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18th Feb '18 5:32:32 AM starjewel
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* While Creator/RoosterTeeth doesn't have such a policy, the fandom for ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' has a rule amongst themselves banning Rule34 of the show's protagonist Ruby Rose, who's under 18. The rule is informally known by the phrase, ''"Don't Lewd the Rube"''. (Its enforcement varies between communities.)

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* While Creator/RoosterTeeth doesn't have such a policy, the fandom for ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' has a rule amongst themselves banning Rule34 of the show's protagonist Ruby Rose, who's under 18. The rule is informally known by the phrase, ''"Don't Lewd the Rube"''. (Its enforcement varies between communities.)) Fan merchandise is, however, banned, and many conventions in the US ban artists from selling their own fanart.
17th Feb '18 9:41:41 PM starjewel
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* Franchise/{{Sanrio}} bans fan work for their characters, including Franchise/HelloKitty, WebOriginal/SanrioBoys, Franchise/{{Jewelpet}}, and ''Anime/OnegaiMyMelody'', as the image of their characters are crucial to selling their products. Comic Market even bans fan merchandise of Sanrio characters from being sold at their conventions.

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* Franchise/{{Sanrio}} bans fan work for their characters, including Franchise/HelloKitty, WebOriginal/SanrioBoys, Franchise/{{Jewelpet}}, and ''Anime/OnegaiMyMelody'', as the image of their characters are crucial to selling their products. Comic Market even bans fan merchandise of Sanrio characters from being sold at their conventions. This expands to even their collaboration designs (i.e. their collaboration with ''Anime/YuriOnIce'').
17th Feb '18 9:36:34 PM starjewel
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* Franchise/{{Sanrio}} bans fan work for their characters, including Franchise/HelloKitty, WebOriginal/SanrioBoys, Franchise/{{Jewelpet}}, and ''Anime/OnegaiMyMelody'', as the image of their characters are crucial to selling their products. Comic Market even bans fan merchandise of Sanrio characters from being sold at their conventions.
11th Feb '18 4:48:27 PM N8han11
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* An example for ''VideoGame/{{Fusionfall}} Legacy'', a fanmade continuation of the non-defunct ''Fusionfall'': WesternAnimation/TotalDrama characters were planned to be included, with Chris McLean being shown off as an [=NPC=] before a claim from Creator/FreshTV, the creator of the show, requested that he and the TD universe be removed.

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* An example for ''VideoGame/{{Fusionfall}} Legacy'', a fanmade continuation of the non-defunct ''Fusionfall'': WesternAnimation/TotalDrama characters were planned to be included, with Chris McLean [=McLean=] being shown off as an [=NPC=] before a claim from Creator/FreshTV, the creator of the show, requested that he and the TD universe be removed.
11th Feb '18 4:48:03 PM N8han11
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* An example for ''VideoGame/{{Fusionfall}} Legacy'', a fanmade continuation of the non-defunct ''Fusionfall'': WesternAnimation/TotalDrama characters were planned to be included, with Chris McLean being shown off as an [=NPC=] before a claim from Creator/FreshTV, the creator of the show, requested that he and the TD universe be removed.
25th Jan '18 1:12:44 AM Racoon7
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->''"Reactions of character creators to fanfiction have been varied, from polite acknowledgment to legal threats to having their character discuss out loud how disturbing and weird some types of fanfiction are. Fans reacted to all of these things by writing 9,000,000 new fanfics."''

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->''"Reactions of character creators to fanfiction have been varied, from polite acknowledgment acknowledgement to legal threats to having their character discuss out loud how disturbing and weird some types of fanfiction are. Fans reacted to all of these things by writing 9,000,000 new fanfics."''



* The most obvious reason is to protect the author's UsefulNotes/{{copyright}}. After all, fanfic is ''techincally'' copyright infringement, and authors don't like fans potentially eating into their profit margin (especially where they want fans to buy TheMerch or other officially sanctioned material). A related concern is that an author could accidentally (or not) write a story that uses some of the same elements as an existing fanwork, allowing the fan to turn the tables and sue the ''author'' for copyright infringement.

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* The most obvious reason is to protect the author's UsefulNotes/{{copyright}}. After all, fanfic is ''techincally'' ''technically'' copyright infringement, and authors don't like fans potentially eating into their profit margin (especially where they want fans to buy TheMerch or other officially sanctioned material). A related concern is that an author could accidentally (or not) write a story that uses some of the same elements as an existing fanwork, allowing the fan to turn the tables and sue the ''author'' for copyright infringement.



* Some authors also seriously doubt fanfic writers' ability to write a story in that universe as well as the author can; this usually attracts detractors who claim the ''real'' reason for the ban is a concern that fanfic writers can write the characters [[BetterThanCanon better than the author could]]. Relatedly, they may try to impose rules on what fans can write to ensure that fan fic is consistent with the main universe.

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* Some authors also seriously doubt fanfic writers' ability to write a story in that universe as well as the author can; this usually attracts detractors who claim the ''real'' reason for the ban is a concern that fanfic writers can write the characters [[BetterThanCanon better than the author could]]. Relatedly, they may try to impose rules on what fans can write to ensure that fan fic fanfic is consistent with the main universe.



* Due to the amounts of HoYay in ''Anime/TheHeroicLegendOfArslan'', author Yoshiki Tanaka banned yaoi fanworks based on the series, but changed the rule into ban of [[RuleThirtyFour Rule 34 fanworks]] after an InternetBackdraft.

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* Due to the amounts of HoYay in ''Anime/TheHeroicLegendOfArslan'', author Yoshiki Tanaka banned yaoi fanworks based on the series, but changed the rule into a ban of [[RuleThirtyFour Rule 34 fanworks]] after an InternetBackdraft.



* Creator/GamesWorkshop, of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' fame, did this to the surprisingly well-made German fan-film ''Film/{{Damnatus}}''. Annoyingly, the film's cease-and-desist order came ''after'' it was ready to release. In GW's defense, they were required by German copyright law to issue it or [[CriticalExistenceFailure forfeit all their copyrights]]. The people who worked on it agreed never to release it, saying that it would have to [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar remain on their computers]] for good. This prompted the forces of the Internet and fandom to somehow [[InsistentTerminology extract]] the film's final cut and post it online. Since those who made the film did [[ExactWords everything they were required to do]] to keep it from getting out, they are legally safe from retribution.

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* Creator/GamesWorkshop, of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' fame, did this to the surprisingly well-made German fan-film ''Film/{{Damnatus}}''. Annoyingly, the film's cease-and-desist order came ''after'' it was ready to release. In GW's defense, defence, they were required by German copyright law to issue it or [[CriticalExistenceFailure forfeit all their copyrights]]. The people who worked on it agreed never to release it, saying that it would have to [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar remain on their computers]] for good. This prompted the forces of the Internet and fandom to somehow [[InsistentTerminology extract]] the film's final cut and post it online. Since those who made the film did [[ExactWords everything they were required to do]] to keep it from getting out, they are legally safe from retribution.



* Creator/MelissaMarr encourages fanfic (and apparantly [[OneOfUs reads some herself]]), but forbids fans from writing rape fic of her characters. Unusually for fanfic writers, this wish is respected.

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* Creator/MelissaMarr encourages fanfic (and apparantly apparently [[OneOfUs reads some herself]]), but forbids fans from writing rape fic of her characters. Unusually for fanfic writers, this wish is respected.



* In the aftermath of a legal quagmire regarding the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' FanFilm ''Axanar'', Paramount Pictures (who are the legal holders of the franchise) didn't explicitly ban ''Star Trek'' Fan Films from being made, but they did impose some pretty severe limitations to their creation. They included a 30-minute maximum time limit on "feature-length" films, killing "original series" by preventing any fan's original characters from appearing in any other works, preventing anything they defined as "profit making" (including raising or crowdsourcing money), and requiring official ''Trek'' gear to be used (and if you made your own, you couldn't sell it in any fashion).

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* In the aftermath of a legal quagmire regarding the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' FanFilm ''Axanar'', Paramount Pictures (who are the legal holders of the franchise) didn't explicitly ban ''Star Trek'' Fan Films from being made, but they did impose some pretty severe limitations to their creation. They included a 30-minute maximum time limit on "feature-length" films, killing "original series" by preventing any fan's original characters from appearing in any other works, preventing anything they defined as "profit making" "profit-making" (including raising or crowdsourcing money), and requiring official ''Trek'' gear to be used (and if you made your own, you couldn't sell it in any fashion).



* Creator/GamesWorkshop, the makers of the enormously popular ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' lines, get really tetchy when someone makes anything that even looks like their material. They've taken down such things as fan-made player aids and even scenarios, and don't even ''try'' to make a fangame or fanvid if you don't want their lawyers coming down on you like a ton of bricks. Even fan modeling projects have been knocked down, despite modeling being one of the core draws of the hobby.

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* Creator/GamesWorkshop, the makers of the enormously popular ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' lines, get really tetchy when someone makes anything that even looks like their material. They've taken down such things as fan-made player aids and even scenarios, and don't even ''try'' to make a fangame or fanvid if you don't want their lawyers coming down on you like a ton of bricks. Even fan modeling modelling projects have been knocked down, despite modeling modelling being one of the core draws of the hobby.



* Christian Weston Chandler, creator of ''Webcomic/{{Sonichu}}'', gets upset if anyone [[UsefulNotes/{{Plagiarism}} steals]], [[{{Parody}} parodies]], or [[TakeThat makes fun of]] his work. He doesn't ban fan works ''per se'', especially since he gave up on ''Sonichu'', but he's been known to overreact to seeing fanworks he doesn't like. One case in particular led him to incorporate the fan authors into the work, where he [[DisproportionateRetribution brutally executes them]] after a nice game of KangarooCourt.

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* Christian Weston Chandler, creator of ''Webcomic/{{Sonichu}}'', gets upset if anyone [[UsefulNotes/{{Plagiarism}} steals]], [[{{Parody}} parodies]], or [[TakeThat makes fun of]] his work. He doesn't ban fan works ''per se'', especially since he gave up on ''Sonichu'', but he's been known to overreact to seeing fanworks he doesn't like. One case case, in particular particular, led him to incorporate the fan authors into the work, where he [[DisproportionateRetribution brutally executes them]] after a nice game of KangarooCourt.



* Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale actively encourages fan art, fiction, and other projects. However, they have a ban on doing any fan projects for profit, since selling merch is the primary way the creators support the podcast, and as a small indie operation they can't compete with fan art the way bigger companies can. Creator/NightValePresents has also sent cease-and-desist notices to creators of fake podcasts based on the show, ostensibly to avoid confusion with the real thing (it's estimated that the fanbase has created over three times as many fake episodes than there are real episodes).

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* Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale actively encourages fan art, fiction, and other projects. However, they have a ban on doing any fan projects for profit, since selling merch is the primary way the creators support the podcast, and as a small indie operation operation, they can't compete with fan art the way bigger companies can. Creator/NightValePresents has also sent cease-and-desist notices to creators of fake podcasts based on the show, ostensibly to avoid confusion with the real thing (it's estimated that the fanbase has created over three times as many fake episodes than there are real episodes).



* Creator/{{Disney}} and porn have a long-standing relationship, and Disney's lawyers are already legendary in the business, so it's no surprise that they go after fanworks very aggressively -- particularly explicit fanworks. In fact, quite a few authors have problem with RuleThirtyFour in general even if they don't mind the rest of the madness. Among their targets have been:

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* Creator/{{Disney}} and porn have a long-standing relationship, and Disney's lawyers are already legendary in the business, so it's no surprise that they go after fanworks very aggressively -- particularly explicit fanworks. In fact, quite a few authors have a problem with RuleThirtyFour in general even if they don't mind the rest of the madness. Among their targets have been:
23rd Jan '18 2:36:35 AM LondonKdS
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* Subverted by Creator/HidekiKamiya, creator of ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'', who was upset with the first Rule34 art of the title character -- because it showed her in a submissive role. When the artists caught on and started showing Bayonetta in a more typical dominant role, Hideki fully approved it.

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* Subverted by Creator/HidekiKamiya, creator of ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'', who was upset with the first early Rule34 art of the title character that he found -- because most of it showed her in a submissive role.bottoming. When the artists caught on and started showing Bayonetta in a more typical dominant role, Hideki fully approved it.
15th Jan '18 4:55:54 AM LB7979
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Some creators don't like FanWork and actively discourage -- if not outright prevent -- fans from creating, posting, or publishing their fan work. Although such a ban encompasses all FanWork, it seems to happen most often to FanFiction; hence, most creators who try to enact a FanworkBan tend to be writers.

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Some creators don't like FanWork and actively discourage -- if not outright prevent -- fans from creating, posting, or publishing their fan work. Although such a ban encompasses all FanWork, it seems to happen most often to FanFiction; hence, most creators who try to enact a FanworkBan fanwork ban tend to be writers.



In general, a FanworkBan is not a good thing to happen to a fanbase. While it may accomplish one of the above-stated goals, a fanwork community is one of the most powerful ways to consolidate the fanbase and generate enthusiasm around the work. In extreme cases, it can drastically diminish a fanbase by discouraging them from talking about the work ''at all'' on the Internet, meaning that people who discover the work can't connect with other fans of the work (or run into massive {{Flame War}}s about the fanwork ban).

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In general, a FanworkBan fanwork ban is not a good thing to happen to a fanbase. While it may accomplish one of the above-stated goals, a fanwork community is one of the most powerful ways to consolidate the fanbase and generate enthusiasm around the work. In extreme cases, it can drastically diminish a fanbase by discouraging them from talking about the work ''at all'' on the Internet, meaning that people who discover the work can't connect with other fans of the work (or run into massive {{Flame War}}s about the fanwork ban).



* Creator/TerryGoodkind has a general FanworkBan, although it's unclear whether it applies to ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker''.

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* Creator/TerryGoodkind has a general FanworkBan, fanwork ban, although it's unclear whether it applies to ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker''.
14th Dec '17 8:01:33 PM rjd1922
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** [[FanConvention Anime North]], which expressly prohibits the sale of any fanworks of anything owned by Disney, including their acquisitions ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', Creator/MarvelComics and ''Franchise/StarWars'' (plus ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' for the reasons described below and ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot''.

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** [[FanConvention Anime North]], which expressly prohibits the sale of any fanworks of anything owned by Disney, including their acquisitions ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', Creator/MarvelComics and ''Franchise/StarWars'' (plus ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' for the reasons described below and ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot''.''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'').
14th Dec '17 8:00:12 PM rjd1922
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* Creator/{{Capcom}} requested that development of InvaderGames' fan remake of VideoGame/ResidentEvil2, titled ''Resident Evil 2 Reborn'', be halted -- only to invite them to work on the ''official'' remake.

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* Creator/{{Capcom}} requested that development of InvaderGames' fan remake of VideoGame/ResidentEvil2, ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'', titled ''Resident Evil 2 Reborn'', be halted -- only to invite them to work on the ''official'' remake.



** [[FanConvention Anime North]], which expressly prohibits the sale of any fanworks of anything owned by Disney, including their acquisitions ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', Creator/MarvelComics and ''Franchise/StarWars''.

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** [[FanConvention Anime North]], which expressly prohibits the sale of any fanworks of anything owned by Disney, including their acquisitions ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', Creator/MarvelComics and ''Franchise/StarWars''.''Franchise/StarWars'' (plus ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' for the reasons described below and ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot''.
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