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Now, I'm not minimizing your concerns at all given DA's choice of words on this one, but I'll try to give more context regarding this.

I agree that it isn't theft in the strict sense of the word, the reason why is that only what is legally and materially 
owned can be stolen. To own something you need a legal right claiming PROPERTY. Property can be meaningfully defined only if the owner can enforce the right to exclude others from consumption/use like material objects.

And here I go to the point. People often conflate copying or plagiarizing ideas with theft, in this case and context; digital art theft. Now, this line of reasoning contains a key mistake, and which is made only because of the mistaken presumption that ideas (or digital art being conflated with ideas and physical property) can be subject to the same economic laws as material objects. 

Ideas are non-material "objects" that do not get destroyed when consumed (as opposed to any material object) and whose "production" does not require direct consumption of material inputs (as what economists call "services" do). Therefore, the economic concept of "trade" on which all arguments about the efficiency of "markets" based on well defined property rights, simply cannot be meaningfully applied to ideas, it makes no sense to "steal" an idea, much less stealing digital art in the literal sense.

Of course, recognizing the originator of an idea or a piece of art is a decent thing to do, and taking attribution of another's work is something objectionable at minimum, but by no means can it defined as theft since the original work isn't lost, only copied.

Now here comes the part I disagree about DA's choice of words. It could have been more prudent on their part to differentiate between copying/plagiarizing and theft as the usage of the word implies a loss of property, which doesn't happen when someone copies something else. It was indeed a very poor choice of words as it may sound demeaning given the lack of proper context, which could have been a thousand times better explained, IMO, and of course the purpose of this journal is not to aggravate people, far from it, I understand the concerns derived by their ill-redacted journal, and such concerns are not unwarranted, I don't believe that's the case.

Will I remain here?

Yes, I know I've been on a long hiatus, but I have not forgotten you, I'll be back eventually when my personal issues have been dealt with, hopefully soon. Again, thanks for all your support in these 5 years, I appreciate it.

Cheers.
  • Listening to: The sound of the rain
  • Reading: Nothing ATM
  • Watching: My computer screen
  • Playing: DBZ: Battle of Z
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Beer
Happy holidays to all of you guys watching me, I hope you all had a delicious dinner and a really good time with your friends/family.

Out of curiosity, what you guys had for dinner? I had some raviollis and pork loin. ^^

On a side note, I'm still alive and sorting out some personal issues, I have not abandoned you, more MLP related art is on the way.
  • Listening to: The sound of the rain
  • Reading: My Twitter feed
  • Watching: My computer screen
  • Playing: Ragnarok Odissey ACE
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Indio Beer
I was doing some stuff only to get startled by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake, this is the third one in the last 30 days, damn you nature, you are scary.

Estaba haciendo algunas cosas solo para ser espantado por un temblor de magnitud 6.3, es el tercero en los ultimos 30 días, maldita naturaleza, eres aterradora.
  • Listening to: The sound of the fan in my room
  • Reading: My Twitter feed
  • Watching: My computer screen
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Coca-Cola Light
Nada mejor que empezar el día con un temblor de 7 grados.

Nothing better than starting your day with a magnitude 7 earthquake.
  • Listening to: Damn fireworks wont let me sleep again >:C
  • Reading: My Twitter feed
  • Watching: News
  • Eating: Tamales
  • Drinking: Coca-Cola
Happy New Year! I hope you have a fantastic year. 

I've been more busy than I anticipated, so I haven't been able to upload anything yet. No worries, I now have enough free time to finish some stuff I want to upload.
  • Listening to: Damn fireworks wont let me sleep again >:C
  • Reading: Stephen King's IT
  • Playing: Unreal Tournament 2004
  • Drinking: Beer
Well, happy holidays to all my good friends! 

I hope you had a delicious dinner, a good time with friends and family.

P.S. Still working on more Diablo Ponies and regular vectors, stay tuned.
  • Listening to: Damn fireworks wont let me sleep >:C
  • Reading: No new books for now
  • Playing: Unreal Tournament: GotY Edition
  • Eating: Spaghetti
  • Drinking: Beer

As many of my awesome watchers probably have noticed, I haven't uploaded anything in a while. I've been under a lot of pressure because I'm involved in a big advertisement campagin, so I've been really busy and without free time to upload anything.

Good news is that the project I'm working on ends this weekend, so I'll have more free time after sunday. :D

MLD is not dead yet, I'll continue to ponify Diablo characters and do other MLP related vector artwork, and expect a few surprises in the future as well. :D

In other news, for those of you who liked my pony bases, I'll upload the original vector files, wether its .ai or .eps formats in order for you to have a fully editable base to make your OC's.

Also, I'm starting to seriously consider to accept comissions and requests, I still haven't decided on that one yet, but when I decide I'll post another journal entry, so stay tunned.

And finally!

Thank you very much for your support, I appreciate it, see you soon with more artwork! :D
  • Listening to: Any kind of music is fine
  • Reading: Stephen King's IT
  • Watching: MLP: FiM, L&O SVU & LA, House MD
  • Playing: Diablo III, All Stars Battle Royale (PS Vita)
  • Eating: Churrumais
  • Drinking: Coca-Cola Light
Happey new year to all my dear friends, thanks for all your support during all this time, I wish you the best, have a good year!
  • Listening to: Any kind of music is fine
  • Reading: Stephen King's IT
  • Watching: MLP: FiM, L&O SVU & LA, House MD
  • Playing: Diablo III, All Stars Battle Royale (PS Vita)
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Vodka and lemon soda
So yeah, this year has been an interesting and awesome year, and I want to say thanks to you my friends, thanks for all your support, I really appreciate it. More works are on the way so stay tunned.

Happy holidays to all my dear friends, I wish you the best.
  • Listening to: Any kind of music is fine
  • Reading: Stephen King's IT
  • Watching: MLP: FiM, L&O SVU & LA, House MD
  • Playing: Diablo III
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Coca-Cola Light
"After historic Internet protests in January the SOPA anti-piracy bill was defeated. However, this week several reports have pointed to a rather unfortunate SOPA comeback. Not in Congress, but as a nasty cryptovirus that locks up people's computers and accuses them of distributing copyright infringing files. Infected users can get their data back after a payment of $200 – at least, that's what the virus makers promise."

As a result, the SOPA virus holds all files on the host computer ransom.

"Your computer is locked!" the splash screen above warns, adding:

If you see a warning.txt or warning screen, it means your IP address was included in S.O.P.A. Black List. One or more of the following items were made from your PC:

1. Downloading or distributing audio or video files protected by Copyright Law.
2. Downloading or distributing illegal content (child porn, phishing software, etc.)
3. Downloading or distributing Software protected by Copyright Law.

As a result of these infringements based on Stop Online Piracy Act (H.R. 3261) your PC and files are now blocked.

The SOPA virus is so-called ransomware, meaning that it holds computers hostage and only promises to free data after victims hand over cash. In the U.S. and Canada people are instructed to pay with a MoneyPak prepaid voucher, and in other parts of the world they can use Western Union.

Those who don't pay within three days are in trouble, the virus maker warns.

"WARNING!!!: If you don't pay the fine within 72 HOURS at the amount of 200 USD, all your computer data will be erased."

People who are affected should of course ignore all the above. Searching online for "Stop Online Piracy Automatic Protection System Removal"" is a better option, there are plenty of ways to defeat the resurrected SOPA and get your data back.

Source:

TorrentFreak, torrentfreak.com/sopa-is-back-…

Also, 3 "must have" links in order to get informed and preventing to get infected with this virus, also with instructions on how to delete it:

www.fixpcyourself.com/how-to-g… FixPCYourself
www.im-infected.com/ransomware… Im-Infected
www.cleanpcguide.com/remove-st… CleanPCGuide

Please my dear friends, spread this info, tell your family/friends, keep your antivirus programs up to date, get a good malware/spyware removal tool.

PS. More MLD artwork is coming soon, stay tuned, peace out.
  • Listening to: Any kind of music is fine
  • Reading: A lot of things right now
  • Watching: MLP: FiM, L&O SVU & LA, House MD
  • Playing: Diablo III
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Coca-Cola Light
Attention to all Skype users, a new malware is spreading through skype.

"It's Monday morning and the bleary-eyed start of a new week. Criminals are taking advantage of our post-weekend lassitude by starting a Skype based campaign aimed at spreading malicious software.

Many users have reported receiving messages from friends in their Skype contact lists. So far, socially-engineered messages have been seen in both English and (Bavarian accented (seems my German accent recognition is way off "Moin" is north German, thanks guys )) German, saying either:

"lol is this your new profile pic? h__p://goo.gl/{BLOCKED}5q1sx?img=username"

or

"moin, kaum zu glauben was für schöne fotos von dir auf deinem profil h__p://goo.gl/{BLOCKED}5q1sx?img=username"

Regardless of the language used, the link is the same, although of course this can easily be modified. The shortened URL eventually redirects to a download on hotfile.com which pulls down an archive named "Skype_todaysdate.zip" containing a single executable file of the same name. We detect this initial downloader as TROJ_DLOADER.IF

The executable installs a variant of the Dorkbot worm, detected as WORM_DORKBOT.IF or WORM_DORKBOT.DN respectively. On installation, this worm may initiate large scale click-fraud activity on each compromised machine, recruiting it into a botnet."

So basically, DO NOT click on suspicious links posted on skype, always ask your contacts if they sent you a link.

Sources:

countermeasures.trendmicro.eu/… Counter Measures Trend Micro
www.microsoft.com/security/por… Microsoft

Have a nice day!

P.S. I'll continue with My Little Diablo artwork when I have more free time.
  • Listening to: Any kind of music is fine
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  • Watching: MLP: FiM, L&O SVU & LA, House MD
  • Playing: Diablo III
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Coca-Cola Light
I was checking my usual news websites when I found this one via TechDirt.

"Trojan Author Includes Integrated Chat, Challenges Security Researchers Digging Through His Code."

"Here's a fascinating story, found via Boing Boing, of some malware (a password stealing trojan targeting Diablo III players) that included some sort of integrated chat function, which the researchers at AVG only noticed when the hacker reached out to them while they were searching through his code."

As many of you already know there are hackers going after D3 account and passwords, although every online gamer knows, one must be aware of suspicious links and stuff, and I think this might be useful to know.

Source, techdirt.com: www.techdirt.com/articles/2012…
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  • Reading: A lot of things right now
  • Watching: MLP: FiM, L&O SVU & LA, House MD
  • Playing: Diablo III
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Coca-Cola Light
Hello there my dear watchers, I have not upploaded anything in a while because I've been experiencing a lot of technical and personal difficulties, but mostly technical stuff, fortunately, all will be fixed soon, and I'll continue my work on My Little Diablo crossover drawings and other Pony related stuff soon, so, be patient, I'm still alive and kicking, expect more cool stuff in the future.

Peace.
  • Listening to: Any kind of music is fine
  • Reading: A lot of things right now
  • Watching: MLP: FiM, L&O SVU & LA, House MD
  • Playing: Quake Live
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Coca-Cola Light
Thanks to all the people who shows their support by posting my Diablo Ponies on Equestria Daily.

www.equestriadaily.com/2012/03… Drawfriend Stuff #379

My most sincere thanks to all of you! More stuff will come in the future.

Peace.
  • Listening to: Any kind of music is fine
  • Reading: A lot of things right now
  • Watching: MLP: FiM, L&O SVU & LA, House MD
  • Playing: Phantasy Star Portable 2
  • Eating: Chips Ahoy
  • Drinking: Coca-Cola
Hi there!

I've been having problems with DA lately, it seems there is a bug going on, the zoom option of any image is not working properly for me, every time I click on any image, it only zooms partialy and then I cannot zoom it to full size nor zoom back to the original size.

I don't know if anyone else is having the same problem, I tried on Firefox and Chrome and the same happened on both explorers.

So, my question is; Is someone else experiencing the same problem?

Thanks!
  • Listening to: Any kind of music is fine
  • Reading: A lot of things right now
  • Watching: MLP: FiM, L&O SVU & LA, House MD
  • Playing: Phantasy Star Portable 2
  • Eating: Chips Ahoy
  • Drinking: Coca-Cola
Well, I'm back from strike, a little bit late :D (yeah, like 8 hours late!).

Regarding this SOPA/PIPA blackout, I bring very intersting news for every one.

First and most important, PIPA opposition on senate is growing, several senators are coming up against PIPA, thats a good thing, but the pressure must continue.

"PIPA support collapses, with 13 new Senators opposed."

These 13 join a handful of others, including Jerry Moran (R-KS), Rand Paul (R-KY), Mark Warner (D-VA), and Ron Wyden (D-OR), who have already announced their opposition.

The article can be found here: arstechnica.com/tech-policy/ne…

So far, in the last 2 days, more than 15 senators came out against PIPA.


Second one is interesting, laughable and perhaps a stomach turning one;

"Hollywood fights Internet protests with... TV ad, billboard, radio spot."

Article can be foun here: arstechnica.com/tech-policy/ne…

The entertainment plutocrats are desperate, since they responded to the massive blackout with those laughable apeals to "moral", I cannot describe them in any other way.

Unless you have a strong stomach, you probably wouldn't want to watch the video embeded in the article. :P

Well, that's all for the moment, I'll try to be updating this as much as I can in order to bring you relevant news about SOPA/PIPA.

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For more information on SOPA/PIPA go to:

americancensorship.org/ Stop American Censorship.
sopastrike.com/ SOPA/PIPA Strike.
fightforthefuture.org/ Fight for the Future.
demandprogress.org/ Demand Progress.
www.dontcensorthenet.com/ Don't censor the Net.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedi… SOPA/PIPA blackout on Wikipedia.
stopthewall.us/ Stop the Wall.
www.google.com/landing/takeact… Google Take Action, End Piracy, Not Liberty.

If you live in the US, please, contact your representatives.

"Lex Malla, Lex Nulla" A bad law is not a law.

Peace.
  • Listening to: Any kind of music is fine
  • Reading: A lot of things right now
  • Watching: MLP: FiM, L&O SVU & LA, House MD
  • Playing: Phantasy Star Portable 2
  • Eating: Chips Ahoy
  • Drinking: Coca-Cola
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"This account will remain silent on #J18 January 18th, 8am-8pm (EST) as a protest against SOPA/PIPA."

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For more information go to:

americancensorship.org/ Stop American Censorship.
sopastrike.com/ SOPA/PIPA Strike.
fightforthefuture.org/ Fight for the Future.
demandprogress.org/ Demand Progress.
www.dontcensorthenet.com/ Don't censor the Net.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedi… SOPA/PIPA blackout on Wikipedia.
stopthewall.us/ Stop the Wall.
www.google.com/landing/takeact… Google Take Action, End Piracy, Not Liberty.

Blackout avatar made by Trudos: trudos.deviantart.com/art/dA-B…
Non-premium journal blackout mode by aLeoneLiax: aleoneliax.deviantart.com/jour…

If you live in the US, please, contact your representatives.

"Lex Malla, Lex Nulla" A bad law is not a law.

Peace.
  • Listening to: Any kind of music is fine
  • Reading: A lot of things right now
  • Watching: MLP: FiM, L&O SVU & LA, House MD
  • Playing: Phantasy Star Portable 2
  • Drinking: Coca-Cola
Hello there my friends on DA, I know that some of us have been worried about this SOPA bill thing, and I found these videos:

Mike Mozart (JeepersMedia): www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJIuYg… little bit conspiranoic but contains VERY useful information).
John Bain (TotalBiscuit): www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhwuXN…
Another from John Bain (TotalBiscuit): www.youtube.com/watch?v=HriNzs…

Spread the word, mirror these videos, and for those in the US, write to your representatives, we MUST do whatever it is in our hands to stop SOPA from being approved.

Also please take your time to visit these, they got useful information to increase the awareness of this bill:

onecandleinthedark.blogspot.co…
www.filmon.com/cbsyousuck/
lcmozing.tumblr.com/
articles.businessinsider.com/2…
secure.avaaz.org/en/save_the_i…

I really hope that this nonsensical law does not pass, all the pages we like could be shut down, yeah, Deviant Art included, we wont be able to upload artwork, fanfics, etc., even if we dont make profit from it, they will consider it a copyright infrigement, and the worst part is that you can do jail time because of it, and it does not matter ir you are not in the US, this law WILL affect pretty much everyone (see videos)

Spread the word, spread this links, SOPA must NOT pass!

Although, I'm really pessimistic about this, I'm even thinking about stop uploading art..., but I have to say that even if DA gets blocked if this SOPA bill passes, I had a great time here, I met wonderful people, and had a lot of fun :D.

Comments, suggestions, opinions, etc., are greatly appreciated.

Peace, and thanks for your time.

UPDATE:

Good news, Conservatives are lining up in opposition to SOPA! I hope this is a good sign, it seems that the opposition is growing.

arstechnica.com/tech-policy/ne…
www.redstate.com/erick/2011/12…
www.infowars.com/the-tide-is-t…
www.digitaljournal.com/article…

UPDATE:

Lobby shops mistakenly listed as SOPA supporters. It seems that several law firms were listed as SOPA supporters, but that is not true.

Quote: "Several prominent law and lobbying firms found themselves in a decidedly un-festive mood Friday when told the House Judiciary Committee listed them in official documents as supporters of the contentious Stop Online Piracy Act."
Quote: "Officials at two other firms named in the original document confirmed that their organizations do not and have never supported SOPA"

www.politico.com/news/stories/…
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