Date: 2008-06-04 07:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm not sure I have words for just what that is. Part of me is laughing hysterically though.

Date: 2008-06-04 07:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, man. Disney is absolutely draconian about copyright. :/

Although I'm not surprised the Fanlib founders are selling out -- that's probably what the whole point was all along, to build up something they could unload at a profit. So much for being "real fans" and wanting to build something for the fan community, out of love and dedication. [eyeroll]


Date: 2008-06-04 08:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wait. WHAT?

Date: 2008-06-04 09:22 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
That would be the company who threatened to sue a daycare center that had a few Disney cartoon murals painted on their walls? Huh. Disney. Getting in bed with fanfic. The beginning of a wonderful friendship.

I just hope the Fanlib founders didn't make a good profit when they unloaded the thing. *is petty*

Date: 2008-06-04 10:46 am (UTC)
havocthecat: the lady of shalott (yzma)
From: [personal profile] havocthecat
Oh, well that's just lovely. If Disney gets into the 'business' of fanfic, you can almost guarantee the C&D orders will come flying fast and furious no matter where in fandom you hide out. It almost makes me want to go back to the days of zines where it's harder for them to find you.

Date: 2008-06-04 01:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wow. Disney. This had to be one of the only possible ways Fanlib could become less sane.

Date: 2008-06-04 04:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh god. This can get worse with all the fanfic 'sanitation' issues involved.

Date: 2008-06-04 04:33 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]

I have this image of them banning Disney owned series' fanfiction anywhere but fanlib. Ohoho.

Date: 2008-06-04 06:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's not clear from the article what parts of FanLib Disney is buying. Are they buying the whole thing, or only the sponsored fiction contest business which uses proprietary software, or only the fanfiction archive?

My guess is Disney wants the the proprietary "group writing" software, not the fanfiction archive. The fanfiction archive cannot have made a profit. I wouldn't be surprised if the fanfiction archive is simply removed. Though they would probably say it's "closed while we make it bigger and better!"

We need more confirmation, because a press release at "" doesn't inspire confidence.

Also need to know: What other Internet-based companies has Disney purchased, and what happened to them?

Date: 2008-06-04 06:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ah. was purchased by Disney about six months ago.

The connection to Disney is quite obvious, since "Parenting News" contains blurbs such as "Disney launches new film label." Umm... this is parenting news how?

Perhaps Disney will keep the fanfic archive so it can plaster it with ads... after it removes the work about intellectual property it doesn't own, presumably. And the porn.

I predict a massive panicky content yank over at the fanlib archive by fanfic authors. :D

Why do I have an overpowering urge to write Mickey/Goofy?

The largest Disney-owned fandom at FanLib is, I believe, the Pirates of the Caribbean films.

Date: 2008-06-04 07:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The connection to Disney is quite obvious, since "Parenting News" contains blurbs such as "Disney launches new film label." Umm... this is parenting news how?

Gotta keep the kiddies comatose and drooling somehow.

Date: 2008-06-04 06:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have sources at FanLib that I used to write up my big piece on them. According to those sources, this is just a rumor. It is not true that they were bought out by Disney. They asked me to tell people to check their forums in about an hour.

Date: 2008-06-04 06:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Interesting. The "article" certainly didn't inspire confidence.

Date: 2008-06-04 09:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] is their on forum post about it. Nothing wrong with sharing new information but sharing bad information and allowing it to spread is not good for the whole community, no matter what side of the issue you fall on.

Date: 2008-06-05 01:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If FanLib is serious about clearing this up, they need something much more official than a forum post. That doesn't inspire confidence, either.


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