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Date Posted: Thursday, March 31, 08:59:02am
Author: Nell
Subject: Re: Would it be appropriate ... (r)
In reply to: ranma the poll taker => 's message, "Would it be appropriate ... (r)" on Thursday, March 31, 07:16:07am

Personally - I think that's a great idea. Authors who just don't care or are no longer active probably don't care - period. And if they do, you are certainly easier to contact than the wayback machine!

Because, like you, I think had anyone currently active realized that site was about go kaboom, there would have been folks who rushed in to take it over, or at least help you get it all transferred.

And up until it disappeared, surely the authors who had stuff there still had the option of opting out, but (as far as we know, given that no one has ever been able to reach the last archivist) didn't or hadn't....

Of course - cavet ahead - I tend to have a lot of sympthy for the fandom wank position that if it was public once, and saved by readers, it is still public even if the author later changes their mind.

Futher, putting the stories back into a currently maintained archive is probably the best check against continuing plagirism - because instead of saying, "gee that really, really reminds me of story XXXX writen by Y in S2, but that archive is gone and I can't check it easily, so I can't be sure" - it will be right there, with as much of the original author/date information as can be found.

My $.02s.


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