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July 25th, 2008
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Some Thoughts on Fandom, Privacy, Money, and Other Stuff

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From:lilacsigil
Date:July 26th, 2008 05:58 am (UTC)
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Personally, I see a big difference between a food co-op and fanfic - for example, I do not participate in fic-for-charity auctions because that's using other people's copyrighted work for profit. I think this and organisations like FanLib are the quickest way to have the actual copyright owners take writers to court - it's not the exposure per se, it's the fact that cash is involved. This is not the same thing as aca fans, though it may be the same thing as people who sell unlicensed merchandise. While I would love for fanfic and other fan creations to be legal, it's currently in a great big grey area, and I'd much rather that it stayed there than was actively hunted down.

I would compare the fandom history project to aca fans, not to fic writers, and I don't, in fact, have a problem with her trying to make money from it - it's a non-fiction project. The problem I have is the way she tried to do it, as you list above. I don't think she's evil, but I think she is deeply stupid to do everything she possibly can, over a long period of time, to antagonise and hurt her potential audience!
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From:mofic
Date:July 26th, 2008 01:11 pm (UTC)
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Personally, I see a big difference between a food co-op and fanfic - for example, I do not participate in fic-for-charity auctions because that's using other people's copyrighted work for profit.

That's an interesting stand. Anyway, I didn't mean to suggest that a coop was analogous to all aspects of fanfic. I was just responding to the argument I've seen a lot that Laura's attempts at marketing her site were wrong specifically because she would make money on it but others who worked on it would not. I'm saying that the idea of a model where some get paid and some are volunteers is not inherently wrong or even inherently unusual.

I don't think she's evil, but I think she is deeply stupid to do everything she possibly can, over a long period of time, to antagonise and hurt her potential audience!

That is the puzzle to me. I have no idea if there is a market for something like Fan History or not. But I know that if there is, it can only make money if it's well-respected. And any potential buyer would look around and see all the anger against her and run the other way.

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