fyeahcopyright:

Hey, Teen Wolf fandom, Mtv has something for you! It’s called The Collective and while it might seem shiny, nifty, annoying and/or inapropriate, it’s wrapped up in something that’s kind of archaic. 
A 2011 Terms of Use.
There’ve been a lot of discussions today on twitter and tumblr about the new “Collective” site for Teen Wolf fandom, which is hosted at [LINK] and is subject to the Terms of Use for all of Mtv, which are here. We’re going to focus on the legal issues, not the larger philosophical question of what happens when a show-team and its online arm start hosting fan content. 
As you can see, Mtv’s Terms of Use were written in 2011, which is pretty archaic for Terms of Use for a site that hosts user-created creative content. The Terms of Use are relatively standard for a site with message boards and downloads from The Powers That Be - and they don’t require users to assign copyright ownership of anything they post, which is A Good Thing (although there is a broad license that allows Mtv to do a lot of noncommercial things with submissions - see more on this below). 

However, if you post to The Collective, you’re required to “respect [Mtv’s]  copyrights, trademarks, and other intellectual property rights.” What does that mean for fanworks? We have no idea - there’s no definition, no standards, no explanation. Do you have to respect Gerard or the twins or McCall Senior? Do you have to respect the Nogitsune? (I once had a long discussion with a fellow lawyer as to whether it was possible to “tarnish” Voldemort as a matter of law; this is along those lines.)
 
What’s weirder is this: 

"You shall not … reproduce, modify, create derivative works from, display, perform, publish, distribute, disseminate, broadcast or circulate to any third party (including, without limitation, on or via a third party website), or otherwise use, any Material without the express prior written consent of VMN or its owner if VMN is not the owner."

In other words, they want people to upload fanart and creative expression, but at the same time you can’t reproduce (like in a collage) or create derivative works from any copyrightable elements of the site, or any TW trademarks. 
Derivative works and transformative works don’t completely overlap, but Mtv’s Terms of Use shouldn’t bar derivative works from the site while at the same time asking users to “share your talents”. It just doesn’t make sense. 
We’ve seen some people ask whether Mtv could take fanart and other items posted to The Collective and sell them on shirts or postcards - or put them on the Official Show DVDs without asking the artist’s permission. Technically, they can’t because the ToU says, “Posting is for noncommercial purposes only.”
That should mean that Mtv can’t make any commercial use of the content posted to The Collective without getting additional permission and rights from the artist. That’s how we hope it will be read. 
This might be a good time for Mtv to update the Terms of Use for its entire site - but at the very least, they (and/or RebelMouse) should create specific Terms of Use for The Collective that protect fans’ rights in what they create, and possibly put limitations on what Mtv can do with fan-created and fan-submitted content. They also should have a form for fans to use if someone else submits their creativity without permission - if someone does take your stuff and put it on the Collective, or any other site, you can submit a DMCA takedown request to the site, but for a site that is focused on fan creativity, the process should be clear and easy for fans to use. 
 
The tl;dr - there are legal issues with the Terms of Use, but most of them are because the Terms of Use for Mtv’s sites are a few years out of date. Hopefully this will get Mtv to update their policies; if they want to chat about it at Comic Con, their first easy chance to find us will be at the Transformative Works & Transmedia panel on Friday night - we’ll definitely be talking about The Collective. 

fyeahcopyright:

Hey, Teen Wolf fandom, Mtv has something for you! It’s called The Collective and while it might seem shiny, nifty, annoying and/or inapropriate, it’s wrapped up in something that’s kind of archaic. 

A 2011 Terms of Use.

There’ve been a lot of discussions today on twitter and tumblr about the new “Collective” site for Teen Wolf fandom, which is hosted at [LINK] and is subject to the Terms of Use for all of Mtv, which are here. We’re going to focus on the legal issues, not the larger philosophical question of what happens when a show-team and its online arm start hosting fan content. 

As you can see, Mtv’s Terms of Use were written in 2011, which is pretty archaic for Terms of Use for a site that hosts user-created creative content. The Terms of Use are relatively standard for a site with message boards and downloads from The Powers That Be - and they don’t require users to assign copyright ownership of anything they post, which is A Good Thing (although there is a broad license that allows Mtv to do a lot of noncommercial things with submissions - see more on this below). 
However, if you post to The Collective, you’re required to “respect [Mtv’s]  copyrights, trademarks, and other intellectual property rights.” What does that mean for fanworks? We have no idea - there’s no definition, no standards, no explanation. Do you have to respect Gerard or the twins or McCall Senior? Do you have to respect the Nogitsune? (I once had a long discussion with a fellow lawyer as to whether it was possible to “tarnish” Voldemort as a matter of law; this is along those lines.)
 
What’s weirder is this: 
"You shall not … reproduce, modify, create derivative works from, display, perform, publish, distribute, disseminate, broadcast or circulate to any third party (including, without limitation, on or via a third party website), or otherwise use, any Material without the express prior written consent of VMN or its owner if VMN is not the owner."
In other words, they want people to upload fanart and creative expression, but at the same time you can’t reproduce (like in a collage) or create derivative works from any copyrightable elements of the site, or any TW trademarks. 
Derivative works and transformative works don’t completely overlap, but Mtv’s Terms of Use shouldn’t bar derivative works from the site while at the same time asking users to “share your talents”. It just doesn’t make sense. 
We’ve seen some people ask whether Mtv could take fanart and other items posted to The Collective and sell them on shirts or postcards - or put them on the Official Show DVDs without asking the artist’s permission. Technically, they can’t because the ToU says, “Posting is for noncommercial purposes only.”
That should mean that Mtv can’t make any commercial use of the content posted to The Collective without getting additional permission and rights from the artist. That’s how we hope it will be read. 
This might be a good time for Mtv to update the Terms of Use for its entire site - but at the very least, they (and/or RebelMouse) should create specific Terms of Use for The Collective that protect fans’ rights in what they create, and possibly put limitations on what Mtv can do with fan-created and fan-submitted content. They also should have a form for fans to use if someone else submits their creativity without permission - if someone does take your stuff and put it on the Collective, or any other site, you can submit a DMCA takedown request to the site, but for a site that is focused on fan creativity, the process should be clear and easy for fans to use. 
 
The tl;dr - there are legal issues with the Terms of Use, but most of them are because the Terms of Use for Mtv’s sites are a few years out of date. Hopefully this will get Mtv to update their policies; if they want to chat about it at Comic Con, their first easy chance to find us will be at the Transformative Works & Transmedia panel on Friday night - we’ll definitely be talking about The Collective. 

smoonie:

doctorsdemons:

whitedarryl:

asatira:

elfgrove:

mmemento:

leaper182:

bead-bead:

the-writers-ramblings:

i cant even make it past the table of contents im laughing too hard

WHAT IS THIS BOOK!?!

It’s called “Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes: A No-Bullshit Guide to World Mythology”
By Cory O’Brien, and it looks highly entertaining. :D

Gilgamesh: THE ULTIMATE BROMANCE

Give it here, now.

Sweet Fluffy Gods why is there not an audiobook version?

I need to find this book.

The first time Iv’e wanted to read something since Metro 2033.

guy

guys…look what we did :D

These are the reasons why I am not phased or surprised Thor can and is now, a woman. Nay, a female. In a comic book. 

kateordie:

Dowling Duncan and redesigning the American Dollar:

Why the size?
We have kept the width the same as the existing dollars. However we have changed the size of the note so that the one dollar is shorter and the 100 dollar is the longest. When stacked on top of each other it is easy to see how much money you have. It also makes it easier for the visually impaired to distinguish between notes.

Why a vertical format?
When we researched how notes are used we realized people tend to handle and deal with money vertically rather than horizontally. You tend to hold a wallet or purse vertically when searching for notes. The majority of people hand over notes vertically when making purchases. All machines accept notes vertically. Therefore a vertical note makes more sense.

Why different colors?
It’s one of the strongest ways graphically to distinguish one note from another.

Why these designs?
We wanted a concept behind the imagery so that the image directly relates to the value of each note. We also wanted the notes to be educational, not only for those living in America but visitors as well. Each note uses a black and white image depicting a particular aspect of American history and culture. They are then overprinted with informational graphics or a pattern relating to that particular image.

$1 – The first African American president
$5 – The five biggest native American tribes
$10 – The bill of rights, the first 10 amendments to the US Constitution
$20 – 20th Century America
$50 – The 50 States of America
$100 – The first 100 days of President Franklin Roosevelt. During this time he led the congress to pass more important legislations than most presidents pass in their entire term. This helped fight the economic crises at the time of the great depression. Ever since, every new president has been judged on how well they have done during the first 100 days of their term.

I get so annoyed with Americans who make fun of Canadian currency because it’s “Monopoly Money.” What? Our currency is multicoloured, see-through, holographic and almost indestructible! I guess that’s not as cool as being impossible to tell apart, wrinkly, bland and super easy to rip?

These designs are slick as hell, though.

They remind me of Swiss bank notes.

Monday, 21 July 2014
alliartist:


Eye Button Artwork by Elodie Antoine


This makes me anxious

alliartist:

Eye Button Artwork by Elodie Antoine

This makes me anxious

sixfootdeep:

image

Scott & Stiles. Work-in-progress gif… thing?

I was wondering if anyone would be interested in a tutorial on this (or another image)? I’ve gotten some requests for them in the past but I’ve never been sure what image-process people might be interested in. (full body or portrait etc)

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The Great Edmonton Book Swap Co.

booksinthekitchen:

If you live in the same city that I live in, here’s one way to figure out whenever a new swap is nigh.

Sunday, 20 July 2014
mojomann67:

New Batgirl 2014 Stewart/Tarr design, loving it!

I want to reblog all the Batgirl fanart! But I won’t. Here’s one of my favourites so far.

mojomann67:

New Batgirl 2014 Stewart/Tarr design, loving it!

I want to reblog all the Batgirl fanart! But I won’t. Here’s one of my favourites so far.

tammalee:

NGL, I laughed so hard when he delivered this line. Then, when I kept quoting it to friends later, I kept cracking up.

Oh, Peter.

fyeahcopyright:

Are you coming to San Diego Comic Con this week? FYeahCopyright will be there - and if you’re interested in the intersection of fandom and legal issues as a fan, creator or both, here’s some panels we think you’ll be interested in. Don’t forget to use the SCHED website or app to “rsvp” so the panel organizers and SDCC can have an idea of how many people are interested in each topic!
If you have any additional recs about panels on legal topics or organized by fandomers, please let us know via an Ask, or reblog this post with the info added in and we’ll share the updated version, too. 
We hope to see  you at SDCC, and if you find either heidi8 or untitledbychoice, ask us for a FIC pen or a badge ribbon - we’ll have both! You can also find Heidi (and the pens, and copies of FIC: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World (edited by annejamison)) at the smartpopbooks booth (#4300) on Saturday morning from 10 til 11. 
FRIDAY
Comic Book Law School 202: Moving Forward: Marketing, Monetizing, and More! with a focus on contracts, license agreements and IP law. 10:30 AM in 30CDE
Teen Wolf Fanworks Discussion with daunt (artist), febricant (Not As Described), magneticwave (we knew every line), rashaka (The Next Level Is Real),the_deep_magic (Pack Up; Don’t Stray), and  zjofierose  (Holding Your Own Weight) 11 AM in 29A
How Media and Marketers Are Harnessing the Might of the Superfan with publisher Filip Sablik (boomstudios), journalist Heidi MacDonald (The Beat,Publishers Weekly), entertainment marketer Jeff Dellinger (Hero Complex), author Rob Salkowitz (Comic Con and the Business of Pop Culture), comics retailer Joe Field (Flying Colors Comics) media strategist Kris Longo (Geek Riot Media), and Ed Catto (Bonfire Agency) 4 PM in 25ABC
Creativity Is Magic: Transmedia and Transformative Works with  theorlandojones​ (Sleepy Hollow), flourish Klink (chief participation officer at The Alchemists), Professor Henry Jenkins (provost professor of communication, journalism, and cinematic arts, USC), Aron Levitz (wattpad) and Heidi Tandy of fyeahcopyright. 7:30 in 25AB
SATURDAY
CBLDF: Tales from the Code-True Stories of Censorship. The cbldf (Comic Book Legal Defense Fund) “gathers Denny O’Neil, Paul Levitz, and other top storytellers who worked under the Code’s strictures to tell the tales of how its censorship touched their creative visions.” 12:00 Noon in 30CDE
Fans, Love, and the Law with DeviantArt and Organization for Transformative Works with Josh Wattles of deviantart and Betsy Rosenblatt and Heidi Tandy of the legal committee at transformativeworks. 3:30 in Room 2
Legit Fanfic: How Fan-Made Content Is Good for Audiences, Filmmakers, and Hollywood with Alex LeMay (Resignation Superhero, BZRK), berniesu (lizziebennetdiaries, Welcome to Sanditon), and Josh Caldwell (Resignation Superhero, Anthony Zuiker’s: Cybergedon), Jay Bushman (Lizzie Bennett Diaries, Resignation), brand mangager and transmedia producer Laura Hoefs (Twilight), Jeremy Azevedo (Sr. director of original programming at machinima) and moderator  Gayle Bass (Right This Minute). 8:30 26ABC 
SUNDAY
DeviantArt’s shipping panel, “Building Your Fandom Armada" with Kay Purcell (damphyr) and Aun-Juli Riddle (aunjuli). 12:30 PM in Room 2
Fantastic Fans and Where to Find Them: The Annual Harry Potter Fan Panel, moderated by heidi8, with Kazu Kibuishi (Harry Potter 15th Anniversary Edition cover illustrator), Dylan Saunders (Team StarKid), Lauren Bird (HP Alliance), Madhuri Shekar (In Love and Warcraft), markdoesstuff (MarkDoesStuff.com) and Sunny Williams (Harvey Putter and the Ridiculous Premise). 4:15 in 6DE


Very much looking forward to this!

fyeahcopyright:

Are you coming to San Diego Comic Con this week? FYeahCopyright will be there - and if you’re interested in the intersection of fandom and legal issues as a fan, creator or both, here’s some panels we think you’ll be interested in. Don’t forget to use the SCHED website or app to “rsvp” so the panel organizers and SDCC can have an idea of how many people are interested in each topic!

If you have any additional recs about panels on legal topics or organized by fandomers, please let us know via an Ask, or reblog this post with the info added in and we’ll share the updated version, too. 

We hope to see  you at SDCC, and if you find either heidi8 or untitledbychoice, ask us for a FIC pen or a badge ribbon - we’ll have both! You can also find Heidi (and the pens, and copies of FIC: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World (edited by annejamison)) at the smartpopbooks booth (#4300) on Saturday morning from 10 til 11. 

FRIDAY

Comic Book Law School 202: Moving Forward: Marketing, Monetizing, and More! with a focus on contracts, license agreements and IP law. 10:30 AM in 30CDE

Teen Wolf Fanworks Discussion with daunt (artist), febricant (Not As Described), magneticwave (we knew every line), rashaka (The Next Level Is Real),the_deep_magic (Pack Up; Don’t Stray), and  zjofierose  (Holding Your Own Weight11 AM in 29A

How Media and Marketers Are Harnessing the Might of the Superfan with publisher Filip Sablik (boomstudios), journalist Heidi MacDonald (The Beat,Publishers Weekly), entertainment marketer Jeff Dellinger (Hero Complex), author Rob Salkowitz (Comic Con and the Business of Pop Culture), comics retailer Joe Field (Flying Colors Comics) media strategist Kris Longo (Geek Riot Media), and Ed Catto (Bonfire Agency) 4 PM in 25ABC

Creativity Is Magic: Transmedia and Transformative Works with  theorlandojones​ (Sleepy Hollow), flourish Klink (chief participation officer at The Alchemists), Professor Henry Jenkins (provost professor of communication, journalism, and cinematic arts, USC), Aron Levitz (wattpad) and Heidi Tandy of fyeahcopyright. 7:30 in 25AB

SATURDAY

CBLDF: Tales from the Code-True Stories of Censorship. The cbldf (Comic Book Legal Defense Fund) “gathers Denny O’NeilPaul Levitz, and other top storytellers who worked under the Code’s strictures to tell the tales of how its censorship touched their creative visions.” 12:00 Noon in 30CDE

Fans, Love, and the Law with DeviantArt and Organization for Transformative Works with Josh Wattles of deviantart and Betsy Rosenblatt and Heidi Tandy of the legal committee at transformativeworks. 3:30 in Room 2

Legit Fanfic: How Fan-Made Content Is Good for Audiences, Filmmakers, and Hollywood with Alex LeMay (Resignation Superhero, BZRK), berniesu (lizziebennetdiaries, Welcome to Sanditon), and Josh Caldwell (Resignation Superhero, Anthony Zuiker’s: Cybergedon), Jay Bushman (Lizzie Bennett DiariesResignation), brand mangager and transmedia producer Laura Hoefs (Twilight), Jeremy Azevedo (Sr. director of original programming at machinima) and moderator  Gayle Bass (Right This Minute). 8:30 26ABC 

SUNDAY

DeviantArt’s shipping panel, “Building Your Fandom Armada" with Kay Purcell (damphyr) and Aun-Juli Riddle (aunjuli). 12:30 PM in Room 2

Fantastic Fans and Where to Find Them: The Annual Harry Potter Fan Panel, moderated by heidi8, with Kazu Kibuishi (Harry Potter 15th Anniversary Edition cover illustrator), Dylan Saunders (Team StarKid), Lauren Bird (HP Alliance), Madhuri Shekar (In Love and Warcraft), markdoesstuff (MarkDoesStuff.com) and Sunny Williams (Harvey Putter and the Ridiculous Premise). 4:15 in 6DE

Very much looking forward to this!

 
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