Article 15 and 17

This is going to be an odd post for me, since technically, this shouldn’t affect me as this site is pitifully small and probably doesn’t get that much traffic anymore. I mean, why come here when I barely post anymore? lol

Alright, I’ve been saying I want to revamp this site and at some point, I will. What I’ll probably end up doing is just nuking the entire site and starting from a newly formed blog and then start doing whatever. This is the most likely thing that’s going to happen. But for now, let’s get to the main point I’ll be making.

As I said, the EU Articles 15 and 17, dubbed “Link Tax” and “Upload Filter” respectively, were the old Article 11 and 13 before the vote was finalized and passed. With quite a large margin for compared to against. You can find more on this article from TorrentFreak. So what does that mean for my site? Well… this may be extreme, but I am contemplating on blocking all EU member states from visiting this site. This may not matter too much considering that VPN’s are quite a thing now-a-days, but at the same time, I’ve not decided.

On a technicality, I live in the US. The website is in the US. I abide by local laws, Texas state laws, and US federal laws where I am personally located. EU laws should have no bearing on me whatsoever and should, in theory, have no legal justification on me. Same could be said in regards to GDPR that was passed a while back. I may see about talking to various people to see about getting advice on what it actually would mean for me since all I would really plan to do is just random rambles, maybe just a place to outline story ideas, anime/manga reviews, or crap like that.

That’s basically how I feel for now. So, a potential block of all EU users could occur, because copyright is a massively messy thing that I don’t want to have to legally deal with and… ugh, its just such a freakin’ mess. And anyone wonders why I won’t upload Youtube videos anymore… Eventually its just going to get to a point that we’d have to get permission from like 10 different entities because every small portion is copyrighted to some degree by different lawyers and thus have to get a license for every minor thing just to post one thing. I mean seriously, who in their right mind is going to go through that kind of trouble?

To put it blunt: Fuck Copyright. Fuck RIAA. Fuck MPAA. Fuck Hollywood. If it were me, I’d completely tear Copyright apart, abolish the entire law. Make a Copyright 2.0 law that fits with modern society that guarantees protection for 14 years, with a one-time extension of another 14 years. After that, your work is forced into public domain so people can improve on the original concept. But during the protection, one would have full access to the law behind them to protect their works in the meantime.

And for the record, any work that would have been under the old law would still apply. So, any works made while the old law was in force, would retain protection for however many generations of people that get fucked over by over-staying copyright laws. It would only apply to newly created works so that innovation can continue to move forward, instead of backward.

This was my rant for the day.

Sad Story For a Great Manga

Do y’all remember a long time ago when I posted about backing up a particular manga series? You know, for Kodomo no Jikan. Yeah, that one… Well, for those not aware, I’ll summarize.
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Future of ShadowHime

I think I got a better idea of what I want to do with the site.

I’m still going to keep a limited IRC presence here, but its more of a front for my bots I run which I need to re-do that page anyway; and set up a CRON again… I hate CRON btw.

Anyway, the idea I’m thinking is to basically wipe everything about the now-defunct IRC Server I used to run that went absolutely nowhere. About the only mentions of IRC after the revamp will be reduced to just about the XDCC bots really for Exiled-Destiny. The purpose I’m probably going to use this blog for is to qwip about things online, what I’m doing, post my thoughts on anime and games probably; so I’ll still be around here, but not what one would think.

I’ll also be posting some information on projects I’m working on for said games too, like the one I’m working on for Moero Chronicle for instance. The Twitter account will remain, I’ll probably just change up a detail or two or something; or I may change it over to the main twitter account I use which is @TwinShadow_SH. (TwinShadow was taken, so.. yeah)

So, in short:

  • Total revamp of the blog.
  • Removal of about 90% of IRC mentions. (I’ve gotten a couple emails recently about them, which is weird..)
  • New logo.
  • Brand new theme. (I’m exploring options of premium themes, but I may stick to the current one, but actually purchase it because I LOVE it that much.. However, if I find a suitable dark theme, I’ll look at it.)
  • Among other things.

There you have it. I’ve left this blog alone for so long that its about time I did something again. Maybe make it a fun side-project because I do want to do something for this site again and be able to link to it again.

Recent Site Downtime

Apologies for the recent downtime. For some reason, something got knocked off and the blog couldn’t connect to the database. Oh well, that gave me an opportunity to change it to something much stronger since apparently.. it was stupid weak…… Yeah yeah, I know. I learned my ways now.

Anyway, site is back up and operational. Mostly as a placeholder for now until I feel like actually doing something with ShadowHime again. I don’t know what I want to do with the site or just do something entirely different from the ground up or something. I have no clue…

IRC Down

I’ve been contemplating this for a while on this, but since no one really comes into the server anymore, I may as well go ahead and shut it down. Probably permanently this time around.

Mashiro will continue as always, just the ShadowHime IRC servers are going down is all.

Mashiro 2.0 Is Here!

That’s right folks, Mashiro 2.0 is live! I need to update the packlist actually.. just /lazy.

So what does that mean for the IRC server? Well, I honestly have been pretty busy the last few days, especially with some unexpected expenses I wasn’t counting on, so I had to get those taken care of. With them out of the way, I’ll be able to focus on getting the IRC stuff transferred over. I’m also going to do some much needed updates as well, but I won’t divulge that info since its mostly just internal stuff and operator-related things. That’s the bit that will take most of my time.

I’ll make an update when I have more info available to give.

BTW, back this already: Kodomo no Jikan is coming! =P