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Wed, Jun. 4th, 2008, 02:07 pm
alias_sqbr: Disney Buys Fanlib

Yes really

I haven't been able to find any other info by a brief googling, which makes me a little paranoid it's not true.

Found via ithiliana.

Wed, Jun. 4th, 2008 06:17 am (UTC)


Wed, Jun. 4th, 2008 06:21 am (UTC)

Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.

Please tell me this is an elaborate practical joke?

Wed, Jun. 4th, 2008 06:28 am (UTC)

The possibility has certainly ocurred to me, it is pretty bizarre.
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Wed, Jun. 4th, 2008 06:41 am (UTC)

I bet in a few months Disney clones the FanLib systems to create a Disney-managed all-Disney fanfic community...

...and then they say "Bring your Disney fanfic to our community, so we don't have to ask the other communities to take your Disney fanfic down." Disney has become rather pragmatic about allowing fanworks that fit within their acceptable limits. The small-run fan-designed collector pins are a good example.

And then they close or sell FanLib, because they don't want to deal with other folks' IP.

Wed, Jun. 4th, 2008 06:46 am (UTC)

And then in retaliation, Disney!smutfics pop up ALL OVER LJ AND IJ!!!

...What? I know Boldthrough was why I finished my Disney!smutfic...

Wed, Jun. 4th, 2008 09:04 am (UTC)

Huh. I already work for Disney, but this is news to me. This'll be interesting. I doubt they're going to remove other fandoms from FL, nor are they going to make a Disney-exclusive fic community, though. But that's just my opinion.

>_> I just hope "writing fanfiction" doesn't become a reason for termination here at "The Happiest Place on Earth" any time soon.

Wed, Jun. 4th, 2008 09:42 am (UTC)

Huh. I already work for Disney, but this is news to me

See, and that makes me doubt the story's veracity even more *hopes I have not just propagated misinformation*

Wed, Jun. 4th, 2008 09:57 am (UTC)

Well, in your defense ^_~ I'm new to the Company. Plus, plenty of employees who have been here for quite a while don't even know what the two upcoming features are, or why Enchanted merchandise isn't so prevalent at the theme parks. I'd expect info like this to be more "inner circle" than "small fry, bottom of the rung" like me.

Nonetheless, Disney HAS announced its big purchases in a big show-off-way on the company site (not the public one) or in the newsletters, and as I didn't see anything of this nature in either of those places, that was what had me surprised.

Eventually I'll find out who to talk to in order to get the latest info/goings on, rather than having to rely on second-hand (third?) info from possible-accurate newssites or Wikipedia. :P
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Wed, Jun. 4th, 2008 09:11 pm (UTC)

There are a lot of theories I've heard at the moment, but I don't know which of them, if any, is true.

* There were many dolls (both animated-style Giselle and Amy Adams-style) right after the movie (and subsequently, the DVD) came out in the Disney Stores. The Disney Stores don't always have the same merchandise at the theme parks. So it could have to do with location or with timing.

* Wikipedia was theorizing it had something to do with royalties paid to Amy Adams, but I doubt products using the animated version of Giselle would give her royalties (any more than animated products of Pocahontas would give that girl from several years back royalties). Even if that was an issue, I'm sure it would have been taken care of in advance (within her contract), rather than after the movie's release. Plus, why would Amy Adams NOT want dolls with her face everywhere, little girls pretending to be her, etc.? And I'm sure Disney's paid royalties to people in the past, so I doubt it's just the company being stingy or something.

* Disney is slow to "replace" any of the favorites. Even though the "Princess Club" has swelled in numbers, there are certain characters that are timeless favorites, and to remove a whole section of their merchandise to make way for the newcomer Giselle might upset people-- so it could again, be a matter of location and timing in that they have to wait for something else to sell out/lose popularity before phasing in any new products.

* The most basic possibility is that each Disney Park store has its own "theme" of things-- the store I work in doesn't really sell Barbie-like dolls anyway (except for High School Musical), but the Main Street Emporium in Disneyland might. So it could just be that they DO have merchandise, it's just at VERY select locations, limited quantities, and limited styles (e.g. dolls, but not pins).
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Thu, Jun. 5th, 2008 01:59 am (UTC)

Heh, yeah I didn't know that the head of my *cough* company had quit until I heard about it in the news.

I was a bit cautious about posting this in case it wasn't true, but decided there was bound to be people who'd know one way or the other who'd reply. Thanks for the insider scoop :)
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Wed, Jun. 4th, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC)

I have sources at FanLib that I used to write up my big piece on them. According to those sources, this is just a rumor. It is not true that they were bought out by Disney. They asked me to tell people to check their forums in about an hour.

Thu, Jun. 5th, 2008 02:15 am (UTC)

Huh, well, I am not entirely surprised.

Thanks for updating everyone.
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Fri, Jun. 6th, 2008 01:17 am (UTC)

Hmm, ok. So very plausible but not official then?
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Sun, Jun. 8th, 2008 11:12 am (UTC)

It will throw whole new IP monkeywrenches into the mix, I gather, if the deal goes through!

I can imagine!