A few of my favorite stories from one of the best Harry Potter fests around, HP Beholder, which features characters not considered “attractive” by the general population.
Writer Dallirious has given me a wonderful sketch of some of my favorite characters—Aberforth, Poppy, Minerva—dealing with fear and loss, and finding courage in their own particular ways, with the spectre of a deceased Albus hanging over it all.
I’m loving that Disney and Warner Brothers are tangling over copyrights for products based on public domain materials.
Disney is the company, you’ll recall, behind the ridiculous extension of copyright, also known as the “Mickey Mouse Protection Act.” And Warner Bros. (WB) are no slouches when it comes to zealous protection of its properties.
I was interested to hear that Smash, a porn company who made a film based on Fifty Shades of Grey and was promptly sued for copyright and trademark infringement by Universal, who paid US$5 million for the film rights to E.L. James’s book, is now claiming that because the original was largely based on fanfiction, it is in the public domain.
Now that the reveals are over, I can post my fic, Alone and Palely Loitering, from this year’s Dysfuncentine Fest on LiveJournal.
It was written to the prompt: “La mort c’est seulement la mort, mais l’amour, c’est l’amour” (Magnetic Fields – Underwear). I admit, I’d never heard of the band before (but have since enjoyed it), the quotation was so delicious that I couldn’t resist.