CONGRATULATIONS #1
The gang here at Latin LoBOS send our congratulations to you on reaching the milestone of 1000 issues.
It’s incredible work and we celebrate such a brilliant achievement in which you all should take great pride.  You should take great pride in your continuing commitment to building and supporting the LGBTQI community and your ability to foster new groups such as ourselves.
We thank you and salute you.
— Latin LoBOS
CONGRATULATIONS #2
A hearty congratulations on your 1000th edition from your sister paper down south, Southern Star. We appreciate the ongoing hard work and applaud your commitment to reach out to the Sydney GLBTI community week after week.
It’s a mark of dedication that Sydney Star Observer hasn’t missed a beat in 30 years of publishing a quality newspaper for the broader gay community.
SSO has proven it’s as relevant today as it was 30 years ago — when homosexuality was still illegal — telling the stories that need to be told for our community.
SSO has this year shed light on a number of important issues, including the assault of a gay couple from Blacktown, law changes in all their many forms, the ups and down of Mardi Gras and reporting on the tireless efforts of those in the community wanting to make the world a little more just.
Whether reporting for the grassroots heart of the community or tackling the big issues of the day played out in federal and state Parliaments, SSO is consistently there with the news.
Congratulations on achieving such an impressive milestone and for being a trusted news source for the GLBTI community.
It’s immeasurably important to have an independent voice that speaks to and for the GLBTI community in Sydney.
We raise a glass of bubbly to a prosperous future for SSO Media.
— Southern Star team
STEALING work
I love things for free. But as a content provider and a creator of original artwork and other intellectual property, my copyright protection of my work is paramount. This new party (SSO 999) that proposes to decriminalise non-commercial infringement is my creative and livelihood enemy.
What is non-commercial usage? It’s downloading things for free, it’s using artwork on your sites for free.
It is therefore stealing from the creator(s) who work hard to make these things. If you want it, be prepared to pay for it, or the creators will not be able to survive creating content for nothing in return.
Private usage is how much of the revenue is returned to the creator. If you want to watch a film, see it at the cinema or buy or rent the DVD. Otherwise you are stealing from the creators.
I struggle as it is to get payment for the work I do, that everyone wants for free. It can take days, even weeks, to create some of the artwork that I do. You’d pay a labourer for the time they spend, so you also need to pay those who are creative.
If this party is successful in legalising free peer-to-peer file-sharing of my copyrighted material, all possible revenue for my work disappears. I may not bother making any more art, for I cannot afford to subsidise the theft of my work.
— Jozef

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