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19th Oct '17 5:37:42 PM GoldenSeals
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** One episode, "Buster and Babs Go Hawaiian", was in fact written by three eight-grade fans of the show, who were lucky enough not only for Creator/StevenSpielberg to approve it, but also for Creator/TMSEntertainment to animate it. But the makers were very wary of possibly opening

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** One episode, "Buster and Babs Go Hawaiian", was in fact written by three eight-grade fans of the show, who were lucky enough not only for Creator/StevenSpielberg to approve it, but also for Creator/TMSEntertainment to animate it. But the makers were very wary of possibly opening the door for all manner of bad fanfic writers to flood them with material, so they made it very clear that they would not make any more fan-created episodes in the episode's CreditsGag:
--->''Please mail your unsolicited manuscripts along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Some other show!''



** The fangame ''VideoGame/MyLittlePonyFightingIsMagic'' was so popular that it was entered into EVO, a tournament so big that Hasbro couldn't ignore the threat to its IP and was [[WhyFandomCantHaveNiceThings forced to shut it down]]. The developers went on to make an original game a lot like it, called VideoGame/ThemsFightingHerds, with Lauren Faust herself as the character designer. (And there's a ''Fighting Is Magic: Tribute Edition'', if you still want the original ponies, but don't ask too loudly.)

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** The fangame ''VideoGame/MyLittlePonyFightingIsMagic'' was so popular that it was entered into EVO, a tournament so big that Hasbro couldn't ignore the threat to its IP and was [[WhyFandomCantHaveNiceThings forced to shut it down]]. The developers went on to make an original game a lot like it, called VideoGame/ThemsFightingHerds, ''VideoGame/ThemsFightinHerds'', with Lauren Faust herself as the character designer. (And there's a ''Fighting Is Magic: Tribute Edition'', if you still want the original ponies, but don't ask too loudly.)
19th Oct '17 5:15:12 PM GoldenSeals
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** They send a [[http://www.bootlegactionfigures.com/nomorepokemon.html cease-and-desist letter]] to the website Undiscovered Playthings, a gallery of bootleg toys, to take down their collection of ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' toys.



* Chris Hülsbeck has kindly asked not to have his video game tunes remixed, which is why there is a standing ban on derivative works at the Videogame Music Archive and only one remix on OverclockedRemix.
** If this is true, Mr. Hülsbeck seems to have relaxed a bit on this recently. There are now [[http://ocremix.org/artist/234/chris-hulsbeck/remixes four remixes of Hulsbeck works available on OCR]] and [[http://remix.kwed.org/index.php?chart==date-asc&page=1&search=Chris%20H%FClsbeck two pages worth of arrangements of his work on RKO, dating back as far as 2001]]. Also, the Austrian group Mind.in.a.box remixed "Shades" in 2008.
* Tomonobu Itagaki sued a modding community years ago over their making nude mods of the female characters from the ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'' series. He specifically cited the fact that said characters were like "his daughters" and that the mods were akin to violating them in real life. Most people on the Internet speculate that the lawsuit may have stemmed more from a personal problem with westerners (the modding community was American) than with maintaining copyright and the brand's purity, since neither he nor Tecmo have batted an eye at the metric tonsloads of {{Hentai}} {{Doujinshi}} featuring those characters engaging in acts that would get them arrested in at least 30 countries. And saying that the [=DoA=] girls are like his daughters gets a little awkward given the sheer amount of {{Fanservice}} in the series.
* Creator/EpicGames put out a Cease & Desist against a fan who posted a picture of a [[http://forums.xbox-scene.com/lofiversion/index.php/t590896.html custom Super Sculpey-made]] ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' action figure he made for his cousin on his Website/DeviantArt gallery page because he put it in a (also custom made) blister box, which the lawyers said looked ''too realistic''.
** [[http://www.bootlegactionfigures.com The Undiscovered Playthings]], a website for identifying and displaying bootleg toys got [[http://www.bootlegactionfigures.com/nomorepokemon.html a C&D]] from Nintendo over ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' toys featured on the site.
* The {{MUSH}} ''Multiverse Crisis MUSH'' acknowledges this phenomenon in [[http://multiversemush.com/mw/index.php?title=Banned its banned characters list]], not allowing characters from works subject to FanworkBan[[note]]The list officially consists of Disney (By which they mean only the core Disney brand; ''Franchise/StarWars'' and Creator/MarvelComics are still allowed despite being also owned by Disney. Compare with the Anime North example below, where the Disney ban covers the entire Disney media empire.), Creator/MercedesLackey's works, ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'', Creator/SteveJacksonGames, Creator/GeorgeRRMartin novels "and possibly others".[[/note]], among other things, to be played. However, CaptainErsatz versions of banned characters are fine - in fact, there is a theme in the game that is a Captain Ersatz version of ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''.
* 3D Realms, and by extension, Creator/GearboxSoftware, has essentially done this to fan-made ''VideoGame/DukeNukem'' projects in any game that isn't ''VideoGame/DukeNukem3D'', unless they get money out of it. Said ban indirectly extends to ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever'', as the [[GameMod modding tools]] that supposedly existed were never released.
* If you dare to use the name ''VideoGame/{{Tetris}}''® or even so much as create a game that involves falling tetriminos, prepare for a C&D letter from The Tetris Company. Unless you pay The Tetris Company licensing fees and royalties. Even if you're not violating their copyrights and only copy elements which the US Supreme Court itself has ruled ''cannot be covered by copyright'' (see ''Lotus v. Borland''), you'll still get [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SLAPP SLAPP]]'ed with legal threats for the sake of intimidation. This is particularly ironic, as ''Tetris'' was created in the Soviet Union by a Soviet citizen doing government work, and thus the game was originally in the Public Domain. At one point, The Tetris Company issued takedown requests to even just [=YouTube=] videos of unofficial ''Tetris'' clones such as ''Texmaster'' and ''Lockjaw''. This caused headaches especially for fans of ''VideoGame/TetrisTheGrandMaster'', as [[NoExportForYou non-Japanese]] ''TGM'' fans only have piracy, clones, and [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes expensive, difficult-to-find arcade hardware]] as their options.
* This trope is the reason why [[http://forums.taleworlds.com/ the official Taleworlds discussion board]] refuses to grant full subforums to the ''Videogame/MountAndBlade'' mods based on novels / movies. Such mods aren't actually forbidden themselves, there are mods inspired by ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', ''Franchise/StarWars'', ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', etc.; they're just de-emphasized to avoid legal tussles.
* The ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' forums have a formerly weekly, now monthly, literary challenge run by the current community manager, but for understandable reasons they draw the line at submitting RuleThirtyFour (it's a public forum and the game is rated T, so do the math).
* From 2011 to 2015, the fan-operated online service ''Programmed World'' allowed players on current Franchise/{{BEMANI}} arcade cabinets in [[NoExportForYou countries not served by the eAMUSEMENT network]] to enjoy functions and features that are otherwise exclusive to [=eA=]-connected machines. On top of that, this was the only way for arcade BEMANI games released in 2012 onwards to function outside of the [=eAMUSEMENT=] network. Unfortunately, in March 2015, Konami sent a cease-and-desist order to arcades running PW-connected cabinets as well as the PW staff, forcing the service to go offline.
* Toby Fox, creator of ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', has said that while he is totally fine with fan work of all types, he would prefer that R34 work be given the #under''tail'' tag to keep it seperate from the main body of work, because "It's a family friendly show!"
* An interesting subversion involving Creator/HidekiKamiya and his series ''{{VideoGame/Bayonetta}}''. When Rule 34 of the titular witch hit the internet Hideki was initially upset... because the art depicted Bayonetta in a submissive role. Once he let his grievances be known and work started showing Bayonetta in a more typical dominant role, Hideki fully approved it.
* Creator/RockstarGames is known to be rather ambivalent about GameMods; while they do allow other fan works to be made based on their properties, and would even show them on their official Newswire, at best they have a mixed stance on modding in general. The End-User Licence Agreements on their games explicitly forbade reverse-engineering, yet another clause seems to imply that R* is more or less OK with it. It didn't help that the Hot Coffee scandal left a sour note on both the company and MoralGuardians, and [=FiveM=], an unofficial multiplayer replacement for ''GTA Online'', was viewed by the company as conflict of interest on the grounds of "piracy", leading to litigation against the mod's authors, permanently banning them from using Rockstar's services and developing GTA-related modifications.
* Word has it that HBO keeps a razor-sharp eye on Creator/ParadoxInteractive, and specifically ''VideoGame/CrusaderKingsIIGameOfThronesMod''. Nobody wants to crack down on someone's fan mod and risk that kind of bad publicity, but the network execs appear to be legitimately worried that Paradox might start monetizing the extremely-popular [[GameMod Total Conversion]].
* [[http://www.cnet.com/au/news/blizzard-trying-to-crack-down-on-overwatch-porn/ To put it simply,]] Creator/BlizzardEntertainment will seek and destroy ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' porn.
** This has later been clarified to be only porn using assets ripped from the game. If you use fanmade assets they seem to leave you and your smut alone.
* 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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* Chris Hülsbeck has kindly asked not to have his video game tunes remixed, which is why there is a standing ban on derivative works at the Videogame Music Archive and only one remix on OverclockedRemix.
** If this is true, Mr. Hülsbeck seems to have relaxed a bit on this recently. There are now [[http://ocremix.org/artist/234/chris-hulsbeck/remixes
four remixes of Hulsbeck works available on OCR]] and OverclockedRemix -- although there are also [[http://remix.kwed.org/index.php?chart==date-asc&page=1&search=Chris%20H%FClsbeck two pages worth of arrangements of his work on RKO, dating back as far as 2001]]. Also, the 2001]], as well as a 2008 remix of "Shades" by Austrian group Mind.in.a.box remixed "Shades" in 2008.
box, so he may have relaxed his stance a bit.
* Tomonobu Itagaki sued a modding community years ago over their making nude mods Itagaki, creator of the female characters from the ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'' series. He specifically cited the fact series, sued a modding community that said was making nude mods of the series' female characters. On top of the legal complaints, he claimed that the characters were like "his daughters" and that the mods were akin to violating them in real life. Most people on the Internet speculate that the lawsuit may have stemmed more from a personal problem them. That comment, though, doesn't gel with westerners (the modding community was American) than the sheer amount of {{Fanservice}} involving the characters in the series itself, or with maintaining copyright and the brand's purity, since neither he nor Tecmo have batted an eye at the metric tonsloads massive amounts of {{Hentai}} {{Doujinshi}} featuring those characters engaging in acts them that would get them arrested in at least 30 countries. And saying he and Tecmo consistently ignored. Scuttlebutt suggested that he sued the [=DoA=] girls are like his daughters gets a little awkward given the sheer amount community because it was American and not Japanese.
* Creator/EpicGames, makers
of {{Fanservice}} in the series.
* Creator/EpicGames put out
''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'', sent a Cease & Desist against cease-and-desist notice to a fan who posted a picture on his Website/DeviantArt page of a his [[http://forums.xbox-scene.com/lofiversion/index.php/t590896.html custom Super Sculpey-made]] ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' ''Gears of War'' action figure he made for his cousin on his Website/DeviantArt gallery page -- not because of the figure itself, but because of the also custom-made blister box he put it in a (also custom made) blister box, in, which the lawyers said looked ''too realistic''.
** [[http://www.bootlegactionfigures.com The Undiscovered Playthings]], a website for identifying and displaying bootleg toys got [[http://www.bootlegactionfigures.com/nomorepokemon.html a C&D]] from Nintendo over ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' toys featured on the site.
claimed was "too realistic".
* The {{MUSH}} ''Multiverse Crisis MUSH'' acknowledges this phenomenon in [[http://multiversemush.com/mw/index.php?title=Banned its banned characters list]], not allowing which includes characters from works subject to FanworkBan[[note]]The list officially consists of Disney (By which they mean only the core Disney brand; ''Franchise/StarWars'' and Creator/MarvelComics are still allowed despite being also owned by Disney. Compare with the Anime North example below, where the Disney ban covers the entire Disney media empire.), Creator/MercedesLackey's works, ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'', Creator/SteveJacksonGames, Creator/GeorgeRRMartin novels "and possibly others".[[/note]], among other things, to be played. a fanwork ban. However, CaptainErsatz versions of banned characters are fine - in fact, there is fine, and there's even a theme in the game that is a Captain Ersatz version featuring such versions of ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''.
''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' characters.
* 3D Realms, and by extension, Creator/GearboxSoftware, has have essentially done this to disallowed any fan-made ''VideoGame/DukeNukem'' projects in any game that isn't ''VideoGame/DukeNukem3D'', unless they get money out of it. Said ban indirectly extends to ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever'', as the [[GameMod modding tools]] that supposedly existed were never released.
* The Tetris Company is hugely protective of the ''VideoGame/{{Tetris}}'' brand. If you dare to use the name ''VideoGame/{{Tetris}}''® or even so much as create a game that involves falling tetriminos, without paying the proper license fees and royalties, prepare for a C&D letter from The Tetris Company. Unless you pay The Tetris Company licensing fees and royalties. Even if you're not violating their copyrights and cease-and-desist letter. They have sent DMCA takedown notices to Website/YouTube for videos just featuring unofficial ''Tetris'' clones. They have even gone as far as threatening legal action against fans who pointedly use only copy elements which the US Supreme Court itself has ruled ''cannot that cannot legally be covered by copyright'' (see copyrighted,[[note]]A U.S. federal court said so in ''Lotus Development Corp. v. Borland''), you'll still get Borland Int'l, Inc.'', 49 F.3d 807 (1st Cir. 1995). The Supreme Court was tied 4-4, though. 516 U.S. 233 (1996).[[/note]] using meritless legal claims for intimidation (in a strategy known as a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SLAPP SLAPP]]'ed with legal threats for the sake SLAPP]]). Their stance causes particular headaches to fans of intimidation. This is particularly ironic, as ''VideoGame/TetrisTheGrandMaster'', which [[NoExportForYou wasn't released outside Japan]]. Ironically enough, ''Tetris'' was created in the Soviet Union by a Soviet citizen doing government work, employee and was thus the game was originally in the Public Domain. At one point, public domain.
*
The Tetris Company issued takedown requests to even just [=YouTube=] videos makers of unofficial ''Tetris'' clones such as ''Texmaster'' and ''Lockjaw''. This caused headaches especially for fans ''VideoGame/MountAndBlade'', fearing retribution of ''VideoGame/TetrisTheGrandMaster'', as [[NoExportForYou non-Japanese]] ''TGM'' fans only have piracy, clones, and [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes expensive, difficult-to-find arcade hardware]] as their options.
* This trope is the reason why
this sort, prohibited [[http://forums.taleworlds.com/ the official Taleworlds discussion board]] refuses to grant full from granting subforums to the ''Videogame/MountAndBlade'' mods based on novels / movies. Such mods aren't actually forbidden themselves, there are mods inspired by ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', ''Franchise/StarWars'', ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', etc.; they're just de-emphasized or movies subject to avoid legal tussles.
fanwork bans.
* The ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' forums have a formerly weekly, now monthly, literary challenge run by the current community manager, but for understandable reasons they draw the line at submitting RuleThirtyFour (it's a public forum and the game is rated T, so do the math).
* From 2011 to
In 2015, Creator/{{Konami}} shut down the fan-operated online service ''Programmed World'' allowed players on current World'', which was the only way to play Franchise/{{BEMANI}} arcade cabinets in games outside [[NoExportForYou countries not served by the eAMUSEMENT network]] to enjoy functions and features that are otherwise exclusive to [=eA=]-connected machines. On top of that, this was the only way for arcade BEMANI games released in 2012 onwards to function outside of the [=eAMUSEMENT=] network. Unfortunately, in March 2015, Konami sent a network]], by sending cease-and-desist order notices to arcades running PW-connected cabinets as well as the PW staff, forcing the service to go offline.cabinets.
* Toby Fox, creator of ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', has said that while he is totally fine with fan work of all types, he would prefer that R34 Rule34 work be given the #under''tail'' tag to keep it seperate from the main body of work, because "It's a family friendly show!"
* An interesting subversion involving Creator/HidekiKamiya and his series ''{{VideoGame/Bayonetta}}''. When Rule 34 Subverted by Creator/HidekiKamiya, creator of ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'', who was upset with the first Rule34 art of the titular witch hit the internet Hideki was initially upset... title character -- because the art depicted Bayonetta it showed her in a submissive role. Once he let his grievances be known When the artists caught on and work started showing Bayonetta in a more typical dominant role, Hideki fully approved it.
* Creator/RockstarGames Creator/RockstarGames, makers of is known to be rather ambivalent about GameMods; while they do allow other fan works seem not to be made based on their properties, and would even show mind them on their official Newswire, at best they have a mixed stance on modding in general. The End-User Licence Agreements on their games principle, but ever since the [[HotCoffeeMinigame "Hot Coffee" scandal]] in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'', they've been a lot more wary of the MoralGuardians. Their games' [=EULAs=] explicitly forbade forbid reverse-engineering, yet another clause seems to imply although they've never enforced that R* is more or less OK with it. It didn't help that clause. They also sued the Hot Coffee scandal left a sour note on both the company and MoralGuardians, and [=FiveM=], makers of ''[=FiveM=]'', an unofficial multiplayer replacement for ''GTA Online'', was viewed by the company as conflict of interest on the grounds of "piracy", leading to litigation against the mod's authors, and permanently banning banned them from using Rockstar's services and developing GTA-related modifications.
''GTA''-related mods.
* Word has it that HBO Creator/{{HBO}} apparently keeps a razor-sharp eye on Creator/ParadoxInteractive, and specifically the ''VideoGame/CrusaderKingsIIGameOfThronesMod''. Nobody wants to crack down on someone's fan mod and risk that kind of bad publicity, but the network execs appear to be legitimately worried that Paradox might start monetizing the extremely-popular [[GameMod ''[[GameMod Total Conversion]].
Conversion]]''.
* Creator/BlizzardEntertainment will [[http://www.cnet.com/au/news/blizzard-trying-to-crack-down-on-overwatch-porn/ To put it simply,]] Creator/BlizzardEntertainment will seek and destroy ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' porn.
** This has later been clarified to be only
destroy]] any porn using assets ripped from the game. If ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}''. But if you use fanmade assets they seem to assets, they'll leave you and your smut alone.
* ZUN, 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.



* While Creator/RoosterTeeth doesn't have such a policy, the fandom for ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' has coined a term called ''"Don't Lewd the Rube,"'' where it focuses on the main protagonist Ruby Rose, who is 16 as of Season 4. The term is open to interpretation, either as a hard ban on any Rule 34 of Ruby, or as a tongue-in-cheek remark.

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* While Creator/RoosterTeeth doesn't have such a policy, the fandom for ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' has coined a term called 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,"'' where it focuses on the main protagonist Ruby Rose, who is 16 as of Season 4. The term is open to interpretation, either as a hard ban on any Rule 34 of Ruby, or as a tongue-in-cheek remark. Rube"''. (Its enforcement varies between communities.)



* Something of the sort occurred with ''Webcomic/BoyMeetsBoy'' and by association, ''Webcomic/FriendlyHostility''. There was really only one fan site with fairly specific submission guidelines, and all the fic and art seemed to be done by the same handful of people. The site has since gone offline. Averted with the launch of ''Webcomic/OtherPeoplesBusiness'' -- one of the first sections set up on the creator's forum was an OPB fanwork section, with a ''Webcomic/FriendlyHostility'' fanwork section following close behind -- helping die-hard 'shippers [[ShipSinking soothe the pain]] that followed the launch of the new comic.
* Fred Gallagher once stated that if anyone ever made Rule34 fanworks of ''Webcomic/{{Megatokyo}}'', he would immediately quit making it. It turned out to be kind of an empty threat. Handing people who don't like you an easy way to make you quit probably isn't such a brilliant idea.
* Tim Buckley, author of ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'', issued a pretty derisive and considerably assholish C&D letter to an unsuspecting fan that dared to make a fan video about his comic. Later, it was discovered that Buckley was planning on making an animated series himself and sell it online at a considerably high price. He was able to get it off the ground eventually.
* Bill Holbrook has discouraged fanart and fanfiction of ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'', feeling that it weakens his copyright protection. He now has a Website/DeviantArt community for fanart, but fanfic is still out.

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* Something of the sort occurred with ''Webcomic/BoyMeetsBoy'' and by association, ''Webcomic/FriendlyHostility''. There was really only one fan site with fairly specific submission guidelines, and all the fic and art seemed to be done by the same handful of people. The site has since gone offline. Averted with the launch of ''Webcomic/OtherPeoplesBusiness'' -- one of the first sections set up on the creator's forum was an OPB fanwork section, with a ''Webcomic/FriendlyHostility'' fanwork section following close behind -- helping die-hard 'shippers [[ShipSinking soothe the pain]] that followed the launch of the new comic.
* Fred Gallagher once stated that if anyone ever made Rule34 fanworks of ''Webcomic/{{Megatokyo}}'', he would immediately quit making it. the comic. It turned out to be kind of an empty threat. Handing threat; handing people who don't like you an easy way to make you quit probably isn't such a brilliant idea.
* Tim Buckley, author of ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'', issued a pretty derisive and considerably assholish C&D cease-and-desist letter to an unsuspecting fan that who dared to make a fan video about his comic. Later, it It was later discovered that Buckley was planning on making an animated series himself and sell it online at a considerably high price. He was able to get it off the ground eventually.
* Bill Holbrook has discouraged fanart and fanfiction of ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'', feeling that it weakens his copyright protection. He now has a Website/DeviantArt community for fanart, but fanfic is still out.a no-go.



* Andrew Hussie bans all for-profit fanwork of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', with the exception of one-time commissions of graphic art. It should also be noted that there's not a ban on ''creating'' fanworks, just on ''selling'' them. It should also be noted that Hussie's girlfriend Rachel (who serves as his business manager) was the one who put down the ban, and was also the one to suggest selling merch in the first place. Hussie has stated that he just likes to work on the comic. Unfortunately, many of Hussie's more zealous fans have taken the ban to heart and have been known to go to conventions and harass artists who draw ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' art (even if the work was a one-time commission), and ''loudly'' threaten to "report" artists to Hussie so they can be sued. As a result, some conventions maintain a blanket ban on artists doing anything ''Homestuck''-related, and many artists who run the convention circuit refuse to draw ''Homestuck'' commissions. Amusingly, this is not so much due to the threat of lawsuits (how would Random Teenager #34623 even contact Hussie?), but more because nobody wants to deal with annoying crusading ''Homestuck'' fans.
* Christian Weston Chandler gets upset if anybody [[{{Plagiarism}} steals]][=/=][[TakeThat parodies/makes fun of]] ''Webcomic/{{Sonichu}}''. He doesn't ban the works, per se, especially after he gave up on Sonichu, but one case in particular caused him to instead incorporate the authors of a parody into his work, where he brutally executes them after a nice game of KangarooCourt.
* Eric W. Schwartz allows ''WebComic/SabrinaOnline'' fanworks of all types, with one hard and fast exception: No adult works featuring Sabrina herself. Though this seems to be a case of "I don't do it, so neither will you" since he doesn't publish any art harder than "cheesecake-y pinups" of Sabrina.

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* Andrew Hussie (or rather, his girlfriend and business manager Rachel) bans all for-profit fanwork of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', with the exception of one-time commissions of graphic art. It should also be noted that there's not a ban on ''creating'' fanworks, just on ''selling'' them. It should also be noted that Hussie's girlfriend Rachel (who serves as his business manager) was the one who put down the ban, and was also the one to suggest selling merch in the first place. Hussie has stated that he just likes to work on the comic. Unfortunately, many of Hussie's more zealous fans have taken the ban to heart and have been known to go to conventions and harass artists who draw ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' art (even if the work was a except for one-time commission), commissions of graphic art. Non-commercial fanwork is still okay. Unfortunately, Hussie's [[FanDumb more zealous fans]] go much further and ''loudly'' threaten to "report" ''Homestuck'' fan artists to Hussie so they he can be sued. As sue them, regardless of whether the work is for-profit or a result, one-time commission. This leads some conventions to maintain a blanket ban on ''Homestuck''-related art and artists doing anything ''Homestuck''-related, and many artists who run the convention circuit refuse refusing to draw ''Homestuck'' commissions. Amusingly, this is not so much due commissions, just to the threat of lawsuits (how would Random Teenager #34623 even contact Hussie?), but more because nobody wants to deal with avoid these annoying crusading ''Homestuck'' fans.
* Christian Weston Chandler Chandler, creator of ''Webcomic/{{Sonichu}}'', gets upset if anybody [[{{Plagiarism}} steals]][=/=][[TakeThat parodies/makes anyone [[UsefulNotes/{{Plagiarism}} steals]], [[{{Parody}} parodies]], or [[TakeThat makes fun of]] ''Webcomic/{{Sonichu}}''. his work. He doesn't ban the works, per se, fan works ''per se'', especially after since he gave up on Sonichu, ''Sonichu'', but one he's been known to overreact to seeing fanworks he doesn't like. One case in particular caused led him to instead incorporate the fan authors of a parody into his the work, where he [[DisproportionateRetribution brutally executes them them]] after a nice game of KangarooCourt.
* Eric W. Schwartz allows ''WebComic/SabrinaOnline'' fanworks of all types, with one hard and fast exception: No adult works featuring Sabrina herself. Though this This seems to be a case of "I don't do it, so neither will you" you", since he doesn't publish any art harder than "cheesecake-y pinups" of Sabrina.



* The [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/faq.html FAQ]] for ''WebComic/DarthsAndDroids'' says that the Comics Irregulars will create an AudioAdaptation after the comic is completed, but strongly perfer that the fans do not create or publish one themselves.
* KC Green, author of ''Webcomic/{{Gunshow}}'', has previously attempted to erase from the Internet fan edits of his comics, "Feminist Robot" and "Ghost Blowjob" being some of the most famous to the point where the latter certainly overshadows the original strip entirely.
* Jeph Jacques of QuestionableContent once made a statement that while he's "okay" with other people making images of his characters in sexualy situations, he draws the line at drawing one of his underage characters (Samantha Bean, the daughter of the owner of "The Secret Bakery.") and wishes those that drew Sam naked to "die in a car fire." A paheal commentator summed up the situation:
-->''"And this, Ladies and Gentlemen, marked the birth of the phenomenon we call "Porn Trolling"."''

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* The [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/faq.html FAQ]] for ''WebComic/DarthsAndDroids'' says that discourages fans from creating any {{Audio Adaptation}}s of the Comics comic, as the Comic Irregulars will create an AudioAdaptation want to be able to make one themselves after the comic is completed, but strongly perfer that the fans do not create or publish one themselves.
completed.
* KC Green, author of ''Webcomic/{{Gunshow}}'', has previously attempted to erase from the Internet fan edits of his comics, comics from the Internet, [[StreisandEffect for all the good that does]]. "Feminist Robot" and "Ghost Blowjob" being are some of the most famous famous, to the point where the latter certainly overshadows the original strip entirely.
* Jeph Jacques of QuestionableContent ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' once made a statement stated that while he's "okay" with other people making images of his characters in sexualy sexual situations, he draws the line at drawing one such drawings of his underage characters (Samantha (specifically Samantha Bean, the daughter of the owner of "The Secret Bakery.") and wishes Bakery"). He went on to wish that those that who drew Sam naked to would "die in a car fire." A paheal commentator summed up the situation:
-->''"And this, Ladies and Gentlemen, marked the birth of the phenomenon we call "Porn Trolling"."''
fire".



* Website/FanFictionDotNet's [[https://www.fanfiction.net/guidelines/ content guidelines]] contain a list of [=IPs=] and authors the site does not accept fics of: Creator/AnneRice, ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' (the only IP on the list so far), Creator/{{Dennis L McKiernan}}, Creator/IreneRadford, Creator/{{JR Ward}}, Creator/LaurellKHamilton, Creator/NoraRoberts, Creator/{{PN Elrod}}, Creator/RaymondEFeist, Creator/RobinHobb, Creator/RobinMcKinley and Creator/TerryGoodkind.
* [[Radio/TrueCapitalist Ghost]] has implied such a ban on his radio show, owing to his displeasure of people compromising the integrity of his "[[BlatantLies serious]]" online political talk show by [[StupidStatementDanceMix splicing his voice together to make remixes]] and [[ManipulativeEditing make him say things he never said]]. Those who have made remixes that get discovered by Ghost (like most infamously, "Melting Pot of Alcohol", also now get put on his "Shit List"
** However, despite this, he has in no way tried to force takedowns on Website/YouTube.
* Of a sort on Website/{{Neopets}}. In the Nickelodeon Kids & Family Virtual Worlds Group games terms of service (which includes Neopets, Website/PetpetPark, {{Nicktropolis}}, and VideoGame/MonkeyQuest), all rights to making derivative works under Fair Use are given up. However, Neopets at the least still has original art, poetry, and storytelling contests, as well as the Neopian Times (which accepts fan comics and stories), all of which have rules that all submissions must follow in order to be accepted (such as NoHuggingNoKissing).
* Generally, the fan community for Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses is allowed to write any pairing with any characters (with Creator/DougWalker actively shipping him and his ''brother'', sometimes in livestreams with his wife ''right behind him''). However, there are exceptions, since all of the team know about the fanfiction. The fans respect these rules, as since the team know about it and read the KinkMeme, they'd know. As well, the official KinkMeme has a list of what's not allowed in the fanfiction. [[WebVideo/WhatTheFuckIsWrongWithYou Nash Bozard]] in particular, has asked that there be no fanfiction rated above "General", with him in it, Iron Liz has requested no fan-art with her and her ex-boyfriend [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]], and there is a general rule that, following Spoony's departure from the site in 2012, there be no dub-con fic between him and Lupa.
** There's also a few unwritten rules, though for the most part, they come down to 'If two producers dated and the breakup wasn't pretty, don't write any more fic of them'.
** In late 2013, the fan community placed a ban on any fanworks involving WebVideo/JesuOtaku after controversy regarding his remarks to some of the fanbase about fanworks involving him.
* The LetsPlay/{{Yogscast}} have outright said that they like fan art and fan fiction, but ask that the latter is not put in the main tag on Tumblr and kept in the separate #yogfic tag (which caused a small ruckus when the Yogs read some on a livestream, without consulting the author). LetsPlay/HannahRutherford has a very negative reaction to shipping in particular, although this is mostly due to some rather disturbing stories written about her. Tumblr's "search" function [[ScrappyMechanic changing to no longer observe tags and instead picking up ANY post with the specified words in it]] has ''not'' helped matters.
** LetsPlay/WilliamStrife has nothing against fanart, but has noted that he's not a fan of being shipped with Parv.

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* Website/FanFictionDotNet's [[https://www.fanfiction.net/guidelines/ content guidelines]] contain a list of [=IPs=] and authors for which the site does not accept fics of: fics, including: Creator/AnneRice, ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' (the only IP on the list so far), Creator/{{Dennis L McKiernan}}, Creator/IreneRadford, Creator/{{JR Ward}}, Creator/LaurellKHamilton, Creator/NoraRoberts, Creator/{{PN Elrod}}, Creator/RaymondEFeist, Creator/RobinHobb, Creator/RobinMcKinley and Creator/TerryGoodkind.
* [[Radio/TrueCapitalist Ghost]] Ghost of ''Radio/TrueCapitalist'' has implied such a ban on his radio show, owing to his displeasure of people compromising the integrity of his "[[BlatantLies serious]]" online political talk show by [[StupidStatementDanceMix splicing his voice together to make remixes]] and [[ManipulativeEditing make him say things he never said]]. Those who have made remixes that get discovered by Ghost (like most infamously, He has a "Shit List" of people he's caught doing this (including the makes of "Melting Pot of Alcohol", also now get put on Alcohol"). But to his "Shit List"
** However, despite this,
credit, he has in no way hasn't tried to force takedowns on Website/YouTube.
Website/YouTube to take the videos down.
* Of a sort on Website/{{Neopets}}. In Website/{{Neopets}} contains many original submissions which have their own rules which fans must follow if they want to make fanworks (mostly of the NoHuggingNoKissing variety). However, they also explicitly allow FairUse derivative works or content covered by the Nickelodeon Kids & Family Virtual Worlds Group games terms of service (which includes covers Neopets, Website/PetpetPark, {{Nicktropolis}}, and VideoGame/MonkeyQuest), all rights to making derivative works under Fair Use are given up. However, Neopets at the least still has original art, poetry, and storytelling contests, as well as the Neopian Times (which accepts fan comics and stories), all of which have rules that all submissions must follow in order to be accepted (such as NoHuggingNoKissing).
''VideoGame/MonkeyQuest'').
* Generally, the The fan community for Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses is allowed to write any pairing with any characters (with Creator/DougWalker likes writing explicit fanfic about the characters. The site's personalities are split on the subject. Some hosts don't mind it at all (Creator/DougWalker actively shipping him and ships his own character with his ''brother'', sometimes in livestreams with his wife ''right behind him''). However, there are exceptions, since all of the team know about the fanfiction. The fans respect these rules, as since the team know about it and read the KinkMeme, they'd know. As well, the official KinkMeme has a list of what's not allowed Others don't want to be in the fanfiction. explicit fics -- [[WebVideo/WhatTheFuckIsWrongWithYou Nash Bozard]] in particular, has asked asks that there be no fanfiction he only appear in fics rated above "General", with him in it, "General" or lower). WebVideo/JesuOtaku lashed out at fan artists and got the community to put a complete ban on fanworks involving him. And there's an overarching (yet unofficial) rule that fanfic shouldn't feature two producers if they previously dated and the breakup wasn't pretty (''e.g.'' Iron Liz has requested wants no fan-art fanart with her and her ex-boyfriend [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]], and there is a general rule that, following Spoony's departure from the site in 2012, there be no dub-con fic between him and Lupa.
** There's also a few unwritten rules, though for the most part, they come down to 'If two producers dated and the breakup wasn't pretty, don't write any more fic of them'.
** In late 2013, the fan community placed a ban on any fanworks involving WebVideo/JesuOtaku after controversy regarding his remarks to some of the fanbase about fanworks involving him.
Linkara]]).
* The LetsPlay/{{Yogscast}} have outright said that they like fan art and fan fiction, but ask that the latter is not put in the main tag on Tumblr and kept in the separate #yogfic tag (which caused a small ruckus when the Yogs read some on a livestream, without consulting the author). LetsPlay/HannahRutherford has a very negative reaction to shipping in particular, although this is mostly due to some rather disturbing stories written about her. Tumblr's "search" function [[ScrappyMechanic changing to no longer observe tags and instead picking up ANY post with the specified words in it]] has ''not'' helped matters.
**
LetsPlay/WilliamStrife has nothing against fanart, but has noted that he's not a fan of being shipped with Parv.Parv. Then Website/{{Tumblr}} changed their search function so that it no longer recognizes tags, which makes it harder to sequester fanfics.



* 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. As of Sept 6th, 2015, fan creators of fake podcasts based on the show have started receiving Cease and Desist emails from Creator/NightValePresents, which appears to be the "new owner" of Night Vale. Perhaps NVP is just a spin off of the original company Common Place Books and not "new" per say. Regardless, it remains to be seen what effect this new policy against fake episodes will have, considering it is currently estimated that the fan base has created over three times as many recorded fake episodes as the original show.

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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 podcast, and as a small indie operation they can't compete with fan art the way bigger companies can. As of Sept 6th, 2015, fan Creator/NightValePresents has also sent cease-and-desist notices to creators of fake podcasts based on the show have started receiving Cease and Desist emails from Creator/NightValePresents, which appears show, ostensibly to be avoid confusion with the "new owner" of Night Vale. Perhaps NVP is just a spin off of the original company Common Place Books and not "new" per say. Regardless, it remains to be seen what effect this new policy against fake episodes will have, considering it is currently real thing (it's estimated that the fan base fanbase has created over three times as many recorded fake episodes as the original show.than there are real episodes).



* Creator/{{Disney}} and porn. In fact, quite a few authors have problem with RuleThirtyFour in general even if they don't mind the rest of the madness.
** Creator/HarlanEllison [[http://www.snopes.com/disney/wdco/ellison.asp famously got in trouble over this.]]
** As did The Air Pirates, a group of underground comix creators in the early 1970s.
** At [[FanConvention Anime North]], you're expressly prevented from selling fan works based on Disney, including their acquisitions ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', Creator/MarvelComics and ''Franchise/StarWars'' -- as well as non-Disney properties like ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' (see its Web Comics entry above) and ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' -- in the Artist's Alley. Everything else is fair game.
* Videos featuring WesternAnimation/DoctorRabbit typically resulted in legal trouble with Colgate. One user in particular, Nicholas Wahlstrom a.k.a. WebAnimation/WalrusGuy, ended up butting heads with the company repeatedly from continuing to use the character in WebAnimation/YouTubePoop. Eventually, Colgate just gave up and stopped bothering to stop the Poop.

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* Creator/{{Disney}} and porn. 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.
madness. Among their targets have been:
** Creator/HarlanEllison Creator/HarlanEllison, who [[http://www.snopes.com/disney/wdco/ellison.asp famously got in trouble over this.]]
fired hours into his tenure as a Disney employee]] for joking about a hypothetical "Disney porn flick".
** As did The Air Pirates, a group of underground comix comic creators in the early 1970s.
** At [[FanConvention Anime North]], you're which expressly prevented from selling fan works based on prohibits the sale of any fanworks of anything owned by Disney, including their acquisitions ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', Creator/MarvelComics and ''Franchise/StarWars'' -- as well as non-Disney properties like ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' (see its Web Comics entry above) and ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' -- in the Artist's Alley. Everything else is fair game.
''Franchise/StarWars''.
* Videos featuring WesternAnimation/DoctorRabbit typically resulted in legal trouble with Colgate. One user in particular, Nicholas Wahlstrom a.(''a.k.a. WebAnimation/WalrusGuy, '' WebAnimation/WalrusGuy), ended up butting heads with the company repeatedly from after continuing to use the character in WebAnimation/YouTubePoop. Eventually, Colgate just gave up and stopped bothering to stop the Poop.



* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures:''
** Creator/WarnerBros smacked down several writers of SlashFic based on the show back in the mid-1990s when the world was young and the lawyers still thought that might work.
** The episode, "Buster and Babs Go Hawaiian" was written by three then-eighth grade girls, and was lucky enough for Creator/StevenSpielberg to have not only approved it, but also have Creator/TMSEntertainment animate it. After the episode was made, the writers made it very clear that they would not be making any more episodes based on fanfictions they may have been sent, as the [[CreditsGag gag credit]] for that episode says, "Please mail your unsolicited manuscripts along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to - Some other show!".
** This is part of the reason why Elmyra was given more screen time than Fifi La Fume, as the writers felt that this was their only way of [[WriterRevolt getting the point across]] that they hated fan fiction. This is evidenced in episodes such as "[[Series/SaturdayNightLive Weekday Afternoon Live]]", where Fifi is shown alongside Fowlmouth and Little Beeper as part of "Some other people that might not even appear on the show at all", and "[[HalloweenEpisode Night]] [[Series/NightGallery Ghoulery]]", wherein the World's Biggest Tiny Toons Fan asks Gogo Dodo and his friends from Wackyland when Fifi is going to get her own series.
* There was a time when Fox would crack down hard on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' porn, but they've since given up.
** In the early 2000s many ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' fan sites were shut down successfully by Fox. This is lampshaded in the episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS12E6TheComputerWoreMenaceShoes The Computer Wore Menace Shoes]]" when Lisa tells Homer his website is just full of copyrighted material from other websites.
* {{Averted}} by Creator/{{Hasbro}} in regards of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. In fact, they actually ''fired'' their lawyers for sending out C&Ds to fans, saying it was a "Bully Move". FanWorks, Fictions, Arts, Films, Games, pretty much everything is welcome with few exceptions. [[note]]No raping the CMC, no selling for profit[[/note]] Lauren Faust herself has admitted to reading stories on occasion and, even though she's in a diminished role on the show nowadays. One of her biggest rules is that "fans are not to be attacked for creating their own situations!". The one sole exception to the rule was ''VideoGame/MyLittlePonyFightingIsMagic'', and that was mostly because [[WhyFandomCantHaveNiceThings someone had the bright idea to enter it into EVO]], which was something Hasbro could not ignore like other fanworks, and thus had to shut it down. The "for profit" rule has also partially been lifted due to a deal with Shapeways that gives Hasbro a percentage of sales from fan-made items sold through the Shapeways site.
** Another exception was what happened with a near show-quality fan animator, going by the name of Jan. He produced several shorts that were met with critical reception and praise, including people that worked on the actual show when he showed them at conventions, and Lauren Faust herself. It was because of this that he was asked to do some of the animated segments of ''Film/BroniesTheExtremelyUnexpectedAdultFansOfMyLittlePony'' as well. But the shoe dropped when he started making ''WebAnimation/ButtonsAdventures'', a spin-off series based around a background colt. Whether it was because he [[IcarusAllusion went too far by trying to make his "own" series]] or Hasbro decided to start cracking down hard on fan works in general, the results were the same. All his videos were cease and desisted (including what he made for the Brony documentary), and only very few of them have been cleared by Hasbro's legal team and allowed back online (legally) since then. And under the terms of the C&D, he is ''never'' allowed to make more pony animations. "Button Mash" has also been altered in the actual series to have a different (much lighter) color scheme as well.
** Mane 6 has since moved on to work on an original game ''VideoGame/ThemsFightinHerds'', with Creator/LaurenFaust herself as the character designer. There's also a ''Fighting Is Magic: Tribute Edition'', if you still want the original pony version (although don't ask too loudly).

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* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures:''
** Creator/WarnerBros smacked down several writers of SlashFic based on
Creator/WarnerBros, the show makers of ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'', has had a tumultuous relationship with fanwork creators going back in to the mid-1990s when the world was young and the (when their lawyers still thought that might work.
believed they could get rid of SlashFic by lawsuits).
** The One episode, "Buster and Babs Go Hawaiian" Hawaiian", was in fact written by three then-eighth grade girls, and was eight-grade fans of the show, who were lucky enough not only for Creator/StevenSpielberg to have not only approved approve it, but also have for Creator/TMSEntertainment to animate it. After But the episode was made, the writers made it makers were very clear that they would not be making any more episodes based on fanfictions they may have been sent, as the [[CreditsGag gag credit]] for that episode says, "Please mail your unsolicited manuscripts along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to - Some other show!".
wary of possibly opening
** This is part of the reason why Elmyra was given more screen time than Fifi La Fume, as the writers felt that this was their only way of [[WriterRevolt getting the point across]] that they hated fan fiction. This is evidenced in episodes such as "[[Series/SaturdayNightLive Weekday Afternoon Live]]", where Fifi is shown alongside Fowlmouth and Little Beeper as part of "Some other people that might not even appear on the show at all", and "[[HalloweenEpisode Night]] [[Series/NightGallery Ghoulery]]", wherein the World's Biggest Tiny Toons Fan asks Gogo Dodo and his friends from Wackyland when Fifi is going to get her own series.\n
* There was a time when Fox would crack down hard on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' porn, but they've since given up.
**
porn. In the early 2000s many ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' fan sites 2000s, they were shut down able to successfully by Fox. This is lampshaded shut down several ''Simpsons'' fansites (lampshaded in the episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS12E6TheComputerWoreMenaceShoes The Computer Wore Menace Shoes]]" Shoes]]", when Lisa tells Homer his website is just full of copyrighted material from other websites.
websites). But the sites keep popping up, and Fox has since given up.
* {{Averted}} by Creator/{{Hasbro}} in regards of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. In fact, they actually ''fired'' their ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', which in many respects owes its popularity to the fan community making fanworks. They generally allow fanworks of all kinds, as long as they're not for profit (and even then, fanworks have occasionally been sold on Shapeways thanks to a deal that gives Hasbro a cut of the proceeds). Creator Creator/LaurenFaust has even been known to read fanfics and encourages fans not to attack each other's creations. There were a few hiccups along the way, though:
** Hasbro's
lawyers for originally didn't get the memo and started sending out C&Ds cease-and-desist letters to fanwork creators. Hasbro responded by apologizing to the fans, saying calling it a "bully move", and ''firing'' the lawyers.
** The fangame ''VideoGame/MyLittlePonyFightingIsMagic'' was so popular that
it was entered into EVO, a "Bully Move". FanWorks, Fictions, Arts, Films, Games, pretty much everything is welcome with few exceptions. [[note]]No raping the CMC, no selling for profit[[/note]] Lauren Faust herself has admitted to reading stories on occasion and, even though she's in a diminished role on the show nowadays. One of her biggest rules is tournament so big that "fans are not to be attacked for creating their own situations!". The one sole exception to Hasbro couldn't ignore the rule threat to its IP and was ''VideoGame/MyLittlePonyFightingIsMagic'', and that was mostly because [[WhyFandomCantHaveNiceThings someone had the bright idea to enter it into EVO]], which was something Hasbro could not ignore like other fanworks, and thus had forced to shut it down. down]]. The "for profit" rule has also partially been lifted due developers went on to make an original game a deal lot like it, called VideoGame/ThemsFightingHerds, with Shapeways that gives Hasbro a percentage of sales from fan-made items sold through Lauren Faust herself as the Shapeways site.
character designer. (And there's a ''Fighting Is Magic: Tribute Edition'', if you still want the original ponies, but don't ask too loudly.)
** Another exception was what happened with a near show-quality A fan animator, going by the name of Jan. He animator named Jan produced several near-show-quality shorts that were met with critical reception and praise, including people that Lauren Faust herself and others who worked on the actual show when he showed them at conventions, and Lauren Faust herself. It show. He was because of this that he was even asked to do some of the animated segments of ''Film/BroniesTheExtremelyUnexpectedAdultFansOfMyLittlePony'' as well. ''Film/BroniesTheExtremelyUnexpectedAdultFansOfMyLittlePony''. But the shoe dropped when he started making ''WebAnimation/ButtonsAdventures'', a spin-off series based around on a background colt. Whether it That was because he [[IcarusAllusion went too far by trying for Hasbro, who sent cease-and-desist orders to make his "own" series]] or Hasbro decided to start cracking take down hard on fan works in general, the results were the same. All all his videos were cease and desisted (including what he made for the Brony documentary), documentary) and to agree never to make any more pony animations; since then, only very few of them have been cleared by Hasbro's the Hasbro legal team and allowed to go back online (legally) since then. And under the terms of the C&D, he is ''never'' allowed to make more pony animations. "Button Mash" has also been altered in the actual series to have a different (much lighter) color scheme as well.
** Mane 6 has since moved on to work on an original game ''VideoGame/ThemsFightinHerds'', with Creator/LaurenFaust herself as the character designer. There's also a ''Fighting Is Magic: Tribute Edition'', if you still want the original pony version (although don't ask too loudly).
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When a creator (usually writers, it seems) bans or restricts their ''own'' fans from writing fanfiction online, drawing any fan-art, or generally using the author's official work "creatively". You can buy their books, buy TheMerch and read their "officially sanctioned" material, but the hounds of hell will be unleashed should you write ''their'' characters into ''your'' online story!

Reasons for such a ban/restrictions vary. Creator/RobinHobb wrote an article sounding a bit like a PSA ("Fanfic -- JUST SAY NO!") that had the basic premise of "Those characters are like family to me. You don't like seeing your family put into weird or perverted situations, do you?"[[note]][[IncestYayShipping Um, about that...]][[/note]] Others take the legal ground; that's how they make their living, and that's their intellectual property you are messing with. Others simply don't think anyone else can write their world as well as they can (detractors, however, might comment that they're actually worried that someone can write these characters [[BetterThanCanon better than the author could]]).

A milder form exists in the form of restriction; the official creator might ban some SlashFic, NSFW or PWP material, for example. Other creators are more picky, setting "rules" to which all fic/fanart creators have to adhere to. How they all keep tabs on such things is a mystery. Or they could ban ''any'' fanworks on just a particular work for certain reasons. For example, if they see the work in question as [[OldShame a stain on their accomplishments]], they very well might actively want people not to even experience the work in the first place, let alone promote the fact that it even exists.

This does not count all those authors who decide for ''legal reasons'' not to read fanfic of their work, whether or not they support it. If someone writes a fanfic and the author reads it, and later installments of the published work have elements similar to the fanfic, then there could be some messy legal issues.

A fanwork ban can be particularly annoying if you get into a show or a book series ''after'' it officially ended. In the Internet, the first thing that many fans do after a series ends is look for fan websites or some fanfiction works. If a Fanwork Ban was in place, these sites will be extremely hard to come by, if they exist at all... It's usually the case that most fans foolhardy or reckless enough to skirt a Fanwork Ban usually aren't intelligent or dedicated enough to put together a good online fanfic story.

In extreme cases, this may result in a dead fandom (not many fans) -- unless the fans are pretty social and don't mind restricting themselves to RealLife facts and discussion. It might also result in an online [[BrokenBase argument]] between fans who support the author's decision and fans who rail against the ban. Of course, it could work out exactly as the author hopes; instead of reading online fiction based on ''one'' of their works, you'll probably find yourself looking into the author's other works in the hope of finding something similar.

This is predominantly a Western trope. Bans on fanwork are almost unheard of in Japan, where most fanworks are contained within the {{Doujin}} community and thereby insulated from the wider public. There has been an attempt to change all of that, which floundered following a backlash.

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When a creator (usually writers, it seems) bans or restricts their ''own'' Some creators don't like FanWork and actively discourage -- if not outright prevent -- fans from writing fanfiction online, drawing any fan-art, creating, posting, or generally using 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.

The reasons for such a ban vary, but it's usually one of these:
* The most obvious reason is to protect
the author's official work "creatively". You can buy UsefulNotes/{{copyright}}. After all, fanfic is ''techincally'' copyright infringement, and authors don't like fans potentially eating into their books, 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 read sue the ''author'' for copyright infringement.
* Some authors feel an emotional attachment to
their "officially sanctioned" material, but the hounds of hell will be unleashed should you write ''their'' characters into ''your'' online story!

Reasons for such a ban/restrictions vary. Creator/RobinHobb wrote an article sounding a bit like a PSA ("Fanfic -- JUST SAY NO!") that had the basic premise of "Those characters are like family to me. You
work and characters, and they don't like seeing your family put into fanfic writers do weird or perverted situations, do you?"[[note]][[IncestYayShipping Um, about that...]][[/note]] Others take the legal ground; that's how and nasty things with them (and fanfic writers particularly like writing SlashFic and other [[Rule34 sexually explicit works]]).
* On that front, some authors don't mind fanwork ''per se'', but
they make don't like seeing sexually explicit or other [[NotSafeForWork NSFW]] material involving their living, and that's characters. There's quite a lot of it on the Internet, as exemplified by Rule34: "If it exists, there is porn of it -- no exceptions." Other than the above-stated personal disgust at seeing such things, creators may also be concerned that [[HarmfulToMinors younger readers]] could accidentally stumble upon them. Big content producers like Creator/{{Disney}} crack down particularly hard on this sort of thing, as it could otherwise harm the image they cultivate with their intellectual property you are messing with. Others simply don't think anyone else can properties.
* Some authors also seriously doubt fanfic writers' ability to
write their world a story in that universe as well as they can (detractors, however, might comment the author can; this usually attracts detractors who claim the ''real'' reason for the ban is a concern that they're actually worried that someone fanfic writers can write these the characters [[BetterThanCanon better than the author could]]).

A milder form exists in
could]]. Relatedly, they may try to impose rules on what fans can write to ensure that fan fic is consistent with the form of restriction; the official creator might ban some SlashFic, NSFW or PWP material, for example. Other main universe.
* Some works are OldShame, and
creators are more picky, setting "rules" to which all fic/fanart creators have to adhere to. How they all keep tabs on such things is a mystery. Or they could might discourage or ban ''any'' fanworks on just a particular work for certain reasons. For example, if they see the work in question as [[OldShame a stain on their accomplishments]], they very well might actively want people not to even experience the work in the first place, let alone promote the fact that it even exists.

This does not count all those authors who decide for ''legal reasons'' not to read fanfic
of their work, whether or not they support it. If someone writes a fanfic and the author reads it, and later installments of the published work have elements similar to the fanfic, then there could be some messy legal issues.

A fanwork ban can be particularly annoying if you get into a show or a book series ''after'' it officially ended. In the Internet, the first thing that many fans do after a series ends is look for fan websites or some fanfiction works. If a Fanwork Ban was in place,
these sites will be extremely hard to come by, if works because they exist at all... It's usually the case that most fans foolhardy or reckless enough don't want to skirt a Fanwork Ban usually aren't intelligent or dedicated enough draw attention to put together a good online fanfic story.them.

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, this may result in it can drastically diminish a dead fandom (not many fans) -- unless fanbase by discouraging them from talking about the fans are pretty social and don't mind restricting themselves to RealLife facts and discussion. It might also result in an online [[BrokenBase argument]] between fans who support the author's decision and fans who rail against the ban. Of course, it could work out exactly as ''at all'' on the author hopes; instead of reading online fiction based on ''one'' of their works, you'll probably find yourself looking into Internet, meaning that people who discover the author's work can't connect with other works in fans of the hope of finding something similar.

This is predominantly a Western trope. Bans on
work (or run into massive {{Flame War}}s about the fanwork are almost unheard of in Japan, where most fanworks are contained within the {{Doujin}} community and thereby insulated from the wider public. There has been an attempt to change all of that, which floundered following a backlash.
ban).



* ''Franchise/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** ''Fullmetal Alchemist'' has an extremely odd example, since the "fans" in question are in fact the actors themselves. The US dub cast, headed by Creator/VicMignogna, produced a fan-film called ''Fullmetal Fantasy'' some years ago. Vic took it to a couple of {{fan convention}}s (and was working through all the proper channels to get permission for a DVD) before the legal people asked him to stop. After a couple of years, he was told that there was no way there'd be an official release, but he could start running it at conventions again '''if and only if''' it never ended up online. So he does still show it at cons, but relates this story beforehand and makes the fans present promise not to videotape and upload it. So far, so good.
** While not the series' creator, Mr. Mignogna has (perhaps ironically) regularly bemoaned the existence of yaoi fan art/fiction based on the series. He's not in any position to ban it, but he regularly discourages it.
* Yamakan's adaptation of ''Anime/{{Fractale}}'' seem to have deterred many fans from drawing RuleThirtyFour.
* Neither Creator/MasashiKishimoto nor Viz Media has ever taken action to shut down ''Franchise/{{Naruto}}'' fan works, and Shonen Jump publishes Fan Art of all its regulars, ''Naruto'' included. However, even though they have a section on the official website for Fanfics and Fan Art, it is against the rules of the forum to publish a fan work using trademarked characters. [[EpilepticTrees They must be serious about avoiding cross-pollination between fan ideas and official material.]]
* One of the sites have recently been cracking down on [[http://astronerdboy.blogspot.de/2012/03/new-proposed-japanese-law-reason-ken.html doujin and other derivative works]] in Japan as part of a new proposed law that could end fan creations for good in the country.
** Even before this, [[http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Yuricon/message/22380 Kodansha has had an explicit Fanwork Ban on their properties]], though it was somewhat loosely enforced.
** Specifically, the supposedly proposed law would give manga publishers equal ownership rights alongside the author, allowing them to go after fanworks even if the author gives approval.
** It should also be noted that the aforementioned "crackdown" [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/answerman/2012-04-06 should be taken with a strong grain of salt]] as not only is there an apparent lack of other news on it before or after this came to light [[note]]This is likely based around the now-mute concerns involving Japan participating in the TPP talks in 2011 as well as suggestions from large publishers that as yet never really took off[[/note]], but that the source itself was found ''at best'' to be little more than a forum post and roughly-translated, off-hand Tumblr/Twitter comments from Creator/KenAkamatsu's accounts[[note]]Given the mangaka's squabbles with publishers, it sounds like something that he ''would'' have said at any rate.[[/note]]. In other words, when added to the already massive doujinshi market, the odds of such a law being passed is ''highly'' unlikely.

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* ''Franchise/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** ''Fullmetal Alchemist''
In general, Japan has a much more permissive attitude to FanWork than the West does. Part of this is the long-standing {{Doujin}} tradition, which keeps fanworks isolated within their respective communities and makes it a lot harder to accidentally stumble upon the nasty stuff. That attitude is not universal, and more and more creators are imposing fanwork bans. But the doujinshi community is so big that there would be massive resistance to any wholesale change on this front. For instance, anime fans worked themselves into a frenzy in opposition to a supposed [[http://astronerdboy.blogspot.de/2012/03/new-proposed-japanese-law-reason-ken.html proposed law in Japan]] that would give manga publishers equal ownership rights to the author, allowing them to crack down on communities that even the author approves of (this turned out to have arisen from a few offhand comments from mangaka Creator/KenAkamatsu, who has an extremely axe to grind with his publishers, and has no real basis in reality).
* ''Franchise/FullmetalAlchemist'' has an
odd example, since as the "fans" fanwork in question are in fact the actors themselves. The US dub cast, headed by Creator/VicMignogna, produced question, a fan-film FanFilm called ''Fullmetal Fantasy'' some years ago. Vic took Fantasy'', was created by the official U.S. dub cast, headed by Creator/VicMignogna. Mignogna showed it to at a couple of {{fan convention}}s (and was working and wanted to work through all the proper channels to get permission for a DVD) before DVD release, but the legal people asked him to stop. said no. After a couple of years, he was told that although there was no way there'd there would be an official release, but he could start running it at conventions again '''if -- ''if and only if''' if'' it never ended showed up online. So whenever he does still show shows it at cons, but a convention, he relates this story beforehand and makes the fans present promise not to [[WhyFandomCantHaveNiceThings videotape and upload it.it]]. So far, so good.
** While not the series' creator, Mr. Mignogna has (perhaps ironically) regularly bemoaned the existence of yaoi fan art/fiction based on the series. He's not in any position to ban it, but he regularly discourages it.
*
%%* Yamakan's adaptation of ''Anime/{{Fractale}}'' seem to have deterred many fans from drawing RuleThirtyFour.
* Neither Creator/MasashiKishimoto nor Viz Media has have ever taken action to shut down ''Franchise/{{Naruto}}'' fan works, and Shonen Jump ''Magazine/ShonenJump'' publishes Fan Art FanArt of all its regulars, ''Naruto'' included. However, even though they have a section on the official website for Fanfics fanfics and Fan Art, fan art, it is against the rules of the forum to publish a fan work using trademarked characters. [[EpilepticTrees They must be serious about avoiding cross-pollination between fan ideas and official material.]]
* One of the sites have recently been cracking down on [[http://astronerdboy.blogspot.de/2012/03/new-proposed-japanese-law-reason-ken.html doujin and other derivative works]] in Japan as part of a new proposed law that could end fan creations for good in the country.
** Even before this, [[http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Yuricon/message/22380 Kodansha has had an explicit Fanwork Ban on their properties]], though it was somewhat loosely enforced.
** Specifically, the supposedly proposed law would give manga publishers equal ownership rights alongside the author, allowing them to go after fanworks even if the author gives approval.
** It should also be noted that the aforementioned "crackdown" [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/answerman/2012-04-06 should be taken with a strong grain of salt]] as not only is there an apparent lack of other news on it before or after this came to light [[note]]This is likely based around the now-mute concerns involving Japan participating in the TPP talks in 2011 as well as suggestions from large publishers that as yet never really took off[[/note]], but that the source itself was found ''at best'' to be little more than a forum post and roughly-translated, off-hand Tumblr/Twitter comments from Creator/KenAkamatsu's accounts[[note]]Given the mangaka's squabbles with publishers, it sounds like something that he ''would'' have said at any rate.[[/note]]. In other words, when added to the already massive doujinshi market, the odds of such a law being passed is ''highly'' unlikely.
]]



* Metafictional example: in ''Manga/{{Genshiken}}'', main character Sasahara brings up his experience producing a doujinshi in a job interview at an official manga production company. The interviewer asks him how he would feel about being put into a position where he might be called upon to quash such efforts by fans. Sasahara tries to weasel around the question with a bunch of hemming and hawwing and non-committal doublespeak. He doesn't get the job.

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* Metafictional InUniverse example: in ''Manga/{{Genshiken}}'', main character protagonist Sasahara brings up his experience producing a doujinshi in a job interview at an official manga production company. The interviewer asks him how he would feel about being put into a position where he might be called upon to quash such efforts by fans. Sasahara tries to weasel around the question with a bunch of hemming and hawwing hawing and non-committal doublespeak. He doesn't get the job.



* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' has banned all Fan Fiction due to the proliferation of Rule34. Partly due to it being almost impossible to censor completely, both fanfiction and fanart still exist on the web. Archie isn't likely to properly enforce their rule unless it's dragged into the public eye or costs them money. Fanfiction.net once had an ''Archie'' section but deleted it due to the ban, though a few ''Archie'' fanfics still exist on the site in other categories and Website/ArchiveOfOurOwn has both an ''Archie'' and a ''Series/{{Riverdale}}'' section.
* ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'':
** Unlike with their other franchises, ''Sonic'' comic characters originally from Archie can still pass through, mostly due to Sega owning all ''Sonic'' copyrights due to the "derivative work" clause of the Copyright Act. Sega originated in Japan, and Japan doesn't really worry about that kind of thing.
** According to a few posts from Ken Penders, he demands that all fanart of his characters include a copyright marking crediting him, possibly due to his law-suit with Archie.
* Apparently to avoid diluting the original story, PatMills has forbidden fanwork based on ''ComicBook/NemesisTheWarlock''. However, his other comics, including ''ComicBook/ABCWarriors'' and ''ComicBook/{{Slaine}}'', are fair game.
** ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'''s official website states that new writers cannot submit stories based on any of Mills' work.
* Creator/CrossGen did a ban after finding Rule 34. This is considered by fans to have contributed to the situations that led to their bankruptcy and acquisition by Disney.
* [[ComicBook/ChickTracts Jack Chick]] legally attacks any parody of his tracts, claiming "[[ArtisticLicenseLaw It's only fair use if you draw everything yourself.]]" The relevant copyright laws say otherwise.
* Back when ''VideoGame/TheSims'' modding community was big, Creator/MarvelComics came down on anyone hosting skins of their characters, leading to a near-disappearance of these kinds of skins on the Internet.
** Marvel also tried to sue ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' when people were creating Marvel characters with the character creator. Problem was that in the court case the judge found out that most of the 'examples' that Marvel's lawyers had shown to the court had been created by Marvel. The case was quickly tossed out after that.
* The owners of the ''{{Tintin}}'' copyright are known to aggressively go after fanfiction and fanart, including works not used for profit. This originates from {{Creator/Herge}} requesting that no more albums be published after his death. This has led to several lawsuits and many Tintin forums and fansites having to ban fanworks and discussion of fanworks entirely to stay online.
** As in the case of ''Tintin in Thailand'', an adult-oriented parody of the series penned by Baudouin de Duve, under the pseudonym [[PunnyName Bud E. Weyser]]. The Herge Foundation wasn't pleased with the direction de Duve took with his Tintin parody, more so when Baudouin was said to have attempted to pass the book off as a previously-unreleased Tintin comic, which led to his arrest in [[BatmanGambit an organized sting operation (with a Belgian Police Officer acting as a prospective buyer).]]
** A number of other parodies and satirical works still remain online as of 2016, however, most notably the Captain Haddock "HA HA HA, OH WOW" meme, and a political cartoon portraying former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd as Tintin - the latter led to another lawsuit by Moulinsart, but since Bill Leak claimed fair use on the basis of using the Tintin character for commentary or parody, Moulinsart conceded and has since allowed Leak to use Tintin for as long as he isn't profiting from the original work.

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* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' has banned all Fan Fiction due to ''Franchise/ArchieComics'', concerned about the proliferation of Rule34. Partly due to it being almost impossible to censor completely, both fanfiction Rule34 fanfics, has banned all fan fiction in general. That hasn't stopped people from putting up fan fiction and fanart still exist fan art on the web. Archie isn't likely Internet anyway, although more "official" venues still have to properly enforce their rule unless it's dragged into respect the public eye or costs them money. Fanfiction.net once had an ban; Website/FanFictionDotNet, for instance, took down its ''Archie'' section section, but deleted it due to the ban, though a few ''Archie'' fanfics still exist on the site in other categories and Website/ArchiveOfOurOwn still has both an ''Archie'' and a ''Series/{{Riverdale}}'' section.
* ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'':
** Unlike with their other franchises, ''Sonic'' comic
one. The main exception is ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'', since all ''[[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic]]'' characters originally from Archie can still pass through, mostly due to Sega owning all ''Sonic'' copyrights due to the "derivative work" clause of the Copyright Act. Sega originated in Japan, are owned by Creator/{{Sega}}, which is Japanese and Japan doesn't really worry about mind nearly as much. (Creator/KenPenders, though, insists that kind of thing.
** According to a few posts from Ken Penders, he demands that all fanart
any fan art of his characters include a copyright marking crediting him, possibly due to his law-suit with Archie.
him.)
* Apparently Creator/PatMills has forbidden fanwork based on ''ComicBook/NemesisTheWarlock'', apparently to avoid diluting the original story, PatMills has forbidden fanwork based on ''ComicBook/NemesisTheWarlock''. story. However, his other comics, including ''ComicBook/ABCWarriors'' and ''ComicBook/{{Slaine}}'', are fair game.
**
game, although ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'''s official website states that won't accept new writers cannot submit stories based on any of Mills' work.
* Creator/CrossGen did enacted a fanwork ban after finding Rule 34. This is considered by fans Rule34 works. Fans consider this decision to have contributed to the situations that led to their eventual bankruptcy and acquisition by Disney.
Creator/{{Disney}}.
* [[ComicBook/ChickTracts Jack Chick]] would legally attacks attack any parody of his tracts, claiming "[[ArtisticLicenseLaw It's only fair use if you draw everything yourself.]]" The relevant copyright laws [[UsefulNotes/FairUse say otherwise.
otherwise]].
* Back when Creator/MarvelComics has been known to come down on video {{game mod}}ders who made custom characters based on their comic book characters. Their efforts during the heyday of ''VideoGame/TheSims'' modding community was big, Creator/MarvelComics came down on anyone hosting skins of their characters, leading led to a near-disappearance of these kinds of Marvel character skins on the Internet.
** Marvel also tried to
Internet. Most infamously, they once sue to stop ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' when people were creating players from making Marvel characters with the character creator. Problem was that in the court case creator, only for the judge found out to discover that most of the 'examples' that examples Marvel's lawyers had shown to the court had been provided were created by Marvel. The case was quickly tossed out after that.
Marvel themselves and dismiss the case.
* The owners of the ''{{Tintin}}'' copyright are known to aggressively go after fanfiction and fanart, including works not used for profit. This originates from {{Creator/Herge}} requesting that no more albums be published after his death. This has led to several lawsuits and many Tintin ''Tintin'' forums and fansites having to ban fanworks and discussion of fanworks entirely to stay online.
** As in
online. (A few memes and parodies do survive, though, most notably the case of Captain Haddock "HA HA HA, OH WOW" meme.)
** The Hergé Foundation came down hard on
''Tintin in Thailand'', an adult-oriented parody of the series penned by series. More than just being explicit, its author Baudouin de Duve, under Duve (under the pseudonym [[PunnyName Bud E. Weyser]]. The Herge Foundation wasn't pleased with the direction de Duve took with his Tintin parody, more so when Baudouin was said to have Weyser]]) attempted to pass the book it off as a previously-unreleased Tintin comic, which led to his arrest in [[BatmanGambit an organized sting operation (with a genuine ''Tintin'' comic; Belgian Police Officer acting as police arrested him in a prospective buyer).]]
sting operation.
** A number of other parodies and satirical works still remain online as of 2016, however, most notably the Captain Haddock "HA HA HA, OH WOW" meme, and Moulinsart sued to take down a political cartoon portraying former Australian UsefulNotes/{{Australia}}n Prime Minister Kevin Rudd as Tintin - the latter led to another lawsuit by Moulinsart, but since -- artist Bill Leak claimed fair use on the basis of using the Tintin character for commentary or parody, was able to convince Moulinsart conceded and has since allowed Leak to use Tintin for as long as he isn't profiting back down after promising not to profit from the original his work.



* Creator/WarnerBrothers briefly tried to get rid of ''Literature/HarryPotter'' SlashFic. This went nowhere.

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* Creator/WarnerBrothers briefly tried to get rid of ''Literature/HarryPotter'' SlashFic. This Given the absolutely monstrous amount of ''Harry Potter'' SlashFic on the Internet, this naturally went nowhere.



* In the dark ages of FanFic, before the Internet, Creator/GeorgeLucas allegedly hit the roof when he found sexually explicit material for ''Franchise/StarWars''. And promptly went into orbit when he found the SlashFic. He tried a repeat performance of this in the late '90s-early 2Ks when he found the Qui-Gon[=/=]Obi-Wan stuff, but found it was like playing whack-a-mole. It took until 2003 and Creator/BioWare [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar being really sneaky]] [[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic to finally slip a lesbian into the canon]].
* Creator/GamesWorkshop, of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' fame, did this to the German-made 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 statement prompted the forces of the internet and fandom to somehow [[InsistentTerminology extract]] the film's final cut and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome post it on the Internet.]] 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. It is quite stunning in its quality, even though watching it in German with English subtitles makes it hard to admire the high quality physical effects.
* In 1997 a group of folks were working on a ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}'' [[GameMod mod]] based on the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' franchise simply titled ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Alien Quake]]'' until Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox issued a Cease and Desist on them. The shutdown was notorious enough in the modding community to the point it even coined the term "[[http://www.bluesnews.com/guide/qe/history/foxed.html foxed]]" to refer for projects [[http://func-auton.net/blog/?p=41 similarly]] shut down at the request of corporations.
** Oddly enough, Fox hasn't gone against ''Aliens TC'' for ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'', likely because modding wasn't that widespread back then.

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* In the dark ages of FanFic, before the Internet, Creator/GeorgeLucas allegedly hit the roof when he found sexually has long had a reactionary attitude to explicit material for ''Franchise/StarWars''. And promptly went into orbit ''Franchise/StarWars'' fanfic, which had proliferated even before the Internet was a thing. It came to a head when he found the SlashFic. He tried ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' came out and a repeat performance huge amount of this in the late '90s-early 2Ks when he found the Qui-Gon[=/=]Obi-Wan stuff, SlashFic hit the Internet; he tried getting rid of it, but found it was like playing whack-a-mole. It took until 2003 and Creator/BioWare [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar being really sneaky]] [[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic to finally slip a lesbian into the canon]].
whack-a-mole.
* Creator/GamesWorkshop, of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' fame, did this to the German-made surprisingly well-made German fan-film ''Film/{{Damnatus}}''. Annoyingly, the film's cease and desist 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 statement prompted the forces of the internet Internet and fandom to somehow [[InsistentTerminology extract]] the film's final cut and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome post it on the Internet.]] online. Since those who made the film did [[ExactWords everything they were required to do]] to keep it from getting out out, they are legally safe from retribution. It is quite stunning in its quality, even though watching it in German with English subtitles makes it hard to admire the high quality physical effects.
retribution.
* In 1997 1997, Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox issued a group of folks were working on cease-and-desist order against a ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}'' [[GameMod mod]] modding community working on a GameMod based on the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' franchise simply titled ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Alien Quake]]'' until Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox issued a Cease and Desist on them. franchise. The shutdown was so notorious enough in the modding community that it led to the point it even coined the term "[[http://www.bluesnews.com/guide/qe/history/foxed.html foxed]]" to refer for to similar projects [[http://func-auton.net/blog/?p=41 similarly]] shut down at the request of corporations.
** Oddly enough, Fox hasn't gone against ''Aliens TC'' for ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'', likely because modding wasn't that widespread back then.
big corporations.



* 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 such as no writing about existing Pern characters, no boys can Impress gold dragons, no girls can Impress bronzes, no dragons of any other colour except for the five standard colours. Ruth is the exclusive exception. Not that anyone actually pays attention to these rules. Oh, the good old days of MSN Groups [=RPG=]s with all kinds of sparklypoo dragon colors. The ban was finally lifted in 2004, although it's still a rather small fandom.
** One effect of this: 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.
** This is not to suggest that all Christians view fan works as violating "Thou shalt not steal."
* Creator/RobinHobb - the aforementioned article has been archived [[http://web.archive.org/web/20051124223715/www.robinhobb.com/rant.html here.]]

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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 such as writers: no writing about existing Pern ''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. colours -- Ruth is the exclusive exception. Not that anyone actually pays attention to No one cared about these rules. Oh, rules, given the good old days proliferation of MSN Groups [=RPG=]s with all kinds of sparklypoo dragon colors. [[MarySue exotic characters]]. The ban was finally lifted entirely in 2004, although but it's still quite a rather small fandom.
** One effect of this: The 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 ''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.
** This is not to suggest that all Christians view fan works as violating
Jesus and cited the commandment "Thou shalt not steal."
steal" to justify her stance (a fairly shaky theological conclusion).
* Creator/RobinHobb - the aforementioned article has been archived famously wrote an [[http://web.archive.org/web/20051124223715/www.robinhobb.com/rant.html here.]]article]] in which she explained her fanwork ban as coming from her personal attachment to her characters, claiming they were like family to her, and it was thus uncomfortable for her to see them in [[Rule34 weird and perverted situations]]. It reads almost like a PublicServiceAnnouncement against fan fiction.



* Creator/TerryGoodkind, though as yet it's unknown if there's a FanworkBan on ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker''.

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* Creator/TerryGoodkind, though as yet Creator/TerryGoodkind has a general FanworkBan, although it's unknown if there's a FanworkBan on unclear whether it applies to ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker''.



* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Creator/GeorgeRRMartin disapproves of fan-fiction. Curiously, he's okay with fanarts.
** His major objection is, apparently, that fan fiction is bad practice for an aspiring writer, the equivalent of doing paint-by-numbers for an aspiring artist. Fanart, being the translation of words into images, likely doesn't cause him quite the same consternation on that count.
** Curiously, despite any kind of outright ban, proliferation of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' fanfics is downright tiny compared to, say, ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' and other popular fantasy series. The reason for this may be because canon in the Fire-verse is wrapped in such a tight knot that there is very little room to flexibility with existing characters. Thus, any prospective fanfic writer is either going to have to go for something OriginalFlavor, feature minor characters that are mostly outside the novels, or simply forge ahead and risk charges of TheyChangedItNowItSucks.
* Creator/LarryNiven approves of fan fiction, as long as such stories are strictly set within the Man-Kzin War period of his Literature/KnownSpace universe. He publicly stated, in print, that his work was a "playground", and that he was opening up the Man-Kzin war parts of it to anyone who wants to play with his playground equipment. No entendre intended.
** In an author's note in one book he did mention that he'd stepped on a rule 34 fanfic for using the Kzin.
--> "We said the magic word and frightened him away. ('''"Lawsuit"''').
* ''Franchise/HarryPotter'': Creator/JKRowling has said that she actually ''likes'' her fans writing fanfic and doing other fannish things, but she doesn't like the fanfics where her characters have sex when they're minors. Her voiced displeasure about the 'under-aged' porn 'fics is partially because of the kiddie porn - and partially because [[WordOfGod she]] fears for the kids who ''accidentally'' discover RuleThirtyFour first-hand. This 'rule' still [[DefiedTrope doesn't stop]] ''anyone'' from writing them though!
** J.K. Rowling successfully prevented the Harry Potter Lexicon, a popular online Harry Potter encyclopedia, from being published in book format. While she had no qualms with the website in question, the fact that she has previously voiced that she was interested in publishing a Harry Potter Encyclopedia of her own may have been a motivation to completely nix this from happening.
** Didn't ''entirely'' stop it though, since a heavily edited and modified version ''did'' later on see print.
* Wiki/TheOtherWiki says this about [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marion_Zimmer_Bradley Marion Zimmer Bradley]]:
-->"For many years, Bradley actively encouraged ''Literature/{{Darkover}}'' fan fiction and reprinted some of it in commercial Darkover anthologies, continuing to encourage submissions from unpublished authors, but this ended after a dispute with a fan over an unpublished Darkover novel of Bradley's that had similarities to some of the fan's stories. As a result, the novel remained unpublished, and Bradley demanded the cessation of all Darkover fan fiction."
** As is often the case, there are two sides to a story. See [[http://nihilistic-kid.livejournal.com/1470621.html?thread=20753821#t20753821 here]]. Also [[http://groups.google.com/group/rec.arts.sf.written/browse_thread/thread/2649a35b264175b8/b91ef5c1e50f3439?#b91ef5c1e50f3439 this Usenet thread]]. And [[http://fanlore.org/wiki/Marion_Zimmer_Bradley_Fanfiction_Controversy this article]].
*** For a reasonably dispassionate third-party summation of all the sides of this issue, see [[http://jimhines.livejournal.com/507999.html this article]].
* Strongly influenced by Bradley's experiences, Creator/MercedesLackey actively banned fan fiction in her universes (except under certain draconian conditions) for over two decades. However, as of late 2009, she has altered her stance to allow fanfic licensed under CreativeCommons:
-->"As you folks already know, my agent, Russel Galen, has in the past been opposed to fanfiction. However, he is also Creator/CoryDoctorow's agent now, and Cory is a [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome persuasive little gnome]]."
* Creator/TerryPratchett mentioned in a 2007 lecture that he had developed a balanced compromise that seems to work: Fans were free to have as much good-natured fun as they wished (non-commercially), provided that they automatically surrendered all their creative rights to the derived works back to Pratchett. That way, he said, if a potential licensee asked if anyone else has made a video adaptation of ''Jingo'', he could simply state "Yes, but I own all the rights to it" and it didn't seem to bother them at all.
** When it came to original FanFiction, he didn't mind its existence as long as it didn't happen where he could see it. Just in case someone tried to claim he stole their Discworld ideas. (The legal aspects didn't bother him - he ''didn't'' steal ideas, and a court of law would have found in his favour - but mud sticks.)
** There was also [[https://groups.google.com/group/alt.books.pratchett/browse_thread/thread/7a044f92d9f3459c/ a period in the late 90s]] when some am-dram companies were intepreting "permission is always given" for Discworld amateur theatrics as "permission need not be sought". He dealt with that by publicly announcing that permission would now be granted in exchange for a small donation to the Orang-Utan Foundation. He didn't want to start getting heavy on his own account, but ''now'' anyone who didn't comply would be defrauding a charity...
* This [[http://www.mediaminer.org/blog/index.php?/archives/23-AuthorsPublishers-Who-Do-Not-Allow-Fan-Fiction.html list]] also includes Creator/RaymondEFeist, PNElrod, Creator/NoraRoberts and a few others.
* [[http://www.journalfen.net/community/fandom_wank/1246633.html Diana Gabaldon]] has compared fanfiction to, among other things, people breaking into her house or selling her children into slavery. This despite the fact that she has acknowledged that Jamie Fraser, the hero of her ''Literature/{{Outlander}}'' series, is directly based on Jamie [=McCrimmon=] from ''Series/DoctorWho''.
* [[Literature/AnitaBlake Laurell K]][[Literature/MerryGentry . Hamilton]]
* [[Literature/ThursdayNext Jasper Fforde's]] stance, although mellower than it used to be, [[http://www.jasperfforde.com/faq.html#u is still against fanfiction]], to the extent that one book actually [[WriterOnBoard talks about how much damage fanfiction writers are doing to]] ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
** This is ironic, considering the extent to which his books are PublicDomainCharacter fanfiction.
* Creator/KimNewman is uncomfortable seeing other writers use his characters, although he acknowledges that this is [[Literature/AnnoDracula somewhat hypocritical]].
* [[Creator/JimButcher Jim Butcher's]] official position on ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' fanfiction is that there isn't any. Because, as he explains, if he knew there was some, he'd have to, legally, have it taken down from wherever it was hosted, and [[IllPretendIDidntHearThat he doesn't want to do that]].
** As of 2010, fanfiction for ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' is now allowed, so long as a disclaimer is included. The full post can be found [[http://www.jim-butcher.com/posts/2010/new-fanfiction-policy here]].

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Creator/GeorgeRRMartin disapproves of fan-fiction. Curiously, he's okay with fanarts.
** His major objection is, apparently, that fan fiction is bad practice for an aspiring writer, the equivalent of doing paint-by-numbers for an aspiring artist. Fanart, being the translation of words into images, likely doesn't cause him quite the same consternation on that count.
** Curiously, despite any kind of outright ban, proliferation of
''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' fanfics author Creator/GeorgeRRMartin disapproves of fan fiction, but he's okay with fan art. His main objection is downright tiny compared to, say, ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' 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 popular fantasy series. The reason for this may be because canon in the Fire-verse is 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 in such a tight knot universe that there is very little really isn't much room to flexibility with existing characters. Thus, write fan fic without any prospective fanfic writer is either going to have to go for something OriginalFlavor, feature minor characters that are drastic changes, which fans [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks mostly outside the novels, or simply forge ahead and risk charges of TheyChangedItNowItSucks.
don't respond well to]].
* Creator/LarryNiven approves of fan fiction, as long as such stories are strictly set within the Man-Kzin War period of his Literature/KnownSpace ''Literature/KnownSpace'' universe. He publicly stated, in print, that his work was a "playground", and wrote that he was opening up the Man-Kzin war parts of it to anyone who wants to play with specifically designated this period as a "playground" for his playground equipment. No entendre intended.
** In an author's note in one book he did mention that he'd stepped on a rule 34 fanfic for using the Kzin.
fans, hoping to divert fan attention away from other things. He still doesn't like Rule34 fics, though:
--> "We said the magic word and frightened him away. ('''"Lawsuit"''').
* ''Franchise/HarryPotter'': Creator/JKRowling has said that she actually ''likes'' her fans writing fanfic and doing other fannish things, but she doesn't like the fanfics where her characters have sex when they're minors. Her voiced displeasure about the 'under-aged' porn 'fics is partially because of the kiddie porn - and partially because [[WordOfGod she]] fears for the kids who ''accidentally'' discover RuleThirtyFour first-hand. This 'rule' still [[DefiedTrope doesn't stop]] ''anyone'' from writing them though!
** J.K. Rowling successfully prevented the Harry Potter Lexicon, a popular online Harry Potter encyclopedia, from being published in book format. While she had no qualms with the website in question, the fact that she has previously voiced that she was interested in publishing a Harry Potter Encyclopedia of her own may have been a motivation to completely nix this from happening.
** Didn't ''entirely'' stop it though, since a heavily edited and modified version ''did'' later on see print.
* Wiki/TheOtherWiki says this about [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marion_Zimmer_Bradley Marion Zimmer Bradley]]:
-->"For many years, Bradley actively encouraged ''Literature/{{Darkover}}'' fan fiction and reprinted some of it in commercial Darkover anthologies, continuing to encourage submissions from unpublished authors, but this ended after a dispute with a fan over an unpublished Darkover novel of Bradley's that had similarities to some of the fan's stories. As a result, the novel remained unpublished, and Bradley demanded the cessation of all Darkover fan fiction.
away: '''Lawsuit'''."
** As is often * ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' author Creator/JKRowling doesn't mind fans writing fanfic and doing other fannish things, recognizing that this helps consolidate the case, there fan community. She does, however, dislike sexually explicit fanfics. Part of it is to avoid younger fans accidentally stumbling upon them, and part of it is that since many of the characters themselves are two sides minors, the fics are technically child pornography. She has also been known to stop fans from publishing things she was planning to do herself: for instance, the ''Harry Potter Lexicon'', a popular online ''Harry Potter'' encyclopedia, existed just fine on the Internet but couldn't be published in book format for a long time because Rowling was thinking of publishing a ''Harry Potter'' encyclopedia of her own (it didn't happen, and a heavily modified version of the ''Lexicon'' did eventually see print).
* Creator/MarionZimmerBradley enacted a fanwork ban in response
to a story. See [[http://nihilistic-kid.livejournal.com/1470621.html?thread=20753821#t20753821 here]]. Also [[http://groups.google.com/group/rec.arts.sf.written/browse_thread/thread/2649a35b264175b8/b91ef5c1e50f3439?#b91ef5c1e50f3439 this Usenet thread]]. And ''Literature/{{Darkover}}'' fanfic writer claiming that she had used some of his story elements in a later ''Darkover'' novel, which wound up never being published. The story is a rather complicated one with backers on both sides; a reasonably dispassionate summary can be found [[http://fanlore.org/wiki/Marion_Zimmer_Bradley_Fanfiction_Controversy this article]].
*** For a reasonably dispassionate third-party summation of all the sides of this issue, see [[http://jimhines.livejournal.com/507999.html this article]].
here]].
* Strongly influenced by Bradley's experiences, Creator/MercedesLackey actively banned fan fiction in her universes (except under certain draconian conditions) for over two decades. However, as of late 2009, she has altered her stance to allow fanfic licensed under CreativeCommons:
the Creative Commons license:
-->"As you folks already know, my agent, Russel Galen, has in the past been opposed to fanfiction. However, he is also Creator/CoryDoctorow's agent now, and Cory is a [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome persuasive little gnome]].gnome."
* Creator/TerryPratchett mentioned in a 2007 lecture that he had developed a balanced compromise on ''Franchise/{{Discworld}}'' fan fiction that seems to work: Fans were free to have as much good-natured fun as they wished (non-commercially), provided that they on two (later three) conditions:
** First, fans must
automatically surrendered surrender all their creative rights to the their derived works back to Pratchett. That way, he said, if a potential licensee asked asked, for instance, if anyone else has had made a video adaptation of ''Jingo'', he could simply state say "Yes, but I own all the rights to it" and it it," which didn't seem to bother them at all.
** When it came to original FanFiction, he didn't mind its existence as long as it didn't Second, fan fic shouldn't happen where he could see it. Just in case someone tried to claim This would prevent anyone from claiming that he stole used any of their Discworld ideas. (The ideas in a later ''Discworld'' book. He was more worried about reputational damage than legal aspects repercussions; it would have been easy to prove that he didn't bother him - he ''didn't'' steal ideas, and a court of law would have found in his favour - but mud sticks.)
sticks.
** There was also The third came in the late 1990s, when [[https://groups.google.com/group/alt.books.pratchett/browse_thread/thread/7a044f92d9f3459c/ a period in the late 90s]] when some am-dram companies were intepreting "permission is always given" for Discworld started]] doing ''Discworld'' amateur theatrics as "permission need not be sought". without even bothering to seek Pratchett's permission. He dealt with that by publicly announcing that was willing to give it, but they had to ask first. So to enforce this, he would grant permission would now be granted in exchange for a small donation to the Orang-Utan Foundation. He didn't want to start getting heavy on his own account, but ''now'' anyone who didn't comply would be defrauding Foundation, hopefully discouraging people from shortchanging a charity...
charity.
* This [[http://www.mediaminer.org/blog/index.php?/archives/23-AuthorsPublishers-Who-Do-Not-Allow-Fan-Fiction.html list]] of publishers who do not allow fanfiction also includes Creator/RaymondEFeist, PNElrod, Creator/NoraRoberts Creator/PNElrod, Creator/NoraRoberts, and a few others.
others, although it doesn't state their reasons for doing so.
* [[http://www.journalfen.net/community/fandom_wank/1246633.html Diana Gabaldon]] bans fanfiction and has compared fanfiction the practice to, among other things, people breaking into her house or selling her children into slavery. This despite the fact that she has acknowledged that Jamie Fraser, the hero of her ''Literature/{{Outlander}}'' series, is directly based on Jamie [=McCrimmon=] from ''Series/DoctorWho''.
%% * [[Literature/AnitaBlake Laurell K]][[Literature/MerryGentry . Hamilton]]
* [[Literature/ThursdayNext Jasper Fforde's]] stance, although mellower
Hamilton]] Oh come on, you can do better than it used to be, that
* Creator/JasperFforde, author of ''Literature/ThursdayNext'', has
[[http://www.jasperfforde.com/faq.html#u is still quite a militant stance against fanfiction]], to the extent that one book fanfiction]]. It's actually mellower than it used to be; one of his books [[WriterOnBoard talks contains a rant]] about how much the damage fanfiction fanfic writers are were doing to]] ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
** This is ironic, considering the extent
to which ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. Irony strikes again here, as his own books are basically PublicDomainCharacter fanfiction.
* Creator/KimNewman is uncomfortable seeing other writers use his characters, although even though he acknowledges that this is [[Literature/AnnoDracula somewhat hypocritical]].
the author of ''Literature/AnnoDracula'', which quite clearly uses another person's character. He's at least [[HypocrisyNod aware of the hypocrisy.]]
* For a long time, [[Creator/JimButcher Jim Butcher's]] official position on ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' fanfiction is was that there isn't any. Because, as he explains, if he knew there was some, he'd have to, legally, fanfiction out there, he would be legally obliged to have it taken down from wherever it was hosted, down, and [[IllPretendIDidntHearThat he doesn't didn't want to do that]].
** As of
that]]. He lifted the ban in 2010, fanfiction for ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' is now allowed, so long as a disclaimer is included. The included; his full post policy can be found [[http://www.jim-butcher.com/posts/2010/new-fanfiction-policy here]].



* Due to the popularity of 1632 early on and the mass of FanFic Eric Flint has had to institute guidelines on the population of Grantville and the makeup of its residents as of the Ring of Fire. He's got it down to a list of every person in small town including their associations to everyone in the series. To use one of these persons in a story requires the approval of Flint or more likely Grantville Gazette editors Huff and Goodlett. However Flint is not opposed to these short stories upsetting his plan, and instead would like to use them to enrich the series, and perhaps take it in a new direction.
* Melissa Marr 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.
* [[http://www.rickriordan.com/about-rick/faq.aspx Rick Riordan]] discourages fan works based in the ''[[Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians Percy Jackson]]'' universe.
** It's worth noticing however, that in a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trctnkvWndc recent forum]] he claims to have no problem with fanfiction since he himself wrote a lot of things that sounded a lot like [[Literature/LordOfTheRings LOTR]], what he says that it's he just feels weird, having someone else narrating about his characters so he never reads it (he cites the same reason about why he's never seen the movies), he says he loves fanart though.

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* Due Creator/EricFlint, author of ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'', has tried to stem the popularity tide of 1632 early on and the mass fanfic by posting a list of FanFic Eric Flint has had to institute guidelines on the population of Grantville and the makeup of its residents as of the Ring of Fire. He's got it down to a list of for writing every person character in small town including their associations to everyone in the series. To use one of these persons in a story requires the approval of Flint or more likely Grantville Gazette editors Huff and Goodlett. However Flint is not opposed to these short stories upsetting his plan, and instead would like Grantville. Furthermore, writers who wish to use them to enrich these characters must obtain permission from Flint himself or the series, and perhaps take it in a new direction.
''Grantville Gazette'' editors. But within that framework, Flint actually kind of likes seeing what the fans come up with.
* Melissa Marr 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.
* Creator/RickRiordan, author of the ''[[Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians Percy Jackson]]'' series, [[http://www.rickriordan.com/about-rick/faq.aspx Rick Riordan]] discourages fan works works]] based in the ''[[Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians Percy Jackson]]'' universe.
** It's worth noticing however, that in a
universe, but doesn't ban it outright. He [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trctnkvWndc recent forum]] explained]] that he claims to have has no problem with fanfiction since he himself wrote a lot of things that sounded a lot like [[Literature/LordOfTheRings LOTR]], what he says that it's fanfic ''per se''; he just feels weird, having someone else finds it incredibly unnerving to see other people narrating about his characters so he never reads it (he cites the same reason about why he's characters. (He's never seen the movies), he says movies for the same reason.) On the other hand, he loves fanart though.fan art.



* There was an official fanfiction ban during the original broadcast run of ''Series/BabylonFive''. This was instituted after the creator, J Michael Straczynski, had been forced by ass-covering Warner Bros. lawyers to prove that he had planned the main plot of the episode "Passing Through Gethsemane" before a fan had suggested that such a story would be cool on Usenet.

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* There was an official fanfiction ban during the original broadcast run of ''Series/BabylonFive''. This was instituted after the creator, J Michael Straczynski, had been Creator/JMichaelStraczynski, was forced by ass-covering Warner Bros. Creator/WarnerBros lawyers to prove that he had planned the main plot of the episode "Passing Through Gethsemane" before a fan on Website/{{Usenet}} had independently suggested that such a story would be cool on Usenet.cool.



* Any fan remake of a game show owned by Creator/FremantleMedia will be quickly C&D'd.

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* Any fan remake of a game show owned by Creator/FremantleMedia will be quickly C&D'd.hit with a cease-and-desist order.



* 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 ''banned'' Trek Fan Films from being made, but instead set some pretty severe limitations to their creation, including a time limit of 30 minutes tops for "feature-length" films, that the original characters you created for one story ''could not'' appear on another ''in any way'' (effectively killing any type of original series), that the films required official Trek gear on them (and if you made any of your own, you ''could not'' put it up for sale ''anywhere''--this restriction is harsher with starship sets) and that you ''could not'' request money to help fund them in any way (like through Kickstarter), citing this as "making profit".

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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 ''banned'' Trek ban ''Star Trek'' Fan Films from being made, but instead set they did impose some pretty severe limitations to their creation, including creation. They included a 30-minute maximum time limit of 30 minutes tops for on "feature-length" films, that the killing "original series" by preventing any fan's original characters you created for one story ''could not'' appear on another ''in from appearing in any way'' (effectively killing any type of original series), that the films required other works, preventing anything they defined as "profit making" (including raising or crowdsourcing money), and requiring official Trek ''Trek'' gear on them to be used (and if you made any of your own, you ''could not'' put couldn't sell it up for sale ''anywhere''--this restriction is harsher with starship sets) and that you ''could not'' request money to help fund them in any way (like through Kickstarter), citing this as "making profit".fashion).



* Sony is rather notorious in some video creation circles for [=DMCAing=] any video with Sony-owned music in it. It's gotten to the point where some such circles forbid the inclusion of Sony-owned music in any video for fear of Sony hitting them where it hurts.
* Avex is yet another notorious offender in this regard, many WebAnimation/{{Animutation}}s featuring music from their artists were given a C&D on Youtube back in the day.

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* Sony is rather notorious in some certain video creation circles for [=DMCAing=] issuing DMCA takedown notices on any video with Sony-owned music in it. It's gotten to the point where some such circles forbid the inclusion of Sony-owned music in any video for fear of Sony hitting them where it hurts.
* Avex is yet another notorious offender in this regard, regard; many WebAnimation/{{Animutation}}s featuring music from their artists were given a C&D on Youtube back in the day. have had Website/YouTube videos taken down by their cease-and-desist orders.



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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. 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.
* Inverted by a Fanwork Encouragement with the Open Gaming License featured by Creator/WizardsOfTheCoast's release of TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons 3rd Edition. After buying the franchise from Creator/{{TSR}}, [=WotC=] did an in-depth study of what went wrong before. The consensus that there was an oversaturation of [=RPG=] systems on the market competing for a limited fanbase. D&D was the leader, but games like TabletopGame/TheWorldOfDarkness and TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}} had sizable followings with very non-compatible rulesets. This meant that there was little "cross-pollination" between customers of different games. The solution was the Open Gaming License. For the simple price of including a [=WotC=]-mandated IDoNotOwn notice in the final product, other companies could make free use of [=WotC's=] d20 roleplaying system without paying any licensing fees or restrictions. The only catch was that other companies could not publish the actual rules themselves; instead, players would be directed to [=WotC=]'s core rulebooks. It was a win-win: Other companies could tap into the existing TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons fanbase for their products, while [=WotC=] itself could deal with the more important work of concentrating on rules updates and leave the traditionally lower-margin items like campaign settings and adventure modules to others. The end result was similar to the Dot Com craze; dozens of independent game companies came out of the woodwork to cash in on the wide-open license.
** A similar license, called the Game System License, was released for 4th Edition. On the whole, it was a good deal more restrictive in its terms than the [=OGL=], required registration with [=WotC's=] licensing department, and other legal loopholes. As such, some companies continued to support 3rd Edition, most notably TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}.
** And the new 5th Edition is under the same Open Gaming License as 3rd Edition, quite possibly as a reaction to the continuing success of the aforementioned TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}} and other 3rd Edition-compatible products.
* The rulebook for ''TabletopGame/MobileFrameZero'' requires you to, when creating your own faction, avoid portraying authoritarianism or anarcho-capitalism positively, and specifically forbids basing anything on the Nazis or naming your frames in reference to them.
* 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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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]
Games]]
* 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 material, and swap out the mechanics.
* Inverted by a Fanwork Encouragement with the Open Gaming License featured by Creator/WizardsOfTheCoast's release of TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons 3rd Edition. After buying the franchise from Creator/{{TSR}}, [=WotC=] did an in-depth study of what went wrong before. The consensus that there was an oversaturation of [=RPG=] systems on the market competing for a limited fanbase. D&D was the leader, but games like TabletopGame/TheWorldOfDarkness and TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}} had sizable followings with very non-compatible rulesets. This meant that there was little "cross-pollination" between customers of different games. The solution was the Open Gaming License. For the simple price of including a [=WotC=]-mandated IDoNotOwn notice in the final product, other companies could make free use of [=WotC's=] d20 roleplaying system without paying any licensing fees or restrictions. The only catch was that other companies could not publish the actual rules themselves; instead, players would be directed to [=WotC=]'s core rulebooks. It was a win-win: Other companies could tap into the existing TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons fanbase for their products, while [=WotC=] itself could deal with the more important work of concentrating on rules updates and leave the traditionally lower-margin items like campaign settings and adventure modules to others. The end result was similar to the Dot Com craze; dozens of independent game companies came out of the woodwork to cash in on the wide-open license.
** A similar license, called the Game System License, was released for 4th Edition. On the whole, it was a good deal more restrictive in its terms than the [=OGL=], required registration with [=WotC's=] licensing department, and other legal loopholes. As such, some companies continued to support 3rd Edition, most notably TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}.
** And the new 5th Edition is under the same Open Gaming License as 3rd Edition, quite possibly as a reaction to the continuing success of the aforementioned TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}} and other 3rd Edition-compatible products.
* The rulebook for ''TabletopGame/MobileFrameZero'' requires you to, you, when creating your own faction, to avoid portraying authoritarianism or anarcho-capitalism positively, and specifically forbids basing anything on the Nazis or naming your frames in reference to them.
* 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 fan modeling projects'' projects have been knocked down, despite modeling being one of the core draws of the hobby.hobby.
* {{Inverted|trope}} by Creator/WizardsOfTheCoast, who created the Open Gaming License to encourage fanwork -- and thus boost their own profile. It arose out of their purchase of the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' franchise; [=WotC=] noticed that although ''D&D'' led the tabletop gaming market, there as an oversaturation of [=RPG=] systems competing for a limited market. These systems were all incompatible with each other, meaning that there was little "cross-pollination" between buyers of different games. The Open Gaming License allowed other companies to make their own games using the [=WotC=] d20 roleplaying system, as long as they credited [=WotC=] and didn't publish the rules themselves, instead directing players to [=WotC's=] core rulebooks. It was a win-win; other companies could tap into the existing ''D&D'' fanbase, and [=WotC=] could delegate lower-margin work like campaign settings and adventure modules to new companies. The License was introduced with the 3rd Edition, but made more restrictive with the 4th Edition; backlash[[note]]including ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' and other games choosing to stick with the 3rd Edition[[/note]] an led to the 5th Edition using the original Open Gaming License.



* Franchise/{{LEGO}} sent C&D notices against video game fan art site [=VGBoxArt=] owing to copyright infringement concerns. While this led to a rule that explicitly forbade any LEGO-related video game covers on the site, a number of them still slip through the cracks.
* Mattel, the parent company of Toys/AmericanGirl, once threatened a lawsuit on a fan site over an unofficial collector's guide book for the dolls. Needless to say, the said book never materialised. Another point of contention is the company's rather strict stance over the American Girl IP and their other properties - while fan works such as stop-motion videos are fine for them, fan conventions bearing the "American Girl" name, or variants thereof, isn't.
** Of particular note is the infamous suit against Danish-Norwegian pop group Music/{{Aqua}},[[note]]The case was actually between Mattel and MCA Records, Aqua's label at the time.[[/note]] to which Mattel viewed the song "Barbie Girl" as portraying the doll character in a negative light. They did relent however, given how they could just use the song (with modified lyrics of course) to promote their toy line anyway, as the bubblegum-pop melody certainly appeals to younger audiences, though [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids/{{Music}} arguably not in its original form]].
* While Creator/{{Hasbro}} seems to have no problem with non-toy ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' fanworks, they are notoriously opposed to third-party Transformer toys that are created to bear a resemblance to any character in the franchise, and unlike with ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'', have shown zero interest in partnering with companies. Many fans even side with Hasbro and have a strong dislike of these toys as a result (including a few action figure customizers, who produce and sell their own unofficial toys on eBay without permission from the IP holder... the irony is not lost on some of us.). One possible reason for this unwillingness may be that most of the companies making these toys are located in China, which would make it difficult to monetize or regulate sale or production. While Hasbro has yet to really stop online stores that sell these toys (partly because many of those retailers also carry Hasbro stock and they do not wish to lose large customer bases), they have banned even the possession of these toys at [[FanConvention BotCon]] - not the sale, mind you - and will attempt to confiscate ANY copy brought to the convention, even personal possessions. Whether or not they can legally do that... of course, this has led to a few unofficial ''Transformers'' conventions focusing heavily on third-party merchandise in retaliation.

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* Franchise/{{LEGO}} sent C&D cease-and-desist notices against to video game fan art site [=VGBoxArt=] owing to over copyright infringement concerns. While this led concerns, leading to a rule that explicitly forbade any LEGO-related video game covers on the site, although a number of them still slip through the cracks.
* Mattel, the parent company of Toys/AmericanGirl, has a strict stance on the intellectual property. Although they're fine with stop-motion videos and such, they come down hard on unauthorized uses of the "American Girl" name, such as conventions. They once threatened a lawsuit on to sue a fan site over which was planning to publish an unofficial collector's guide book for the dolls. Needless to say, the said book never materialised. Another point of contention is the company's rather strict stance over the American Girl IP and their other properties - while fan works such as stop-motion videos are fine for them, fan conventions bearing the "American Girl" name, or variants thereof, isn't.
** Of particular note is the infamous suit against
Most famously, Mattel sued Danish-Norwegian pop group Music/{{Aqua}},[[note]]The case was actually between Mattel and MCA Records, Music/{{Aqua}}[[note]]Well, they sued Aqua's record label at the time.[[/note]] to which Mattel viewed the MCA Records[[/note]] over their song "Barbie Girl" as portraying the doll character Girl", claiming it portrayed their product in a negative light. They did relent however, given how light; they relented when they realized they could just modify the lyrics and use the song (with modified lyrics of course) to promote their toy line anyway, as the bubblegum-pop melody certainly appeals to younger audiences, though [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids/{{Music}} arguably not in its original form]].
product.
* While Creator/{{Hasbro}} seems to have no problem with non-toy ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' fanworks, they are notoriously opposed to third-party Transformer toys that are created to bear a resemblance to any character in the franchise, and unlike with ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'', have shown zero interest in partnering with third-party companies. Many fans They even side with Hasbro and have a strong dislike of these toys as a result (including a few action figure customizers, who produce and sell their own unofficial toys on eBay without permission from ban the IP holder... the irony is not lost on some mere ''possession'' of us.). One possible reason for this unwillingness may be that most of the companies making these toys are located in China, which would make it difficult to monetize or regulate sale or production. While Hasbro has yet to really stop online stores that sell these toys (partly because many of those retailers also carry Hasbro stock and they do not wish to lose large customer bases), they have banned even the possession of these such toys at [[FanConvention BotCon]] - not the sale, mind you - and will attempt to confiscate ANY copy brought to the convention, even personal possessions. Whether or not any that they can legally do that... find. Ironically, though, many of course, this has led to a few unofficial ''Transformers'' conventions focusing heavily on these third-party merchandise companies are based in retaliation.China and specialize in {{Shoddy Knockoff Product}}s, so the fans tend to side with Hasbro on this one.



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* In response to the popularity of their video game franchises such as ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', and knowing that the community would come up with derivative works based on their properties, Microsoft has since put up a set of [[http://www.xbox.com/en-us/developers/rules guidelines]] for modders and other fans to abide with, provided that they include a notice acknowledging Microsoft's rules and would not do any works they deem objectionable.
** Which is a bit strange as the player act of teabagging in ''Halo'' is seemingly given a free pass even though this appears to fall under obscene content as described in the aforementioned page.
* A zig-zag of this trope: ''VideoGame/UltimaOnline'' has 'free shards', which are reverse-engineered copies of the MMO, turned into highly moddable single or multiplayer versions of itself. The terms of service say that playing on a free shard will get your official account permanently banned. However, both Game Moderators and Event Managers play and own free shards of their own, and Origin's development team uses popular game mechanics, art, and new skill sets from such free shards as the basis for new expansions and patches. Free shard players aren't actually persecuted.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' fans in Japan often keep their fanwork sites a sort of secret, hiding them under passwords and the like to avoid C&Ds from Disney even if there's no porn. This seems to have changed or at least been relaxed somewhat since the introduction of [[http://www.pixiv.net/ Pixiv]]. Though it appears that only OriginalGeneration characters such as Sora and the Organization XIII are okay - should a picture include say Donald or Goofy, they'll often be drawn with a CensorBox over their eyes as if that conceals their identity.
** And RuleThirtyFour of ''Kingdom Hearts'' in Japan, even with original characters is strongly discouraged. Not that it matters with the {{Yaoi Fangirl}}s. The western side however has much more RuleThirtyFour of the girls in stock however.
** Disney also occasionally cracks down on ''Kingdom Hearts'' fanworks-for-sale in the US.
* 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.
* Creator/SquareEnix hates {{Fan Remake}}s. Or rather, fan remakes that are due to release the same month as their own UpdatedRerelease.
** The fan-made 3D remake of ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', titled ''Chrono Resurrection'', wasn't too far into development when they C&D'd it. At least some fans got an [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome awesome rendition of "Corridors of Time"]] before they stopped.
* A similar case happened with Creator/{{Sega}} and a group of fans that were making a fan game/remake of the ''VideoGame/StreetsOfRage'' franchise. What made the case frustrating was Sega had been informed of the existence of the project by the developers themselves, but didn't take any action (approving or disapproving) until it was finished, at which point they issued a C&D. Unlike the ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' case above, Sega never remade or ported any of their ''Streets of Rage'' games when the fan game was released and the game itself [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes can still be found on various sites on the internet.]]
** Late 2012, early 2013 Sega made the unusual decision to ban all videos on Youtube featuring footage from the ''Franchise/ShiningSeries'', regardless of content/context. The theory was that they did it to increase the profile of the (then) upcoming game ''Shining Ark'' rather than any worries about copyright; the decision was eventually reversed with a half-hearted apology.
* Creator/{{Nitroplus}} does allow for-profit fanworks of their games, as long as it doesn't violate [[http://nitroplus.co.jp/license/amateur.php their licensing rules]] (no selling more than 200 pieces or the profit must not be over 100,000 yen). They will outright sue anyone who breaks the rules out of copyright issue. Fans can ask them for permissions should they want to sell more than 200 items/go over the profit of 100,000 yen as mentioned above.
* Creator/{{Nintendo}} deserves a mention [[http://www.joystiq.com/2010/01/04/nintendo-shuts-down-zelda-fan-film-four-years-in-the-making/ after they issued a C&D letter against the makers]] of a ''[[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]]''-based FanFilm ''The Hero Of Time''.
** Nintendo was also pretty tough on any [[RuleThirtyFour porn]] made of their characters in the late 90's and early 00's. During ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''[='=]s popularity peak in America, they sent constant cease and desist letters out to various hentai sites based on the franchise, and porn based on other characters were even harder to come across. After a [[http://boingboing.net/2004/10/28/nintendo-apologizes.html misunderstanding]] with the site Suicide Girls, they've been a bit more lenient on how they approach the issue nowadays.
** For the most part, [[http://kotaku.com/5585802/nintendo-doesnt-want-to-criminalize-obsessed-fans Nintendo seems to not mind fan output]], so long as it doesn't "diminish the dignity" of their [=IPs=]. In short: No making money off of porn of their intellectual properties and you're good.\\
That last bit, incidentally, is also why they hold the rights to ''[[ParallelPornTitles Super Hornio Bros.]]'' - so it can never be re-released.
** Nintendo still doesn't take {{Game Mod}}s sitting down. At all. Just typing the words "VideoGame/ProjectM" in any post on the Miiverse network will trigger an automatic ban for discussing "[[FelonyMisdemeanor criminal activity]]".
*** ''Project M'' is an interesting case. During the invitational tournament held during E3 2014 to promote ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros 4'', several of the participants, notable competitive players, had learned that Nintendo was quite aware of ''Project M''. Some of them were even afraid that Nintendo would soon take legal action against the team developing the mod, but such a thing never came to pass. However, later on Nintendo became an official sponsor for Apex 2015, a popular tournament series heavily featuring games in the ''Smash'' series, including ''Project M'', which was now removed from the game lineup. It's largely believed that Nintendo won't just C&D the ''Project M'' team because at the time of the invitational Nintendo was trying to [[WinBackTheCrowd appeal to the competitve community]] and get them interested in ''Smash 4'' after ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl''[='=]s [[ContestedSequel lukewarm reception]], which ''Project M'' is seen as a [[BetterThanCanon vastly improved version of]] by [[TournamentPlay that part of the community]], and that C&Ding it would burn that bridge; pretending it doesn't exist is the middle ground they decided on. ''Project M'' eventually ended on its own volition, realizing that the scope of the project had grown so much that Nintendo, if it so chose, could have ''sued'' instead of C&D-ing it.
** Then there's the ''VideoGame/AnotherMetroid2Remake'' incident. [=AM2R=] is exactly what it sounds like: a fan-created remake of ''VideoGame/MetroidIIReturnOfSamus'', with updated graphics, sound, and new areas. Nintendo sent DMCA notices on it two days after its release on the ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' series' 30th anniversary, after themselves not marking the occasion with any fanfare. Didn't stop the internet from [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes keeping the game alive]]. Many people speculated that Nintendo didn't want the game to compete against the release of ''VideoGame/MetroidPrimeFederationForce'', but it was revealed several months later that Nintendo was already making a remake of ''Metroid II'' with ''VideoGame/MetroidSamusReturns'' and it was released the following year.
** Most recently, [[http://fireside.gamejolt.com/post/dmca-notices-for-fangames-bzc9h583 Nintendo issued DMCA notices on a whopping 562 fangames]] hosted at Game Jolt. Game Jolt has made it clear that [[HopeSpot "Developers affected by takedown notices should never lose data"]], so only time will tell if this latest incident will kill all 562 fangames affected by the notice or not.

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Games]]
* In response to the popularity of their video game franchises such as ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', and knowing that the community would come up with derivative works based on their properties, Microsoft Creator/{{Microsoft}} has since put up a set of [[http://www.xbox.com/en-us/developers/rules guidelines]] for modders and other fans to abide with, provided that they follow when modding their games, including the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' franchise. Fans must include a notice acknowledging Microsoft's rules and would promise not to do any works they deem objectionable.
** Which is a bit strange as the player act of teabagging in
anything objectionable. (Ironic, considering that ''Halo'' is seemingly given gave us the "teabagging" trend, which the guidelines call objectionable but seems to get a free pass even though this appears to fall under obscene content as described in the aforementioned page.
pass.)
* A zig-zag of this trope: ''VideoGame/UltimaOnline'' has 'free shards', which are zig-zags with the trope with its "free shards", reverse-engineered copies of the MMO, turned into which provides fans with highly moddable single or multiplayer versions of itself. The the game. Even Game Moderators and Event Managers own and create these shards, and some of the coolest ones are even used as the basis for new expansions and patches. But the terms of service explicitly say that playing on a free shard will get your official account permanently banned. However, both Game Moderators and Event Managers play and own free shards of their own, and Origin's development team uses popular game mechanics, art, and new skill sets from such free shards as the basis for new expansions and patches. Free shard players aren't actually persecuted.
banned; thankfully, this term is not really enforced.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' fans in Japan often keep their present a weird case; Japan doesn't like fanwork sites a sort of secret, hiding them under passwords and the like to avoid C&Ds from Disney even if there's no porn. This seems to have changed or at least been relaxed somewhat since the introduction of [[http://www.pixiv.net/ Pixiv]]. Though it appears that only OriginalGeneration characters such as Sora and the Organization XIII are okay - should a picture include say Donald or Goofy, they'll often be drawn with a CensorBox over their eyes as if that conceals their identity.
** And RuleThirtyFour of
bans, but ''Kingdom Hearts'' in Japan, uses Creator/{{Disney}} characters, and Disney is famous worldwide for its aggressive cease-and-desist orders. Fans keep their fanwork sites as secret as possible, hiding them under passwords and the like, and they're remarkably restrained with Rule34 works (much more so than the Western fandom, which is used to the underlying threat). They even with original put {{Censor Box}}es over Disney characters' eyes to "hide" their identities. But the fear only extends to the Disney characters; other characters is strongly discouraged. Not that it matters with like Sora and the {{Yaoi Fangirl}}s. The western side however has much more RuleThirtyFour of the girls in stock however.
** Disney also occasionally cracks down on ''Kingdom Hearts'' fanworks-for-sale in the US.
Organization XIII are okay.
* Creator/CapCom 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.
* Creator/SquareEnix hates {{Fan Remake}}s. Or rather, fan remakes that are due to release the same month as their own UpdatedRerelease.
** The
UpdatedRerelease, which happens fairly frequently. They were particularly quick with a fan-made 3D remake of ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', titled ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' called ''Chrono Resurrection'', wasn't too far into which was barely in development when they C&D'd it. At least some fans it got hit with a C&D (although it did manage to give the fandom an [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome awesome rendition of "Corridors of Time"]] before they stopped.
Time"]]).
* A similar case happened with Creator/{{Sega}} and has been known to do this to its properties:
** Sega sent
a group of fans that were making a fan game/remake of cease-and-desist order to the makers of a ''VideoGame/StreetsOfRage'' franchise. What made remake. Frustratingly, the case frustrating was fans told Sega had been informed of the existence of about the project by the developers themselves, but didn't take themselves hoping to hold off any action (approving or disapproving) problems; Sega did nothing until it the game was finished, at which point they issued a C&D. Unlike the ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' case above, finished. Even more frustratingly, Sega never remade or ported any of made their own remake or port of any ''Streets of Rage'' games when the game. The fan game was eventually released on the Internet and the game itself can [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes can still be found on various sites on the internet.if you know where to look.]]
** Late 2012, early 2013 Sega made the unusual decision to ban all Website/YouTube videos on Youtube featuring with footage from the ''Franchise/ShiningSeries'', regardless of content/context. context. The theory was that they did it weren't even worried about copyright; rather, they were trying to increase the profile of the (then) upcoming game ''Shining Ark'' rather than any worries about copyright; the decision was then-upcoming ''VideoGame/ShiningArk''. After being called on it, Sega eventually reversed the decision with a half-hearted apology.
* Creator/{{Nitroplus}} does allow for-profit fanworks of their games, as long as it doesn't they don't violate [[http://nitroplus.co.jp/license/amateur.php their licensing rules]] (no selling more than 200 pieces or the profit must not be over 100,000 yen). yen without express permission). They will outright sue anyone who breaks the rules out of for copyright issue. Fans can ask them for permissions should they want to sell more than 200 items/go over the profit of 100,000 yen as mentioned above.
infringement.
* Creator/{{Nintendo}} deserves is notorious for its historically ferocious protection of its intellectual properties. For the most part, they [[http://kotaku.com/5585802/nintendo-doesnt-want-to-criminalize-obsessed-fans don't mind fan output]] ''per se'', but they will come down on works that "diminish the dignity" of their properties or infringe on their ability to make money. That means they come down particularly hard on [[Rule34 explicit works]] and {{Game Mod}}s. They have a mention history of all sorts of crackdowns, though:
** They were widely criticized for
[[http://www.joystiq.com/2010/01/04/nintendo-shuts-down-zelda-fan-film-four-years-in-the-making/ after they issued issuing a C&D letter cease-and-desist letter]] against the makers]] the makers of a ''[[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]]''-based FanFilm called ''The Hero Of of Time''.
** Nintendo was also pretty tough on any [[RuleThirtyFour porn]] made of their characters in the late 90's and early 00's. During ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''[='=]s popularity peak in America, they They sent constant cease and desist cease-and-desist letters out to various all sorts of ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' hentai sites based on fansites, which proliferated during the franchise, peak of the franchise's popularity in the late 1990s and porn based on other characters were even harder to come across.early 2000s. After a [[http://boingboing.net/2004/10/28/nintendo-apologizes.html misunderstanding]] with the site Suicide Girls, they've been become a bit more lenient on with how they approach the issue nowadays.
** For the most part, [[http://kotaku.com/5585802/nintendo-doesnt-want-to-criminalize-obsessed-fans Nintendo seems They went so far as to not mind fan output]], so long as it doesn't "diminish the dignity" of their [=IPs=]. In short: No making money off of porn of their intellectual properties and you're good.\\
That last bit, incidentally, is also why they hold
obtain the rights to ''[[ParallelPornTitles Super Hornio Bros.]]'' - so ]]'', to ensure that it can never be re-released.
** Nintendo still doesn't take {{Game Mod}}s sitting down. At all. Just typing the words "VideoGame/ProjectM" in any post on They were very wary of ''VideoGame/ProjectM'', a GameMod of ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'' designed to play more like ''Melee'' and be more suited to TournamentPlay. For a time, players could be banned automatically from the Miiverse network will trigger an automatic ban just for typing the words "Project M" (ostensibly for discussing "[[FelonyMisdemeanor criminal activity]]".
*** ''Project M'' is an interesting case. During the invitational tournament held during E3 2014 to promote ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros 4'', several of the participants, notable
activity]]"). The competitive players, had learned ''Smash'' community was waiting for the cease-and-desist notice for years. In the end, it never came; scuttlebutt suggests that Nintendo was quite aware of ''Project M''. Some of them were even afraid that Nintendo would soon take legal action against didn't want to alienate the team developing competitive community in the mod, but such a thing never came runup to pass. However, later on Nintendo became ''Smash 4''. They did become an official sponsor for Apex 2015, a popular tournament series heavily featuring games in the ''Smash'' series, including ''Project M'', games, which was now removed from the game lineup. It's largely believed that Nintendo won't just C&D the ''Project M'' team because at from the time of lineup for that tournament. In the invitational Nintendo was trying to [[WinBackTheCrowd appeal to the competitve community]] and get them interested in ''Smash 4'' after ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl''[='=]s [[ContestedSequel lukewarm reception]], which end, ''Project M'' is seen as a [[BetterThanCanon vastly improved version of]] by [[TournamentPlay that part of the community]], and that C&Ding it would burn that bridge; pretending it doesn't exist is the middle ground they decided on. ''Project M'' eventually ended on its own volition, realizing as the makers grew increasingly worried that the scope of the project had grown so much that Nintendo, if it so chose, could have ''sued'' instead of C&D-ing it.
** Then there's the ''VideoGame/AnotherMetroid2Remake'' incident. [=AM2R=] is exactly what it sounds like: a fan-created remake of ''VideoGame/MetroidIIReturnOfSamus'', with updated graphics, sound, and new areas.
Nintendo sent would sue them.
** They squashed ''VideoGame/AnotherMetroid2Remake'', which was [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a fan-made remake]] of ''VideoGame/MetroidIIReturnOfSamus''. They hit it with a
DMCA notices on it takedown notice just two days after its release on the ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' series' 30th anniversary, after themselves not marking the occasion with any fanfare. Didn't stop the internet from release; fans did what they could to [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes keeping keep the game alive]]. Many people speculated that Nintendo didn't want the game to compete against the release of ''VideoGame/MetroidPrimeFederationForce'', but with ''VideoGame/MetroidPrimeFederationForce''; it was revealed several months later that Nintendo was already making a in fact planning their own remake of ''Metroid II'' with ''VideoGame/MetroidSamusReturns'' and it II'', which was released the following year.
year as ''VideoGame/MetroidSamusReturns''.
** Most recently, They issued a DMCA takedown notices against the website Game Jolt, [[http://fireside.gamejolt.com/post/dmca-notices-for-fangames-bzc9h583 Nintendo issued DMCA notices on squashing a whopping 562 fangames]] games hosted at the site]]. Game Jolt. Game Jolt has made it clear Jolt, for its part, claims that [[HopeSpot "Developers "[d]evelopers affected by takedown notices should never lose data"]], data," so only time it remains to be seen what will tell if this latest incident will kill all 562 fangames affected by the notice or not.happen to these games.
12th Oct '17 3:35:59 PM Luigifan
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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 to legal threats to [[OhCrapThereAreFanficsOfUs having their character discuss out loud how disturbing and weird some types of fanfiction are.are]]. Fans reacted to all of these things by writing 9,000,000 new fanfics."''
1st Oct '17 9:06:28 AM Steven
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** Then there's the ''VideoGame/AnotherMetroid2Remake'' incident. [=AM2R=] is exactly what it sounds like: a fan-created remake of ''VideoGame/MetroidIIReturnOfSamus'', with updated graphics, sound, and new areas. Nintendo sent DMCA notices on it two days after its release on the ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' series' 30th anniversary, after themselves not marking the occasion with any fanfare. Didn't stop the internet from [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes keeping the game alive]]. Many people speculated that Nintendo didn't want the game to compete against the release of ''VideoGame/MetroidPrimeFederationForce'', but it was revealed several months later that Nintendo was already making a remake of ''Metroid II'' with ''VideoGame/MetroidSaumsReturns'' and it was released the following year.

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** Then there's the ''VideoGame/AnotherMetroid2Remake'' incident. [=AM2R=] is exactly what it sounds like: a fan-created remake of ''VideoGame/MetroidIIReturnOfSamus'', with updated graphics, sound, and new areas. Nintendo sent DMCA notices on it two days after its release on the ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' series' 30th anniversary, after themselves not marking the occasion with any fanfare. Didn't stop the internet from [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes keeping the game alive]]. Many people speculated that Nintendo didn't want the game to compete against the release of ''VideoGame/MetroidPrimeFederationForce'', but it was revealed several months later that Nintendo was already making a remake of ''Metroid II'' with ''VideoGame/MetroidSaumsReturns'' ''VideoGame/MetroidSamusReturns'' and it was released the following year.
1st Oct '17 9:04:48 AM Steven
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** Then there's the ''VideoGame/AnotherMetroid2Remake'' incident. [=AM2R=] is exactly what it sounds like: a fan-created remake of ''VideoGame/MetroidIIReturnOfSamus'', with updated graphics, sound, and new areas. Nintendo sent DMCA notices on it two days after its release on the ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' series' 30th anniversary, after themselves not marking the occasion with any fanfare. Didn't stop the internet from [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes keeping the game alive]].

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** Then there's the ''VideoGame/AnotherMetroid2Remake'' incident. [=AM2R=] is exactly what it sounds like: a fan-created remake of ''VideoGame/MetroidIIReturnOfSamus'', with updated graphics, sound, and new areas. Nintendo sent DMCA notices on it two days after its release on the ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' series' 30th anniversary, after themselves not marking the occasion with any fanfare. Didn't stop the internet from [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes keeping the game alive]]. Many people speculated that Nintendo didn't want the game to compete against the release of ''VideoGame/MetroidPrimeFederationForce'', but it was revealed several months later that Nintendo was already making a remake of ''Metroid II'' with ''VideoGame/MetroidSaumsReturns'' and it was released the following year.
27th Sep '17 7:34:44 AM Monolaf317
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->''"Reactions of character creators to fanfiction have been varied, from [[ApprovalOfGod polite acknowledgment]] to [[ScrewedByTheLawyers legal threats]] to [[OhCrapThereAreFanficsOfUs 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 [[ApprovalOfGod polite acknowledgment]] acknowledgment to [[ScrewedByTheLawyers legal threats]] threats to [[OhCrapThereAreFanficsOfUs having their character discuss out loud how disturbing and weird some types of fanfiction are.]] are. Fans reacted to all of these things by writing 9,000,000 new fanfics."''



!!Examples of authors who have imposed fanwork bans/restrictions

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23rd Sep '17 2:13:33 PM Monolaf317
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* {{Averted}} by Creator/{{Hasbro}} in regards of WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic. In fact, they actually fired their lawyers for sending out C&Ds to fans, saying it was a "Bully Move". FanWorks, Fictions, Arts, Films, Games, pretty much everything is welcome with few exceptions. [[note]]No raping the CMC, no selling for profit[[/note]] Lauren Faust herself has admitted to reading stories on occasion and, even though she's in a diminished role on the show nowadays. One of her biggest rules is that "fans are not to be attacked for creating their own situations!". The one sole exception to the rule was ''VideoGame/MyLittlePonyFightingIsMagic'', and that was mostly because [[WhyFandomCantHaveNiceThings someone had the bright idea to enter it into EVO]], which was something Hasbro could not ignore like other fanworks, and thus had to shut it down. The "for profit" rule has also partially been lifted due to a deal with Shapeways that gives Hasbro a percentage of sales from fan-made items sold through the Shapeways site.

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* {{Averted}} by Creator/{{Hasbro}} in regards of WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic. ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. In fact, they actually fired ''fired'' their lawyers for sending out C&Ds to fans, saying it was a "Bully Move". FanWorks, Fictions, Arts, Films, Games, pretty much everything is welcome with few exceptions. [[note]]No raping the CMC, no selling for profit[[/note]] Lauren Faust herself has admitted to reading stories on occasion and, even though she's in a diminished role on the show nowadays. One of her biggest rules is that "fans are not to be attacked for creating their own situations!". The one sole exception to the rule was ''VideoGame/MyLittlePonyFightingIsMagic'', and that was mostly because [[WhyFandomCantHaveNiceThings someone had the bright idea to enter it into EVO]], which was something Hasbro could not ignore like other fanworks, and thus had to shut it down. The "for profit" rule has also partially been lifted due to a deal with Shapeways that gives Hasbro a percentage of sales from fan-made items sold through the Shapeways site.
18th Sep '17 6:01:45 PM Tarlonniel
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A fanwork ban can be particularly annoying if you get into a show or a book series ''after'' it officially ended. In the Internet, the first thing that many fans will do after the series ended was look for fan websites or some fanfiction works. If a Fanwork Ban was in place, these sites will be extremely hard to come by, if they exist at all... It's usually the case that most fans foolhardy or reckless enough to skirt a Fanwork Ban usually aren't intelligent or dedicated enough to put together a good online fanfic story.

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A fanwork ban can be particularly annoying if you get into a show or a book series ''after'' it officially ended. In the Internet, the first thing that many fans will do after the a series ended was ends is look for fan websites or some fanfiction works. If a Fanwork Ban was in place, these sites will be extremely hard to come by, if they exist at all... It's usually the case that most fans foolhardy or reckless enough to skirt a Fanwork Ban usually aren't intelligent or dedicated enough to put together a good online fanfic story.
18th Sep '17 1:33:04 PM Crossover-Enthusiast
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** At [[FanConvention Anime North]], you're expressly prevented from selling fan works based on Disney, including their acquisitions ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', Creator/MarvelComics and ''Franchise/StarWars'' -- as well as non-Disney properties ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' (see its Web Comics entry above) and ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' -- in the Artist's Alley. Everything else is fair game.

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** At [[FanConvention Anime North]], you're expressly prevented from selling fan works based on Disney, including their acquisitions ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', Creator/MarvelComics and ''Franchise/StarWars'' -- as well as non-Disney properties like ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' (see its Web Comics entry above) and ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' -- in the Artist's Alley. Everything else is fair game.
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