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23rd Jun '18 9:13:12 AM Pichu-kun
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* {{Creator/Archie|Comics}}, concerned about the proliferation of Rule34 fanfics, has banned all fan fiction of ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' in general. That hasn't stopped people from putting up fan fiction and fan art on the Internet anyway, although more "official" venues still have to respect the ban; Website/FanFictionDotNet, for instance, took down its ''Archie'' section, but Website/ArchiveOfOurOwn still has one. The main exception is ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'', since all ''[[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic]]'' characters are owned by Creator/{{Sega}}, which is Japanese and doesn't mind nearly as much. (Creator/KenPenders, though, insists that any fan art of his characters include a copyright crediting him.)

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* {{Creator/Archie|Comics}}, concerned about the proliferation of Rule34 fanfics, has banned all fan fiction of ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' in general. That hasn't stopped people from putting up fan fiction and fan art on the Internet anyway, although more "official" venues still have to respect the ban; Website/FanFictionDotNet, for instance, took down its ''Archie'' section, section (but not its ''WesternAnimation/JosieAndThePussycats'' section), but Website/ArchiveOfOurOwn still has one. The main exception is ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'', since all ''[[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic]]'' characters are owned by Creator/{{Sega}}, which is Japanese and doesn't mind nearly as much. (Creator/KenPenders, though, insists that any fan art of his characters include a copyright crediting him.)
23rd Jun '18 9:11:55 AM Pichu-kun
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* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'', concerned about the proliferation of Rule34 fanfics, has banned all fan fiction in general. That hasn't stopped people from putting up fan fiction and fan art on the Internet anyway, although more "official" venues still have to respect the ban; Website/FanFictionDotNet, for instance, took down its ''Archie'' section, but Website/ArchiveOfOurOwn still has one. The main exception is ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'', since all ''[[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic]]'' characters are owned by Creator/{{Sega}}, which is Japanese and doesn't mind nearly as much. (Creator/KenPenders, though, insists that any fan art of his characters include a copyright crediting him.)

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* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'', {{Creator/Archie|Comics}}, concerned about the proliferation of Rule34 fanfics, has banned all fan fiction of ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' in general. That hasn't stopped people from putting up fan fiction and fan art on the Internet anyway, although more "official" venues still have to respect the ban; Website/FanFictionDotNet, for instance, took down its ''Archie'' section, but Website/ArchiveOfOurOwn still has one. The main exception is ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'', since all ''[[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic]]'' characters are owned by Creator/{{Sega}}, which is Japanese and doesn't mind nearly as much. (Creator/KenPenders, though, insists that any fan art of his characters include a copyright crediting him.)
3rd Jun '18 6:09:45 PM Cenourinha
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* Creator/{{ZUN}}, creator of ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', is generally very supportive of fanworks, but has [[https://en.touhouwiki.net/wiki/Touhou_Wiki:Copyrights a set of official usage guidelines]] which (among other things) forbids selling fanworks online, crowdfunding them, or distributing them through Steam and similar platforms. Less formally, he also asks creators to include an IDoNotOwn disclaimer and to avoid names which could lead to their project being confused for an official work.

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* Creator/{{ZUN}}, creator of ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', is generally very supportive of fanworks, but has [[https://en.touhouwiki.net/wiki/Touhou_Wiki:Copyrights a set of official usage guidelines]] which (among other things) forbids selling fanworks online, or crowdfunding them, or them. Until 2017 distributing them through Steam and similar platforms.platforms wasn't allowed, but after ''Hidden Star in Four Seasons'' being released on Steam, [[https://amp.reddit.com/r/touhou/comments/7cy1u5/ign_japan_zun_states_he_has_no_problems_with/ it wasn't a problem for him anymore]]. After that, several fangames such as [[https://store.steampowered.com/app/776490/__The_Disappearing_of_Gensokyo/ The Disappearing of Gensokyo]] got a Steam release. Less formally, he also asks creators to include an IDoNotOwn disclaimer and to avoid names which could lead to their project being confused for an official work.
2nd Apr '18 6:41:38 PM marcoasalazarm
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* Kevin Siembieda of Palladium Games is ''extremely'' hostile to people posting conversions of his games anywhere where he can find them and is notorious for making legal threats. His official reason is that he doesn't want to take any flak from other companies for someone using his material to infringe on their copyrights, but the general consensus of the fandom (backed up by several statements he's made "off the record") is that it's his SmallNameBigEgo at work and he doesn't want anyone playing in his settings without using his rules. As you might expect, the fans ignore him, buy his books for the setting material, and swap out the mechanics.

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* Kevin Siembieda of Palladium Games is ''extremely'' hostile to people posting conversions of his games anywhere where he can find them and is notorious for making legal threats. His official reason is that he doesn't want to take any flak from other companies for someone using his material to infringe on their copyrights, but the general consensus of the fandom (backed up by several statements he's made "off the record") is that it's his SmallNameBigEgo at work and he doesn't want anyone playing in his settings without using his rules. As you might expect, the fans ignore him, buy his books for the setting material, and swap out the mechanics. It took him ''twenty years'' to allow ''Rifts'' to be printed in another system (TabletopGame/SavageWorlds), and even then there are multiple timeline details (such as the Siege of Tolkeen) that require the purchase of the Palladium books to get the whole picture.
2nd Apr '18 6:34:02 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* With the exception of a few {{RPG}}s, Creator/AnneMcCaffrey banned fanfiction being posted publicly for years. Fans could still write and share it with each other, but it had to be via private e-mails or mailing lists. She later relaxed the ban but imposed rules on would-be writers: no writing about existing ''Pern'' characters, no boys can Impress gold dragons, no girls can Impress bronzes, and no dragons of any other colour except for the five standard colours -- Ruth is the exclusive exception. No one cared about these rules, given the proliferation of [[MarySue exotic characters]]. The ban was lifted entirely in 2004, but it's still quite a small fandom.
** One effect of this was that the ''VideoGame/{{Angband}}'' {{Roguelike}} variant ''Pernband'' (which, despite its comparatively obscure focus, had become one of the most heavily-developed roguelikes of its day) was forced to excise all ''Pern'' material and change its name. It eventually became ''Tales of Middle-Earth'' and, even later, ''VideoGame/TalesOfMajEyal''.
* Creator/AnneRice famously bans all fanworks, a stance that got even stricter when she found Jesus and cited the commandment "Thou shalt not steal" to justify her stance (a fairly shaky theological conclusion).

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* With the exception of a few {{RPG}}s, Creator/AnneMcCaffrey banned fanfiction being posted publicly for years. Fans could still write and share it with each other, but it had to be via private e-mails or mailing lists. She later relaxed the ban but imposed rules on would-be writers: no writing about existing ''Pern'' characters, no boys can Impress gold dragons, no girls can Impress bronzes, and no dragons of any other colour except for the five standard colours -- Ruth is the exclusive exception. No one cared about these rules, given the proliferation of [[MarySue exotic characters]]. The ban was lifted entirely in 2004, but it's still quite a small fandom.
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fandom. One effect of this was that the ''VideoGame/{{Angband}}'' {{Roguelike}} variant ''Pernband'' (which, despite its comparatively obscure focus, had become one of the most heavily-developed roguelikes of its day) was forced to excise all ''Pern'' material and change its name. It eventually became ''Tales of Middle-Earth'' and, even later, ''VideoGame/TalesOfMajEyal''.
* Creator/AnneRice famously bans all fanworks, a stance that got even stricter when she found Jesus and cited the commandment "Thou shalt not steal" to justify her stance (a fairly shaky theological conclusion).stance.



* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' author Creator/GeorgeRRMartin disapproves of fan fiction, but he's okay with fan art. His main objection is that fan fiction is bad practice for an aspiring writer; he believes that creating and developing one's own characters and setting are an integral part of writing. He likens fan fic to an artist learning to draw by doing paint-by-numbers. Fan art, on the other hand, still requires genuine skill, so it doesn't bother him as much. In any event, ''A Song of Ice and Fire'' has such a dense and tightly wrapped universe that there really isn't much room to write fan fic without any drastic changes, which fans [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks mostly don't respond well to]].

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' author Creator/GeorgeRRMartin disapproves of fan fiction, but he's okay with fan art. His main objection is that fan fiction is bad practice for an aspiring writer; he believes that creating and developing one's own characters and setting are an integral part of writing. He likens fan fic to an artist learning to draw by doing paint-by-numbers. Fan art, on the other hand, still requires genuine skill, so it doesn't bother him as much. In any event, ''A Song of Ice and Fire'' has such a dense and tightly wrapped universe that there really isn't much room to write fan fic without any drastic changes, which fans [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks mostly don't respond well to]].



* Kevin Siembieda of Palladium Games is ''extremely'' hostile to people posting conversions of his games anywhere where he can find them and is notorious for making legal threats against said individuals. His official reason is that he doesn't want to take any flak from other companies for someone using his material to infringe on their copyrights, but the general consensus of the fandom (backed up by several statements he's made "off the record") is that it's his SmallNameBigEgo at work and he doesn't want anyone playing in his settings without using his rules. As you might expect, the fans ignore him, buy his books for the setting material, and swap out the mechanics.

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* Kevin Siembieda of Palladium Games is ''extremely'' hostile to people posting conversions of his games anywhere where he can find them and is notorious for making legal threats against said individuals.threats. His official reason is that he doesn't want to take any flak from other companies for someone using his material to infringe on their copyrights, but the general consensus of the fandom (backed up by several statements he's made "off the record") is that it's his SmallNameBigEgo at work and he doesn't want anyone playing in his settings without using his rules. As you might expect, the fans ignore him, buy his books for the setting material, and swap out the mechanics.
31st Mar '18 5:53:11 PM BoatsOfGoats
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* One word.[[Prince. {Music/Prince}]]

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31st Mar '18 5:52:38 PM BoatsOfGoats
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* One word.[[Prince. {Music/Prince}]]
20th Mar '18 3:36:37 PM sandacapo
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**There are some who are disregarding the time and production value restrictions - whether or not they get sued is yet to be seen.
8th Mar '18 11:42:32 AM Scifimaster92
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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" (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 ''WebVideo/PreludeToAxanar'' and its sequel ''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).
3rd Mar '18 12:47:10 AM jormis29
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** They issued a DMCA takedown notice against the website Game Jolt, [[http://fireside.gamejolt.com/post/dmca-notices-for-fangames-bzc9h583 squashing a whopping 562 games hosted at the site]]. Game Jolt, for its part, claims that "[d]evelopers affected by takedown notices should never lose data," so it remains to be seen what will happen to these games.

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** They issued a DMCA takedown notice against the website Game Jolt, Website/GameJolt, [[http://fireside.gamejolt.com/post/dmca-notices-for-fangames-bzc9h583 squashing a whopping 562 games hosted at the site]]. Game Jolt, for its part, claims that "[d]evelopers affected by takedown notices should never lose data," so it remains to be seen what will happen to these games.
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