Kindle Worlds = FanLib?

Amazon announces a new program called Kindle Worlds, in which fanfic authors are invited to color within the lines to color within the lines in a tiny number of fandoms and supposedly earn royalties on straight-to-Kindle fanfiction.

See John Scalzi's take on it.

I commented at his blog; my hunch is that Amazon will charge authors a fee for every story submitted, and that fees, not a cut of royalties, is how Amazon expects to profit from the undertaking.

Oh what a FanLib flashback it is! All we need is Chris Williams talking about "getting closer to the talent."

The first fandoms/intellectual property owners participating are Warner Brothers properties. RUN.
Quotes:

"Chris M Williams, VP and general manager of Disney Online Originals, has left the 'Mouse House.'"

"Williams gave up his US-based role on January 31 after four years with the company. Disney reps confirmed the news this week."

"While at Disney, Williams oversaw development and production of series for Disney Online’s websites. He executive produced kids’ series such as Rule the Mix and Corey & Lucas For The Win."

"Williams joined Disney in 2008 when the media giant acquired his two-year-old fan-fiction content group FanLib, which was then rebranded as Take180."

Full article at C21Media; author Jesse Whittock.

FanLib was not actually rebranded as Take180. All FanLib content (fan created and otherwise) was wiped before its servers and software were used by Disney to host Take180, a "fanisode" video hosting site. See the disney buyout tag in this community for the full story -- or at least as much of the story as can be pieced together, since Williams and the other FanLib owners have never commented publicly on what occurred.

This entry was also posted at the Life Without FanLib Community on Dreamwidth.
Whew! Export of Life Without FanLib to DreamWidth completed early this morning, on December 30, 2011.

Link to DreamWidth Life Without FanLib comm.

It has long worried me that the contents of this community, which document fans' experiences with FanLib, might be lost due to the vagaries of LiveJournal.

I'm extremely pleased it was finally possible to import the community (comments and all) to DreamWidth, creating a backup of the content.

Content posted by LiveJournal members remains under their control. You do not need to have a DreamWidth account to edit or remove your posts. See the Open-ID FAQ for more information.

New posts and comments are welcome at both communities. Cross-posting is not necessary.

Comments by non-members are now screened

Due to daily spam, comments from non-members are now screened. Anon comments have been screened for a while for the same reason.

Non-member and anon comments are allowed; they won't be visible until they're unscreened by a moderator.
esteliel sent me a message about LOTRFanFiction.com being sold. Read about it at her journal:

http://esteliel.livejournal.com/428988.html?format=light

Also well worth reading: a comment by Adora, who sold the web site.

http://esteliel.livejournal.com/428988.html?thread=3322556&format=light#t3322556

The new owner, Keith Mander, has purchased other fan sites, such as TwilightArchives.com. He writes in his blog:

Deja vu? LOTRFanFiction.com is a fan fiction archive, just like TwilightArchives.com (another site I snapped up a couple of months ago).

The thinking is that I can leverage the technology behind the Twilight site's redesign to quickly rejuvenate the LOTR site. Plus, plenty of opportunities for cross promotion and integration (SSO, for example). The longer term thought is that with the combined user base, I'll be able to quickly enter and dominate new fandoms, hopefully creating some returns.


Yep, it's deja vu all over again.
Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam, of Surveyfail fame, are back. And they have a book out. So Ogas is promoting his evo-bio-psycho fake science here: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/billion-wicked-thoughts/201104/why-feminism-is-the-anti-viagra

Considering their history, and Ogas recent post, this new book is *not* on fandoms' reading lists. Or feminists' reading lists. In fact, I really don't want to think of the sort of people who might buy this book. :(

It's not directly Fanlib-related, but I'm posting a link here because I theink many of the same people in fandom were involved, and it covers many of the same issues: male academic outsiders tried to profit off of fandom, got their over-privileged, obnoxious, unprofessional arses kicked, and then ran away crying about evil fangirls.

Ithilian posted about it on Livejournal here: http://ithiliana.livejournal.com/1515241.html?format=light

There's a post by Courtney at Feministing here: http://feministing.com/2011/04/11/feminism-once-again-blamed-for-well-everything/#more-32198

And also a post by Phosfate at Clairvoyant Wank on Journalfen here: http://www.journalfen.net/community/clairvoyantwank/479741.html?view=21894397#t21894397 .

The Clairvoyant Wank post recaps most of Ogi Ogas history, but Elf also made a Linkspam masterpost over on Dreamwidth: http://linkspam.dreamwidth.org/5800.html

(I also cross-posted this on my journal, here: http://zellieh.dreamwidth.org/125168.html, and at LJ.)
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.Collapse )

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.
Gotta love those public records. The tale of the FanLib trademark tells us bunches.

http://tarr.uspto.gov/servlet/tarr?regser=serial&entry=76521061

It seems Disney began acquiring FanLib in May, 2008, and completed the process in June, two months before FanLib announced it was "closing."

I base this on the trademark records "Attorney Revoked And/Or Appointed" dated 5/28/2008, and "Automatic Update Of Assignment Of Ownership" on 6/11/2008. The first rumor of the buyout appeared June 3, 2008 -- a rumor FanLib denied right through its "closure" in August, 2008.

Disney now owns the FanLib trademark, which means it could resurrect it at some point; the FanLib software and servers presently support the Disney property Take180.com.

The FanLib trademark, classed as "Goods and/or Services," covers "providing temporary use of on-line non-downloadable software to facilitate the creation, conceptualization, and editing of a variety of movies, television shows, novels, plays, videogames, and other content or media, through user suggestions, concepts, ideas, collaboration, and voting."
From paidcontent.org:

Less than 18 months after acquiring Ideal Bite for $20 million, the Walt Disney Co. is folding the green-living tips company into the Disney Interactive Media Group. Disney spokeswoman Michelle Bergman said it's not being shut down, that DIMG is "evaluating the situation" and has made no staffing decisions yet. But it may not be that simple. A source familiar with the situation tells paidContent that staff members were told Friday in a conference call that they were being laid off effective Dec. 9. Cofounders Heather Stephenson and Jennifer Boulden, who started the company in 2005, signed three-year contracts in 2008. They have not yet returned voice messages; Leigh Zarelli, a Disney VP working with emerging business acquisitions, referred questions to Bergman. A staffer who did return my call said I may have gotten some misinformation but couldn't talk about it.

Ideal Bite, which was supposed to be Disney's answer to DailyCandy, offers seven newsletters and a site that links to ABC.com, ABCFamily.com and other ABC sites. It's one of a number of "emerging" businesses Disney acquired over the past couple of years, including Digisynd, picked up for $15 million, and FanLib, now known as Take180.com. Bergman says moving Ideal Bite into the Interactive group was always the plan. Technically, the emerging business group is part of DIMG but have been reporting to the corporate strategy group.


Emphasis added.

FanLib's dramatic descent into infamy.

Great reading at cyborganize:

Archive Wars: FanLib vs. OTW

Quote:

To FanLib, the vast commons of freely exchanged fanworks perhaps appeared as if it simply lacked a businessperson with the savvy to privatize it.

All of the journal makes for a good read; it's Julie Levin Russo's "zero draft" of a dissertation in progress.