Guys check this YouTube video out: "BAD PILOTS - Star Wars Fan Film - Tie Fighters - Not Rogue One, or Han Solo's Solo movie" by Starfried Films. For a Star Wars Fan film it's not that bad... well the acting isn't completely terrible anyway. The film's length is 29:06.6/17/2018 . Edited 6/17/2018 #2,791 Report
I personally feel the post above is inappropriate for the TAPIR forum.7/4/2018 #2,793 Report
Huh... So there's also a forum for stolen stories as well? Neat. Is it member only or can anyone help out?8/17/2018 #2,794 Report
Welcome to Tapir Moonlight Butterfree. Anyone can help out. Just report a stolen fic to the tip thread.8/17/2018 #2,795 Report
Does anyone know of the EU's proposed copyright law? Here are some YouTube links (including a link to a relevant question I asked on the help desk):9/12/2018 . Edited 9/12/2018 #2,797 Report
The legal department of the AO3 site has written an interesting article on their news page, this is part of it. Go and read the full article yourself!
Articles 11 and 13 impose new requirements on sites that host user content, like the AO3, Tumblr, YouTube, and the like. In the United States, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act protects these sites from some kinds of copyright liability, so that the sites aren't responsible for infringing content posted by their users unless the sites know it's there and that it's infringing. That's why most sites have "notice and takedown" policies: if they're warned about infringing content, they have to take it down -- and they're allowed to take fair use into consideration when they decide whether or not to take a work down. Articles 11 and 13 put the burden of preventing infringement on sites, rather than users, and make some very incorrect assumptions about the ability of algorithms to identify what uses infringe and what uses are non-infringing fair uses.
Why are these Articles bad for fans? They make sites liable for infringing material that their users post. They also create new copyright-like rights for press publications, and they make sites liable for "snippets" of press publications that their users post. These rules expect that instead of waiting to be warned about infringing material, sites would have to put in filters that prevent the uploading of infringing material. There is no exception for user-generated content, and as we've seen in other settings, the sort of algorithms that upload filters would have to use are notoriously over-inclusive. That means that the filters would often not be able to tell the difference between transformative fanworks (which generally don't infringe, often because of fair use and related principles) and piracy (which does infringe).
The language that was passed on September 12 contains nonprofit exceptions, as well as exceptions for small businesses. Based on these exceptions, the AO3 would not have to engage in filtering -- so nothing is likely to change around here! -- but other sites that fans use, like Tumblr, YouTube, and Wattpad, will be affected. And despite the exceptions, nonprofit sites (like the AO3) and small businesses that use commercial cloud-based services like AWS (Amazon) or Google's Cloud for storage could still face massive increases in the cost to stay online, get server space, etc. It's impossible to predict the impact on sites like Goodreads and Pinterest. YouTube has posted a statement on the problems posed by the law, and it looks like they're going to keep fighting against the worst possibilities for its implementation.
So this is bad news. But it's also not the end of the story!
The Articles are not law yet. There are still opportunities to fight them. They go up for a final vote in January, and there are opportunities for change between now and then. If the Articles do pass in January, the process of "national implementation" would then begin: each country in the EU would begin to make its own laws based on the Articles. Every country's laws might implement the Articles quite differently -- some good, some bad. There will be battles over specific wording in every country.
So if you're a citizen or resident of an EU country, reach out to your MEPs. This chart shows how each party voted. The SaveYourInternet site has an interactive tool that shows how MEPs in each country voted, and how to contact yours. This page explains how to see how your particular MEPs voted. If they voted against Article 13, contact them to thank them for doing the right thing! If they voted for it, tell them why they made the wrong choice and should change their mind when the January vote happens. Explain to them how this law will impact you personally; tell your story. Get involved with a national organization that is fighting against this law, and one that's ready to push back against it in the courts – especially where it can curtail free speech, which is a fundamental right held by all EU residents.
As our friends at FYeahCopyright put it: "Pushing against this Directive doesn't mean you support piracy or counterfeiting of creative works like films, books or photographs. It means, though, that you want creativity, science, communications and education to thrive online, just as they have for almost thirty years."
I was happy to see most Dutch EU representatives voted against this, even if the complete CDA contingent (5 people) did not.9/25/2018 #2,798 Report
I was happy to see most Dutch EU representatives voted against this, even if the complete CDA contingent (5 people) did not.
At least there are people that stand against this idiotic law! I genuinely am concerned that if this law fully goes through that this site is finished or at the very least go on life support. we need to stand against this moronic law in solidarity. I personally believe these politicians that support (as well as the ones that even conserved of this idiotic law) should be voted out of office.9/26/2018 #2,799 Report
Report from ff.net's twitter. I guess this is a good thing?
Pest control update: over 200K bot accounts have been removed thus far. We will be introducing defenses to make it harder for the spambots to survive.1/16 #2,800 Report
They took out maybe ONE account spamming my reviews. Not really?1/16 #2,801 Report
I'm glad that UchihaMadara1997's account was removed by the admins. I honestly was beginning to think the admins turned a blind eye or something. I'm glad I was wrong. A brief update on what I've been doing: I'm now a YouTuber (have been for a few weeks) My user name is Dragonheart of Ireland (same username as this site). By the way, did you know that you can subscribe to a YouTuber even if your not a YouTuber yourself? All you need is a Google account. I actually talk about this site in the video's: Fanfiction and Articles 13 & 11 #SaveYourInternet (The Draconic Inquisitor) and FFN. Net & AO3 (The Draconic Inquisitor). I also decided to try to become a voice actor. All my attempts at being a voice actor are organized in a playlist. I have no idea if I'll be successful or not.
Edit 1: Sorry for the audio for Fanfiction and Articles 13 & 11 #SaveYourInternet (The Draconic Inquisitor), Until recently I was using a decades old microphone (until I became a YouTuber, I had no use for a microphone (never mind a new one).
Edit 2: The Draconic Inquisitor is a news series/playlist... actually I'll use my own words located within The Draconic Inquisitor's description:
The Draconic Inquisitor is a news series dedicated to bringing important information to people without the sensationalist or dramatic garbage found in other "News Media." If people wish to listen sugarcoated garbage or drama, go somewhere else. I wouldn't post a video in The Draconic Inquisitor if I didn't think it wasn't important. Of course If I post a video in this series, it's important.
Edit 3: I posted this on Pyrocynical's video as a joke: J.K Rowling just ruined Harry potter:
Nobody: Breaking news! J.K. Rowling reveals that Voldemort is Harry Potter's real father! #Harrymort.
Edit 4: When I was talking about the problems with the recaptcha on the Help Desk, I came up with an idea (Location: GENERAL FAQ: Got a problem? Check here first. page 136, post #4,051):
Will this idea work?: (As a Youtuber, voice your (generalizing) YouTube video's to bring attention to this site's problems. After you upload your video, tell people about your video so they'll know where to go. By the way, did you know that you can subscribe to a YouTuber even if your not a YouTuber yourself? All you need is a Google account. FFN users (as long as they have a Google account) could use this feature to keep up to date on the situation on this site.4/5 . Edited 4/5 #2,803 Report