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Old August 9 2008, 07:09 PM   #30
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Re: On "Ex Machina" & Crew

Rush Limborg wrote: View Post
The characters belong to CBS/Paramount, not to me.
So... exactly what wouldI have to do in order to use those characters? Do I just ask Pocket? Or do you have any say?
You can't legally use those characters except in material commissioned and published by Pocket, IDW, or TokyoPop, because they're the only people licensed to publish Star Trek fiction in print form. All fan fiction is technically copyright infringement. But it's generally tolerated so long as the author makes no attempt to sell it for profit.

So the idea of asking for permission to use someone's characters in fan fiction is self-contradictory. You can do whatever the hell you want in fan fiction, so long as you don't try to sell it.
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