Fan Fiction Policies >> Duncan, Dave
In a private e-mail dated
March 25, 2001, Dave Duncan anseered my questions regarding fan fiction
derived from his work with the following:
My policy has always
been that people may write anything they like for their own amusement.
I have no reason or desire or means to stop them. But if a work infringes
one of my copyrights--by including a character or locale from any of my
stories, for example--and is used for gain, I am forced to defend my rights
or lose them under the law. My publishers and I have mutual obligations
to take action. Fortunately I have never run into this situation
and I hope I never will.
Recent tendencies to
use the web to circumvent copyright--by groups such as Napster--are very
troubling. Some people do not realize that creative artists require
copyright protection in order to make a living. The world will become
a very dull place if no one can write stories or songs any more.
You may post this little homily anywhere you like--I waive copyright on
Good luck with the paper.
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