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Tue, Feb. 15th, 2005, 11:28 pm
kalikamaxwell: The MPAA goes after fandom...

Well, as crazy as it sounds, the MPAA has begun to send C&D letters to some websites hosting fanfics that use 'their' ratings. The whole G, PG, PG-13, R and NC-17 thing.

fandom_lawyers has a very informative post here.

I honestly don't know what to think beside WTF? I guess we'll have to wait and see where it goes.

www.aestheticism.com got a letter too, and already changed their ratings.
In the fandom_lawyers comments, an explanation is proposed. It says there is a slight chance Harlequin may start using the ratings on their books.

Wed, Feb. 16th, 2005 04:35 am (UTC)

Is this even *real*? I'm suspicious of this whole thing. Looks like a hoax.

Wed, Feb. 16th, 2005 04:43 am (UTC)

I was suspicious at first but Aestheticism.com got one too. They changed their ratings already.

Wed, Feb. 16th, 2005 04:54 am (UTC)

Oh crap . . . so it's not just an isolated incident?

Is fandom_lawyers keeping a running tab of this situation? I'd like to stay informed of what's going on with this.

Wed, Feb. 16th, 2005 05:07 am (UTC)

Between them and fandom_wank, news should get around.

Wed, Feb. 16th, 2005 04:53 am (UTC)

I've always thought using movie ratings for written fiction was stupid.

Not that I'm happy about legal crackdowns targetting fans, but.

They're two entirely different media! It's stupid!

(And actually that goes in the fen's favour, as far as my short understanding of trademark legal concerns goes.)

Fri, Feb. 18th, 2005 03:04 am (UTC)

It actually makes sense to me when you have fandoms springing from visual media and the movie rating system was in place before the broadcast system.

But the whole trademark infringement thing sounds really lame.

Wed, Feb. 16th, 2005 08:51 am (UTC)

When you say aestheticism got one too, which site were you originally referring to? Because my understanding was that the fandom_lawyers post referred to aestheticism and I've not seen any information yet on other sites receiving them.

If there are more sites that got C&D letters, then, yes it's a concern. If it's just aestheticism then I'd tend more towards it being a) a hoax or b) something to do with aestheticism charging for content, which removes the 'no commercial use' protection, in my limited understanding.

Fri, Feb. 18th, 2005 12:26 am (UTC)

I asked to be sure, they're two different websites. The first girl plainly took her website down, Aestheticism just turned around and changed their ratings. Somebody mentions a third website that apparently also went down after they got such a letter, but I'm not sure on that one.
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Wed, Feb. 16th, 2005 05:21 pm (UTC)

*is confused* What are we supposed to change the ratings to?

Wed, Feb. 16th, 2005 05:41 pm (UTC)

Presumably the "fanfiction community" is expected to come up with its own self-regulatory rating system.

Wed, Feb. 16th, 2005 08:23 pm (UTC)

I'm wondering if this could be a hoax. I've only heard of it in two cases.

Yet at the same time, this is - and I mean this seriously - something stupid enough for the MPAA to do. We'll have to stay informed.