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[identity profile] boji.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] life_wo_fanlib
I'm wondering about the timing of all this, the fact that Fanlib opened it's doors at roughly the same time as Simon & Schuster have made a move towards an all rights grab of pro-fic. The Authors Guild is up in arms about the proposed rights grab, the SWFA concurs and if the article in the Herald Tribune is a portent of things to come then Hollywood could be facing the same kind of strike it saw back in 1988.

That strike saw the rise of the spec script moving to prominence as a way of working. Which meant that from that point forth authors wrote for belated fee, rather than under contract (I'm paraphrasing what I remember from Joe Straczynksi's book The complete book of Scriptwriting) - The coming strike is in part about royalties for digital rights. Or, as the article says, in part it's about:
    complex issues involving how much TV and film writers should be paid when their work is distributed on new media platforms, including the Internet, cell phones, digital media players and other devices. The writers argue the payments — modeled after the structures used for DVD rights — are too low.

I wonder how the current kerfuffle with fanlib, how fanlibs very conception fits into this climate.

Date: 2007-05-24 02:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stewardess.livejournal.com
I was a scab for Showtime and all I got was a FanLib T-shirt?

Date: 2007-05-24 04:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] babywitch.livejournal.com
I go to Emerson College, which is a small school in Boston with some reasonably big media connections. This semester I took a television studies seminar, and the head of a well-known production company came in to talk to our class (he was an alum, his daughter is a student, etc) and one of the things he mentioned was that we should expect to see a lot more reality programming than usual on the fall schedule (fall '07) as well as a lot of networks ordering early production of their scripted series (as for example NBC ordered for Friday Night Lights), both as a result of the nets getting nervous and trying to cover their asses in case of a WGA strike. So yes, one of the things I've been wondering during all of this is how coincidental the launch of FanLib is with regard to the potential strike. After all, why hire writers when you can steal writing for free off the Internet?

Date: 2007-05-24 04:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] killersharky.livejournal.com
This is quite an interesting point considering the PDF online for the site. It specifically states that one of the great things is "Completed work is just first draft to be polished by the pros".

Date: 2007-05-24 04:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] icecreamempress.livejournal.com
That's the whole business model for FanLib. They say as much in their investment brochures. Why rent the cow when you can get the milk for free without assuming any of the potential liabilities?

Date: 2007-05-24 04:02 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] chasingtides.livejournal.com
I am happy to see that the writers are getting upset about this. (Coming from a family heavily involved in the writing industry, I got a lot about this when I first started talking about writing fanfic.) They have every right to get up in arms. I can't wait to discuss this at this weekend's cook-out, especially since Henry Jenkins is now involved. Getting non-fen involved, in my opinion, might be very useful.


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