Seriously? I downloaded the online version of Brandon Sanderson's Warbreaker. He said something about the lines that people who wrote fanfictions, and the author use the ideas written in the fanfic, that author can get sued?
Is this the one you are referring to ?Could someone in the know explain the Marion Zimmer Bradley DARKOVER case? I've never fully understood that one, but IIRC, one of her books was pulled out of publication because of it.
Here's what happened. It _was_ fanfic, but published under MZB's more or less aegis as a permitted issue of MOON PHASES (Nina Boal, editor).
I received a letter offering me a sum and a dedication for all rights to the
text. I attempted at that point to _very politely_ negotiate a better deal.
At that point I did not threaten any sort of suit whatsoever; in fact, a few
months later I received a letter from Ms. Bradley's lawyer threatening me with
a suit should I be a bit too frank about Ms. Bradley's um, writing methods, and
who her current collaborators were at the time (at least that is how I took the lawyer's phrasing). Needless to say, I could not afford to defend myself if
sued. Winning with the truth could have bankrupted me (and probably still
It's been a long strange trip. But it DID cure me of fanfic.
Author Raymond Feist (Magician, and others) explains. "Marion [Zimmer Bradley] was working on a Darkover novel, and at the same time reading and editing fan fiction for her Darkover 'zine. She found a story that was very similar in theme to what she was doing in her novel under work, and a character she really liked. So she contacted the author of that bit and asked if she could use the material and the character, and would give the author a tip-of-the-hat mention in the dedication. The author replied that Marion would have to split royalties, put the other author's name on the book, and if she used any of the material or similar (like the stuff Marion was already writing) the author would sue.
"This was a woman who enjoyed fan writing and nurtured it, and the wannabe writer turned on her… [MZB] canned the project she was working on. Her publisher wasn't really happy about losing the book, nor were her readers. Marion changed her policy on fan fiction at that point, and in the end, a [fanfic writer] who was, in my opinion, greedy and stupid ruined it for a lot of Marion's fans."
Could someone in the know explain the Marion Zimmer Bradley DARKOVER case? I've never fully understood that one, but IIRC, one of her books was pulled out of publication because of it.
The short take-away point would be: never read fan fiction. Don't reply if a fan sends it to you... delete it the moment you know what it is (or destroy it, if they send a paper copy).
Is this the one you are referring to ?
Since you can't copyright ideas I'm not sure how that would work? Unless the writer stole the fan-fic writer's actual words, or characters they themselves had created.
Not just fanfic, but I've read many writers will refuse to read work by anyone they don't know so no one can accuse them of stealing ideas from something someone sent them.
Don't know if that happens much, but I know I've read it somewhere. On the internet. It must be true.
I think in theory both are considered cases of copyright infringement. I don't think plagiarism is illegal in the same way. I might be wrong about that, but I'm pretty sure if you're plagiarized, you sue for copyright infringement.
Actually, if you read carefully it's clear that those two vastly different accounts don't contradict at all. (eg: "AT THAT POINT I didn't threaten to sue" doesn't contradict "She threatened to sue")That's the one. Thanks! And whichever side one chooses to believe, the bottom line is clear: authors shouldn't read fan-fic.
Authors (and many people) let their good nature get the best of them--most companies (especially game companies) have been using fan content for years with no issue.
The way to do it is never to ask, but make available an electronic submission of their fanfiction (or whatever) and the terms of the submission require them to forfeit all rights. Offering a token prize every now and then is usually all that is desired.