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  • Free Service on Ning is Being Eliminated

    By .fcoppa on Friday, 16 April 2010 - 2:21pm
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    TechCrunch reports: Ning's Bubble Bursts: No More Free Networks, Cuts 40% of Staff. This isn't a copyright issue, but a matter of profits: they're finding free networks insufficiently profitable, and so are going to be focusing more on their "premium" services.

    This may displace vidders (again!) who put their work at places like Bam Vid Vault and other networks after the fall of Imeem; we're also going to see more disruption of vidding communities. We remind you to document yourself and other fans on Fanlore so that people looking for you and your work can find you regardless of what platforms, services, or networks you use--and yes, yes, we need A Vidding Archive of Our Own!

  • Go Go Godzilla!

    By .fcoppa on Tuesday, 23 March 2010 - 8:40pm
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    I have often described the coming battle over online video as Godzilla vs. Mothra--that is to say, a battle which will be fought out among corporate behemoths much more powerful than any vidder. Reel one of this monster movie is starting: Viacom vs. Google. This week, both sides released paperwork detailing their claims and accusations; at stake is YouTube, and even more specifically, the DMCA's "safe harbor" provision--which is just the little detail which has made most of the internet possible. (Short, IANAL version: "safe harbor" means that you can't hold internet services liable for everything their users do with them. If streaming sites, web ISPs, social networks, etc. had to guarantee that nobody would ever use them to do, publish, or share anything illegal, they wouldn't be able to function.)

    Probably the funniest part of this week's news comes from YouTube's blog post on the subject, in which they argue that Viacom is basically full of sockpuppets:

    For years, Viacom continuously and secretly uploaded its content to YouTube, even while publicly complaining about its presence there. It hired no fewer than 18 different marketing agencies to upload its content to the site. It deliberately "roughed up" the videos to make them look stolen or leaked. It opened YouTube accounts using phony email addresses. It even sent employees to Kinko's to upload clips from computers that couldn't be traced to Viacom...As a result, on countless occasions Viacom demanded the removal of clips that it had uploaded to YouTube, only to return later to sheepishly ask for their reinstatement. In fact, some of the very clips that Viacom is suing us over were actually uploaded by Viacom itself.

    Is it too much to hope that Viacom flounces and deletes all its journals in a huff?

  • Fanivideoiden historia

    By Helka Lantto on Saturday, 27 February 2010 - 5:33pm
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    Fanivideot (vids) ovat fanien tekemiä musiikkivideoita, joita tehdään leikkaamalla uudelleen ja remiksaamalla aineistoa televisiosarjoista ja elokuvista. Fanivideoiden historia on paljon pidempi kuin YouTuben (2003) ja nykyaikaisen "remix"-kulttuurin; fanivideoita on tehty jo 1970-luvulta lähtien, ja ne ovat yksi Star Trek -fandomissa ja myöhemmissä mediafandomeissa syntyneistä taidemuodoista. Lisäksi erityisen merkillepantavaa on, että fanivideoita tekevät lähinnä naiset, ehkä siksi että mediafandom yleensä on naisvaltainen, tai siksi että tarinoiden kertominen jo olemassa olevan materiaalin avulla on ollut yksi tapa murtaa se muuri, joka estää naisia pääsemästä kalliiseen ja miesten dominoimaan filmien maailmaan.

    Transformatiivisten teosten järjestön (OTW) Fanivideoiden historia -projekti on sitoutunut dokumentoimaan ja vaalimaan fanivideoiden 35-vuotista historiaa. Me uskomme, että ei-kaupalliset teokset, kuten fanivideot, jotka käyttävät luovasti olemassa olevaa tekijänoikeuslain alaista materiaalia, ovat transformatiivisia ja että transformatiiviset teokset ovat laillisia Yhdysvaltain tekijänoikeuslain mukaan.

    Työhömme kuuluvat:

    Fair use -fanivideoiden testisarja: Tarjotaan osana OTW:n lausuntoa EFF:n Yhdysvaltain tekijänoikeusvirastolle osoittaman vetoomuksen tukemiseksi. Vetoomuksessa EFF anoo erivapautta DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) -laista fanivideoiden ja muiden transformatiivisten tai muulla tavalla Yhdysvaltain fair use -käytännön mukaisten teosten tekijöille.

    Vidding: Dokumentti remix-kulttuurista, jonka OTW tuotti yhdessä MIT:n ja New Media Literacy -projektin kanssa vuonna 2008. Ohjaus: Francesca Coppa; leikkaus: Laura Shapiro.

    Suullinen historia -projekti: OTW on perustanut Suullinen historia -projektin dokumentoidakseen monien fanivideoiden esiäitien kokemuksia. Haastateltavina ovat muun muassa: Kandy Fong; Sandy ja Rache Media Cannibals -kollektiivista; Morgan Dawn. Haluaisimme, että mahdollisimman moni fanivideoiden tekijä olisi mukana tässä projektissa; jos sinua kiinnostaisi tulla haastatelluksi, ota meihin yhteyttä.

    Julkisuus ja esitykset:

    Neda Ulabyn Vidders Talk Back To Their Pop-Culture Muses NPR:n All Things Considered -ohjelmassa, lähetetty 25. helmikuuta, 2009. Kuuntele verkossa tai lue mukana oleva artikkeli.

    Fanivideoiden sukupuu: Francesca Coppa ja Laura Shapiro tekivät yhteistyössä kaksituntisen "Fanivideoiden sukupuu" -esityksen ja videonäytöksen 24/7: A DIY Video Summit -tapahtumassa (8.-10. helmikuuta, 2008; School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California).

    "Remixing Television: Francesca Coppa on the vidding underground," haastattelu: Jesse Walker, Reason: Free Minds and Free Markets -julkaisu. Elokuu/syyskuu 2008, s. 57-63.

    The Vidder, New York Magazinen profiili Luminositystä

  • Vimeo Sued Over Music Infringement

    By .fcoppa on Thursday, 31 December 2009 - 5:36am
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    Here's a case that vidders might want to keep an eye on. Vimeo is being sued by a number of record companies--EMI, Capitol, Virgin--over audio tracks, which "are too often unlicensed copies of full songs." You can read more about the case at arstechnica.com: Vimeo sued; have staffers uploaded infringing content? While the suit seems to want to leave some space for transformative works--as the article notes, EMI is "careful to say that it is 'not seeking to stifle creativity or preclude members of the public from creating original, lawful audiovisual works,'" it also wants to stop usage of "the entire musical work deliberately and carefully synchronized into the video."

    Obviously we at the OTW disagree with the implication that the use of music "in careful synchronization" is automatically infringing. Music can be an interpretive tool, and vids are a form of speech: they show, they demonstrate, they make arguments. In a vid, music is not a "soundtrack"; it is an essential part of the argument and creates a new--intricate, and richly meaningful--whole.

  • Links of Potential Interest to Vidders

    By .fcoppa on Thursday, 5 November 2009 - 1:33am
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    From the business section of the Guardian this week: Google seeks to turn a profit from YouTube copyright clashes. The article's subtitle gives you the gist: "Group is working to persuade music and video companies to cash in rather than clamp down when their content is uploaded." In short, Google wants to use their content fingerprinting system to report uses--even transformed uses--to copyright holders and then to offer them the chance to put ads on user-generated content. There's lots wrong with that, but perhaps the wrongest is the idea that the companies have the right to take things down because "because the use does not fit the original's values." C'mon, Google! Don't be evil!

    In brighter news, UK Will Urge EC To Legalise Mashups, Format-Shifting, Content Sharing. This "could include legalising more outright copying, the creation of sound/image mashups, format-shifting and sharing material with family and friends."

    Relatedly, folks seem to be figuring out that the DVR isn't actually the death of commercial television and that so-called "music pirates" actually buy more music. While we've heard this song before, optimistically copyright holders will eventually figure out that they shouldn't be afraid of new technologies.

  • The Slow Road to Fair Use: How IKAT381 fought the Bots and won

    By .fcoppa on Saturday, 3 October 2009 - 2:31pm
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    You might think fighting robots only happens in video games, in which case: read the The Slow Road to Fair Use: Why it Takes Three Weeks to Post Your Youtube Video, a guest post by video remixer IKAT381 at politicalremixvideo.com. IKAT381 chronicles the three week--but ultimately successful--slog to get a vid up on YouTube, a process that included fighting the upload bot, which did an automatic takedown, lodging a dispute through YouTube's built-in online tool, and then lodging a DMCA counternotice when the dispute was denied (by another bot?) in favor of UMG, the record company that owned the Weezer song.

    Persistence paid off, but as IKAT381 points out, "imagine if I was a career artist who wanted to dedicate more time to creating than to looking up copyright law and counter-notice procedures. Or imagine I had kids, or school, or any number of things that might be more important to me than being a copyright geek."

    IKAT381 concludes: In the year 2009, copyright disputes have been taken over by robots. In the year 2010, copyright disputes should be handled by people.

    (You might also enjoy the vid. Super Pork and Beans All-Stars (Weezer Remix) is a tribute to IKAT381's favorite internet celebrities, of which you're sure to recognize more than a few!)

  • Public Knowledge Video Series: "We Are Creators, Too" (+Bonus Geek Feminism Interview)

    By .fcoppa on Thursday, 1 October 2009 - 8:10pm
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    Public Knowledge, a Washington, D.C.-based public interest group working to defend citizens' rights in the digital culture, has just done a four part "TV" series called, "We Are Creators, Too."

    Part One features Nina Paley, the brilliant independent filmmaker and animator who made Sita Sings The Blues, whose release was tied up over music rights: while the actual recordings she used (from 1927) were in the public domain, the "sync licenses" were exorbitant.

    Parts Two and Three feature Elisa Kreisinger and Jonathan McIntosh of Political Remix Video; Elisa's political remixes, including "Queer Housewives of New York City (Real Housewives Remix)", can be found at elisakreisinger.com; Jonathan's political remixes, including, "So You Think You Can Be President?" and the recent "Buffy vs. Edward" can be found at rebelliouspixels.com.

    Part Four features OTW board member Francesca Coppa talking about vidding and vid culture, as well as the work of the OTW. (Francesca was also recently interviewed over at Geek Feminism, where she talks about the Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, and where the OTW is vis a vis a vidding archive.)

  • Cinema Journal Puts Fandom in the Spotlight

    By .fcoppa on Monday, 21 September 2009 - 9:23pm
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    The Summer, 2009 issue of Cinema Journal features a section on fandom in general and vidding in particular edited by TWC's Kristina Busse and featuring a number of members of TWC's editorial board. (Yes, that's a shot from Lim's "Us" on the cover!) The issue is currently being mailed to subscribers, but eventually will be online at JStor and available through academic search engines in libraries and such.

    In Focus: Fandom and Feminism
    Gender and the Politics of Fan Production

    "Introduction," by Kristina Busse
    "A Fannish Taxonomy of Hotness," by Francesca Coppa
    "A Fannish Field of Value: Online Fan Gift Culture," by Karen Hellekson
    "Should Fan Fiction Be Free?" by Abigail De Kosnik
    "User Penetrated Content: Fan Video in the Age of Convergence," by Julie Levin Russo
    "Living in a Den of Thieves: Fan Video and Digital Challenges to Ownership," by Alexis Lothian

    Edited to add: Not sure for how long this file will be available, but the "In Focus" section can currently be found on the SCMS website here (right-click and save).

  • OTW Responds to Questions from the Copyright Office Regarding Proposed DMCA Exemptions for Remix Artists/Vidders

    By .fcoppa on Friday, 18 September 2009 - 11:47pm
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    The Copyright Office requested further information from the OTW and other groups that testified during the DMCA Anticircumvention Hearings on May 6-8. These hearings were designed to entertain testimony in favor of and against DMCA exemptions for media educators (including K-12 teachers), documentary filmmakers, vidders, and other noncommercial remix artists.

    For those who are interested, our answers are linked here.

    The first is a joint answer, collaboratively written, submitted, and signed by the OTW, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and a number of library associations (ALA, AALA, ARL, ACRL), film and media studies professors, and documentary filmmakers and their organizations. (Joint Supporters Response To Supplemental Questions On Proposed DVD-Related DMCA Exemptions (PDF).)

    The second is a separate response co-written specifically by the OTW and the EFF to address the particular needs of vidders and other remix artists. (OTW & EFF Response To Supplemental Questions, Specific To Noncommercial Video Remix Creators (PDF).)

  • Vidder Documentaries

    By .fcoppa on Tuesday, 4 August 2009 - 3:21pm
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    Fans of vidding might be interested in the short documentaries about individual vidders being made over at the Vid Commentary LiveJournal community. The first of these, a profile of vidder kiki_miserychic is now available either as an embed or as a download.

    The entire Vid Commentary community is devoted to encouraging fans to write or record commentary/analysis on vids they didn't make. Vidding fans should go, read, and try sharing their own analyses of these complex and layered fanworks!

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