Canada has signed the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement... and I must admit that this makes me fear for this gallery's future.
As you may or may not remember from before, the agreement could have disastrous effects on several factors, from allowing pharmaceuticals to raise prices for medicine, to laws allowing companies to sue countries if their legislation gets in the way of "potential profits". But the scariest part, and the one that affects us all, is the sections on copyright. Fan art itself could be considered a crime under this agreement, and that is true even if the copyright holder doesn't file anything. Here's a brief summary of those little laws:
-Entire families might be kicked off the internet
even if you're just ACCUSED
of breaking copyright.
-Copyright infringement will become a jailable offense
-ISPs will have to monitor its users' Internet activity
in order to enforce these laws, or they could face the risk of being sued.
-Transferring your DVDs to digital, even for personal purposes, can be fined up to 10,000$
-The lasting time of copyrights will be extended to 70 years after the death of the author
before the content falls into public domain, something that could well harm the public domain itself.
-Entire sites may be taken down for copyright infringement.
Youtube and deviantArt, I fear, may be the most likely victims of that.
-Cosplayers, I have bad news for you: cosplaying might become a punishable offense due to copyright.
-Fair use and other protections against copyright will be overriden by the TPP.
-Let's Plays, fan art, video game streaming, and other things we all enjoy and do could become illegal due to copyright.
-Copyright infringement will be punishable EVEN IF THE HOLDER DOES NOT FILE A CRIMINAL COMPLAINT!
So, unless something makes this whole thing crumble to pieces, or the upcoming Canadian elections put a party in power that will oppose the agreement, then I fear that this may be in our future. This means that Wanderers and the Pokémon Nuzlocke will have to be burnt to the ground to avoid getting into potential trouble with the law. The mere prospect simply angers and depresses me because I've spent a lot of time and effort on those things, and to see them become jailable offenses in the name of "potential profits" makes me livid. I mean sure, if it comes down to that, I could probably start a new series that isn't a fan work. But why should I have to give up things that I love for the sake of some corporation? Why should any of us give up drawing characters from shows and games we love, just to serve "potential profits"? Well, I'll tell you this: that's an utter load of bullshit.
To all my Canadian friends here, make sure to make your voice heard in the upcoming elections. Vote for people who won't threaten our hobby. And for the rest of you in countries that will be affected by this treaty, sign petitions, send letters to your representatives. Make yourselves heard. We can't let this pass...
Page 9 of the Nuzlocke is crawling slowly towards the finish line, hoping to release it very soon. But with all this, I'm starting to ponder if I should just not bother...
Here are the sources from the last time I talked about TPP:knowyourmeme.com/memes/events/…
(KnowYourMeme article on TPP. Check the image and video galleries for more info)asia.nikkei.com/Life-Arts/Life…
("Why cosplay fans fear the TPP", Nikkei Asian Review)www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015…
("Secrecy of TPP talks fuels concern about influence of corporate property lobby", The Japan Times)www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNL0mU…
("Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) Awareness", Vinny from Vinesauce)imgur.com/a/KuERk#wIaF3c1
(Imgur album that Vinny from Vinesauce linked in the comment section of his video)