by The Creators
on Fri Aug 31, 2007 11:12 pm
We posted the new Terms of Service! We listened to what the community had to say and crafted a Terms of Service that will encourage fan fiction and original videos.
In a nutshell, the Terms of Service allows people to create what we are calling Derivative Videos (videos containing our intellectual property) as long as these videos are 1) non-commercial, 2) uploaded to our site, 3) if they are uploaded to other websites (which we are allowing) they must contain a link back to our website, and 4) other people can make derivative videos from these videos under these same terms.
Basically, this means that if someone creates a new character that is "fighting the order," that person can put the video anywhere they want as long as they also put it on our site, don't make money from the video, put a link in the description when it is uploaded to other sites, and let other people build from that story/character. As we have discussed, we are working on ways to allow people to monetize these Derivative Videos on our site. Give us time for this, it took Google six months!
For original video creators, we are saying that they control their copryights. They own the videos and can assign a creative commons license to the community if they like - it is completely up to them. Also, when they upload the video to our site, they are giving us permission to monetize those videos through banner ads or other advertising on our site. We will not package these videos and make DVD's because our license to "use" these videos terminates when the video is removed from our site.
Hope that solves everything. We have thought long and hard about this issue and only want what is best for the community. Please understand that we are a business and cannot totally relinquish our copyrights or limit our ability to sell advertising space on our website. Ownership of copyrights and selling advertising on our website is the only way we can continue to produce this show and function.
Thank you and we really hope this opens the door to many more great fan videos and original storylines.
Friday, August 31, 2007
by The Creators