is it snowing in hell too?
It's no secret that Dodd and I disagree on many things, but one of his recent posts had myself and several others chiming in with accord in the comment thread. Riffing on this article about the tolerance shown by Japanese publishers of anime and manga to dojinshi, or fan-generated fiction and art based on their work. THat tolerance is largely practical: The fans' work serves as a form of free advertising, generating extra interest in the original work and therefore boosting sales. Dodd comments:
The lessons for copyright-obsessed American media, especially as regards digital music, are pretty plain. Given how media companies have abused and twisted the DMCA to suit their ill-considered purposes rather than examine and adapt to the changing world of digital media, I will not hold my breath waiting for the scales to fall from their eyes.
That tolerance would be especially welcome in light of the fact that studios have been known to crack down on fan Web sites that have displayed images from series such as The Simpsons, Star Trek, and The X-Files; even pro football has gotten into the act. Most reasonable people would agree that copyright deserves protection, but such heavy-handed action by studios seems an assault on fair use, especially in light of the fact that other recourses--such as insisting on a copyright disclaimer and a link to the official site--are available.
Update: Destroy All Monsters takes note, and cites BoingBoing's observation of the phenomenon as well.