I have only lost two stories on fanfic.net so far; my letter and an original fic. I assume that more will follow.
We have had some small wins. The site now updates their homepage more frequently. Yay.
They now post public announcements on your admin page. Yay.
The site has changed layout and does appear to be updating faster. Yay.
There are a few protests organised. One hopes that everyone will log out of the site this weekend.
The upcoming weekend of June 8th and 9th, 2012, for a 48 hour period, we are asking people to ban FF net to make them take notice of the atrocious way they are dealing with their authors. I'm asking that you all avoid FFN Friday and Saturday, don't even go there, let them feel what it would be like if we all left. Remember to sign out.
Also make sure you are in the right time zone. Midnight in the USA is not midnight in Australia, for instance.
There is a petition you can sign, that already has nearly 20,000 names on it.
I fear that none of these things will make a real difference. Fanfic.net controls the industry simply because of its size. Four million members gives them some serious clout.
I looked up their terms of service recently. (Now moved to the bottom of the page under TOS). According to their terms of service, original stuff has to be posted on their other site. I knew that when I posted ‘Spontaneous’, but people wanted to read it and it was only the second thing I had ever posted on the site.
But also, according to section 6 of those TOS with regard to user submissions:
“D. In connection with User Submissions, you further agree that you will not submit material that is copyrighted, protected by trade secret or otherwise subject to third party proprietary rights, including privacy and publicity rights, unless you are the owner of such rights or have permission from their rightful owner and the necessary consents from any individuals whose personally identifiable information is contained in such material to post the material and to grant FanFiction.Net all of the license rights granted herein.”
Now, by my reading of that (and yes, I do have a law degree) that would mean that the ONLY people who have the right to post submissions on fanfic are the original writers.
In that case, EVERY single story on fanfic.net breaches their own TOS. Except for the legendary rumours of real authors posting their own crack fics.
Hmmm fanfic? Are you going to delete them all? Or are you going to apply your TOS in an erratic manner?
No, don’t answer. I know this one…