graycardinal: Alexis Castle, thoughtful (Alexis (thoughtful))
A degree of fuss shows up, not surprisingly, as LJ updates its terms of service with new language [specifically, Russian(!)].  As I observed last time around, I am not inclined to panic unduly about that in itself, although I admit to a degree of startlement at having to agree to be bound by an agreement in a language I don't understand and can't read.

However, one observer points out a clause that makes my writer-persona's eyebrows go up:

If User participates in any rankings or if User’s Content is used in any editorial projects of the Service, User provides to the Administration an additional authorisation to modify, shorten and amend his/her Content, to add images, a preamble, comments or any clarifications to his/her Content while using it, and in certain cases based on the Service functions, an authorisation to use User’s Content anonymously.

Essentially, their observation (which I think is valid) is that this amounts to a license  not just to re-use anything one has posted to one's LJ account,  but to rewrite and alter it as they see fit without permission or credit to the original writer -- including fanfic, for instance.  Now, ToS agreements often include a non-exclusive license to republish content, but the rewrite-and-modify aspects of the language are rather more sweeping than I've seen in most ToS language...and also, this is written under Russian law, and I wouldn't want to bet on Russian copyright protection being as robust as it is in the US and UK, for instance.

I would very much like to see the OTW legal team comment on this provision. In the interval -- on one hand, I'm not leaving LJ *yet*, and I don't intend to delete anything I've posted to LJ as yet (I don't think it's likely that the Russian Overlords will reach backward into LJ's archives for drabbles).  But I do not think that, under the new ToS, I'm going to be willing to post or crosspost new fanfic on the LiveJournal side, and I would encourage others to think carefully before doing so.  (Holmestice participants, I am definitely looking at you!)

graycardinal: Anya from "Anastasia"; "What was that title again?" (anya)
I have been keeping this under my hat for some time now, but the contributor copy arrived in today's mail, so I think it's safe to assume I haven't dreamed the whole thing.

Specifically, I have here a copy of Oziana 2011, the magazine of Oz stories published by the International Wizard of Oz Club. There is an elegant illustration of Glinda the Good on the cover...and inside, one of the featured stories is "The Solitary Sorceress of Oz", originally written by yours truly for Yuletide some years back.  There are several extremely nice interior illustrations accompanying the story, done by Isabelle Melançon (co-creator and illustrator of Namesake, a Web comic you really ought to be reading if you haven't discovered it already).  I am extremely pleased about this, as Oziana is known for being both extremely selective and highly regarded by Serious Oz Fans, I consider it a high honor to appear in its pages.  I was also utterly delighted when I was told who'd be illustrating the story, as I have been a Namesake fan since the strip first appeared.

It should be noted that the printed story appears under the byline of Mycroft Mason, as writing for Oziana calls for different protocol than applies in the online fanfictional community.  (In fact, "Mycroft Mason" is just as much a pen name as "Gray Cardinal", but we won't mention that to the Wizard....)

As I understand it copies of current issues are only available to IWOC members (and this issue is only just barely out as yet, I think), so it will likely be a bit before more information about it is available on the wider 'Net.  But this is still very cool, and I am, as a certain Vulcan once said of a certain medical officer, likely to be insufferably pleased with myself for at least a week.

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This is a fanfic journal. I'm interested in a wide variety of fandoms as well as in meta- and theoretical discussions; see my interests list for specific fandom categories. Comments, critiques, recs, reviews, and the like are always welcome.
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