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Sharing/Archiving Fanworks: Putting Fandom Issues Into The Broader World Context - Morgan Dawn Livejournal:The Here And Now
The Here And Now
Sharing/Archiving Fanworks: Putting Fandom Issues Into The Broader World Context
Getty is now offering its images without watermarks for free - in exchange for an embed with link + credit. This is something that fan artists on Deviantart have been doing for a while (it is an easy to enable the embed option for DA users). Tumblr artists have been relying on the reblog button to allow people to share their fan art, something that was technically impossible a few years ago. Prior to embedding/reblogging tools, fans were expected to link back to the original website where the art appeared. There was no inkling that fans would one day be OK with reblogging and embedding. Like DA, tumblr is another  case where the software platform built by a corporation is changing what  fandom believes are acceptable sharing practices.  I now think it is smarter for fandom (and the MPAA and RIAA) to push for ways to make sharing and reposting fanworks work for them  rather than using laws and “etiquette”  to prevent, limit or control people’s sharing behavior.  Because people - fans and non-fans alike - will repost, reblog, copy and paste, reuse, share and find a way to use your content anyway.  The new fandom motto should be: "Fandom: 1000 times smarter than the MPAA.  Sharing and reposting fanworks *is* OK. But if you repost, pay it back with credit + link." The motto would certainly be easier to understand and follow and would be robust enough to adapt to future technology platforms. And we would spend more of our time sharing and enjoying and less time arguing over the ever evolving ‘right’ way to share.

Of interest to fan vidders and fans of fanvids: will digital movies be around in 100 years? The article points out that: "According to researchers at the Library of Congress, less than half of the feature films made in the United States before 1950 and less than 20 percent from the 1920s are still around. The early films that did survive did so largely through the efforts of private and institutional collectors."  I can report that something similar is happening in the fandom world as well - the online vid/story/art work that you love will be gone sooner than you think and unless someone is archiving the story for themselves, it will most likely not survive the next 10 years. If  you are a fan with the archivist gene, please keep doing what you are doing, squirrel your favorites away and try not to listen (over much) to those  those who protest archiving (private or public). Archiving without permission is not un-fannish - it is a normal human response to entropy and in many cases, it is the only reason we still have any culture to enjoy 100 or 1000 years later.

For the broader historical fandom context check out Fanlore:
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