Links Roundup for 7 November 2011

Here’s a roundup of stories on copyright matters that might be of interest to fans:

  • Two media outlets presented a very different picture of the new “anti-piracy” venture, Creative America. A feature in the Hollywood Reporter stuck to the basics, suggesting international theft threatens American jobs: “Creative America is meant to provide a place where members of the industry and creative community can learn more about the impact of the theft of intellectual property on their jobs and industry. It is also designed to help rally support for passage of legislation now before Congress to fight content theft, especially the Protect IP Act, which combats foreign trafficking in stolen movies TV shows and other forms of intellectual property.” A post at TechDirt questions an industry org being termed “a grassroots effort” and notes it requires members to contact representatives in Congress only on the org’s terms. “”Creative America” apparently does not trust its own members to be creative. The letter is 100% locked down. You can only send their text. Honestly, if a group supposedly representing creators won’t even let its own members express themselves freely, you know that it’s not actually about protecting “creative” America. ”
  • Of course, copyright ownership is often an unclear picture. A study conducted in the UK paints a troubling picture of copyright clarity when it comes to written works published in the last 140 years. Using titles published between 1870 and 2010, researchers discovered that only 29% were out of copyright and 43% of the works were “orphans”, having no clear copyright owner. The 1980s produced the highest percentage of orphans, 50% of the total. This suggests that a great many relatively recent works will exist in an unclear state of ownership, particularly if the treatment of orphan works differs internationally.
  • What falls under copyright continues to be a contested issue as well. A post on Freakonomics asked if you can copyright a football play. The conclusion focused on a motivation rarely seen in copyright discussions which center on money: professional pride. “In the NFL, innovations can pay even if they provide an advantage over only a few games (although for reasons we’ve explained, copying a football coach’s innovation effectively is often more difficult than it may at first appear)…That gleaming, buffed Lombardi trophy prize drives innovation in football more surely than any rule of intellectual property.”

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Links Roundup for 28 October 2011

Here’s a roundup of stories on fandom statistics that might be of interest to fans:

  • MarketingCharts.com posted survey results on sports fans which provided both expected and unexpected data. “For instance, 73% of Avid Gymnastics Fans are female and 81% of Avid Figure Skating Fans are female. This is a unique demographic makeup since Avid Fans of sports like the Olympics, Women’s Tennis and the WNBA – classically “female friendly” sports – are only about 50% female.” What’s more, fan interest in these sports was higher than other well known sports such as college basketball, NASCAR, the NHL, or the men’s PGA tour. However the compiled statistic lumped together “avid fans” with people who were only “a little interested” in the sport, making the results clearer about how many men, women, or ethnic and racial group members were disinterested in the sport than “Avid Fans”.
  • Our News of Note post on October 3 cited a study showing low-rated shows were getting more fan activity than high-rated shows. Nielsen has now released some figures on The Relationship Between Social Media Buzz and TV Ratings which states that the two are positively correlated — the higher the show ratings, the more likely there is social media activity surrounding it. They also looked at “the genre of the show, whether the program aired on broadcast or cable, and the length of time the show had been on-air…the amount of ad dollars spent promoting the show and prior ratings (both episode and season)” as factors. In addition the service Tweetreach noted that Twitter traffic could predict the cancellation of new TV shows by measuring both the number of tweets and the favorable or unfavorable nature of their content.

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Links Roundup for 12 October 2011

Here’s a roundup of fandom statistics stories that might be of interest to fans:

  • Exact numbers in fandoms can be hard to come by, but new attempts are always being made. The NY Times published The Geography of College Football Fans in which sports bloggers detailed their use of various sources to depict what places in the U.S. tend to be hot or cold spots for that fandom.
  • A Pearl Jam fan, who is also a college professor, created a video lecture called Pearl Jam Fandom *A Statistical Analysis in which he examined aspects of the fandom by the numbers.
  • Two presentations were made at the Content Marketing World conference which dealt with fandom: Sports Marketing discussed a “Fanographies” program to promote teams since “[o]ur fans could tell our story better than we could”, and Rise of the SuperFan presented strategies to engage fans around their favorite TV content, which included “conduct[ing] Facebook polls that actually affect programming.”
  • Lastly, this post, from the staff of bookmarking site Pinboard, highlights a case study of why businesses might want to know more about fandom statistics before making decisions that affect many of their customers.

If you’re part of Pearl Jam, TV, or sports fandoms why not contribute your own statistics to Fanlore? Contributions are welcome from all fans.

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