Links Roundup for 17 August 2011

Here’s a roundup of stories about literary and creative fandom that might be of interest to fans:

  • A first-person write-up of a woman’s entry into online fandom and fan fiction writing was published in The Cultural Gutter this past month, and likely echoes the experience of many a fan, particularly those who take part in fan activities around LiveJournal and Dreamwidth.
  • An interesting discussion took place earlier this year on Language Log about the Tolkien estate’s effort to censor use of the word “Tolkien”, highlighting the problems fans may run into when creating fandom-related works. The fanartist on Zazzle who received the cease and desist order in the cited case countered the attack creatively, adding new items to their store which commented on the censorship effort.
  • Many discussions about copyright and trademark infringement revolve around the issue of intellectual theft. However, some professional artists are of the opinion that “theft” can never be left out of the creative process. In a post about his own creative history, artist and writer Austin Kleon suggests that the “genealogy of ideas” is a complex thing and will always reveal ties to other ideas and works — that’s an idea close to the heart of fannish creativity, and we appreciate seeing it proclaimed from the professional side of the fence.

If you have experienced events such as the case of the Tolkien fan discussed above, why not post them on Fanlore? These conflicts are a part of our history — help preserve it. Fanlore is open to contributions by all fans for any and all fandoms.

We want your suggestions! If you know of an essay, video, article, event, or link you think we should know about you can submit it in three easy ways: comment on the most recent Links Roundup on transformativeworks.org, LJ or DW, or give @OTW_News a shoutout on Twitter. Links are welcome in all languages!

This update was contributed by OTW Staff member Claudia Rebaza.

Submitting a link doesn’t guarantee that it will be included in a roundup post, and inclusion of a link doesn’t mean that it is endorsed by the OTW.

Links Roundup for April 27, 2011

* The big news of the day: YouTube founders buy Delicious from Yahoo; this is also the big story on the blog at delicious.com. So far, there’s not much in the way of details, though geek.com is reporting that users will have the ability to opt out when the service changes hands.

* Fans, beware: Tumblr may push you out of your account name without warning if a corporation decides it wants it. danah boyd is reporting that Tumblr moved her account without notice or warning at the behest of a corporate entity who had trademarked her long-term internet handle, “zephoria.” Gawker.com reports another case in their story Tumblr Screws Hipster Underclass to Appease Hipster Overlords at Pitchfork, reporting that the person who blogged at pitchfork before Pitchfork Magazine got involved was moved, without permission or notice, to pitchfork1.tumblr.com.

* New Zealand snuck a ‘3 strikes you’re out’ copyright law into a larger emergency bill meant to help earthquake victims. Not only are these new amendments to the Copyright Act widely disliked, but there is resentment against the process of attaching them to an urgent emergency bill. A series of protests are planned for May 1st.

* Alison Croggon’s talk, The Rise of the Amateur, is now online; in it, Croggon argues that the internet has created new excitement in the arts – both in terms of amateur art and amateur criticism.

* The Atlantic has published an interview with Kembrew McLeod, co-author of Creative License: The Law and Culture of Digital Sampling, called, How Copyright Law Hurts Music, From Chuck D to Girl Talk .

We want your suggestions! If you know of an essay, video, article, event, or link you think we should know about you can submit it in three easy ways: comment on the most recent Link Roundup on transformativeworks.org, LJ, or DW, tag a link with “for:otw_news” on Delicious or give @OTW_News a shoutout on Twitter. Links are welcome in all languages!

Submitting a link doesn’t guarantee that it will be included in a roundup post, and inclusion of a link doesn’t mean that it is endorsed by the OTW.

OTW board chair Naomi Novik on NPR

March 25, 2009 – Our own Naomi Novik appears on today’s broadcast of NPR’s All Things Considered, in a a story called Will E-Book Anti-Piracy Technology Hurt Readers? The aired program, as well as a shorter print version, is now available at the NPR website. Naomi is speaking against the DRM [Digital Rights Management] protection on e-books that mean that they can’t easily be transferred from Kindle to Laptop to iPhone. Naomi notes that: “The biggest danger to most authors, to most storytellers, is not that somebody is going to steal your work and pass it along — it is that nobody is ever going to see your work.”