Kindle Worlds: Legal Fan Fiction?

Posted on Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 at 10:44


As I understand it the fan-fictioneer and the original author share the royalties, which I can see working.

However, the fan-fiction author has virtually no copyright protection, so an unscrupulous author (or more likely TV company as they sign up) could steal a fan-fiction idea and release it without referencing or paying the original fan-fic.

That just seems wrong somehow.

I’d have thought something more in line with Creative Commons Licensing would have been a better choice. That way the author can license fan-fics, but the fan-fiction remains the fans own copyright.

Also since the fan-fiction is strictly non-erotic, and as I understand it (poorly, I like inventing my own worlds and characters, that’s the fun for me) at least part of the fun of writing fan-fiction is the “shipping” that the fans can indulge in (to say nothing of some of the established fan-fic universes and slash tropes).

Certainly “fifty shades of Gray”, arguable the greatest fan-fiction success story, would never have made it under those terms and conditions. Although I am told that there are quite a number of erotica free fan-sites, so maybe there is a market, although who gets the royalties in a cross-over?

Originally posted on Self-Published Authors Helping Other Authors:

I’m behind, but I’ve just come across the new “Kindle Worlds” – a paying platform for… Fan Fiction?

You can read the announcement here.

At the moment it seems they only have licenses for  Gossip Girl, by Cecily von Ziegesar; Pretty Little Liars, by Sara Shepard; and Vampire Diaries, by L.J. Smith. Meaning you could write stories with their characters, publish them on Kindle Worlds and sell them – for royalties – with this program.

I’m all for fan fiction, but I don’t know. This is getting a little… odd. Personally I don’t care if people write fan fiction for my books (I actually have some friends who borrow my characters for fun stuff)  but they’re not making money on it. Of course, I realize that under this program the eligible worlds would only be those Amazon has licensed, so even if they went berserk and got license grants from indie authors it would still be…

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