The Geek Federation's Ministry of Fandom.

What is the Ministry of Fandom?

It is a government agency that runs a massive network of Reeducation Camps where authors of Intellectual Properties are sent to when they attempt to bring legal action against Fanworks.

Rights holders are extremely careful when dealing with fanwork they object to both on and offline because of this. Anyone who tried to ban such works legally or otherwise are secretly arrested and sent to the ministry HQ where they are questioned about these efforts. Some who returned from the ministry have indicated that torture is used in these interrogations.

Those who agree to cease pursuing fans are released immediately with a warning. Those who persist are sent to one of the many Corrective Labor Camps scattered across the world. In these camps, authors are forced to create content for the public domain until they change their ways with a minimum of one years time required to serve. Hence the term 'Reeducation' being used.

Most people sent there leave after one year as they agree to stop all 'enforcement' actions against the fans in question. Others, usually motivated by Moral Rights remain there indefinitely. Many famous authors have spent some time in one of these camps.

It has gotten to the point where the ministry is called the Geekdom Gulag by rights holders due to the similarities to the Russian GULAG in the way it operates.

The Ministry of Fandom has a secret police force known as the Fair Use Enforcers (FUE) who keep tabs on litigious authors and ones they deem overprotective. Think of them as the East German Stasi.

They keep secret lists of authors and rights holders who have a history of protectionism. It is easy to end up on their radar and once on the lists, it is extremely hard to get off.

People on the list are constantly kept under surveillance along with their families and associates. If they have lawyers, they are routinely questioned about enforcement actions. If they are currently any being done against a fanwork, they are sent to the camps along with the authors.

Companies are not off the hook either. Entire legal departments have been raided by the FUE and all employees arrested, interrogated, and sent to the camps for years. If DRM is in the way of creating a fanwork, the people who hold the keys to unlocking it are secretly arrested and via the use of some Room 101 treatment, the keys are recovered. Said treatment is usually the exploitation of a person's fears if it can be done without causing permanent physical harm.

Perhaps the most controversial action taken by the Ministry was when the entire family of a famous author was sent to the Reeducation Camps and kept there for 7 years. All over a dispute regarding a series of fanfictions of their books. One of them died there.

No one has ever escaped from the camps. Many people have tried but they are always recaptured.

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Conditions in the camps very between each one. Since they are located all over the world some are better then others. Life in them is harsh but fair and must comply with a set of living standards. Most people sent there are released eventually. Some use the results of their forced labor as a part of their future works.

In the entire history of the Ministry there has only been one death in their custody and that was due to old age.

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Despite their highly anti-IP attitude, the Ministry of Fandom does believe that people who create something are entitled to fair compensation for their efforts for a limited time as all IP laws are meant to be and that all sources of a creative work if applicable are properly cited.

Their public facing side provides advice on how to improve IP laws to be fair. They assist in copyright registration and will provide help during the registration filing process when filling out the red tape. Their economists provide advice on how long terms of protection should be to ensure that authors can obtain the optimum amount of compensation in the most reasonable amount of time to ensure a stable income.

The Ministry also has a very low tolarence for commercial copyright infringement, that is selling verbatem or nearly verbatem copies of a protected work without permission. Should unauthorized copies or bootlegs be discovered being sold, the Ministry will assist the author in question to resolve the situation.

As for infringement without any monetary gain, they see no harm in this unless it clearly starts jeopardizing the author's livelyhood. As the Ministry also has a mission to ensure authors can continue to create more works. When an IP is due to enter the public domain, the Ministry will assist the author in preparing the work for transition.

The Ministry of Fandom hates plagerism with a passion. They believe all authors deserve some attribution or citation when their work is used in a new work. The Ministry in that note will offer a free plagerism check for all creative works and automatically provide the proper citations.

The Ministry of Fandom maintains an advanced webcrawler for archiving purposes. All creative works are archived in secure offsite data centers and vaults for the purposes of historical record keeping.

For those who are in the camps, it is made clear they have the power to determine the date of their own release. All they need to do is prove that they are reeducated and then do their one year.

All reeducation camps must adhere to a strict minimum standard of living conditions. All prisoners are to be given access to clean food and water. Sanitation must be maintained. Proper medical care must be provided. Protection from the elements is mandatory and acts of torture or other forms on inhumane treatment are strictly prohibited. Among other things. Annual as well as random inspections of each camp are conducted to ensure compliance. Enforcement is taken seriously. Camps found to be non-compliant are given a warning. Repeat offending camps are shut down and prisoners transfered to other ones in compliance.

Department of Circumvention:
The Ministry of Fandom runs a classified branch of the agency called the Department of Circumvention. Officially it doesn't exist.

This branch is dedicated to the circumvention of Technological Protection Mechanisms that control access to copyrighted works AKA DRM. Various Warez and Cracking Release Groups along with individuals who hack protected devices on the outernet are secretly supported by this branch and are offered server hosting, secure and deniable cloud storage, funding, and assistence. High level experts the specialize in bypassing and subverting DRM systems are hired by the branch to assist them.

For hardware protection mechanisms like DRM Chips in game consoles, the Department of Circumvention has the Bureau of Hardware Accessability which specializes in subverting such systems. Chips will be reverse engineered and the results shared with cracking groups. Othertimes if the chips are too difficult to reverse engineer, the design teams are infiltrated and the plans for the chips are stolen and shared. If there are no known vulnerabilities in the chips or their code, the plans will be secretly modified to include subtle vulnerabilities that act as backdoors but look like simple flaws. If all else fails, devices are intercepted during shipping and backdoored from there.

Software based DRM is tackled by the Bureau of Software Accessability. An advanced classified reverse engineering decompilation program called BLADE is used to dissect the DRM in action and contains various classified tools to monitor, deobfuscate, decrypt, and dump data to a file. The extraction of embedded crypto keys is done here along with the infiltration of developer teams to steal the source code and master keys. This branch also specializes in introducing "bugs" in these programs that can be exploited to gain backdoor access.

For globally mandated DRM standards in devices, the Department works closely and secretly with the groups that design them to insert kleptographic backdoors in them. This ensures that cracking groups can still access the protected works regardless of the device it is used in. Sort of like the Duel-EC-DRBG standard that the NSA subverted before it was even published.

The department also works to suppress any enforcement of anti-circumvention laws using loopholes and clever use of the legal system as well as derailing investigations to get cases dismissed. They will also invoke National Security to suppress evidence that could convict people of breaking these laws. This is also done to suppress lawsuits under these laws as well.

All of these activities are considered so classified that information about them is kept on a strictly need to know basis.