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Old May 23 2013, 09:38 PM   #27
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Re: WTF: Amazon is going to see legal fan fiction

I wonder how much of this thinking is the studios and Amazon wanting to cash in on the next "50 Shades of Gray"? One thing you here over and over again is "50 Shades of Gray" started out as a Twilight fanfic. So maybe they're trying to get in a position to cash in on the next big fanfic.

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I wonder if the license extends to all products in the franchise? Could, hypothetically, someone use David Mack's OCs and original races from his books in a Star Trek fanfic?

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Any fanficcer would be stupid to accept that. If it's contract work, in other words the publisher WANTS something from you, then he's gotta pay you for that.


Most of you know my opinion about fan fiction, copyright and payment, and this is one tiny little wee step towards that vision.
That's the contract under Kindle and Kindle worlds: You write it, you post it on Amazon.com, you get a percentage; after Amazon takes their cut on top of "bandwidth/download" expenses". Only difference here is: You write, you post on Amazon, you get paid after the IP holder, Amazon, and expenses. So yes the publisher/IP holder pays you nothing. You do the work for free, hope it sells, and if it does they get paid out of your sells--effectively you paying them, like a vanity press set up, which is what Kindle publishing really is.
Well, it's still your choice not to do it. And while the publisher effectly doesn't pay you anything, he doesn't tell you what to write either. You get paid for your hobby for god's sake. And if you are that great that the publisher wants more from you, that's the moment where they need to pay you on a professional level.
I sincerly doubt they'll pay a fanficcer on a professional level, when they can just sit back and wait for you to continue the story on your own. They're unlikely to approach you to do more, just keep an eye on teh ones that ring in the most royalties to their coffers.

As for telling what not to write: We don't know yet. Beyond slash-fic, we don't know what each studios or franchise's individual mandates will be in terms of content.

Yes, it's author's choice to do it or not, but I don't see it as some great coming of age of fanfiction. I see it as the studios saying "hey, we can't get free money!".
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