube), right click and save target as.

UPDATE: Another fab person uploaded a bigger version of the video clip, just the SPN part. So have uploaded that as well for anyone to download. Again, right click, save target as.

And if you'd like some caps, see below the cut... and click on the pics to get to bigger versions. :-)


Photos behind the cut here! )
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The latest MSOL auction has entered the final stage, with 25 new items uploaded today, including the following:


and more!

Check out the latest items on Page 12 of the current auction; or just skip to eBay. :-)

Bests to all!



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Have added a bunch of photos to MSOL of Michael's general admission Q&A today. He started off by getting on stage with Ben for the last minute or so of Ben's Q&A (which was good - cool dude!) but alas I didn't quite have my camera ready.

But, anywho, here's a couple.... more in the usual spot! :-)




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A very quick update - gotta do the next auction listings!....

Added a few photos from the gold/silver ticket VIP Q&A at the Armageddon Expo in Melbourne today. More to come tomorrow hopefully!


More in the usual spot!



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 A new pic, directly from Michael....  here's a tease, y'all know where to go for the bigger pic. :-)



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