Timeline of Major Fandom Purges, Restrictions, and Hassles Regarding Fanworks and Their Content

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This is a timeline of incidents in which platforms (usually official for-profit, but sometimes fan-run) used by fan communities have cracked down on fanworks, discussion by fans, and fansites with "inappropriate" content.

For a list of fans banning each other's content, see List of Content Banned by Archives.

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

1970s

1977

1980s

1990s

1991

1992

1995

1997

  • Fox and Lucasfilm go after fansites (1997)
  • fiction was ordered removed from the zine Flightpath #7 (likely 1997)

1998

  • Burned Furs - campaign against certain types of furries and furry art (1998-2001)
  • AOL goes after X-Files fansites (1998)

1999

2000s

2000

2001

  • Tripod Massacre (March 2001)
  • Anne Rice goes after IWTV fic on FanFiction.net, other authors also ban their fans from posting to the site (Archie Comics, Dennis L. McKiernan, Irene Radford, J.R. Ward, Laurell K. Hamilton, Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb, P.N. Elro,d, Raymond Feist, Robin Hobb, Robin McKinley, and Terry Goodkind), see FFN's specific author bans (2001)
  • The Bronze shut down as Buffy changes networks, see The Bronze Posting Board (2001)
  • PotterWar (2001-2002)

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2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

  • Slash Cotillion closes, taking much historical m/m with it (2008)
  • Mercedes Lackey doesn't want fans posting fic to the internet, and fiction in her universe must be approved. [1]

2009

2010s

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

  • Quizilla shuts down (2014)
  • Blip.tv deletes vids (2014)
  • Viddler deletes vids (2014)

2015

2016

2017

  • Parents get queer Warrior Cats fic purged from Wattpad (2017)
  • Photobucket started charging for third party hosting, watermarking and blurring untold amounts of edits, icons, banners, and many other fannish images posted on LJ, forums, and other websites.

2018

2019

References

  1. ^ "No public posting of stories/fanfiction is allowed on the Internet. (This includes talking in character in chatrooms or sending stories via e-mail.) You can submit fanfiction to and read it in the various approved Mercedes Lackey fanzines." -- Queen's Own, updated statement, July 22, 2008