So, I write fan fiction, and I was curious to know just how bad I was being. I asked a few people online if fanfiction was copyright infringement, even if one had no intention of making money from the writing. I got a great resounded "Yes". They said that fanfiction presented a "competing product" to the original, thereby infringing on protected material.
I, however, argue with this. Since TNG is absolutely finished (there won't even be anymore books, I'm told), how can TNG fanfiction present a competing product? I want to hear everyone's views on this. Like so many things illegal things, is it even likely one would or could be prosecuted?