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9-17-2010 @ 6:45PM
Is there anyway to create fan fiction with the ability to legally profit from it if the opportunity arises?
9-17-2010 @ 6:55PM
That would be no.Unless you worked out a deal with the original company, and got a license to do so, profitting from their copyright breaks copyright, and will have the company coming down on you hard. That's what this entire article is about.If you change enuf of the elements so it's no longer 100% the original copyright, you can get around it. LFG, for example, the comic, is based on the game but not directly on the game. Reading the comic you see Blood Elves, Trolls, Gnomes, Humans, Undead, Dwarves, Tauren, and the familiar classes. But at no point do you see any copyrighted names or places pop up. "Dwarves" and "Gnomes" are pretty generic, and Blizzard can't copyright those. You don't see "Blood Elves" you see "Elves", and you don't see Ironforge, or Ogrimmar, or anything. The universe is unique from the game. And the creator profits from it in the form of ads and merchandise.Another case with webcomics that's interesting is Shakes and Figet. Which is directly based on the game. Blizzard had no problem with these guys. But they sold the site and comic to another company which did comics and books. These guys (the new company) claimed copyright over EVERYTHING in the strip. And had plans to publish a game based on it. Blizzard said "no way", and stepped in and legally stopped them. The company had the balls to claim they had copyright over everything in the strip, when the strip itself was based on the game. As a result, they had to remove all references to the game.
9-17-2010 @ 6:59PM
It depends...On your country/state´s copyright lawsOn the country/state´s copyright laws that where involved in the copyright of the original workOn whether the owner of the original work actually cares or not about you profiting from your fanficOn whenever agreement you could reach with the owner of the original work
9-17-2010 @ 9:23PM
The answer to this is yes, actually. You can write fanfiction for profit if you base your writing on something in the public domain. That's what John Updike did when he wrote "Gertrude and Claudius," which is basically a novella-length Hamlet fanfic.You can also try to convince a judge that your work is transformative and culturally relevant enough. "Lo's Diary" and "The Wind Done Gone" took this route.
9-17-2010 @ 10:02PM
There was a great harry potter fanfiction author known as "Cassie Claire". She wrote "the Draco Trilogy", which was love by all. She decided to plagiarize her own work, remove 'the draco trilogy' from all popular websites, and turn it into her own novels: 'City of bones', 'City of ashes' and 'city of glass'. Large portions of the novels are lifted from her own harry potter fanfiction, which - as it has been removed from most places except harddrives and portions of archive.org - has her in a bad way with harry potter fanfiction fans, but with the works unavailable, she has been able to profit from it.. and win awards.So...1. Write fanfiction2. Become well loved.3. Bright idea!4. ............5. Remove works from internet.6. Profit!
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