I've been hinting for a while that I wanted to go back to writing for Hetalia, but I've not yet done it because I've been both afraid that I'm not ready and trying to get into writing more original stuff, using fanfic I've written as a springboard.

I've finally decided how I'm going to approach this: Slowly, methodically, and deliberately. I've been away from that fandom for some time--haven't written about it or even talked about it that much. I think I am ready to try to go back, and I have a ground plan:

rules: they're what's for dinner. (...actually I had like eight tablespoons of nutella for dinner) )

So there's that. Now if you'll excuse me, there is a disappointingly mediocre yet somehow intriguing Dragon Ball Z fanfic that I need to start sporking with my inner sociopath goddess.
The Obama Administration is seeking to make illegal streaming a felony.

Let me make one thing clear: I both stream AND buy content. If there's content that's not available via legal channels, I will download a remix, or a fan rendition--I will not download the original unless it is the ONLY way that I can get the works. Even then, I only do it for foreign goods I CANNOT get otherwise--Japanese songs not available on iTunes or Amazon.com, for example. I'd also like to note that there are certain specials/OVAs to series I watch--like Dragon Ball Z--that have not been brought to the states. Online streaming is the only way to watch these. And if I had the money, I'd buy Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt in a heartbeat--and I plan to once I have enough cash scrounged up.

But even then, I acknowledge I'm breaking the law. So why my concern?

Because this might extend to fanworks and online reviewing as well.

Remixes, Abridged Series, and parodies might get sniped by this. Depending on the wording, this might leave a written law ripe for abuse, even within Fair Use. This might stifle fan creativity.

That's enough to cause me concern.

I'll see if I can keep an eye on this and watch how it develops.



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