World Intellectual Property Review: Baby Yoda GIFs back online after copyright confusion. “Viral GIFs (graphic interchange format) of a new Star Wars character, Baby Yoda, have been reinstated to a leading GIF sharing site after being temporarily removed over alleged copyright concerns.”
Boing Boing: GIF site Gfycat announces mass deletions, threatens Archive Team with lawsuit. “Gfycat is a site that people upload GIFs to so they can share them with other people reliably. Used most conspicuously to host memes, clips from other media, and animated porn, it announced Wednesday that it was planning to permanently delete old, anonymously-posted images within days. Archive Team, a web preservation initiative coordinated by Jason Scott, set about archiving the site’s soon-to-vanish content. So Gfycat’s CEO, Dan McEleney, threatened it with a lawsuit, describing archival of the memes it hosts as a ‘denial of service attack’ and demanding compensation.”
CNN: Giphy feature lets anyone develop games without knowing how to code. “The free new feature, called Giphy Arcade, runs on a web browser and features about 100 games. People can play these original titles or customize their own with the help of 10 templates, music and stickers. The games, which are about 10 seconds in length and feature retro-style graphics, can be shared with friends.”
I thought I had mentioned this before, but I can’t find anything, so Boing Boing: Yarn: search for a snippet of dialog, get a clip from the movie it’s in. “Yarn does one thing very well: return a brief video clip of a movie based on the dialog you type in.” I tried several quotes from the 1939 movie THE WOMEN with no luck, but got plenty of results for Life of Brian and over 2300 results for freaky deaky.
CNET: TikTok now lets you add GIFs to posts. “Users of social video app TikTok can now add GIFs to their posts, the company said Thursday. The update, part of a partnership with GIPHY, also makes TikTok memes available as GIPHY stickers.”
TechWire Asia: CEO Alex Chung explains why GIPHY is the Google of animations. “ALTHOUGH GIPHY was founded in 2013, CEO Alex Chung says that the business is just 18 months old because the team has only recently started monetizing the platform and is already signing seven-figure deals with brands.”
CNET: Twitter now lets you add GIFs to retweets. “Your Twitter feed is about to get a lot more animated. Users can now add a GIF to retweets, the social media company said Monday. The feature could come in handy for all the times you just can’t find the right words to say.” Ah yes, because a platform with civility and harassment issues needs nothing more than the ability to add an animated image to a retweet. Now if you’ll excuse me, my eyeballs have rolled entirely out of my head and I must go find them.