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Lee Roberts

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« on: 03-12-2003 15:19 »

On the 21/2/03, Planet Express was shut down by people at Fox! What do you think, does it have to be shut down?
Teral

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« Reply #1 on: 03-12-2003 16:07 »
« Last Edit on: 03-12-2003 16:07 »

Ofcourse it sucks that Planet Express had to close (damn those FOX lawyers to hell), but Anders and the PE.dk team didn't really have a choice.

If they complied with the requests in the C&D letter, their site would've been gutted. All the cool content would've been gone, and they would've been left with fanart and episode reviews from fans.

The alternative was to face FOX in a court of law. FOX is a multinational corperation, the PE.dk crew is average fans, with a love for Futurama so great they created PE.dk, and in turn free promotion for FOX. The legal battle was decided even before it began, there is no way ordinary people can fight large corperations. Even if they win in the end, the long, drawn-out process would've bankrupted them.

And the Danish parlement recently thightened the legislation on copyright issues, so it's a question whether even the fair-use clause for paraodies could be used.

In conclusion, I don't think PE.dk had to be shut down, but FOX did. And that was all it took.
Lee Roberts

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« Reply #2 on: 03-12-2003 16:09 »

I now that one of them is planning to do a Fan Art Futurama Site!
Teral

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« Reply #3 on: 03-12-2003 16:10 »

Yeah, Anders posted a message about it on the site. He hoped to return as a fanart-based site. Let's hope for the best.
Lee Roberts

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« Reply #4 on: 03-12-2003 16:13 »

Finger's Crossed. He said this to me because I sent some fan art days before the website was taken down!
Just Chris

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« Reply #5 on: 03-13-2003 22:52 »
« Last Edit on: 03-13-2003 22:52 »

Hahaha, FOX is shooting themselves in the gut for closing down fan sites.

I doubt FOX will like to take individuals to court over a fan site. Think about it, FOX will worsen their reputation if it's heard that they were so greedy as to steal money from an average fan, just to defend their word. A group of teenagers vs. FOX, just think of the headlines.
LittleMiss

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« Reply #6 on: 03-14-2003 03:43 »
« Last Edit on: 03-14-2003 03:43 »

I can only imagine how FOX found out about PE.dk in the first place.  Some whiney little bitch who despises FUTURAMA 'cos their mama's won't let 'em watch it probably sent an E-mail to FOX or something with PE.dk's URL.  Seriously, some random person probably complained.  The nerve... *breaks stuff*

Can they really shut down fansites, though?  I mean, if the webmaster of the fansite states that it's an unofficial site, or whatever, would FOX still close it?  Technically aren't the fansites sort of advertising the show?  Just a thought.

--Missy
Lee Roberts

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« Reply #7 on: 03-14-2003 10:42 »

Well, I'm sure that this bitch will get her revence! And with that note I'm going to find out who did it.... na I can't be bothered.
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« Reply #8 on: 03-14-2003 11:08 »

Considering another well known Futurama Site has somehow survived 2 C&D's that I know of, it is a real shame that PE closed it's doors, anyway I do hope Anders makes a return, because the site should be something worth waiting for based on PE's look and feel.

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Teral

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« Reply #9 on: 03-14-2003 11:31 »

 
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Originally posted by LittleMiss:
Can they really shut down fansites, though?  I mean, if the webmaster of the fansite states that it's an unofficial site, or whatever, would FOX still close it?  Technically aren't the fansites sort of advertising the show?  Just a thought.

--Missy

I agree. Fansites promotes the show, that's why it's so bloody stupid of FOX (and impossible for us mere mortals to understand) why FOX get this itch in their C&D finger from time to time. A few months back, they even managed to bring down one of the behemoths of the Simpsons online community, "Evergreen Terrace" (equal in stature to CGEF of the Futurama community).
LittleMiss

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« Reply #10 on: 03-14-2003 21:32 »

Geez, FOX are a bunch of morons... They're gonna lose ratings!  Agh! 

Oh well, sucks for them.

--Missy
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« Reply #11 on: 03-14-2003 21:53 »

[David Attenborough]
And here we see major corporations in their natural habbitat.
Here we see the might News Corp in the wild stalking it's prey, futurama and its fan sites.

The mighty beast slays its doomed prey like a lion on gazel leaving only the fanart for the Hyenas to bicker over...

and so goes the law of the jungle... err... corporate age [/DA]
clampybot

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« Reply #12 on: 03-14-2003 23:18 »

Yeah if they wanted to shut a site I made down how are they going to get to me!
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« Reply #13 on: 03-15-2003 00:26 »

 
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Originally posted by clampybot:
Yeah if they wanted to shut a site I made down how are they going to get to me!

By shooting you.

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Teral

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« Reply #14 on: 03-15-2003 07:31 »

 
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Originally posted by clampybot:
Yeah if they wanted to shut a site I made down how are they going to get to me!

Get your name and address from the hosting company, send you a nasty C&D letter. If you don't comply, they'll either drag your ass into a court, or ask the hosting company to delete your site.

The hosting companies cave easy to pressure. They're responsible for the stuff on their serves, and can be sued as well. They have a business to protect, so if the prize to protect this business is to delete your site, they'll do it in a heartbeat.

Some hosters have more courage, and refuse tom comply, because the fair-use clause can be envoked, but they're a minority.

Just how I understand the situation, may be subject to change.

Don't confuse not caring with not knowing!
LittleMiss

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« Reply #15 on: 03-16-2003 01:29 »

Geez, that's really scary... That would suck being taken to court by FOX, but then again, couldn't you just say that the site was freedom of speech or what ever?  lol.  It's just a fansite, it's not like PE was taking credit for the show.

--Missy
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