aethel: (illustrated [by morebutterflys])
So for the past two weeks (!!) wank has been happening at fail_fandomanon regarding podfic and asking permission and what to do when the fan writer has gafiated (and how can you tell for sure?). Podfic fans have been freaking out. Meanwhile, I have been reminded of all the other things I'm into that got dragged through the dirt and misrepresented on ffa. On ffa, it is a truth universally acknowledged that [insert bizarre misconception about thing you were involved in here].

I had some vague notion of relating the current discussion to the topic of Orphan Works, which is a major issue in the real world, not just something entitled podficcers whine about. (That was sarcasm.) And then an ffa anon beat me to it, but that's okay. Their comment articulates fans' varying relationships to copyright law very clearly.

U.S. law, a.k.a. synthesis of Wikipedia and various discussions and analyses I've read, not my own "original" idea: Orphan works are works that have apparently been abandoned by their copyright owner, whom no one can contact or even in some cases identify, but are still in copyright. So no one can use them because you can be sure that if you actually make a profit (or even if you don't), people will come out of the woodwork to claim it and sue your pants off. So, you know, that's a quick way to find out who the copyright owner is. The early history of film is crumbling to dust, but we can't save it because someone owns the copyright (probably). The U.S. tried to solve this legislatively and failed.

The orphan works problem wouldn't be so bad if a) copyright weren't automatic and b) copyright term weren't so egregiously long. Before automatic copyright, you had to register your copyright, which meant that there would be a record of ownership that someone who wanted to make use of the work could look up and use to contact you to ask permission. After automatic copyright, it became more difficult to figure out who owned what. But again it wouldn't have been so bad if you could wait out the copyright term. Except now the copyright term is so long that waiting isn't really an option. After a certain point, people won't wait; they'll either use it anyway or forget that it existed. (Forgetting that cultural objects existed should be a depressing prospect to any person contemplating their own mortality, not just academics.) This is why no one cares about Mickey Mouse anymore. And so our commercial culture producers keep on reinventing the wheel AND reusing the pitifully few public domain stories that are still relevant (because being truly original is not only impossible, but also financially risky) while everyone on the internet is making new culture illegally (or not, but who can afford a lawyer?), but no one can really acknowledge it officially, except for the lawyers distributing DMCA notices, which means fewer permanent records and fading memory and virtual crumbling into dust.

(But the internet didn't invent culture, although we never saw GIFs before. The internet made a lot of cultural activity illegal at the same time that it made it visible. Copyright is only an issue when a copy is made and distributed, which doesn't happen when you are drawing the Millennium Falcon in your sketchbook or acting out episodes from Star Trek with your friends. In conclusion, read Free Culture.)

The upshot is that current U.S. copyright law is broken in many places and not a good model for fandom to follow without modification (especially since we're already breaking it in the way some of us acquire and use canon). But copyright isn't necessarily a good model anyway, considering that the incentives for creating fanworks are so different from the economic free market that U.S. law assumes. The purpose of copyright law (in the U.S. at least) is to allow artists to make a living at their art instead of having to get a day job so that everyone else will enjoy the benefits of having more and better art. Well, we already have day jobs, and we're already making a lot of this stuff for free, and we're already enjoying the benefits of other people making it for free. The incentives in fandom -- the joy of creating, the joy of sharing, the joy of getting positive feedback, the joy of having fangirls, (the joy of having started a new trope?) -- require proper attribution, but not necessarily copy protection. The only real downside to a lack of copy protection is the possibility that people who want their works copy protected won't post them at all.

P.S. I am not a lawyer.
aethel: (stiles reading [by circa77])
Trying to find a citation for this statement:

Some have even expressed disgust at the thought of listening to explicit fanfic read aloud by a girl.

I think the "by a girl" is subtext, as all the comments I see just say "podfic is gross and creepy" and leave off the gendering bit. But I swear I heard or read some interesting meta somewhere speculating that (homophobic) women were horrified by the thought of being read porn specifically because it was read by other women and they were too insecure in their sexuality to tolerate being turned on by a female voice.

I am so done for today.
aethel: (i love podfic [by kitty_fic])
Started a Fanlore article about podfic permission. It is full of general statements, has no sources yet, and is probably missing something really important I can't think of at the moment. Originally I was going to write more about blanket permission, but I went off on a tangent.

Next step: listen to ALL the pod aware podcasts over again; I'm pretty sure that's where I heard most of these ideas.
aethel: (stiles door [by circa77])
Vague ideas for Fanlore pages:

1. something to list all convention scams and financial disasters. See the fandom wank entry on the latest Brony fiasco.
2. Digital art
3. ALL the Derek/Stiles fic pages

A Fanlore page I actually created:

1. Lost Zebra Day

My plans for the weekend
1. MUSKRAT JAMBOREE! I am excited, but also nervous about parking and walking alone in the city at night. Not to mention 150 excited fangirls in one room. I need a nap just thinking about it.
2. Edit my latest podfic of doom. It's "only" 30,000 words, so it should be a snap to edit, right? I started in January and will probably miss Amplificathon AGAIN because I can't start a new podfic until I've finished the current one. Also, I've decided I desperately need a pop-filter, but I haven't ordered one yet.
3. All the Fanlore editing. All of it.
aethel: (kurt gaga)
1. Took break from trying to install Ubuntu; think I will burn a new install CD with better version.
2. Also, I forgot Loki had a 64-bit processor.
3. Am deeply suspicious about the health of my netbook, Thorhalla.
4. Will probably try editing this podfic on it anyway.
5. Muskrat Jamboree call for panel suggestions. I want to suggest something for podfic, but then I would have to moderate it? Maybe someone else will suggest something more specific than podfic = awesome.
aethel: (i love podfic [by kitty_fic])
Looking for podfic chat outside the usual places, I used the following Google search:


About 47,000 results.

I see: definitions, a few personal websites by fans who are on LJ/DW, someone on blogspot who was introduced to podfic on Tumblr, someone in an anime forum who wants more anime podfic, a librarian who recommends FayJay, a Chloe/Lex forum thread listing all the podfic they've made, someone in a My Chemical Romance forum looking for podfic, announcement that the Silmarillion Writers Guild now hosts (one) podfic, a Tamora Pierce Podfic Archive, an unfinished website at, people using their accounts to link to their podfic, Podfic Platypus on memegenerator, a podfic contest on a LOTR archive, MCR podfic uploaded to (by a third party??), paraka's website.


12000 results. Lois and Clark audiofic, someone in a forum expressing ambivalence, a French-language podfic site!, and a lot of false positives.

In conclusion, I found only two multifandom podfic archives that actually host the files.


Jan. 7th, 2013 11:58 pm
aethel: (sam feminist)
I want to see some meta on how weird the permission culture of fanworks fandom* is compared to the rest of the Internet. I'm always discovering new things that somebody thought they needed permission for, like linking to a public website or repodding a fanfic or podficcing a fanfic posted anonymously on a kink meme. (Oh my god, just do it already, and stop asking before everyone else starts thinking they need to ask, too.) It's not just because of Disney and the larger corporate-sponsored copyright culture. It's because fanworks fandom has a female majority, and women still feel the need to ask permission to breathe. I speak from experience. In slash fandom especially, there's an idea that fandom or fanworks are feminist somehow, by resisting the dominant hegemonic paradigm thingy and repurposing male narratives to express female sexuality (except then I don't know what all the men slashers are expressing--enjoyment of slash, maybe?), and I'm sure there's some truth in that, but fandom is also composed of people -- people who brought their own cultural baggage with them. Sexism followed us right in. We're busy policing each other whenever there are no male authorities around to do it for us. (This reminds me of an essay I read somewhere about the self-defeating power dynamics of feminist organizations. Joanna Russ?) You don't see anons on 4chan asking permission to reuse someone's idea for a macro. Why? Because it's not a female space. (Also it's an anonymous space, so maybe kink meme podficcers could learn something from that.)

Not that I want to lead the charge for the as-yet non-existent anti-permission rebel forces. I need to lead the charge of aethel to her bed.

*Except for how it's not a monolithic thing (I hope). The parts I've seen on LiveJournal/Dreamwidth vary, and Tumblr is a whole other ball game. Maybe that's why I love Tumblr so much.
aethel: (janeway [by softestbullet])
These days, more and more podfics have special effects added for clarity, atmosphere or to add new layers of meaning. Everything from music, to voice filters, to sound effects. To find out more information on podfic and special effects, check out Pod Aware on DW, LJ or Tumblr.

My contribution for today is very short:

Pod aware special effects by aethel

answer key )
aethel: (Default)
Pod Aware Day 4: Acting!

Podfic is more than just saying words aloud—it's performing them, expressing one reader's experience of the story and sharing it with the world. To find out more information on acting in podfic, check out Pod Aware on DW, LJ or Tumblr.

My contribution for today is a 15-minute podcast. It might have turned into a Teen Wolf love-fest.

Pod aware acting by aethel


TVTropes' Badass Baritone entry
TVTropes' Gutteral Growler entry
TVTropes' Tenor Boy entry
TVTropes' Vocal Dissonance entry
MTV's "Teen Wolf" season 2 episode 2
my podfic of Your First Time Should Be Special by Helen
fire_juggler's podfic of Open the Door by Renay
paraka's podfic of Nothing Gets by a Stilinski

ETA 2017: alternate download link
aethel: (i love podfic [by kitty_fic])
With the increasing number of podfics out there, it can sometimes be hard to navigate to find the ones that best suit you. Recs are great way to find podfics well-loved by others or share the gems you already know and love. To find out more information on podfic and podfic recs, check out Pod Aware on DW, LJ or Tumblr.

My podfic recs for today follow a theme: podficcers with soothing bedtime-story voices reading podfic I listen to at bed time. (I listen to pretty much everything at bed time, but some of it isn't really suitable for peaceful slumber. FayJay's Lost In Space (and time) is guaranteed to jolt me awake partway through. See what I did there? Yeah, I sneaked in a rec that didn't fit the theme.)

[personal profile] anatsuno reading Good Intentions by Helen (Teen Wolf)

[personal profile] fire_juggler reading Open the Door by Renay (Teen Wolf)

[personal profile] general_jinjur reading Four Minor Interludes for the Solo Violin by Katie Forsythe (Sherlock Holmes)

[personal profile] klb reading you make my heart beat (faster) by novembersmith (Teen Wolf)

[personal profile] keerawa reading her own work, Black Ice (Due South)

[personal profile] revolutionaryjo reading Drastically Redefining Protocol by rageprufrock (Merlin) or You'll Get There In The End (It Just Takes A While) by seperis (Star Trek Reboot). Man, I just realized she also did But I Still Have Dreams by Jerakeen (American Idol), which I never put on my mp3 player until just now.

[personal profile] sli (slidellra) reading Flying Blind by Speranza. (Due South)
aethel: (stiles scarf [by circa77])
I am participating in [community profile] pod_aware with an 8-minute podcast today. What Pod Aware has to say about today's theme:

There are so many ways to create podfic and so many ways to listen. We might engage with podfic curled up in bed, in our closet, while commuting or at the gym, in our bathroom with makeshift soundproofing. To find out more information on podfic and how we podfic, check out Pod Aware on DW, LJ or Tumblr.

Pod aware day one by aethel

two podfics

Nov. 3rd, 2012 04:06 pm
aethel: (i love podfic [by kitty_fic])
I mentioned one of these before, but in October I finished two podfics:

1. Limited Release by rageprufrock, an XMFC FBI AU fic with Erik/Charles established relationship and Alex/Hank preslash. Details here. Download the mp3 or the m4b audiobook. Also check out the blooper reel.

2. Observations by zlot, "A Bear Named Winnie" slash. Details here. Download the mp3.

So, I currently have nothing in the queue podficwise. I want to record something and have vague thoughts about doing another Reboot K/S fic or Teen Wolf or something funny, but I don't have any actual fics in mind. Instead I am trying to work on Fanlore and OTW things. Mostly I look at Fanlore and identify gaping holes in our coverage that I can't fill in either, like fanart and non-media fandom topics.
aethel: (charles/erik [by avictoriangirl])
is there an XMFC fic finding community? at least two distressed fic readers here.

In Fanlore news, I started a page for Carpe Brewski. I'm hoping someone else will add to it, hint hint.

Considering how XMFC has been my obsession since last August, it's a little sad to see only 16 Fanlore articles for the fandom. I should fix this... when I have time.

Meanwhile, Amplificathon 2012 has started, and I am still working on the same podfic I've been working on since the beginning of February. Just yesterday I felt compelled to re-record a whole 50-minute section because in the recording I sounded half-asleep. I'm sure people have worked on podfic for longer, but I have a persistent fear that I will break my computer or Audacity will eat my files before I finish.
aethel: (i love podfic [by kitty_fic])
and the cover art, which is half the fun:

Must Have An End by [personal profile] derryderrydown
Fandom: Torchwood
Pairing: Jack Harkness/Original Jack Harkness
Rating: Teen
File size: 32 MB
Length: 35 min

Download: Sendspace audiofic archive

music clip is from the Internet Archive

For my next podfic, I picked something REALLY LONG, so we'll see if/when that happens.....
aethel: (wooster sad puppy face)
I am overdue for a nap, but I made a brief podcast today for pod_aware.

Pod aware day 5 by aethel

DW posts I mention in the podcast:

Pod Aware Day 5 blurb:

"Fan artists love feedback and podficcers are no different. Feedback can motivate us, inspire our muse and help us create more of out art. However feedback on podfic can be rather light. To find out how you can help increase feedback for podfic check out [community profile] pod_aware on LJ or DW."
aethel: (holmes bemused)
Nevermind that I didn't do day 1 or 3. Here's today's theme:

Every podficcer has an accent; sometimes that accent matches that of the canon character, sometimes it doesn't. Every accent is special and brings something to the podfic, it represents the podficcer and reminds us just how diverse fandom can be. Come celebrate accents and learn more about them in podfic at [community profile] pod_aware on LJ or DW.

and my podcast:

Pod aware day 4 by aethel

podfic I mention in the podcast:

Drop Dead Gorgeous by maya, read by mcollinknight
Old Country by astolat, read by fayjay
Mutual Interest by olivia lupin, read by rhi cauldrie
The Perils of Urban Warfare by phantomjam, read by cath
Care and Feeding by copperbadge, alas, read by me.

2006 fic

Apr. 21st, 2011 12:05 am
aethel: (dalek [by mirnell])
Reconcilable_Differences by astolat is the most amazing story ever. I have been listening to the podfic version this evening instead of doing whatever it was I thought I was going to do. Nevermind that I have no idea who the teen titans are and haven't watched Smallville since the second season. Clark and Lex have a kidsullen teenager!

podfic #1

Jan. 18th, 2009 12:11 pm
aethel: (cloud)
I recorded a few podfics and was planning to make more, but got side-tracked by Doctor Who (season three finale was amazing!) and so never posted them. Here is the first one I made:

Fanfic Title: Areas of Expertise
Author: [ profile] liviapenn
Author Permission post:
Fandom: due South
Read by: aethel
Format: mp3
Time: 4 minutes
Download podfic:

Any future podfics might be posted to [ profile] podslash, if I ever get myself organized.


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