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Internet Fandom Is Killing Media - And It's Illegal

Submitted by kmeisthax on Thu, 02/25/2016 - 22:19 in Rants

Internet Fandom Is Killing Media - And It's Illegal

Copyright law assigns a large handful of rights to copyright owners without putting much thought into it. The entire system is designed to make established rightsholders' lives easier when "protecting" their work. Unfortunately, literally any of the actions that we would attribute to fandom are explicitly reserved exclusive rights of the copyright holder unless otherwise assigned or waived. The only legal thing one can do within fandom is to consume. Reacts To Fine Brothers ReactWorld Licensing Program

Submitted by kmeisthax on Sun, 01/31/2016 - 16:43 in Rants

The biggest faux pas one can make when licensing copyrights and trademarks is to do it very publicly, especially now with stuff like YouTube, where your audience and your fans are directly connected. You cannot just go out and start doing things that sound like you're asking for money, unless you're specifically setting up something like a Patreon, where it's specifically stated that the money you're asking for will go back into the production of the content that people came for. And I don't think the Fine Brothers really understood this.

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