Fanedit.org is one of the largest and most extensive sites for the art and critique of fanediting. When the site was first created in 2006, there was no single website dedicated to the listing of fanedits. Since that time it has evolved into a highly collaborative community of passionate faneditors and fans of fanediting.
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For additional information about how to properly use this site, see the FAQ
What you will find on this site
Fanedit.org is a news and discussion site, dedicated to promoting and sharing information about the art of Fanediting. It is a place where people come to learn about fanediting, find fanedits, and collaborate with other fans and faneditors about our shared passion. To this end, the site is comprised of three main sections:
- A public facing news section which announces the latest projects, news and general information about the goings on in fanediting.
- A forum which provides a place for faneditors and fans of fanediting to come together and discuss everything from in-the-works projects, ideas for new projects, technical guides and discussion threads to share knowledge between first time and long-time editors, and of course, general discussions of anything that has to do with fanediting and film.
- IFDB (Internet Fanedit Database) which lists over 600 known fanedits. This powerful tool allows you to search for virtually any edit listed by our community.
Most of all you will find a highly collaborative community which is welcoming, passionate, quirky and dedicated to expanding the boundaries of this artform.
What you won’t find on this site.
Because fanedit.org is a news and discussion site only, you will not find links for downloading fanedits. Distribution of fanedits is strictly the responsibility of faneditors. Membership/participation at fanedit.org is strictly voluntary and the site and its administrators cannot dictate what faneditors do with their projects, nor is this site or its administrative team responsible for making fanedits availalbe. This site is for the discussion of fanediting only.
How it works
Because fanediting involves the use of copyrighted material, the staff of this site take protecting the rights of copyright holders seriously. While is the site’s position that fanediting is protected under Fair Use copyright laws, we recognize that fanediting is built upon the hard work of those who make the original films and content, and as such our site enforces rules to help ensure that copyright holders are never cheated out of revenue which they are legally entitled to.
Fanedits are not-for-profit and should only be downloaded if you own the sources which make the edit. Members who are found to be making personal profits by distributing edits for compensation will be banned from the site.
Listing a Fanedit
Fanedit.org (IFDB) provides a listing of known fanedits submitted by, or on behalf of faneditors which respect the rights of copyright holders. As such the overriding rule is that Fanedit.org will not list any edits which contain sources which are known to be illegally obtained. A general guideline is that if the copyright holder is not losing income (which would be caused by the use of an illegal source) then it's likely OK.
- If the copyright holder has made their material available commercially, then the editor and the downloader should own a commercially available copy of the material at the same or greater resolution.
- If something has been purposefully delivered to the public free of charge, whether by internet, broadcast, cable or satellite broadcast and has never made it available for purchase, the copyright holder has not lost revenue, and has also clearly released that material into public domain. US courts have roundly affirmed individuals' rights to record television programming for personal use and free of charge. As long as the material is not available for purchase, caps of deleted scenes are allowed to be recorded and kept.
- We steadfastly refuse to allow anything where a source is either known to be illegal, or cannot be reasonably proved to be legal. Examples include copies of films which were leaked prior to the commercial release of the film, leaked workprint footage which has never been sold/distributed, illegal duplications of edits, etc...
- Notable sources which can be OK given correct observance of the copyright rule include digital copies of privately, legally owned film prints, as long as the editor owns the commercially available material. In such cases the source is a legal copy (privately owned film) and all parties involved (editor and downloader) own a commercial source (DVD, BD, etc...) then the copyright holder's rights have been respected and financially compensated.
2) Because Fanedit.org provides a forum for discussion and research only, fanedit.org does not restrict edits listed or discussed based on degree of change compared to the original film.
In all cases, the staff will be the final judge of whether or not an edit meets this criteria, and each edit will be evaluated on individual merit. The staff reserves the right to refuse listing of any edit for any reason.
As one of the largest fanediting sites on the internet, Fanedit.org seeks to provide a balance for visitors to the site. Edits listed here are expected to maintain a required level of technical achievement in order to ensure that those who then go seek out these edits can expect a basic level quality as a reward for their diligence. Read "In The Spotlight: FE Quality"
for more information.
As such there is a vetting process for editors. Editors new to the site have their first edits reviewed by forum members of the Academy. If the edit demonstrates the ability to create technically sound edits both in terms of technical and narrative execution, they will be given access to submit their edits for listing. If an ‘approved’ editor later submits an edit which has serious flaws, forum members can report/request that the edit be reviewed by the Academy for determination if the editor needs to rework the project before it can be listed on the site.
The staff can choose to list edits by editors who are not forum members and/or have dropped off the grid so-to-speak. There are a lot of great edits out there, and Fanedit.org seeks to ensure that as many people as possible learn about them!
Fanedit.org is a discussion and listing site only. Editors are responsible for making their edits available to those who want to download them. Typically editors use a variety of methods to make their edits available for digital download including usenet and digital file-lockers such as Rapidshare or Mediafire.
Because Fanedit.org is a discussion site only, direct links for downloading of copyrighted material are NEVER allowed on the site, this includes the forum, the news pages and the edit listings themselves.
Quite often, faneditors will use a site such as fanedit.info as a means of providing direction on how to acquire their edits, however this is not required in order to list an edit on fanedit.org. Fanedit.info is not an affiliated site of fanedit.org, and as such please do not contact the fanedit.org staff about any issues or questions regarding fanedit.info.
(Note: fanedit.info has its own FAQ that answers some very common questions you may have.)
It is ok to discuss the fact that such sites exist, and that edits may be available there (such as, “this edit is available on rapidshare” or “dlc is now available at info”) but NEVER include direct links to any site, or any link which is for downloading copyrighted material of any kind. If you have questions about this policy, please contact a staff member DIRECTLY. Do not post in the forum. These posts will be deleted and continued abuse of this rule will lead to infractions and temporary/permanent bans from the site.
Do not ask for download links to fanedits outside of private messages or the “Trades and Requests” Forum.
Members of fanedit.org can do what they want via private messages as fanedit.org is unable to control or monitor private messages. What is said in private messages is the responsibility of the member sending the private message, not the responsibility of fanedit.org.
If you are having difficulty locating an edit for download after checking the resources mentioned above, there is a section of the forum dedicated to trading fanedits.
Trades and Requests