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Date Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 06:10:47pm
Author: Nestra
Subject: FanLib

Hey, guys. I don't know if anyone has been following the furor in the LJ-based fanfic community over FanLib.com, a site that purports "to bring fan fiction out of the shadows and into the limelight." There's been a lot of discussion, and it's still ongoing, but in my opinion, this is not a site I would want any of my friends or acquaintances to associate themselves with.

There's a good summary here, but in short, this site is putting a very public face on fan fiction. There is *no guarantee* that posting your stories to that site won't expose you to some kind of legal action from copyright holders. They claim to have "partnerships" with some companies, but a close look at the Terms of Service reveals that they won't do anything to protect you if a big corporation comes after you.

I'm happy to answer any questions about this or summarize the pages and pages of discussion I've read -- just didn't want to bore you all with the long version.

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