Sep. 6th, 2015

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Posted in full at: at September 05, 2015 at Streaming Video Network (excerpts and with my bolded text): has successfully raised its initial gofundme goal thanks to the generous support of those in the community. It has been in operation since 2010 and has successfully streamed over 18,000 adfree. mute free, takedown free vids for 5 years running. However, it’s been somewhat limited by its platform which is hosted on the Ning Network that is growing more outdated as time goes by. Our move will allow more freedom, creative control, stability and the ability address most of the issues that may have prevented some from participating. The launch of our new site is planned for mid to late September.

If you are NOT yet a member of the community & would like to get notified when we launch, please visit

If you are already a member of the community you will automatically get notified.  There is nothing you need to do.

If you have an questions, comments or would like to participate in helping us grow, please visit and contact us.

[Background on the service] started out as BamVidVault at just around the time You Tube was ramping up its content id match system (similar to the one Vimeo just instituted). This was the perfect storm for viral membership and video uploads. There is a lot of quality video content on there from Luminosity, Obsessive24, Loki (Secretly to Dream), Clucking Belles, Thedothatgirl, Arefadedaway, and so many more talented vidders I should be mentioning. I, at one time, served as an admin on the site. It was run by a teen couple who started the network back in February 2009.The site ran without incident up until summer of 2010 when Ning decided to shift from its freemium model to a premium model. The original owners decided it was best to let the site expire……… In July of 2010, the network was under new management and rebranded as Thanks to the generous donations of members both within and outside of the community over the year we have been a resource to vidders, viewers, college professors and even a museum creator looking to get in touch with vidders for an exhibit. We are an AO3 certified streaming partner & perfect for any video rejected on You Tub or Vimeo.

[The upcoming move]

In preparation for the move we have backed up all videos on the site. This was quite a project and required about 2 months of 24/7 downloading using an Adobe Air Archiver provided by the Ning Platform. Our new platform allows us to host the network on a server of our choice. It also opens up the ability to improve our FPS and offer hd streaming which was an issue for some investigating our network as an option. We are also embed friendly. This means if you already have videos hosted on other video networks like You Tube, Critical Commons or Vimeo they can all be consolidated on one account. We are also looking to implement back up and download services. 

[Moving forward/How to stay in touch]

Again if you are interested visit and subscribe to be included in our updates…….. If you ever have any questions don’t hesitate to contacts at, vidding, fan vid, bam video vault, fanvid, DWCrosspost
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Posted in full at: at September 05, 2015 at 11:38PM

10,000 zines and counting: a library's quest to save the history of fandom | The Verge:

The Hevelin project is digitizing science fiction fanzines from the 1930s to the 1950s (”the rise of zines and the Golden Age of science fiction”) .

I don’ t know if they are still looking for volunteers to help with the indexing, but they have a tumblr FAQ 

 “Fanzines feel almost designed to resist archival. “Creators were working with what they had, often within pretty tight budgets, and producing fantastic images with relatively cheap materials,” Hampton tells The Verge. Many of Hevelin’s zines were hectographed — copied by pressing paper to an inked gelatin pad. The medium produced brilliant purples and blues that can still be seen in some of the illustrations. But it favored cheap, highly acidic paper, and images could fade within hours under direct light. “There are rusty staples, tape — all these material things that make a fanzine a fanzine are also what make them difficult to preserve.” Each zine is photographed page by page as quickly as possible, supported by a specially designed cradle, until it can go back in storage.“

Tags:science fiction fanzines, fanzines, digital preservation, DWCrosspost
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Posted in full at: at September 06, 2015 at 12:17PM

Together with our partners in the Re:Create Coalition, Legal has proposed two panels for the 2016 South by Southwest conference. Find out more about them (and upvote us!) here: Copyright & Creators: 2026 (featuring Legal Chair Betsy) and Fair Use Awakens: Classrooms/Libraries/Communities (featuring Betsy and Legal Staffer Heidi). You can also find out more about Heidi’s other proposed panels and suggestions.

In August, Legal helped several fans, from several countries, with legal questions about copyright law, plagiarism, and fair use. They also successfully corresponded with the maker of an unauthorized Android app for reading on AO3. The app maker agreed to change the name of the app and make it clear in all promotions that it is unauthorized and unrelated to the OTW and that the OTW doesn’t provide support for it. Legal also took action regarding another unauthorized widget for Android that used the AO3 trademark in a confusing manner. Please be aware that the AO3 does not have an official app.

South Africa is considering adopting a fair use provision in its copyright law. Fair use supporters are trying to make sure that the law actually protects fair use, and Legal is preparing to file a supporting comment. We need your help signal-boosting our request for stories from South African fans about how they’ve benefited from making and/or consuming fanworks. Please send your stories to our Legal committee. The last time we did this, for the US, the stories were amazing.

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Tags:fair use, otw, Organization for Transformative Works, south africa, DWCrosspost
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