Thursday, April 18, 2019

Beware Patreon Site

I cannot for the life of me remember or even find the blogger who tipped me off to the danger of using the patreon site, but whoever it was did me a real favor, for which I thank them.

Although I don't use www.patreon.com, anyone who does use it should take a hard look at the terms of use before they sign up for an account and actually use the site for anything.

For those of you who haven't heard of patreon (and I hadn't before yesterday), if you believe wikipedia:

Patreon is a crowdfunding membership platform that provides business tools for creators to run a subscription content service, with ways for artists to build relationships and provide exclusive experiences to their subscribers, or "patrons".

Patreon is popular among YouTube videographers, webcomic artists, writers, podcasters, musicians, and other categories of creators who post regularly online. It allows artists to receive funding directly from their fans, or patrons, on a recurring basis or per work of art.
Which sounds good until you read the fine print:

By posting content to Patreon you grant us a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, sublicensable, worldwide license to use, reproduce, distribute, perform, publicly display or prepare derivative works of your content.
Quote from another knowledgeable blogger and author:
It [Patreon's terms of use - wle] is too broad because there is no time limit, no limitations on use, no payments to you, and no ability by you to revoke the license should a falling out occur.
That last is a real deal breaker.

I've got enough problems in my life.  I don't need more, and this service is good for Patreon - not for the end users.

Again, my thanks to the unknown blogger who posted the quotes listed above.  If you read this, please speak up and I'll be more than happy to give you credit where credit is due.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Writer's Group

I joined the site Meetup! some time ago, and promptly filtered out all the groups the owners of the site wanted me to join.  I wanted a decent writer's group, and after reviewing a few I've determined that the best of the lot is Eastside Fiction Writers in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.  This is a great group of people, and unlike other groups almost all of us have been published.

I've been to quite a few meetings with this group, and everything has gone along very smoothly, with a bare minimum of ruffled feathers and absolutely no meltdowns at all.  That is, until today.