panik: (What subtext?)
posted by [personal profile] panik at 10:33am on 17/05/2007 under
[profile] mimbo, aka Chris, aka 'one of the founders of FanLib' has posted to my lj about how hurt he is that we're 'shitting on' his organisation without giving it a chance.

The thread is here, if anyone wants to respond.
location: Really should be working by now, dammit.
Mood:: 'discontent' discontent
panik: (Shit!)
posted by [personal profile] panik at 10:25am on 16/05/2007 under ,
Fanlib

This worries me greatly. Not this organisation in particular, but the change in mentality it represents, the attempt to comercialise fanfic.

This bit in particular gives me the heebies:
Notwithstanding the foregoing, FanLib reserves the right at all times to disclose any information as FanLib deems necessary to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request, or to edit, refuse to post or to remove any information or materials, in whole or in part, in FanLib's sole discretion...

However, by submitting the Submissions to FanLib, You hereby grant FanLib a non-exclusive, worldwide, and royalty-free license to use, reproduce, distribute, and display the Submissions in connection with the Website.

There is a very good, very detailed post about it here.

The way I see it, if fanfic ever becomes a source of income, the Big Boys will be on it like a ton of bricks, a ship-load of legality will suddenly appear; there will be sound, financial reasons to stamp on amateur fanfic and fandom as we know it will wither and perish.

I say, treat it like it's made of Ebola - stay away. If no one goes there, it will die.

(I'm no fool, I recognise that things are about to change and there's probably litle we can do to stop it, but we can take some control; the slope should be slippiest at our end, not theirs.)
Mood:: 'worried' worried

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