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Feral copyright is a term describing copyright as it is understood and practiced by non-practitioners. Because fanfiction is a legal gray area, most definitive statements about it are expressions of how copyright is understood in the wild rather than an actual legal opinion.
The first two pieces here explain a particularly important example of feral copyright—an incident involving a fan and published author Marion Zimmer Bradley which has influenced how many older authors view fanficiton. The third is an example of one way fans try to interact with copyright—by assigning away their rights to the characters in the stories they write. The last is a lengthly and well-argued piece making the case that fanfiction is a natural extension of a more honestly communal approach to cultural creation.EDIT PLAYLIST INFORMATION DELETE PLAYLIST
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|1||Show/Hide More||Marion Zimmer Bradley Fanfiction Controversy|
|2||Show/Hide More||The Contraband Incident: The strange case of Marion Zimmer Bradley|
|4||Show/Hide More||FanFiction.net Content Guidelines|
In addition to published authors and fanfiction writers and readers having to negotiate copyright in the wild, the online service providers who host fan works have their own policies. This is a link to a copy of fanfiction.net's position.
The official version of the list of authors who have informed fanfiction.net they do not want their works to be mentioned in fanfiction is here (but it requires a user account to view): https://www.fanfiction.net/story/story_tab_guide.php
Here is the list:
Dennis L. McKiernan
Laurell K. Hamilton
Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb
|5||Show/Hide More||"I'm done explaining why fanfic is okay" by Aja Romano (bookshop)|
|6||Show/Hide More||Thomas Jefferson to Isaac McPherson|
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