On Accepting Fan Fiction

In recent months, two authors of very popular fantasy series with the beloved characters and richly developed worlds they contain have changed their minds on their stance on fanfiction based on their characters and their worlds.

Jim Butcher recently posted this on his website:

We are pleased to announce that Jim is altering his stance on fanfiction, much like Mercedes Lackey did last October. Rather than upholding the awkward "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy towards fanfiction he used in the past, Jim is embracing the Creative Commons. Now, fanfiction is to be licensed as derivative, noncommercial fiction under the Creative Commons umbrella.

The change on Mercedes Lackey's part that Jim refers to is:

As you folks already know, my agent, Russel Galen, has in the past been opposed to fanfiction. However, he is also Cory Doctorow's agent now, and Cory is a persuasive little gnome.

As a result of this, I am happy to announce that we are officially permitting fanfiction to be licensed as derivative fiction under the Creative Commons umbrella.

You can read more at both their websites, and discuss amongst yourselves if this is a trend that may grow to other authors with wildly popular franchises.

Link: Jim Butcher: New Fanfiction Policy
Link: Mercedes Lackey: News: Concerning Fanfiction:

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