Kickstarter Transparency Report 2014

Kickstarter's mission is to help bring creative projects to life. As part of that mission, we work to foster creativity and artistic expression, while always striving to be clear and transparent about our policies.

Today we’re reinforcing our commitment to those values by releasing this transparency report. It details requests and claims we received in 2014 about projects and members of our community, from people and companies with copyright or trademark complaints, and from law enforcement and government entities. Transparency around these requests can help to ensure that they are being made for the right reasons.

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The Process: Michael Bilsborough's Capitalist Collages

When New York-based artist Michael Bilsborough's project HELLO TODAY: Capitalist Collages popped up on the site, we were impressed with the way he took otherwise bland images from high-end business magazines and transformed them into sometimes unsettling, occasionally eerie, but aesthetically pleasing collages. We asked him to explain the process behind creating some of these, and learned that even the act of doing the project on Kickstarter is, in a way, part of the art.

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Discover the Outdoors

If you spend a lot of time outside, you've probably looked at your tent or backpack or whatever it is that helps you do what you like to do when you're out in nature, and you've probably thought about how you could make the thing in question so much better if only you had the resources. Here are a few innovative projects, designed to make your life in the wilderness a little more comfortable.

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Introducing Subtitles and Captions

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Creativity is for everyone. That belief’s central to what we do here at Kickstarter — we want to make it easier for more people to connect and get involved in creative projects, big or small. And part of living up to that goal is making sure our website is for everyone, too.

Today, we’re happy to announce a new feature that makes Kickstarter even more accessible to our huge, global community. This community spans hundreds of nations and territories, all seven continents, countless languages, and individuals at all different levels of hearing. When a creator reaches out to that community to share a new idea, we want all those people to have access to what they’re saying. So we’ve added captioning and subtitles to videos, to make sure they can be understood by everyone who watches — whatever their language, and whatever their hearing level.

Take a look at the video above to see it at work! Notice that "CC" symbol in the upper-right corner, and in the player controls? Hover over the controls to bring up a list of caption tracks, and choose the one you need:

For creators, it’s just as simple. Whether you’re working with your main project video, an additional clip for your project page, or a video update, you can add as many tracks of captions or subtitles as you like — to make sure anyone who wants to get involved with your project can experience the whole thing. Just click in the editor to start captioning any video you've uploaded:

We're excited to see even more people connect and explore creativity — across languages, borders, and hearing levels alike!

Photographer Doug DuBois on his book My Last Day at Seventeen

Photographer Doug DuBois spent five summers in Ireland, photographing a group of teenagers in those last moments before they entered into adulthood. The photos are striking—both a universal look at adolescence, as well as a specific take on what it means to be a teenager in the housing estate of Russell Heights. My Last Day at Seventeen is a melancholy, vital piece of work. We asked DuBois how it came together.

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This Week in Kickstarter

Hello and welcome to another installment of This Week in Kickstarter, our most self-explanatorily-titled recurring feature. This week March went out like a lamb, and it took some real big projects with it. Meanwhile we kicked off Comics month, and things got weird here at Kickstarter HQ.

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Talking Shop: How to Pay Your Writers

What is a word worth? In publishing, not as much as it used to be. At least, that's the impression writers often get.

Conversations around compensation – money – are admittedly uncomfortable, and that's if they're happening at all. Recently, a few incredible people gathered at Kickstarter HQ to discuss what they're doing to make sure their writers get paid. Alex Shvartsman (Editor of Unidentified Funny Objects), Lisa Lucas (Publisher of Guernica Magazine), and Ryan Chapman (BOMB Magazine), spoke in a conversation moderated by writer/editor Sari Botton. Hear about their strategies for fundraising and fairly compensating their writers in this installment of Talking Shop.