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Foxhelm


Found the show in late 2015, and fell in love with it. I also like D&D (3 and 3.5), Fansty novel and movie, Sci-Fi movies. MarbleMac is Best Ship and Flashlight is a fair second

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Nov
21st
2019

We must stand with our fellow content creators · 5:48am Nov 21st, 2019

It shouldn't surprise anyone but YouTube has done screwed up yet again and it will devastate people's livelihoods.
However, this time it's worse. YouTube has recently lost a case levied against it by the FTC under COPPA. And starting next year, FTC will start enforcing it upon Content Creators that make videos on YouTube. While there are a handful of bad apples, but there are many great YouTubers that due to how COPPA is written would be subject to fines up to $42,000 because their videos have something that Boomers defined as 'For Kids' back in the 90's.

While normally I object to the 'Its the current year' non-argument, but the facts are today in 2019, the things that we enjoyed in the 90's we still enjoy and we want to talk about it and the definitions used in the law as it's written, is so down stream of culture it makes the Nile Delta looks like it's actually part of Lake Victoria.

Hyperbole aside, we have to stand with our fellow content creators on YouTube and dis-sway the FTC from enforcing COPPA on them, when it is YouTube, Google and Alphabet Inc, that broke the law.

Now there is more nuance to it, and I'd recommend doing your own research, but if this gets enforced on the content creators on YouTube, how long it will it be until it is enforced on us?
My reasoning... to quote Martin Niemoller
First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Linked below is a sample of the most articulate comment given to the FTC on the matter, (use it as a template for your own), a link to the FTC site that is collecting comments on what the FTC and the link to the change.org petition

https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=FTC-2019-0054-0001

https://twitter.com/Lockstin/status/1196896423553323008

https://www.change.org/p/youtubers-and-viewers-unite-against-ftc-regulation

And please share this as far and wide as you can.

While COPPA might be a critical law, the content creators that make their livelihood on the internet using YouTube shouldn't have to pay the price for YouTub… No, responsibility goes up, this is Alphabet Inc.'s FUCK up.... beside the point... if we don't stand up with and for these content creators, we will lose our Bronies and Pegisisters that use YouTube to entertain, inform and make ends meet. That means No more Dr. Wolf, Silver Quill, WubCake, DinseyFan23, Commander Firebrand, MagpiePony, Lost Narrator... the list goes on and on.

I leave the ball in your court

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Comments ( 10 )

Okay.
I'm happy you go into more detail rather than just let a video you haven't finished watching speak for you like some others.
And I like the fact you offer us the opportunity to act.
But where would you recommend I sign?
I don't have Twitter (Matter of principle) and I'm a UK citizen so these rules aren't influenced by me.
I don't quite know where to go.

Signed. Will boost after I spread it on Discord.

5158460
Boosted before I left for stuff three hours ago.

5158446
Okay. Signed and donated. Thanks.
Hope it helps.

Unable to donate, but signed. Hopefully it does some good.

5159011
As long as you can boost it by sharing, ever little thing can help

5159019
I saw it's doing awesome so far. It's already a little over half the needed signitures and growing by the second. If it reaches one million (or more even!), do you really think it will affect anything? Will the FTC actually decide to what it requests? They could always just ignore us as whiners. Or do you think that many may lead them to reconsider?

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That's why there are the two other links, one is to please a public comment to the FTC, which they are required by law to read, an a Twitter post of one of the most articulate public comments to be used as a template.
Will it work?
I don't know. What I do know, that if we don't attempt anything, then nothing will happen and it could destroy our fellow Bronies and Pegasisters that make content on YouTube. We have to do something. No matter how daunting.

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