Monday, March 30, 2009

Indieanimatornetwork, is this complimentary, or just theft?

I came across this site while browsing referall pages. I'm a little torn about posting the link, because I 'm not sure I want to send them traffic. There's lots of stuff to se and read, and a lot of it very informative. For my taste, it's too busy and, like AWN, tries to do too much.
As I scrolled down to find where they had, presumably, posted a link to some content I featured, I cam across the "Canadian Animation Resources Feed".
This confused me. I assumed that I'd see a snippet of something from the blog. A piece of an article with a link. I've seen that kind of thing before and really enjoy it. It feels great to find that something I wrote was significant enough to someone else to sample it. But as I continued to scroll down, it got a little weirder for me. The ego stroke was replaced with a sinking feeling. This wasn't a quote, this was my whole blog, reproduced here and comprising about a quarter of the content on this page.
How do I feel about this?
I really don't know.
I work pretty hard to put this site together. I do my best to update the job boards, provide links, and generate original content. Some of what I do is just referal, so I don't want to over-react. But this feels like more than that.
I haven't gone through everything on the page yet, but I did notice the jobs section is taken entirely from There seem to be original posts on there, so it's not like the admin is just "borrowing" from other sites. But I'm uncomfortable with the extent to which I've been co-opted. Maybe if I'd been contacted, if there'd been a request, I'd be ok with it. But now I'm not so sure.
I'd love some input on this one guys.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

New Features Page

As the content of the site continues to broaden, I've decided to add this additional page for the special features. The main blog on the home page will continue to carry From The Internets, events, notices, and other general information. This page will be the home for the interviews, the regional coverage, reviews and any other content that doesn't fall into those categories. I'm hoping that adding it to the front page like I have works layout-wise, but that's something I'll have to figure out.
Here's what I'm working on right now:
  • Vancouver Scene
  • Toronto Scene
  • Prairie Scene
  • Animation Recession
  • Teletoon Pilot Project
  • Coverage of the 2nd Annual South Beach Animation Festival
Plus a few others. If anyone has anything to contribute, contact me directly. Your help is always appreciated.