Guidelines for writing Poems, Stories and Tales

Rights over a fanfic character not in the original work?

Are fanfics copyrighted?

Fanfiction in its current form is an infringement of copyright. Fanfiction is defined by the use of characters and expression from an original creative work and the creation of derivative works, all of which is illegal under current copyright law (McCardle, 2003).

Can fanfiction be sued?

Bottom Line: Yes you can be sued. Making semi-pornographic fanfiction is more likely to get you sued. Fanfiction exists at the discretion of the author, as the authors have the resources generally to sue fan fiction authors they do not like and few fan fiction authors have the resources to defend themselves.

What are the rules of fanfiction?

Under U.S. copyright law, the legality of a given work of fanfiction will depend principally on three legal doctrines: (1) copyrightability of the underlying source work; (2) the derivative work right; and (3) fair use.

Who owns fan fiction?

FanFiction. Net’s sister site,, contains over 1 million original stories, poems, and plays.

Type of site Fiction archive
Owner Xing Li
Created by Xing Li
Commercial Yes

Does JK Rowling allow fanfiction?

J.K. Rowling’s approval of fanfiction comes with conditions

Okay, she probably could, but fortunately, Rowling gave fans her blessing to write their stories online. Her only stipulations were that they remain a non-profit practice and that the writers steer clear of adult-themed content.

Why is Anne Rice against fanfiction?

So, they thought it would be a great idea Merrick as an ebook exclusive. So, they told Anne Rice that all of the fanfiction out there would cannibalize her shiny new ebook sales and mess with her copyright, and they advised her to put the cease and desist on the fanfic in order to protect her brand.

What is the longest fanfiction ever written?

The Subspace Emissary’s Worlds Conquest is a Super Smash Brothers fanfiction that is over 4,100,000 words long and contained in a current 221 chapters. For the record that’s more than 6.25 Les Miserables!

What does K+ mean in fanfiction?

K+: Some content may not be suitable for young children, usually those below nine years of age. There may be minor violence without serious injury, mild suggestive material, or minor coarse language that is justified by context. Equivalent to PG.

What is the oldest fanfiction?

In 1952, the world’s first book of fanfic about fans appeared. The Enchanted Duplicator by Walt Willis and Bob Shaw was a metafiction based on Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress, but which described a world populated with sci-fi fans. It chronicles the adventures of hero Jophan in “the land of Mundane”.

Are fan comics legal?

Noncommercially distributed fanfic is seen as legal in the United States as long as it’s a transformative work.

Does fanfiction fall under fair use?

Fanfiction is fair use as long as the work is “transformative,” meaning that the new author added content with new meaning and value to the original work. The derivative work must also be “noncommercial” in nature, meaning the author does not make any money from their fanfiction.

Is it illegal to print fanfiction?

As awesome as this is to see, I unfortunately have to tell you that using us to print copyrighted material is illegal, including fanfiction, even just for personal use.

What copyright do you use for fanfiction on Wattpad?

Creative Commons – Copyright Licences – Copyright Available on Wattpad – Wattpad.

Can you get in trouble for reading fanfiction?

Fanfiction in its originality can be said to be a violation of copyright laws. Fanfiction makes use of settings and characters curled out from an original work of fiction work. It creates an unoriginal work. All these it does is classified as illegal according to copyright law.

Is it legal to write fanfiction on Wattpad?

Copyright gives the author the sole right to create derivative works, basically works which use protected elements of the source material. This is a pretty cut-and-dry situation, stating that you cannot legally use their characters or settings for fan fiction.