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2005 is the year of fan fiction community unity and diversity on all new levels. Events in Australia and Germany would touch across numerous communities. Other important events in one community would never be felt, heard, or mentioned in others.

The Harry Potter fandom continues as one of the biggest communities on-line. Among the issues facing this community this year included the continuing of an older issue, charities, and a new one involving child pornography. The charity issue involved which large archives and people were linking to which charitable cause and which archives and people were not. This issue was a hold over from events in the previous year. The other issue facing this community involved child pornography and stories featuring characters who are minors in the books involved in erotic and sexual situations. It appeared that, according to Australian law, this material was illegal. One of the bigger sites in the community, Skyhawke, banned this material. This issue caused a lot of discussion and visceral reactions to this material were displayed in a number of places on-line.

Elsewhere, two legal situations sent a number of archives running to implement policy changes. These issues involved Cease and Desist letters sent by the MPAA, alleging trademark infringement on the part of sites for using their ratings system. The other issue involved German record labels sending Cease and Desist letters to sites containing lyrics. These letters requested remuneration for every song which had the lyrics listed. While no fan fiction sites were targeted, a number of archives, including FanFiction.Net, pulled all songfics in order to ensure they would not be subjected to fines.

As LiveJournal continued to become more important and central to the role of fan fiction communities, various newsletters are created or gain more readership. These newsletters served to link people to ongoing discussions and help identify some trends in fan fiction.

The issue of feedback was discussed at greater length. Added to this discussion is a newer element of what are the educational benefits and implications of feedback in the fan fiction community. People wonder if beta reading and sending feedback actually help writers become better authors.

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