Free Internet by Facebook.. Wow.. But Really.. has Net Neutrality gone for a Toss?

This was the questionnaire that i had posted to Facebook’s blog site. I am not very optimistic about a response, but if i do get one, i shall share it here.

“Hi, I am a researcher working on various aspects of the evolving Internet ecosystem. I am sure, that you would have come across this question several times, but, I would like a response from the aspect of Net Neutrality. Is Facebook really promoting and providing free Internet to millions, or is it simply promoting itself? The definition of the Internet, should clearly be, free and Fair access to any website, chosen by an individual, but Facebook clearly isn’t doing the same. It would have made sense if Facebook had indeed made the entire Internet free, or at subsidised costs, without any bias, with users having equal access to any service of their choice. But, that clearly doesn’t seem to be the case.

For instance, I use a competitor to Hungama for my music listening services, but if i switch to your so called ‘Internet.org”, i will have to pay for it. Then, how is this fair and how is this making the Internet available to millions, when the basic rules of Net neutrality have been thumped for a toss? I hope i do get a response.

Read the original Facebook post here., and look at this quote, from that post.

“Today, Facebook and Reliance Communications are making the internet (few websites only, including Facebook, off course) available to millions of people in India through the launch of the Internet.org app and free basic services. This is the first time the Internet.org app will be available in the region.”

FB2

 

P.S : Having made a nice big rant, and although, I do not stand for it, I have long believed that Net Neutrality is not at all viable in the long term, atleast not in India. And this is just a classic example, possibly. And i think, the strongest villain in this debate is the Elephant in the Room, Video, who hardly features in such topics of ‘Net Neutrality’ discussion. This will call for a seperate post. Hope you like the post.

 

 

 

 

 

Understanding ‘Internet Piracy’ concepts via Our Own Tamil Cinema..

One of the feedbacks that I had recently got from a respected individual is that , he had given me was that the blog was too technical and difficult to grasp from a common man’s view point. I agree. I had planned that the English version be a little more technical, but the Tamil translation to be a diluted version and talking in even more layman terms. So, keeping this in mind, i have decided to do a simple illustration to explain a concept, which i have spoken in another Video. I am trying to explain, How Decentralisation of the Internet largely benefits Piracy. I have also added the ‘Ramana’ Footage for Reference.

 

Ramana_Centralised

 

So, as the Yugi Character mentions, you can see in the Image that probably Kumaresan and Zakir Hussain probably don’t know each other, yet there is a centralized node that connects both of them, without themselves knowing each other. The centralized Node ( Professor Ramana) instructs them and is clearly hierrarchially much higher than the others. So, a collapse of the Central Node, will destroy the system, so, by tracking the smaller nodes and mapping them together, eventually, Professor Ramana comes out and reveals himself and with that the ACF network collapses, which is what the conclusion of the movie, also is.

Unfortunately, the Movie industry may have wished that Piracy and Internet Piracy in particular worked in this fashion. Sadly, it is not. It works in an entirely de-centralized fashion, something like this.

Ramana_Decentralised

 

You can see in this kind of network architecture, again Possibly, Kumaresan and Zakir Hussain do not know each other. They may not even know Professor Ramana, because, each node can independently operate on its own, yet seek support from its nearest node. Typically beyond one or two levels, communication is not accessible for a single node.  The advantage of this system in the context of Piracy, is that there is no single Professor Ramana here. Even Zakir Hussain and Kumaresan themselves have the power of Professor Ramana. Zakir Hussain, Kumaresan, Ramana and everyone in the network may be doing more or less the same kind of work. So, at some level, they act as competitors, yet they also share knowledge and common resources, which are distributed, so that, there is no single point of failure.

The typical pattern that we see is by the time, Law and Enforcement catches up with one or two nodes, hundreds of new nodes are created else where. More over, a single node may himself not know beyond one or two nodes himself, so, this complicates the situation, even more.

 

 

Digital Rights Management and its impact in the Current ‘CopyRight-Piracy’ Conflict..

The first half of the decade, the years 2000-2006 were the years where the legitimate industry bore the brunt of the Piracy onslaught. The legitimate industry simply was too confused as changes were happening at such a rapid level and ordinary users were getting sucked into Piracy, at a growth rate, possibly never seen much, before by mankind.

At that point in time, The industry itself was internally faced by several dilemmas, themselves. It could never bring itself to the fact that things (or media) could be sold entirely in a digital format and believed that users must and should consume legitimate physical products and it was much more legal and ethical. But it failed to realize that content entirely digital had a certain convenience that physical did not provide.

Another possible reason was that physical sales, in the short term were still not being impacted, and switching entirely to digital could hurt physical sales. This dilemma continues even today, and exists in various forms, when one sees the over all ‘Copyright-Piracy’ conflict. This particular issue, i like to refer to as a ‘Seesaw Conundrum’ ( when you try to raise one end for a benefit, you end up losing something on another side). The ‘SeeSaw conundrum‘ in itself, i see as part of a larger ‘External Variable conundrum‘, a phenomenon that is beyond control of an individual or an organization and happens due to the totally diverse and potentially overlapping regions of the Internet.

Another problem faced by the Industry was that if it even decided to move towards a ‘Digital’ only model, as most of them have today, there were no proper digital payment infrastructure in the banking and Economic transaction system, as stable and relatively secure as we see today. Following 2006, Piracy continued to grow even faster, especially when Internet Piracy began to outclass traditional Disc based piracy, but by then the Industry had overcome the early shock and had produced several limited counter attacks and potential ‘Revenue generative’ attempts to fight Piracy on price. While most of them may have produced ‘short term results’, several of them have sunk and are slowly being lost to obscurity.

But amidst all this, one move seems to be clearly one of the tools that the ‘Copyright Industry’ will use as a weapon which is already in contemporary use and which is out to stay in the long term. Although DRM can be used for multiple applications including Audio* and Video**, it is primarily associated with Books.

So, this blog post will focus primarily on how DRM is applied to Books, and try to dissect its role in the phenomenon. Back then, even in the Analog world, Books were duplicated, some through Xerox and some through cheap copies. But the economics of that time meant that only ‘Best sellers’ were likely sold through such counterfeit books. This phenomenon even continues to this day, and one can find cheap copies of such books in M.G.Road or majestic circle. They cost typically around Rs.50-100 and are quite cheap when compared to an original book. The quality of print and paper is typically very poor, and is virtually uncomparable to an original.

But the rate and scale of copying offered by Digital Technology and the sharing infrastructure that the Internet enabled made this a much more serious issue. In all fairness, Book Piracy was relatively low in the ‘2000-06′ era and the brunt was borne by the Movie and the Music Industry. This could be explained by a simple logic that the hardware form factors – be it a Desktop or a Laptop were not suited to reading Books, unlike today’s Ereaders or Tablets.

If one looks at most of the research done over the Internet after spending possibly millions of dollars – inevitably, most of them draw one of these two conclusions – “Piracy boosts Legal sales’, or ‘Piracy destroys Legal sales and costs millions of jobs and millions of dollars in taxes to the Government”. This loop goes on with each new research trying to outprove, its counterpart’s conclusions.

But in an era of 2000-06, it may have made some sense, for the ‘Pro Piracy’ advocates, who said that Pirating book users go on and buy legitimate physical books, because the Pirated copy allowed them to read a sample. The logic may have held water back then. There were also links that this famous author advocated Piracy and said that it boosted his sales. ( I believe it is his official blog).

But today, in a world of EReaders, Tablets and Kindles, it is that much more likely that a pirating Ebook user would pay to buy physical content, because in many ways, the digital experience is much more convenient than the physical one, and how many would want to buy a physical one, which is less convenient, when they get the more convenient digital version for free?

So, this is where DRM comes in. It relies on a logic that a pirated copy will originate from a unencrypted legal Ebook copy, and that is why it needs to have some measures to avoid copy. The logic is good at one level, but fails, because unlike its other cousins, which have almost long since and almost are on the fringe of abandoning physical products, physical books still hold ground. Maybe, there is really is something about Paper.

So, DRM technically stops or makes it difficult for a legal Ebook to be duplicated and pirated, but there is no proven theory that it helps boosts book sales. It is just a ‘Piracy Stopper’, but in no way, unlike say ‘Saavn’ or ‘Moser Baer’ , a revenue generator, which by themselves, become ‘Piracy Stoppers’.

While DRM has to protect the rights of the Copyright Holder by preventing duplication of digital copies, it also has to protect the rights of the buyer, many of whom want the freedoms and flexibility that physical books offer them. So, DRM has to balance the needs of both users. So, let us see, how this works out in today’s Digital ECommerce, App Ecosystem and the Cloud.

 

#1

Depending on the case, a user may have permanent or temporary access to a Ebook. A user may choose to permanently purchase a copy of a book via Amazon Kindle or Google Play. This entitles them to access the book through their own various stock clients across multiple Operating Systems that ‘sync’ information about the book’s position and gives the user a seamless experience. Another alternative application that DRM offers is similar to renting a physical book from a library. While I am unaware if this feature is available through traditional Ebook stores, it is available if you are a member of the British Library.

Once you pay for an online membership( The Library has several schemes that allow users to rent Physical Books, Optical Media like DVDs, Magazines, Children’s comics etc), the British Library gives the user, the availability of Ebooks that can be rented. The user can choose the book, and click download and which leads to a temporary file that contain metadata like the Date Of Download. This Temporary file can be opened in an ‘Adobe Digital Editions’ Application ( the normal Adobe Reader won’t work), which reads the details in the file and starts the download process of the file. The user will also need to have a registered ‘Adobe Account’. The file is downloaded and can be seen and viewed in the Adobe Digital Editions Application like a normal PDF. The only difference is that after the period ( typically 14 days), the file will stop working, and the user will have to repeat the original process and get a new rental key from the British Library server.

#2

Once the book is purchased, the user can download the book offline on the client. In most cases, a copy of the most updated version of the book rests on the Service’s server. The user has the option to add Annotations, while some services offer a ‘One Touch’ integration to share select ‘quotes’ directly on Twitter and Facebook. The Kindle Edition also offers a direct integration with the Book Review and Dedicated Book Social Media website – Good Reads (?)

#3

once the book is downloaded and authenticated, users can add their notes, bookmarks and highlights. Although, the device gives the appearance of over the top, imprints, it is a digital mirage. The device handles both these info seperately, and only momentarily places the annotations at specific co-ordinates over the book. This is the reason, why an Annotation made in 1 client, when sync’d over the cloud, can be deleted over the other. Users who use the ‘Image Annotation’ Feature in Evernote/Skitch across multiple devices can also understand this concept better.

Citing from the book, Multimedia Systems Design by Prabhat.K.Andleigh & Kiran Thakrar  – “Image Annotation can be performed in one of the two ways ; as a text file stored along with the image or as a small image stored within the original image. The annotation is over layed over the original image for display purposes. While this may sound simple enough, it is not without complication. It requires tracking multiple image components associated with a single page, decompressing all of them, and ensuring correct spatial alignment as they are overlayed.” 

Once this process is done, the annotated book is sync’d across the cloud. The details of the book can be download on another client via the same process. So, now having described a simple technically on how DRM works, let us consider a Socio-Ethical Debate on where DRM lies today. As with almost every technical development over the Internet, there are Pros and Cons.

#4

 

As you can see from the graph, the first function that any paying user wishes to have is that all his rights of an Analog book should be translatable in a digital version. The advantages that Digital Technology provides over Analog should be fully available, without any hassles.

  1. For instance, Digital Technology easily allows the ‘Copying of Text’ for citation purposes much more easily rather than Physical Text.
  2. Digital Technology allows the possibility of ‘Text to Speech’ which can particularly be useful for people with special ‘Attention, Viewing and Reading Difficulties”.

On the other side, DRM’s main function is to Stop a legal copy being Pirated. Although, there are other ways how Pirated copies will come out, as explained below, and which is way beyond the scope for DRM to help.

So, in addressing both these world’s, where does DRM fail or where does it Win? Let us consider a small example, of a book that i purchased?

1. Copying of Text – “The need to resort to a song in a given situation is perhaps a continuation of a literature-oriented aesthetic where versification or poetry…” This is a citation from one of the books that i am currently reading. ‘The Eye of the Serpent – An Introduction to Tamil Cinema by Theodore Baskaran”. While the app allows me, a paid user to copy a citation ( which is about 1-2 paragraphs into Evernote, which i index with other data), the app limits the copy to a mere 140 characters. The larger irony is that not even a complete sentence could be copied, and I am not using it for Twitter, for me to limit my text to 140 characters.

So, in the absurd logic that a pirating user may copy away reams of pages, using ‘Copy&Paste’ logic, DRM has put a fix of 140 characters, in the hope that it will be too big for a pirating user to copy a book. Since, it isn’t helping a legally purchased user anyway, i suggest making the copy limit to 14 characters, which will make it 10 times even more tougher for the pirate to copy. It isn’t helping a legal user much, anyways.

2. Intercompatibility of Playback Clients – The beauty of the PDF format was that one need not necessarily use the Adobe Reader to read it. The Foxit reader is faster, consumes less Resources, has more features and is also free like the Adobe. This gives the user the freedom of choice. A similar logic can be applied for movies. Play a movie in VLC, or any other player, which you like.

But DRM sadly is not. In most cases, the DRM implementation is proprietary and not compatible. For instance, if i Purchased a book via Amazon Kindle, and i like the IBooks reader better in the Ipad, i cannot play it. I have to only use the stock Kindle App. Big Nuisance, this is. It gets worse, in other conditions. I like to use the ‘Voice Dream App***’ which is a dedicated player, customized for individuals with ‘Attention and Reading difficulties like i do”. Its ‘TextToSpeech’ is seriously out of the world, and it plays non DRM documents really really well, as if a real Human was reading out to you. But sadly, these DRM books won’t allow you to open in such players.

3. The Monopoly – There have been allegations that when a famous Ebook services company purchased an ‘Audio Book’ company, it purposefully killed its automated ‘TextToSpeech’ app, since now users would be forced to pay for the much higher priced Audio Books, if they wanted to simultaneously access Reading the book, while parallely listening to a Voice reading the book in the background.

So, my conclusion is that while DRM has achieved some of the attributes of a physical book in the digital domain, it has failed strongly when it tries to balance the needs of legitimate Paying users and trying to stop Pirating users. This was an example of the ‘Seesaw Conundrum‘ that i was referring to earlier.

And the larger absurdity of the equation is that as long as Physical Books are in Sale, there are much easier ways to convert a pirated Ebook than to break a DRM code, or manually copy data from a licensed DRM encrypted Ebook. See below.

Potential_SourceFeeds_For_Pirated_Content

 

Audio* – You can locally download a song from a Saavn Server on an Ipad, if you are a Pro user, but cannot offload, like a non DRM’d music single .mp3 file.

Video** – Several YouTube and Google Play files can be cached locally on a device and played, but cannot be removed offline easily.

Voice Dream Reader*** – Under the ‘Book Share’ program, individuals like me are entitled to get limited access to Copyrighted books for a subsidized fee which can be read via the Voice Dream Reader app. I had sent them a link that i would prefer to register under my pseudonym and linked them to my Virtual world accounts, but i got no response. If i have to register my real name to get access, thank you very much. I get enough of Spam already and i have no frickin idea how my personal data will be used.

Four Basic Attributes of the Internet, that Piracy uses to its advantage..

The Internet was built on some basic principles, but as the Internet has grown widely into an alternate economic space rather than sheer exchange of 1s and 0s, some of these principles have come under threat, non necessarily always with evil intentions, but sometimes, since it has placed the economic survivability of some players. This aspect of the discussion is typically called as ‘Net Neutrality’, but its discussion is beyond the scope of this blog. For now, let us focus on some basic attributes that the Internet offers that Piracy is attempting to use to its advantage.

  1. Decentralisation – The Internet in its original form was always de-centralised. De-centralisation is a process where several people contribute towards a common work, and there typically is no differentiation between the contributors unlike a Traditional Top-Down Centralized Corporate Environment. We can learn some lessons about Internet Piracy and its complexity by looking at some of our own movies. For instance, how did Professor Ramana get caught eventually? Because, he ran a centralized network.                                                                                                                                              

  2. Open Source and Free Sharing Principles – It was Open Source principles that run a substantial portion of the Internet. Engines like Wikipedia and Mozilla FireFox are built entirely based on these principles. The Philosophy of Open Source is that anyone can take an existing work, build upon the work and offer the adapted work for free ( can commercialize the work sometimes). But, sometimes, this Principle does get abused in the case of Piracy, where allegedly Pirated Code of a website or Technology developed using Open Source Software is thrown openly on the Internet, to be adapted by several other Allegely Pirating websites. Although, technically, they are competitors, sometimes, they can also allegedly be ‘Partners in Crime’ as well.
  3. The Internet is like a Road Network – If the main highway connecting two cities is blocked due to a Traffic jam, people are diverted through alternate routes. But, by design of the Internet itself, a single chunk of information can be split up and travel through various routes, before the entire file is assembled at the receiving end. For better understanding, see the Animated GIF File here.
  4. No One owns anything in the Internet – The Internet belongs to no body. Virtually, every aspect of the Internet is given only a temporary usage rights or a common resource is shared across several people. An owner of a Website does not permanently own the URL of the website, He has to pay a fee for periodically renewing the website. There can be several people accessing a common IP address via a Public Wifi Hotspot, or Internally within a Home Wifi. There can be millions of users who use the same shared  hosting space etc.
    All of these principles are incorporated at various levels, to help Piracy continue the ‘Cat and Mouse’ game that has gone on for several years, and that is the reason, why the Internet Piracy menace has still continued to linger. Beyond just a question of a ‘Demand and Supply’ market, Piracy has used underlying principles and masked itself which makes things that much more difficult for law enforcement to catch up with it.

How “Copyright” and “Piracy” Ecosystems function in the Internet?

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The latter photograph has been licensed under a Creative Commons – Non Commercial license, which means that anyone is free to use the image, in an existing work or incorporate it in a new work of their own, as long as the work is non commercial and that the derived work is also being distributed for free, under a Creative Commons license, as well. Any Website or service that works on these principles is free to make use of the 2nd image.

Email Interview with Dmitriy Plugin, Creator of ‘Ranzar’ – A YouTube Parody Channel, based on the Free to Play – ‘World of Tanks’ Real Time Online Game.

“Do not seek a trick, politics or propaganda in cartoons. And before you blame someone just think about it, pull your head, maybe it’s just a joke. Watch more cartoons, they will make you better!” – Dmitry Plugin, Creator of Ranzar, YouTube Parody Channel, based on Real events that happen on the ‘World Of Tanks’ Live Gaming Server.
Ranzar Parody Channel YouTube Link – https://www.youtube.com/user/RanZarEng
Ranzar Official Website – ranzar.com
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1. This blog is strictly a non political blog.
Given the potentially sensitive nature of some of the posts to be purposefully re-interpreted for the ubiquitous function of ‘Online Trolling’, any politically sensitive comments to this post, will be deleted. The views expressed below are solely that of the Person concerned, and is not endorsed by the author or this blog.
2. Mr.Plugin is not very convenient speaking with English, while this Blog’s author does not know Russian, so there is a possibility that some information, may have been lost in translational context.
3. I have only made minor edits for better English grammer, and retained the entire conversation for Transparency.
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Q1. Are you a developer directly associated with Wargaming.Net (W.O.T parent company), or have any interests with Wargaming, or are you just an independent W.O.T fan, attempting to express your views through your videos via the Ranzar channel?
A1.       At first I was (an) independe(n)t creator, I make some toons(Tanktoon) as usual fan art. Now we a(re) partners.
Q2. It likely appears, that you are doing this video series, only as a hobby. What do you do for a full time job? Are you employed somewhere with an animation based company or you do some other work as a full time job?

A2.   At present time I’m freelancer but I have a partial removal of the work, that is, I do not need to move away from my computer to do it. Basically I design, paint and (do) a little programming. Printing, web design, database.

Q3. What does this word ‘Ranzar’ actually mean or stand for? It is a Russian name or something? I see that your real name is not Ranzar.

A3.       It’s complex collaboration. RanZar – it ‘t (is an) abbreviation of two Russian words “Рандомные Зарисовки”, if you want to spell it “Randomnyy Zarisovki” – translates like ‘Random Paintings’ or ‘Random Scathes’.

Q4. Ten or fifteen years back, if you wanted to express yourself, you had no way of doing that. Today, Technology and the Internet has made this possible, not only has Technology made it possible for you to express yourself and the Internet and Youtube has helped you find thousands of fans, who appreciate your work. In a similar way, millions of artists are connecting with fans through a ‘Free’ and ‘Share’ approach that the Internet is making possible (today). In a old world in the 90s, even if you did this work, you may not have found even 10% of the fans that you got today, via the Internet. More over, it is less likely that someone from India, say like me, gets to connect to you and talk to you, without even (each other) seeing our faces. But the Internet has made this possible. What do you think of this trend?

A4.       Mmm, may be I did not understand what was the question but I try to answer. I think internet is great thing! He (It has) opened a huge opportunity for all, anyone can find a kindred spirit. Sounds like a dream at (for) all!

Q5. While I personally don’t think any of your videos are biased and reflect only the realities of the game ( for instance, the German heavy tanks inevitably cannot play from the front like the Russian Heavies, else, their sweet spot in the front will be the first target and they will get hit, and they will be immediately on fire. More over, their long range optics make them better snipers or support tanks than the Russians from long range, for eg), .There is (also) a feeling that the videos you make are pro-Russian, although they are more based on historical events, and historical events did actually pan out that way? . How do you respond to criticism that your videos are pro-Russian and Anti-German?

A5.  Initially, I was doing cartoons exclusively for the Russian-speaking audience. I had no thoughts that my cartoons will (be) watch(ed by) people from other countries. Then I saw the English comments and requests for translation. And I continued to do cartoons for Russian, but began to translate them.  More precisely, I do not seek to make cartoons national, Russian or non-Russian. I did it as I like, just my worldview is much like 90% of the population of the CIS (CIS stands for the Russian Commonwealth in this case?). Therefore, Soviet tanks often take part in cartoons. Although it is worth noting that Hellcat and Chaffee’s (are the ) most popular heroes, and they are Americans. And in fact most of the series do not have national implications besides (being) stereotypical, (or a) comic.

As for the series with the JS* in the role of Joseph Stalin and his opponents are the likeness of Hitler. Yes, the Germans lost there, and Romeo and Juliet die at the end. At this moment politics and historicity ends, and everything else is (a) fiction(al) joke.

About say(i)ng anti-German propaganda. Germany of that period was a fascist, started the war, wanted to grab a piece of the world. They have become enemies of the world. Wash the ideal role for the villain of the cartoon. Besides the artistic moment, German engineering is very brutal, majestic and truly outstanding, just the perfect bad guys. Becoming a bit popular, you begin to get a lot of opinions. Audiences of all ages and social levels, from different countries, different religions. Of course their opinion on some issues may be different from mine. Habit.

Q6. How has the response from the Fans been, through comments that you receive via YouTube and social media? What about the monetization aspects of this work? Does YouTube ad money and provide sufficient returns to make this a main stream viable job for you? Although, it is in Russian, which i cannot understand, there is also an option in your website ranzar.com, which allows users to contribute voluntarily. Am i correct?

A6.       I like my viewers and subs, I read all comment and reply to interesting or more like(a)ble (ones). Money is a means on which I do what I love. Given that most of my time I spend it on something that I love, I have enough money. If I went to a permanent job, and shifts important papers from one pile to another, it is possible to get more.

Q7. Parody, especially in a humour form is one of the greatest rights of an individual’s expression, and in a sense adds a lot of value to the parent company, World Of Tanks (in this case), How has W.O.T responded to your work? Have they been any criticisms or appreciations from the parent company? I think even World Of Tanks features the work you do. Can you tell me more about this or provide some links?

A7.       The World of Tanks didn’t criticize me for all the time.
Q8. You bring so much of variations entirely through the animated Tanks – Expressing human behavior ( the Real players on the server, (for) e.g Noobs who rush and get killed), Historical Tank design features ( The Panther’s sloped armour, which the smaller tanks can’t penetrate frontally), Real Life Historical characters ( The Big Russian Tank with (large) moustaches and smoking a pipe ( The IS Tank/ also called the JS Tank) or a British Tank wearing a Hat and smoking a pipe  (This is an error. This should have actually been a cigar.) ( Churchill Tank) ) , Fictional characters ( The BatMan Video) and contextual humour ( e.g the Maus going after a cheese). What do you think of these variations, and possibly many more,  that you bring to your work ?
A8.       I think it’s funny and it will be more.
Q9. What are your plans for the future? Any other comment that you wish to share in this regard?
A9.   I want to make some own place like studio, there I can connect some artists and make good things.
Again, it is in Russian, so I cannot understand. Are these the same videos displayed in YouTube Channel which users can view for free, or is there additional non YouTube content that users can pay and purchase via Itunes?
A10.   Composer Vladimir puts his soundtrack for sale.
Q11. One more question – You are doing these playlists as well, teaching people how to do animation?
A11.   I get a lot of questions, “How am I doing this?” In this video I try to tell it.
 
 

A secondary Follow up Email : 
Just two things here, that i wish to clarify.

“Q1.  At first I was independent creator, I make some toons(Tanktoon) as usual fan art. Now we a partners.” So, does this mean that apart from creating 2D animated videos, you are also doing some work directly for the main 3D work for World Of Tanks company and part of your work is being implemented in the real WOT live gaming server, correct? 
 
A1.       No, I only make my Tanktoon, I just perform this function of demand, nothing more.
 
Q2. You have already permitted me to use your responses for my Research work. Thank you for that. Are you fine with me publishing your Email responses that you have given me today in My public blog – killthepirate.wordpress.com? I will not edit anything, and publish your views exactly. ( barring grammer changes for better English). Is that okay for you? 
 
A2.       I have nothing to hide.
 
And Thanks a million for the response. It was a pleasure interacting with you, Dmitry. Take care. 🙂
 
 
A last But important Word that Dmitry wanted to share me to post on the blog. It sums up the Entire meaning of the post in a single quote – 
 

You can add a short as a quotation or statement:

“Do not seek a trick, politics or propaganda in cartoons. And before you blame someone just think about it, pull your head, maybe it’s just a joke. Watch more cartoons, they will make you better!”

 
*JS stands for Joseph Stalin Tank. It is also sometimes expressed as IS as in Iosif Stalin, because of the language mapping translational challenges, when a non English language gets converted to English. Th ‘language mapping’ challenge issue is discussed deeply in the context of Tamil cinema, in the book – “Kill The Pirate – The Quest for John Doe.”