rivkat: Fandom is my fandom (fandom is my fandom)
( Sep. 6th, 2014 08:55 pm)

Via the OTW: Fan Video & Multimedia is once again working with our Legal Committee as well as the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) to petition for a DMCA exemption granting vidders, AMV makers, and other creators of noncommercial remix video the right to break copy protection on media files. In 2010, we won the right to rip DVDs; in 2012, we got that exemption renewed and expanded to include digital downloads (iTunes, Amazon Unbox, etc.). In 2015, we’ll be pushing to add Blu-Ray. Right now we’re in the data-gathering stage: asking fan video makers to talk with us about how they get Blu-Ray source and why Blu-Ray is important.


The exemption will expire if not renewed!  The big copyright industries fought really hard last time, and renewal is not a foregone conclusion, even though we’re still right.  As always we need (1) examples of vids that make a critical commentary on the original source, particularly examples from the past 3 years, as well as (2) vids that need very high quality source, in technical terms, to do what they do.  With Blu-Ray, we need (3) explanations of how getting Blu-Ray source can be done, so we can educate the Copyright Office, and (4) explanations for why Blu-Ray source is important.  

If you can help with any of these, please let legal@transformativeworks.org know!

rivkat: trust no one folded dollar bill by dan tague (trust no 1)
( Dec. 28th, 2013 12:03 am)
New icon on DW from a piece of art that is way too expensive for me, but that I love anyway (because of the X-Files, of course).  It's made from a crumpled dollar bill.

I got a delightful Sleepy Hollow story for Yuletide! Three Gifts is the kind of Ichabod/Abbie pining that really does it for me.  This is a relationship with real barriers and I respect that greatly. 

Yuletide Madness also brought me the equally delightful Covert Affairs story Away, which is Auggie/Eyal as part of an established threesome with Annie. It went directly to my own personal cravings for them. 

Others: Excellent multimedia in this Galaxy Quest story, which is as affectionate towards fandom as its source. And GQ fandom also got the amazingly tender/pleasurably painful Alexander Dane story I didn’t know I needed, The Space Between,  in which there is also a reboot.

Charlie Stross’s Laundry universe: Violins at Work, from the perspective of Mo O’Brien, Bob Howard’s extremely dangerous wife. Very Strosslike: “Is there a word for an appetite and some kind of understanding without a mind to do the planning? Kind of like a cat deciding that this human will just about do as a servant, because it smells of food, but without the sensitivity and consideration for which all felines are well known.”

Non-Yuletide: my J2 story Full Service Firm now has a Russian translation, which I think is a first for me. As always, I remain impressed by the archive’s growth: the translation’s work number is an order of magnitude greater than Full Service Firm’s.

Also, randomly, anyone who really wanted to rock my world could make a Vampire Diaries Damon vid to Diamond Ring’s Wait and See. He’s chancing on situations and he’s out of his league! He just needs some provocation and he’s down on his knees! (I am so serious here: this would be my Lord King Bad Vid of great commitment if I did such things.)

Personal note: the new scar on my arm reminds me way too much of the Eye of Sauron. Or any eye really. Scars should not look like eyes, is what I’m saying here.

And finally: This is the best pickup conversation ever, and the fact that it comes from a Dean Winchester sex dream is only icing on the cake. 
Laura Shapiro explains that Jay Smooth and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are making a documentary about remix, and seeking video submissions--vidders should consider participating!

Also, the OTW is seeking stories from fans who’ve received DMCA notices, or who’ve heard mention of the so-called “right of publicity” and its relation to RPF.

three years on and still wondering... )

Podfic of my Sam/Dean short story Cave-In, read by eosrose. (Wow. Look at the different work numbers there: I posted Cave-In before there were 10,000 works on the Archive, and it’s pretty clear that the year will end with work 1,000,000.)

A fanvid made Harry Knowles of aintitcool.com into a fan when he was a kid! It just goes to show that we all invent fandom for ourselves.
Signal boost: New York’s Museum of the Moving Image is hosting a special exhibit, Cut Up,  which "celebrates the practice of re-editing popular media to create new work, presenting contemporary videos by self-taught editors and emerging artists alongside landmarks of historic and genre-defining reappropriation." They’re showing, among other things, [personal profile] laurashapiro’s I Put You There, along with Kandy Fong's Both Sides Now and Vogue!

The criminal NSA: why this pervasive surveillance is illegal and unconstitutional.

Wi-vi: use a cellphone to see through walls.  At least it creates fic possibilities?

Free to good fannish home: 20-year anniversary edition of Heathers.  Let me know in comments.
Stephen King, Elissa Wald, Cory Doctorow & Charles Stross, David Wojnarowicz, The Walking Dead )
What Flourish Klink says about Amazon’s new fan fiction monetization project is all worth taking seriously, especially the parts about incremental change and bringing in people who weren’t traditionally “fan fiction writers.” I think that’s actually the riskiest part (and I don’t think she argues otherwise); the internet grew to its present point in a context in which it was much easier to go from inventing fan fiction in your own bedroom to finding a community of people who’d made the same invention than it had been when you had to find a convention or a round robin or the like. I’m skeptical of Golden Age thinking, but at the same time I do want to make sure that people who find fandom through places like Amazon can also easily find some non-walled gardens to play in. I also don’t think this is going to be a model for many franchises/works other than those created using the Alloy Entertainment model of monetizing a concept for teen audiences, though I’ve been wrong before!

(Flourish also points out that it’s standard white folk cluelessness to ban “racism” in Vampire Diaries fan fiction given its canonical basis in chattel slavery, though I’m pretty sure Amazon’s enforcers will be defining that term differently than many who might be reading her work; others have noted the ironies in banning excessive brand placement in Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars fic. I guess the official versions have that covered?)

Letters from Titan has a great post too, raising what seem to me to be exactly the key questions. Sure wish I had answers:
Question 1: To what degree does Kindle Worlds suggest that the fanfiction can only be legitimized through the eradication of fan culture’s gift economy?
Question 2: Fanfiction has significantly changed our media culture. Kindle Worlds isn’t just capitalizing on it, but arguably represents an attempt to shape it. Is this a feedback loop in action or an attempt to stop the catalyst that is fan work?
Questions 3: The contractual terms of Kindle Worlds are the sort traditional professional writers would be strongly advised against signing on to. Is fannish work worth less? Should it be?
Question 4: Fanfiction has, arguably, always been about the option to use use all the tools, particularly those often discouraged by corporate content production (e.g., sexuality), to tell story. If the toolbox is limited, whether a given writer would choose to use all the tools or not, is it fanfiction or is it some other form of derivative (vs. transformative) work?
Question 5: How will fan readers view/treat fan writers who use a tool like Kindle Worlds? And how does that impact our communities, hierarchies, and barriers to entry?
I also said some stuff on tumblr. Hi tumblr, I’m trying you out.  And wow are you terrible for conversations!

Relatedly: like vids? Vote in the US? Call your representatives and tell them to support DMCA reform so that vidding stays lawful. There are a variety of proposals, but only one bill that is any good and that fixes anything but cellphone unlocking.
The Copyright Office recommends retaining and expanding the vidding exemption to the DMCA.  (Yes, they think all remixes are called vids.  Let's roll with it.)  Sorry for not providing enough in the way of links, but I have a ton to do before class: Vids cited in favor: [livejournal.com profile] talitha78’s White and Nerdy, [personal profile] obsessive24’s Piece of Me and Fall of Man, [personal profile] giandujakiss’s It Depends on What You Pay; The Price; Handlebars (it's not entirely clear whether it's the Doctor Who or Iron Man one, since I think the submissions talked about both, but maybe it's flummery's); Jonathan McIntosh's Buffy vs. Edward.  Someone who is not running to class should add this to their fanlore entries!  Also, [personal profile] giandujakiss is a hero of the revolution: she is pretty much singlehandedly responsible for the expansion to online services.

Less important to the rest of fandom: Podfic by [personal profile] colls of my gen happyish-ever-after story It’s Curtains for Sam & Dean

I will admit: I am an old fogey. I do not get these newfangled tagging ways. But since I can’t (and don’t really want to) tell these kids to get offa my lawn, not least ‘cause it’s not my lawn, I offer, via Sam Johnsson, one way to keep from seeing that they’re on the lawn: From AO3 wonder Sarken, a skin that shortens all AO3 tags to an arbitrarily short number of characters.  Now if only we could get this to work on RSS feeds …
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] shoofus for the virtual panda!

I’ve been listening to Alanis Morissette’s Jekyll & Hyde, a delightful bonus track on the iTunes version of havoc & bright lights. That album, plus the new Pet Shop Boys, made me realize that putting together b-sides is getting to be as complicated as it was in the bad old days, what with Amazon and iTunes having different versions (and often enough different prices, though Amazon is going to $1.29 on some tracks too).

eBay wants to force you into arbitration (which you will never be able to afford a lawyer for, much less win) unless you opt out. details )

The awesome Steve Burt (disclosure: I’m proud to call him a friend) gets a full story in the NYT, in which his practice of focusing on the poets he likes and not spending time on criticizing those he doesn’t gets some attention.

Not unrelatedly, George Orwell on “Why I Write."

My favorite vid from Vividcon was [personal profile] bradcpu’s Ride to California.  I love how it uses “California” as a metaphor for the heroism of the Avengers; I can’t explain exactly why I love that so much, but the vid is great fun.

Charles Stross, Richard Morgan )
[personal profile] on_verra  podficced Save your anaesthetic for the boy next door, RoboSam/Dean, yay!

This xkcd comic delivers a different comic depending on your location, your browser, and apparently several other things. I thought this Chrome one was the best one I got.

The sexual politics of The Hunger Games -- I don’t agree with everything in it (especially the implication that the stuff that is more open about sex is less good for lack of repression) but I like people willing to step up and defend the female gaze.

One more reason to do your best to control your FB privacy settings, if you use it.  This particular app is out of commission for the moment at least, but that’s not the end.

Arduinna on early online fandom 1994-2000, in 3 parts.

If I could vid, I’d make a vid using this song as a love letter to fandom. Tagline: spoilers, sweetie—though I wouldn’t use Doctor Who, since that doesn’t have an ending!

Mainstream pop-culture/remix-savvy media: have a Woody Allen supercut.

Fandom, specifically [personal profile] thingswithwings: have a manpain supercut.

The bonus meta post is well worth reading, and to my mind bears some eerie similarities to the reasons given by Jeff Koons for why he copied fashion photos in his painting Niagara, reasons which led a federal court to find that he was engaged in fair use.  As [personal profile] thingswithwings points out, there were dozens of examples to choose from without thinking hard, and that's what makes this such a useful commentary.  Also, I like excluding John Crichton for the reason given!
1. Further on the meat thermometer injury: when told about it the next morning, my 5-year-old son asked, “were you hot?” thus making the same joke his father had right after I stabbed myself. Nice to know the bloodline is running true, I guess.

2. Who else is watching Tower Prep? After last night’s episode, enjoyment has graduated into love. Former XF staff = cool visuals (though evident risk of incoherence in mythology already pending); I was genuinely creeped out. Also, gotta respect a show that’s willing to base an episode on the Odyssey.

3. I am, right now, incredibly infatuated with M.I.A.’s XXXO. It’s something about the surprise of going from “you want me” to the turnaround of “you want me [to] be somebody who I’m really not,” delivered in a way more aggressive than sad about that. I even like the director reference—“I could be the actress, you’d be Tarantino”—because even though the “actress” is generic, it’s pretty much the opposite of, say, a Hitchcock reference, given what Tarantino’s leading ladies are like.

4. The “Snake Fight” Portion of Your Thesis Defense: I loved it!

5. Make a vid, if you want, for Akon’s No Labels theme song: I am not a supporter of the organization, but I can’t help wanting to see what a vidder would do anyway.

Appropriation art, getting copyright permission, and a bad GRRM book )
rivkat: Dean reading (dean reading)
( Oct. 8th, 2010 12:41 pm)
Your internet is not my internet: I read about this new Facebook stuff and it just makes me confused. Filters are exotic and nobody knows how to use them? And so Facebook is going to let other people decide what my Groups are? Why can’t I manage my friends myself and filter out specific people when I need to? (I take it that hidden somewhere in the bowels of Facebook settings, deeper even than privacy controls, you can do this, but that they expect Groups to become dominant.)

The LJ/DW solutions seem so intuitive and elegant, whereas Facebook’s prompting for me to add people to various Lists has been terrible. Am I just wanting those kids to get off of my lawn? (I should also note: I declared LJ bankruptcy and gave up on updating my friendslist/filters there. I haven’t been filtering at DW, though I also have not been adding back journals that seemed to be for reading purposes only. I expect I will have to start filtering soon, though. So it’s not as if manual filtering is easy. It’s just so much better for what I want to do than automatically being added to groups!)

reviews: Ilona Andrews, music in Buffy, and digital images )
Four and a half hour delay on a cross country flight. So tired. And then it’s so late that ground transportation was… tetchy. Or sketchy. Possibly the fatigue poisons are confusing me, since I didn’t get to bed until after 6 am internal time. Working on 10th hour of conference on 3 hours sleep. Poor poor pitiful me!

I am having incredible SV nostalgia based on [personal profile] sisabet’s Bad Romance. Lex Luthor doesn’t want to be friends! I’m looking forward to the SV prompts for Eight Crazy Nights.

[livejournal.com profile] hollywoodgrrl’s Boom Boom Pow for Fringe: why you should watch Fringe, because it is awesome. There are a lot of explosions! And grim X-Files stuff! And Olivia laying down the law!

[personal profile] dualbunny’s If I Had You is great fun. As someone on my reading list said: Legend of the Seeker m/m: who knew it existed? And yes, Richard is just about as pretty as Kahlan and Cara.

Milly’s Party in the Midlands (also LoTS)—hilarious! Kahlan nods her head and moves her hips like yeah.

Tom the Dancing Bug, YA paranormal romance, being a prosecutor, moral rights )
Imaginary vids: The Antlers, Two, is a Scully arc vid in my head.

A long time ago, I wrote, “Today I did a very good job at something where the extent to which I did a good job doesn’t matter and should.” Turns out it did matter! Go me!
Made for me: [personal profile] merryish made Murderer -- Fandom: SPN; song: Low; lyrics. Theme: someone to do Your dirty work.  Or, as Merry puts it, in the war between Heaven and Hell, Dean's on Sam's side.

rivkat: River Tam beats up everyone (rt beats up everyone)
( Apr. 25th, 2010 12:34 am)
New vid for me! [personal profile] giandujakiss made Pioneers, a Torchwood vid (key line for me: "a sense of purpose and a disregard"). I think she is more sympathetic to the Torchwood crew than I am, and I think it helps the vid.

[personal profile] copracat linked to this great interview with Bridget Regan, who plays Kahlan Amnell -- I usually don’t like actor interviews but I’m really glad I read this one; she’s sweet and thoughtful and loves Kahlan like I love Kahlan. Also she loves vids!

Very interesting post on what it means to be a fan on Facebook versus what it means to like something, another facet of the denigration of fans/fandom while at the same time our money is sought unmercilessly,

Just after I got a great demons vid, proofpudding made me a beautiful Dean vid, it has no heart (Bright Eyes, No One Would Riot for Less).  Lovely coloring and just dreamy and heartrending.
LithiumDoll made me a pinch hit vid for Sweet Charity!  And it was exactly what I wanted!  Glittering Clouds, SPN gen, people possessed by demons and people who kill people possessed by demons.  Sam manages to fit into both categories!  As a bonus, the vid also hit my kink where the music matches the internal motion.

I am also using my AO3 icon, made by [personal profile] ljc, because I can.  Now I will probably wait ten years to change it again.




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