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Burning Other People's Dreams for Profit

A person named Keith Mander, who apparently has made most of his money by getting people to pay him for fluffing up their Google search positions by providing repetitive crud content, has bought a couple of fanfiction archives: LOTRFanfiction.com and a Twilight archive. He's talking out of both sides of his mouth, on the one hand claiming that he is going to improve the sites out of the goodness of his heart and on the other hand boasting about how he is going to make money from them.

The prospect of the arrival of lawyers from the Tolkien estate asking why he's making money off their clients' intellectual property apparently holds no dread for Mr. Mander.

There's more coverage on this from esteliel at Dreamwidth, and the Organization for Transformative Works is offering AO3 accounts and and import services for the authors whose work is posted at the two archives. The writers reportedly do not have the ability to cancel and scrub their accounts at these sites.

I know that there are certainly worse things happening in today's world, but this has still got me major-league ticked.

(via neotoma.)

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smillaraaq
Jul. 2nd, 2011 05:51 pm (UTC)
The bit that really boggles me, aside from this dude clearly not even having done enough homework to see how badly Fanlib went over, is that Tolkien fic fandom is just ridiculously archive-site-centric! I dunno how the Twihard folks do things, but for Tolkien fic there are an astonishing number of other archive sites, some generalized like LOTRFF, some very niche-focused -- nothing but Silmarillion fic, nothing but slash, strictly hobbit-centric, no slash or above R-rated fic, etc.; and it's not at all uncommon to find a single fic in multiple places, single-fandom archives and personal journals/websites and multi-fandom archives like the Pit/AO3/AFF, etc. So even without the new LOTRFF replacement Esteliel's setting up, and AO3 scrambling to make invites and auto-import available for anyone who wants it...there's ALREADY no shortage of places with an established reader base where disaffected LOTRFF users can decamp to RIGHT NOW, and very little reason for anyone unhappy with the new ownership to keep reading there -- it's not even remotely close to being the only game in town. I have no idea what the reader/poster stats were for LOTRFF compared to something like Henneth Annun, but I really have to wonder if this dude cherrypicked this one because their domain name seemed the most marketable.

Edited at 2011-07-02 05:54 pm (UTC)
smillaraaq
Jul. 5th, 2011 10:29 pm (UTC)
...and it's finally shown up on Fandom Wank, complete with the latest developments in the whole ridiculous affair, and some great link roundups: http://www.journalfen.net/community/fandom_wank/1277925.html

*sits back with popcorn*
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