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Fan Fiction and Copyright: Outsider Works and Intellectual Property Protection
This book examines three categories of disputes between authors and their fans: the fans' use of copyrighted characters, online publication of fiction resembling copyright work, and in the case of J.K. Rowling and a fansite webmaster, a dispute over the compiling of a reference work detailing an author's fictional universe. Discussing fan works from a number of countries i ...more
ebook, 184 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Ashgate Publishing
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Aug 31, 2013 Emma Sea rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Very clear and thorough explanation of how copyright works in relation to written texts. Something I think fanfic wwriters should read: they have far more freedoms than they often think they do. Also something writers should read: trademark your special creations, as copyright alone will not protect you from someone else using them.
good analysis, lots of great information, but sometimes the tone of the writing and the voice are overly confident (for example the assumption that the writers on Wikipedia took from his research when many of these arguments and pieces of the legal research have been around since before I was in law school). also, the words used in the conclusions drawn from the anecdotes, such as the one about Marion Zimmer Bradley, are occasionally illogical.
This was actually a really good examination of the complexities of this question. And the question is *very* complex. I don't think you have to be an IP lawyer to understand this book, but I do think it helps considerably to be a fan. It's a very sympathetic view of this, which can be hard to get.
A very insightful read on fanfiction and copyright, looking at the rights and wants of both sides. Although Schwabach is obviously a fan himself, he does try to show an objective view as possible, showing where there are still ambiguous gaps which will, in the future, need to be resolved.