Publishing Fanfiction- update

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A friend emailed me on this news from Amazon in regards to publishing fanfiction. Yes, you read correctly, Amazon will allow authors to write fanfiction (in specific genres) and get paid for doing so.

I’m still not sure what to make of it. The genre includes Gossip Girl, Vampire Diaries, and Pretty Little Liars. They promise to add more, and yes, this is legal. Amazon received licenses to allow this.

I’m very curious how this will pan out- it it will at all. Traditionally, fanfiction infringed on the copyrights of the original author. Some original authors allow for fanfiction, providing they receive no money or income from their work. This seemed fair to me- why reap reward off of someone else’s work?

Then you have Fifty Shades of Grey, which is a fanfiction of Twilight with a few tweaks to make original characters, and the author receives tons of fans buying her books.

This does not mean you can publish and make money from fanfiction- not yet. You can publish something in the aforementioned Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, and Pretty Little Liars, but take care writing a novel based on someone else’s work.

What are your thoughts? Should this be allowed or not? Also consider that if allowed, your writing might someday be open market to would-be authors taking ideas to make their own work a money maker. Post in comments

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2 responses to “Publishing Fanfiction- update

  1. I don’t like this. I know a lot of people love writing fan-fiction and that’s fine–it’s like a writing exercise. And they should be free to post their fan-fiction for others to read online. But to be able to profit off another’s creation… what happened to copyright law? Shouldn’t they be obligated to purchase the necessary rights? Walt Disney had to buy the rights to Peter Pan from a children’s hospital in order to make his animated version back in the 1950s. And who’s to say more popular writer’s won’t just re-write some indie book and make millions, leaving the original author with no right to dispute such abuse? I feel like Amazon just threw up their hands and said, “Go nuts! We don’t care anymore!”

    • From waht I coudl tell about Amazon, they did get the licensing to do this legally, and its only for three books. I agree that its worrisome; a writer should not profit off another without compensation. I just hope that with Amazon doing this, it doesn’t provoke a wave of would-be authors saturating the Internet thinking they can post and profit from their fanfiction from any author.

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