This will always be funny to me.
Oh my gosh
I just realized
He played the TENth Doctor.
He plays the ELEVENth Doctor.
It took me a very long time to realise Matt Smith doesn’t have the word eleven in it
OH MY GOD THIS CAT
The Boy Scouts of America has just voted to end the ban on gay Scouts in a major victory for gay youth. We will keep the pressure on until they remove the ban on gay and lesbian parents and leaders as well. http://glaad.org/scouts
so do you guys think the world is going to end in 2012 or what
My AP euro teacher wouldn’t let our class watch Les Mis so we barricaded the door and screamed “VIVE LA REVOLUCIÓN” when he tried to get in.
You will always be a child of two worlds
Fandom News of the Day: Amazon Unveils a Fanfic Publishing Platform
Beginning in June, fanfiction authors will be able to self-publish their works from selected partner franchises via Kindle Worlds. Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars are already on board with the project and more are expected to be announced the official launch. However, authors aren’t exactly jumping at the chance to turn their works into cash: by using the platform, authors give all rights to the work to Amazon, who can then license your elements to other authors with no compensation to the original poster. The platform also will not publish stories containing pornography, excessive use of brand names or crossovers, so your Superwholock mpreg (male pregnancy) stories will just have to stay on Tumblr.
Saw someone pointing this out: basically, they’re mining for spec scripts from the fanfic community.
If Amazon maintains the rights to “license elements” of published fanfic without compensation to the original authors, you’re looking at soon enough having these fanfic plots rolled out as episodes of the (still airing) shows that are already on board, plain and simple. Why else would they axe excessive pornography/violence right out of the gate? It has to be compliant for TV, of course.
I can see this. For a very long time fic has been a tricky grey area for television/film/etc. because there has always been the worry of copyright infringement. What happens when a script writer borrows elements they read in an online fanfic? It does happen and can quickly become a legal nightmare. This removes that worry. Make no mistake, Amazon isn’t doing this for fandom. Amazon is doing this to make a profit, and the supporting franchises are doing this to mine ideas. Nowhere in this does the fic author benefit. You will make more money (and retain your work) changing the names of the characters and self-publishing your fic as an original work.
Keep fanfiction free and accessible. Fic authors have rights too. Fanfiction is one of the greatest online social movements of our time. Countless people, from every corner of the world, coming together and claiming pop culture as their own through non-violent means. There are literally hundreds of thousands of minds seeking to engage with each other using the creative medium of a shared culture (popular media). It’s beautiful. And it doesn’t belong in the hands of corporate America.
What Neko said. This just pings all of my Spidey senses about what is wrong when business tries to monetize fandom.