doronjosama: (tenkittenfluff)
Two things:

Thing One: we are leaving for A-Kon today in about an hour or so! Thus, I will have little to no internet access until we come home on Monday. I don't believe the con hotel has free internet in the rooms or anything, so I will be incommunicado until I can get home to my own internets.

Thus, DO NOT PANIC if you can't get in touch with me during this time period. I will return!

Thing Two: [livejournal.com profile] divalea broke the story about TokyoPop's HEINOUS new "contract" for new creators- one that finally pulls away the mask and reveals that yes, they want all rights to your intellectual property and yes, they're willing to patronize and manipulate unwitting talent into giving up those rights. They even want you to give up your moral rights to your work! And hey, it's all written in hip, snappy lingo so as to be "down" with the kids. See, they're not evil, they're fun guys! Fun guys who want all your rights, is all!

THIS IS A BAD THING. Creators should always control their rights! ALWAYS. We creators should not be so desperate to get published that we lose the right to control the things we make. The history of the industry is littered with tales of people who ended up with nothing while large corporations reaped the benefits of their hard work. Many creators died before they were able to regain their rights to the things they created. Terrible deals like this one have existed in comics in every decade, and now, despite the Creators' Rights movements in the 1980's and 1990's, they are trying to make a comeback. It's NOT GOOD.

Read more about this at [livejournal.com profile] divalea's journal, where she is compiling links to other, brilliant commentary. Of special interest: Bryan Lee O'Malley's commentary at his journal, [livejournal.com profile] destroyerzooey and Nick Mamatas' commentary at his journal, [livejournal.com profile] nihilistic_kid. GO! READ!

I sincerely hope that people will pay attention to this, as the last time TP's horrible contracts came up, everyone who pointed out the badness was basically called old, out of touch, and a hater. People lost friendships over it (myself included), but the end result was that all of us "old haters" were right. The industry is now littered with people who were rooked out of their rights by TP or who were screwed over. For every creator who ends up with a decent deal (Svetlana, Rikki and Tavi), there are literally dozens who put their hands on the stove and got burned. Don't get burned. Be smart. Don't sign away your rights.

And above all: if someone, anyone in the comic industry is that keen on taking ALL the rights to your concept/work?! That means it's WORTH SOMETHING. Which means you can make something out of it YOURSELF, and then never have to worry about trying to wrest control back from someone else. Be careful out there.
doronjosama: (Default)
Two things:

Thing One: we are leaving for A-Kon today in about an hour or so! Thus, I will have little to no internet access until we come home on Monday. I don't believe the con hotel has free internet in the rooms or anything, so I will be incommunicado until I can get home to my own internets.

Thus, DO NOT PANIC if you can't get in touch with me during this time period. I will return!

Thing Two: [livejournal.com profile] divalea broke the story about TokyoPop's HEINOUS new "contract" for new creators- one that finally pulls away the mask and reveals that yes, they want all rights to your intellectual property and yes, they're willing to patronize and manipulate unwitting talent into giving up those rights. They even want you to give up your moral rights to your work! And hey, it's all written in hip, snappy lingo so as to be "down" with the kids. See, they're not evil, they're fun guys! Fun guys who want all your rights, is all!

THIS IS A BAD THING. Creators should always control their rights! ALWAYS. We creators should not be so desperate to get published that we lose the right to control the things we make. The history of the industry is littered with tales of people who ended up with nothing while large corporations reaped the benefits of their hard work. Many creators died before they were able to regain their rights to the things they created. Terrible deals like this one have existed in comics in every decade, and now, despite the Creators' Rights movements in the 1980's and 1990's, they are trying to make a comeback. It's NOT GOOD.

Read more about this at [livejournal.com profile] divalea's journal, where she is compiling links to other, brilliant commentary. Of special interest: Bryan Lee O'Malley's commentary at his journal, [livejournal.com profile] destroyerzooey and Nick Mamatas' commentary at his journal, [livejournal.com profile] nihilistic_kid. GO! READ!

I sincerely hope that people will pay attention to this, as the last time TP's horrible contracts came up, everyone who pointed out the badness was basically called old, out of touch, and a hater. People lost friendships over it (myself included), but the end result was that all of us "old haters" were right. The industry is now littered with people who were rooked out of their rights by TP or who were screwed over. For every creator who ends up with a decent deal (Svetlana, Rikki and Tavi), there are literally dozens who put their hands on the stove and got burned. Don't get burned. Be smart. Don't sign away your rights.

And above all: if someone, anyone in the comic industry is that keen on taking ALL the rights to your concept/work?! That means it's WORTH SOMETHING. Which means you can make something out of it YOURSELF, and then never have to worry about trying to wrest control back from someone else. Be careful out there.
doronjosama: (pinhead)
This is a horrible thing to read first thing in the morning.

Connecticut university student fights off one sexual assault, only to be assaulted by a drunken mob as punishment for her actions.

I know I generally steer clear of anything too political in this journal, but this is something I can't ignore. This is absolutely horrible.

Every scrap of rape-prevention advice and information I've ever seen tells women that we should fight back, be loud, learn self-defense, attack our attackers with everything we've got, because that will save us from rape or sexual assault. (And yes, being stripped of clothes in public, dry-humped or groped against your will is a sexual assault and is twenty different kinds of wrong.) Melissa Bruen's horrible experience shows that fighting back doesn't always work. This leaves me wondering what women can do to prevent sexual assault and rape from happening, and it isn't a cheery thought as it seems like nothing will help. And of course, she's already being called a liar and a drama queen which just makes my head explode.

I am so mad now I can't even think straight. It also is very upsetting, because I like men. Most of my friends are men. I'm marrying one. But reading shit like this is irritating, because it makes me fearful and makes me scared of what men are capable of. And I don't like feeling that way, not one bit. I am always aware that I am a tiny woman, and I already keep my head on a swivel all the time if I have to go anywhere alone. I don't like thinking that I am not safe unless I have a male companion/protector with me at all times. I also don't like thinking that women should have to hide themselves away and avoid public places in order to be safe. If we get into that kind of thinking, that men can't be trusted around women at all because it's just their male nature, we might as well get out the burqas and get the purdahs ready. Men are better than that. And women deserve better than that.

I think of all the advances we've had for women in this country and in the world, and then something like this happens, which makes me think that nothing has changed at all.

(Also: creepy aside, when doing a Google search for news stories on public rape cases? Most of the hits that come up are filesharing sites with rape videos, billed as "hot and sexy" pr0n. What the fucking hell?!)

EDIT: [livejournal.com profile] ldragoon has an excellent post about this as well. There's also a lively discussion going on in the comments.
doronjosama: (Default)
This is a horrible thing to read first thing in the morning.

Connecticut university student fights off one sexual assault, only to be assaulted by a drunken mob as punishment for her actions.

I know I generally steer clear of anything too political in this journal, but this is something I can't ignore. This is absolutely horrible.

Every scrap of rape-prevention advice and information I've ever seen tells women that we should fight back, be loud, learn self-defense, attack our attackers with everything we've got, because that will save us from rape or sexual assault. (And yes, being stripped of clothes in public, dry-humped or groped against your will is a sexual assault and is twenty different kinds of wrong.) Melissa Bruen's horrible experience shows that fighting back doesn't always work. This leaves me wondering what women can do to prevent sexual assault and rape from happening, and it isn't a cheery thought as it seems like nothing will help. And of course, she's already being called a liar and a drama queen which just makes my head explode.

I am so mad now I can't even think straight. It also is very upsetting, because I like men. Most of my friends are men. I'm marrying one. But reading shit like this is irritating, because it makes me fearful and makes me scared of what men are capable of. And I don't like feeling that way, not one bit. I am always aware that I am a tiny woman, and I already keep my head on a swivel all the time if I have to go anywhere alone. I don't like thinking that I am not safe unless I have a male companion/protector with me at all times. I also don't like thinking that women should have to hide themselves away and avoid public places in order to be safe. If we get into that kind of thinking, that men can't be trusted around women at all because it's just their male nature, we might as well get out the burqas and get the purdahs ready. Men are better than that. And women deserve better than that.

I think of all the advances we've had for women in this country and in the world, and then something like this happens, which makes me think that nothing has changed at all.

(Also: creepy aside, when doing a Google search for news stories on public rape cases? Most of the hits that come up are filesharing sites with rape videos, billed as "hot and sexy" pr0n. What the fucking hell?!)

EDIT: [livejournal.com profile] ldragoon has an excellent post about this as well. There's also a lively discussion going on in the comments.
doronjosama: (notamused)
Our Visa application for our adult site has been rejected.

Oh, we can get them to accept us- if we remove every depiction of a non-human from our adult site. That means furries, devil girls, angel girls, fairies, elves, robots, androids, aliens and any other mythological or fantasy creature. No non-humans of ANY kind are allowed by Visa.

Which means, the entire site would have to be taken down.

So that's that. We can only get around this if we register for Visa as an EU company. Which, since we're based in Texas, would be applying under fraudulent principles.

So, basically, we're screwed. I spent a ton of time on the phone and aside from the "register from Europe" workaround, there's no other way to get Visa to accept us. Oh, unless we gut the site completely and remove all the content they don't allow.

We also have to take down the page that says we can't accept Visa. Because we can't even mention it unless we are authorized to accept it. EDIT TO ADD: No, we can keep that page up. How nice and generous.

[livejournal.com profile] superhappy, I'd keep an eye out. Visa is tracking down the other sites that already have non-human stuff on it and leaning on CCBill to force their changes through. And last I checked, Slipshine has a ton of elves, dragon girls, non-humans, etc. on there....
doronjosama: (Default)
Our Visa application for our adult site has been rejected.

Oh, we can get them to accept us- if we remove every depiction of a non-human from our adult site. That means furries, devil girls, angel girls, fairies, elves, robots, androids, aliens and any other mythological or fantasy creature. No non-humans of ANY kind are allowed by Visa.

Which means, the entire site would have to be taken down.

So that's that. We can only get around this if we register for Visa as an EU company. Which, since we're based in Texas, would be applying under fraudulent principles.

So, basically, we're screwed. I spent a ton of time on the phone and aside from the "register from Europe" workaround, there's no other way to get Visa to accept us. Oh, unless we gut the site completely and remove all the content they don't allow.

We also have to take down the page that says we can't accept Visa. Because we can't even mention it unless we are authorized to accept it. EDIT TO ADD: No, we can keep that page up. How nice and generous.

[livejournal.com profile] superhappy, I'd keep an eye out. Visa is tracking down the other sites that already have non-human stuff on it and leaning on CCBill to force their changes through. And last I checked, Slipshine has a ton of elves, dragon girls, non-humans, etc. on there....

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