I just learned TV Tropes is raising money to revamp the site from the ground up. I also learned that it has a new owner.
While the techie in me is pleased to see they have finally realized the POS of a wiki engine and plan to utterly revamp the site to be better, not to mention I'm pleased that corrupt old man Fast Eddie (aka Gus Raley) is no longer in charge, there is still a grave matter of concern I have over the content of the site still being illegally copyrighted, which I hope the new owner is willing to address.
In fact, I just private messaged drewski (the new owner) and decided to risk being bounced from TV Tropes the following, in the hopes he will prove more ethical and reasonable than the previous owner:
As you may know, I'm the founder of All The Tropes, the wiki founded on
Wikia and Orain in opposition to the censorship, and more importantly,
the illegal copyright changes effected by TV Tropes July 2012 changing
the copyright of all content from CC BY SA 3.0 to CC BY NC SA 3.0 and
later on November 2013 adding a retroactive ownership clause to all
contributions, forcing users to surrender them to TV Tropes.
In case you aren't aware, these moves were made in contravention
to Creative Commons licensing and thus all pages affected are now
illegally tainted as a result, as CC licensing does not allow for these
changes without the consent of all parties who have submitted edits to
those pages, and the retroactive ownership clause is in blatant defiance
of the free reuse policies of CC licensing and flagrantly illegal.
That said, I am contacting you privately to inform you several
members of our wiki have seriously considered filing DMCA notices on the
pages in question, or, if need be, pursuing legal action in response to
this disregard for the copyright of those contributions, which myself
and other parties never agreed to have submitted under anything other
than CC BY SA 3.0.
However, since you aren't Fast Eddie, I am contacting you in the
hopes you might prove more reasonable and ethical and be willing to
address these legal concerns.
If so, and if proper compensation is
rendered to any injured parties, we would consider the matter closed and
merely wish this site well in its efforts to prosper, especially since
Fast Eddie (who was the chief architect of these illegalities) is no
longer in charge.
This does not necessarily mean many of us would wish to return to
TV Tropes, as so much bad faith has occurred many of us no longer feel
welcome here, even if the needless censorship was rescinded and the
copyright issue was addressed, but we would abandon any possible legal
action/DMCA notices and so on if you would be willing to work with us to
address these issues, and while we may not return to TV Tropes, we
would be willing to wish the site our best.
I have submitted edits here that I do not personally want to
raise a legal issue over (my account here was made willingly after the
license changes), but other members of my community do have serious grievances considering the violation of their copyright, and I am asking
if you would be willing to address these issues so TV Tropes is no
longer tainted with compromised content under illegal licensing.
A summary of our legal concerns can be found here:
If you are willing to address these issues, please contact our staff here:
Bob Schroeck is the one with the most sizable list of illegally
copyrighted items, and I respectfully request his concerns be dealt with
as soon as possible.
Geth N 7
P.S - We have kept careful records of all the pages that were
illegally copyrighted, and if need be can produce them, including copies
of the pages histories of the pages in question.