My dash is filled with things like “holy shit the cops will find your gif folder and they’ll arrest you” and “this bill is going to send artists/cosplayers/gifmakers to prison” and “this is going to affect almost all of tumblr!”
NONE OF THAT IS TRUE.
yes, this CAS thing does suck because it means there’s some extra surveillance going on and that never feels safe. however, it’s only tracking peer-to-peer sites (ie, torrents) for multiple infractions of downloading (mainly popular) copyrighted media, and it has nothing to do with what’s already on your computer or what you yourself created.
moreover, no one will go to jail as a result of the CAS. it’s a “six strikes” system: the first couple will be warnings, the next couple will require you to acknowledge your illegal activity, and finally, your internet will be slowed down for 2-3 days.
after that? well… that’s actually about it. if your ISP of its own volition decides to take things farther, then that’s a different story. but the CAS itself is not a tool of prosecution. it’s not getting you any closer to jail than you were a week ago, and especially not for a folder of stupid reaction gifs. it’s a means of discouragement, and it sucks, but in reality, it’s nothing more than another governmental control ploy.