Dec. 20th, 2009

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I recently blocked partly_bouncy -- FanLib apologist, Fan History owner, and all-around bad news -- from this community. Two days later, there was an inept attempt to troll the comm by taiyoukai_nile, a partly_bouncy subscriber and Fan History member.

I then found at a Fan History blog an ungrammatical post by Nile, presumably taiyoukai_nile:

I stumbled across the article Disney purchased FanLib in May/June 2008, two months before FanLib's "closure." which basically grumbles (sounded a bit bitter at least) about FanLib was bought out by Disney two months before its announced its closing, letting the community to speculated the reasons. More. )

If you are not familiar with Fan History, it is the failed attempt by partly_bouncy to make money off fandom through despicable practices such as publishing the real names of fans. After exposure in July, 2008, by Ithiliana and others, partly_bouncy crawled under a rock, making all of her LJ entries friends-only.

But two months ago, partly_bouncy dusted off her LJ and began posting publicly again. She also commented here, which led to my banning her (I thought I had done so at the time of Ithiliana's post).

Taiyoukai_nile's Fan History blog comment is a weak derailment. But as taiyoukai_nile just "stumbled across" FanLib two and a half years after it was big news in fandom, I'm assuming her post reflects partly_bouncy's current thoughts on FanLib.

You may find it humorous that taiyoukai_nile characterized this community as a place for people to get together and mourn FanLib's passing, when we anticipated and welcomed it. But partly_bouncy is trying to rewrite the history of FanLib, and of this community, for a purpose: her rehabilitation. When partly_bouncy chides us for still being hung up on FanLib, her goal is to erase her past as a profit-seeking FanLib supporter.

She was a FanLib cheerleader because she believes in her right to profit from fan works and fan data. Her well-known hatred of the OTW and An Archive Of Our Own stems from this as well; fans creating a non-profit to accomplish what she hoped to earn money on through Fan History undermines her business model. She also hates DreamWidth, which has committed the grave error of providing a popular, ad-free service, further destroying her dream of profit. Partly_bouncy does not embrace competition.

Partly_bouncy may be through with riding FanLib's coattails, but this community exists to keep fresh the lesson of FanLib: it is not inevitable, as FanLib owners Chris and David Williams wished us to believe, that someone or something will unfairly profit from fan works. Fans can retain control of all aspects of their work -- creative, social, and publication -- rejecting mainstream commodification.

In November, 2009, Julie Levin Russo wrote, "To FanLib, the vast commons of freely exchanged fan works perhaps appeared as if it simply lacked a businessperson with the savvy to privatize it." Because of this and many other misreadings, FanLib failed to profit from fandom. It sold its marketing software and servers to Disney, and had to completely scrap the fanfiction archive.

It is bizarre partly_bouncy chose this community as an entry back into fandom. It's amazing she still believes she can make money from the thoroughly discredited Fan History site. It's repulsive she continues to use lies and disinformation to increase her bottom line. Like FanLib, she will earn only failure.

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