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Fanedit.org facing litigation from MPAA

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 23 Nov 2008 15:41 User comments (8)

Fanedit.org facing litigation from MPAA Fanedit.org, the most popular "FanEdit" site on the Web, has recently announced that after two years of being online, they have received a DMCA warning from the MPAA and taken down all their download links at the request of their US-based web host.
For those unfamiliar, a FanEdit of a film is "a new take on existing movie material. Anything can be changed, improved, restructured for a different watching experience and only the sky is the limit." Basically, fans edit existing films and add scenes, remove scenes, add music, add CGI, whatever they want, and recompile it as a FanEdit. The site, since the beginning has said you should not download the edits unless you own the original on VHS, DVD or Blu-ray, and even went as far as to place links to Amazon pages so you can purchase the original. Apparently this was not enough.

Boon23, founder of the site, says: "We all knew this day would come, but on the other side we all hoped, it would never. 3 days ago the MPAA has filed a DMCA warning against our download links. The result: 2 days of downtime, in which we removed all download links and all reference to them, making Fanedit.org just a showcase for fanedits without any possibility for the visitor to download.

Our torrents page: Gone. Our Rapidshare lists: gone. And its the same on the forum.

Yes, this is a heavy and painful blow by the movie industry against a free art form, against creativity without commercial interest, against sharing between people, who all own the original versions. It seems you own your own DVDs a lot less than you thought you did.

BUT: We will prevail. Even without the links we will continue to inform you about new releases, because one thing is for sure: FANEDITS ARE NOT DEAD. It is just a bit more difficult to get a hold of them. But the internet is a vast place and he who searches will find it somewhere else."


Of course, as is always the case, the MPAA's decision to target fanedits.org has brought massive amounts of traffic to the site, making sure that FanEdits will not die anytime soon. Well done MPAA, your attempt to kill creative freedoms has backfired, again.

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8 user comments

123.11.2008 15:54

Just another way to push away the consumer which isnt surprising at all. One of the main reasons i will never purchase any movies or music. Stop supporting ppl like this and then see who will come around or go out of business because of shiety business practices....

223.11.2008 19:44

and they wonder why the movie industry is down. I for one never heard of this website, but guess what I have now......
and yet I still wont buy a DVD but will definatly toy with this site.
Thanks MPAA for ruinning anouther good thing. Kinda like how you are ruinning the industry you are trying to protect.

323.11.2008 20:39

Originally posted by b18bek9:
Just another way to push away the consumer which isnt surprising at all. One of the main reasons i will never purchase any movies or music. Stop supporting ppl like this and then see who will come around or go out of business because of shiety business practices....
A company suing their consumers for nearly everything they do= pure barbarism

423.11.2008 23:20

"internet is a vast place and he who searches will find it somewhere else."

So damn true !

524.11.2008 6:39

things like this should fall under parody...

628.11.2008 8:27
creepyguy
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Of COURSE the MPAA wants Fanedits to go away. You ordinary P2P filesharer merely deprives the Hollywood weasels of theoretical profits by giving away their worthless product for free. The filesharer who also fan-edits, however, is not only depriving the no-talent movie industry slime of their precious DVD sales, they're also exposing the industry's most sought-after directors, producers, and writers for the incompetent amateurs they've always secretly been.

Think about it. Read any detailed description of how a fan-edited film differs from the original on which it was based, and it reads like a laundry list of stupid decisions made by the clueless directors and cynical bean counters who've ruined one potentially great film after another.

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines is one of many good examples. Here was a sequel that was an insult to everybody who loved the franchise. The fanedit, at least, managed to pare down the many moments in which the film degenerated into sad self-parody, and eliminate the numerous statements regarding various character's ages and other things which were totally out of continuity with the previous film. Of course, once all the garbage had been trimmed away, it was a much shorter film. How humiliating it must be for the Hollywood bozos that unpaid hobbyists are so much better than they are at understanding a popular franchise and editing a blockbuster film.

If they were smart, the weasels would recommit themselves to what was once their art form, and vow to make the best damned films the world had ever seen, thus rendering the fan-editor's contribution moot. But why change or improve when it's so much easier to just sic your lawyers on everybody?

728.11.2008 13:32

creepy guy has the right idea...

I have seen so many good movies go to shit because a bean counter wanted a couple mill for having said, "I like blue..."

I always wanted to get "into the business" but am incapable of playing the Hollywood game, so I have decided to just do it myself.

Unless there is a total commander at the helm you are going to get a miss mash of shit all over the screen. I say this is akin to mixing the audio for a live concert. Say you have mixed audio for 20 years, then one day the guy who runs the lighting set-up wants to tell you how to mix. Conflict of interests right? Same thing....

Someone who pushes papers and numbers around has no business dictating a highly complex visual (hands on) medium.

Or, a master cabinet maker has no business telling a master electrician what his job is supposed to be...

829.11.2008 11:07

Ditto!

If the morons did have a brain they would see this as something to be valued. Like the music industry, they are the ones bring down the industry. The public is just reacting to their stupidity.

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