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How will COPPA affect Animators?

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The Federal Trade Commission is planning to enforce COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) to content creators on Youtube, but what does that mean for animators on the platform? It could mean that animators are forced yet again to change their content and / or leave the platform altogether to find a different source of income. Youtube is always changing and it always seems like the animators are caught yet again in the crossfire. Potentially thousands of animators on Youtube could be demonetized come January 2020.

Kids content is under fire by COPPA

For a while now Youtube was breaking the law by collecting information on kids below 13 years old and displaying targeted ads to them. This resulted in the FTC taking action to update the COPPA laws and even enforcing these laws not just to Youtube but individual channels and creators as well. This means the FTC will have full power to shut down channels and even fine content creators if they feel like these laws are being broken.

So why does this especially affect animators? Because most of the time people consider animated content kids content. This will most likely force many animators into demonetization if they do make kids content, or get falsely marked and demonetized even though their video wasn’t meant for kids. People’s futures will rely on the decision of Google bots and people will always fear if their video will be next on the chopping block.

The FTC even stated one of the factors that classifies a video as for kids,
“the use of animated characters…” So you can imagine just how many animators will be caught up in false claims with no mention of a repeal process.

The FTC directly states that animated characters could be kids content.

The Good News

In light of all the uproar, there is some good news! The FTC released more specific information about animated content and it does show that they are listening to the community. Here is the statement:

With this statement, most of our absolute worst fears are now mitigated, but there is still the worry of animated content in general being falsely marked by bots just because they do have flashy animated characters and colors. It will all depend on how accurate the bots can sift through the billions of videos on Youtube. There will surely be many innocent channels that get demonetized before being repealed (if there will be a repeal process in the first place).

Not only that, but this will not help animators that do make kids content as they will have no incentive to create more animations for kids. Those animators will be forced to change their animations entirely for an older audience just to have the option to make money. This will most likely evaporate the content that COPPA is trying to protect in the first place.

Only time will tell what damage COPPA will cause to the animators, but until then everyone lies in wait for the New Year to see where their future will go.

The Anim8 Plug

It’s big events like these that make us feel Anim8 will be more and more relevant in the future as social media and laws constantly change at the expense of the animators. If you are an animator on Youtube and you feel like your channel is in danger of COPPA, consider making an account on Anim8.io to help us help you secure a better future for our kind!

Our promise is that we will always put the animators first before anything else and that will always be the direction we take for the foreseeable future. We are in heavy development to make animator-specific features to ensure our platform will be the best place for watching, making, and monetizing animations.

Why we’re making Anim8

Anim8 vNext is Now Live

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The latest version of Anim8 – codenamed “vNext” is now available for testing on the web.


Anim8 vNext was designed from the ground up using knowledge gained from over 100 interviews with both hobby and pro animators.

You can learn more about vNext here.

Anim8 vNext is available for members to test and make use of here.

Why we’re making Anim8

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With the wide abundance of social media and media sharing platforms, people might ask “Why use Anim8 when I can just use X, Y, or Z platforms?” That is a valid question! The question that I ask myself more is “X, Y, and Z are good platforms, but they can be so much better for animators.”

Why animators are struggling

Years ago animators online were actually doing pretty well. New and upcoming animators were being discovered every day, animators were making a decent living off of Youtube, and they were happy to put in hard work to get a decent return.

But over the years there has been a trend where social media would make changes that made it harder for animators to make a living off animations. Youtube being the biggest example where they changed their algorithm to cater towards the length and frequency of content and not the quality of content. Thousands of well known animators were forced into making decisions to either change their quality of content to meet these demands, switch to crowdfunding, or even just quitting animation altogether to find a different source of income.

How can independent animators make money?

Why not just go on Patreon? Also a great question! Patreon has worked for many content creator with existing followers, but Patreon itself has a few limitations. There is no way to find and discover new and interesting people to support. It is a completely separate platform which requires users to create new accounts, go on a completely new site, and set up new payments to try advertising on even more platforms. All a really big hassle for potential supporters.

In Anim8 what if you had all the features of becoming a patron to the animator you love already built into their videos/profile while getting extra benefits on the site yourself? All super convenient and easy for fans to become supporters! No more need to link them to another site that they will probably never click in the first place.

Today’s social media does not cater towards animators

We think the biggest problem with social media platforms is that they are highly generalized, making it difficult to find talented upcoming animators and animations that might be thrown in with the infinite sea of cat pictures and memes. They don’t cater towards animators. Although we appreciate these things, we wanted to keep Anim8 focused and dedicated to animations only so that the only thing you can expect when you sign in to Anim8 is just a sea of creative animations by thousands of dedicated animators where you can spend hours scrolling through new and interesting animations. Now wouldn’t that be an awesome sight?

Another interesting problem we’ve seen in today’s social media is that there is actually no well refined platform that has a system where animation companies can hire independent animators. When we asked a group of well established animators online that have worked in the industry, most of the time they were contacted through Twitter. Can you imagine animation companies resorting to sifting through twitter to find animators? There has to be a better system than that! On Anim8 we’ve laid out plans to make an intuitive system that has a portfolio builder and a jobs board where companies and animators can have a dedicated area to communicate, collaborate, and even send and receive payment all in one experience.

Our goals

Our ultimate “end goal” for this project is to be the best place to post, watch, and earn from animation. We want to solve some of these issues in hopes that someday animation can be a viable option to get into for beginners, intermediates, and professionals in the field. Of course it’s a huge undertaking and a lot of work, but we have the confidence and passion to make it a reality.

If you want to read more about the Anim8 team CLICK HERE!

Anim8 vNext

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The next version of Anim8, bringing us one step closer to our ultimate goal of becoming the #1 place for animation fans to watch animations online – and for animators to connect with their fans.

Click here to learn how to start testing Anim8 vNext on 11/18/2019.

Overview

Anim8 vNext

Anim8 vNext is finally coming – and will be available for supporters to test next week!

This is a new version of Anim8, coded almost entirely from the ground up.

Anim8 vNext was designed after talking to over 100 animators and gauging feedback on how Anim8 could better support both independent and pro animators.

New Features

In order to support both of these groups, Anim8 vNext comes with some upgrades over the current version of Anim8:

  • Approximately 75% faster load times across all devices
  • UI flow built from the ground up to emphasize the discovery of new animators
  • Categorization and Tagging Systems for easier animation discovery
    • Vote on tags after watching an animation – earn XP while improving discovery on our search engine.
      • Genre (action, adventure, comedy, etc.), Style (Flash, CGI, Hand-drawn, etc.) and more tagging options.
    • Categorize your animation as “WIP” or “finished” as you upload
    • Combine one or many tags/categories in the search engine to refine your search.
  • Homepage “feed” of animations you may find interesting to you in order to aid discovery
  • Watch animations and comment from within the feed directly
  • Better notifications – get notified when someone you follow or support uploads!
  • Over 20 bug in the current app are fixed in vNext

In addition to these features, vNext will include more features after release:

  • Animator “portfolios”
    • Showcase your best work independent of your WIP animations.
  • Tools to connect animation studios with animators
    • Partnerships with studios looking for contracts
  • A custom video player that allows frame-by-frame sifting through animations and other useful settings for animators.
  • In-app competitions with prizes to promote your animations

This project has been a huge, multi-month undertaking but we are ecstatic that you can start using it as early as next week!

Start Testing Anim8 vNext

We will be opening up Anim8 vNext to supporters starting the week of the 18th.

In order to test Anim8 vNext, you need to become an Anim8 supporter – you can do that easily for just $5/mo by following these instructions.

Anim8 vNext and all of it’s new features will be released to the general public after it has been fully tested, and meets our quality standards.

Anim8 Introduction

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Hi!

I am CryoLogic, the founder of Anim8.

Anim8 is a passion project run by a small team in order to help animators get noticed and provide them with tools to build a living from their animations and grow a fanbase / following.

The team behind Anim8 is small, but very active. The core team consists of:

  • CryoLogic – lead developer / accounting / finance / legal
  • Hyun – marketing / product design / community management
  • Bruno – developer / search engine maintainer / DevOps
  • Monkey – lead UX designer / product design

In addition to the core team, we have a fantastic team of volunteer moderators: Amy, Hizude, King Kilo, NightVibe, NS, Sareth, Septagon, Treycon.

While the core team is busy developing new features and fixing bugs in Anim8, the moderation team is helping keep the community peaceful and friendly on both the website and Discord.

If you haven’t checked out Anim8 yet, visit our website and consider joining us on Discord.