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9-17-2010 @ 6:37PM
Some companies will flat-out come after you for posting fanfiction.Awhile back, Lucasarts was fine with fanfiction. Then they started going after fansites. People started getting ceast and desist letters. But sometimes it won't get you one. It seems to be going back and forth. Maybe Lucas only likes some fanfiction? If you write something unflattened you will be guaranteed a letter. He's even banned some of the offical EU (that's expanded universe, not European Union) writers from certain things.This is oddly in contrast to Japan, where people will draw entire mangas and doujins using other people's copyrighted characters, and the original companies generally don't care. Alot of these doujins are porn, and it's still looked upon as fine. In fact many of the famous Japanese artists got their start doing exactly this. Where if in America this was done, the original company would be on them in a heartbeat.And in an unrelated note, I was not amused when one of my YouTube videos got a copyright claim by Sony because one of their songs was playing in the BACKGROUND outside at a restaurant. It's still viewable, but blocked in some countries.
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