Petition to Hasbro, Wizards of the Coast
Fix Wizards of the Coast's treatment of content creating fans
Wizards of the Coast produces some of the best known tabletop games in existence, including the end-all-be-all of nerdiness, Dungeons and Dragons. These games, by their very nature, encourage the fans and player base to create their own content for them, down the the Wizards of the Coast run Dungeon Masters' Guild, a website on which individuals can publish and share their Dungeons and Dragons 5e content. However, behind the seeming benevolence are policies that short these content creators. If you publish character options, stories, or anything else that is D&D related on the DM's Guild, for example, you lose the ability to publish that same content anywhere else - ever - AND anything that anyone else creates that is inspired by that work is also immediately owned by WotC as well. While that might be understandable in spite of how frustrating it is, this just recently came to my attention. While that article is a bit of a monster to read, the important line is this: "Your Fan Content must be free for others (including Wizards) to view, access, share, and use without paying you anything, obtaining your approval, or giving you credit." On the one hand, that initially seems like it might be good. Better art and rules for everyone, right? Except that it screws over the people who create that content. People who depend on the profit that stems from their creation, or who are seeking to increase their name recognition in the industry, essentially have all of the value of their work stolen from them by this single sentence. What this means, assuming that I understand it correctly, is that anyone who has ever published content on the DM's Guild not only can not publish their work where they want, but WotC can publish it whenever and wherever they want, without giving credit - thereby denying us even the ability to have credibility and viability within the industry. Things look even worse for artists. Commissions of D&D characters are basically illegal, or are at best an immense pain to handle without fees and issues. Anything that uses Wizard's intellectual property is equally inaccessible. For some, this undermines their entire creative platform; for others, it renders fan favorite content such as Matthew Mercer's Blood Hunter a tantalizing but off limits treat. All this might still make sense, given that Wizards of the Coast owns the game, except that it violates copyright law. Under copyright law, individuals have the right to create derivative works - things such as fan art and house rules - and have ownership of those works. Not only is WotC outright ignoring this, they make it incredibly oppressive for an individual to call them on it. Quoting the article linked above, "Please don’t pull us into any legal battles! Our lawyers are busy enough. If Wizards of the Coast, our partners, affiliates, or employees get hit with any legal claims, fees, or expenses related to your Fan Content, you’re responsible for paying all of our costs (including attorney’s fees) and any resulting judgment or settlement." That's right, if you call them on this, they make you pay them for it. The long and the short of it is that this needs to stop. People are getting their hard work taken from them, and none of us is individually powerful enough to force a solution for the problem. However, if there's one thing Dungeons and Dragons has taught me, it's that even the smallest heroes can slay dragons when they have time and allies. We can overcome this. Join with me, and let's go slay a dragon.
Petition to Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg
Please permanently remove "Alirras" from Instagram
Many users on Facebook and Instagram know of a user named @Alirras, who is notorious for stealing, lying and harassing users. I've started this petition in hopes to get her permanently removed from Instagram, where she is repeatedly submitting traced and stolen artwork from an artist who goes by the username Dauxycheeks. I have filed copyright complaints against her over 10 times now, all of which has resulted in the content being removed. But still, Instagram continues to let her account remain active, regardless of how many complaints they receive on this user. I am not the only person this user has stolen from, she has multiple posts about her on Facebook regarding the tracing, lying and stealing. She has been permanently banned off multiple websites, including FurAffinity, Amino, IMVU and has even had a few of her Facebook profiles removed. Instagram is the only application I can't seem to get her off of, no matter how many times I e-mail them. I'm tired of having to police her profile, looking for my stolen work and taking time out of my day to have it removed. Artists work hard for what we do, any and all income we get goes to support our every day lives. People that have the audacity to steal and replicate for their own profit, have no business being on any type of social media, until they can learn to have respect for the property of others. This petition will be sent to Mark Zuckerberg, Chairman and CEO of Facebook, who now also owns Instagram. Please sign this petition to help me end this constant headache that has been going on for well over a year now. You can see another post regarding this person here: https://www.facebook.com/Dauxycheeks/posts/387930538305000
Petition to Dakota Badger
Save ATalkingBadger's YouTube Channel
YouTube has put my channel, ATalkingBadger, on death row. It has 7 days before it's taken down. Why you may ask? Because of a handful of videos that I recorded on my cell phone at the Classic West festival in Dodger Stadium and posted to YouTube. No where did it say that recording was prohibited. In fact, they allowed people to bring in their personal cameras. My account is nearly 6 years old and has been growing quickly to 430 subscribers. Recording and sharing these videos to the people who couldn't witness it in person is one of my favorite hobbies. Now, YouTube wants to take that away from me and my subscribers because of 3 strikes that were put on my account from a series of 5 videos from 1 concert. I've had videos like my Original Santana Reunion videos featured by big websites like Ultimate Classic Rock. These videos have brought joy and nostalgia to the many great people that have watched them. Please help me save my channel, ATalkingBadger, from extinction by signing this petition. Hopefully, YouTube can have a change of heart and let me continue to do what I love to do and what hundreds of thousands of people love to watch. Thank you, -ATalkingBadger
Petition to Tammy Baldwin, Ron Johnson, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Pass US Copyright Legislation that Supports Creators, Competition, and Consumers
The United States' current copyright law is too much in the favor of copyright holders. This ends up hurting content creators on websites like YouTube, competitors to copyrighted products, and the average consumer. Content creators have to deal with rampant misuse of DMCA strikes that take down their videos and suppress criticism or review that is legal under fair use. Competitors have difficulty making products to compete with others as the creators of the original product can use the DMCA in their favor to prevent making similar products. The average consumer suffers too with having to purchase the same product multiple times to use it on different platforms and being required to deal with digital rights management and licensing that hurts users that lawfully purchase products and software. To end the woes of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, I am proposing that Congress reintroduces the Digital Millennium Consumer Rights Act into this session and gets it passed. This law will rein in the power held by large copyright holding companies and give it back to those it currently hurts like the average person. Copyright holders have a right to protect their property but US law is currently unfairly in their favor. By sending this petition to Wisconsin Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson, I hope that they bipartisionally will support copyright law reform. Even if they decide to make new copyright law rather than simply reintroduce the DMCRA, that is fine, but action needs to be taken. DMCA reform is essential in a world ever-dependent on creative thinking and technology.