Jan. 6th, 2012

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As many of you will have noticed, we had some site slowdowns and 502 errors on the Archive of Our Own over the first couple of days of the year. Apologies for the inconvenience! If you've run into this problem and been wondering what was going on, you might be interested in this:

Line graph of the last visits on the AO3, 4 December to 3 January. The graph peaks sharply on 1st January

Yes, it looks like lots of fans decided to celebrate the New Year with some delicious fanworks. On Monday 2nd January we had 182,958 visits, and over 1,066,216 pageviews! Furthermore, an octopus swam off with our servers - volta_arovet's Texts From Cephalopods has had 46,301 hits at the time of writing! So, our servers had plenty of work to do!

Over 2000 new users have joined the Archive in the last couple of weeks, and we have hosted several great challenges, including Yuletide (2598 works!), Due South Secret Santa (a more modest 34 works), and Homestuck Ladyfest Exchange (124 works). So, while we're sorry to have had some slowdowns, overall we are super pleased with how well our shiny new servers have held up - those of you who were with us during the holiday season in previous years will remember that the high traffic of holiday challenges made our old servers very sad.

Looking forward, we're not too worried about performance in the immediate future - there are some code improvements we know we need to make which will improve matters a lot, so those will be high priority. If the AO3 continues to expand at the same rate as this year, we will be looking at more servers sooner rather than later. But in light of the graph above, we're pleased that while we certainly slowed down, we didn't grind to a halt! Thanks to all the coders and sysadmins who did the work to make this possible, and thank you to all the OTW members whose donations helped us buy those hardworking servers (we are always grateful for volunteers or donations)! And, of course, thanks to everyone who reads and posts on the AO3 - we're excited to welcome so many of you!

Once again, apologies to those of you who have been affected by the slowdowns - but hurray for so much beautiful fannish activity!

Mirrored from an original post on the Archive of Our Own.

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Here's a roundup of stories on intellectual property issues that might be of interest to fans:
  • Last month Crunchyroll.com reported that in a countrywide effort, police in Japan "arrested 30 people on suspicion of using file-sharing software" calling it "the largest simultaneous enforcement by the Japanese police against illegal uploaders ever." Tech entrepreneur Andy Baio concluded that young voters may be key to changing the criminalization of remix culture, and dubbed the current efforts against "piracy" as a new Prohibition. Certainly industries that have a stranglehold on entertainment distribution are able to keep increasing costs to fans and the effects are not limited to the young. A pop music critic writing about the rising cost of rock fandom noted "I’d love to continue the path I’ve been following since early adolescence, when my full membership in the rock-lover’s club began. But I’m just not sure I can afford it anymore."

  • The Electronic Frontier Foundation recently filed exemption requests to the DMCA which "asked for legal protections for artists and critics who use excerpts from DVDs or downloading services to create new, remixed works." These exemptions build on and expand exemptions that EFF won last year. "In drafting the requests, EFF had the invaluable assistance of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Organization for Transformative Works."

  • A post at TorrentFreak discovered illegal downloading being done by employees at major studios such as Sony, Universal, and FOX. "We aren’t the only ones to come up with the idea of revealing the BitTorrent habits of copyright advocates. Yesterday, the Dutch blog Geenstijl exposed how someone at the local music royalty collecting agency Buma/Stemra downloaded a copy of the TV-show Entourage and video game Battlefield 3." The company's response suggested that their IP-addresses were spoofed, an unlikely but welcome explanation since "if it’s so easy to spoof an IP-address, then accused file-sharers can use this same defense against copyright holders."

  • To those interested in learning more about these issues some recent book reviews noted fans' stake in the discussion. The Times Higher Education in the UK discussed Fan Fiction and Copyright: Outsider Works and Intellectual Property Protection (citing the OTW's Rebecca Tushnet) and The Learned Fangirl reviewed Free Ride: How Digital Parasites are Destroying the Culture Business, and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back.
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