Re: Re: Re: Copywriting a Fan Fic/ Related Story
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Posted by M. Arthur Auslander Auslander Thomas on November 20, 2000 at 04:42:29:
In Reply to: Re: Re: Copywriting a Fan Fic/ Related Story posted by Jerry Smith on November 18, 2000 at 11:08:49:
: Sorry for the vauge question, I just didn't want to get myself in any sort of trouble.
: The situation: The past couple of years I've been writing or adding to a story/timeline of mine. This story was based around characters of a well known series of books, though no attempt was made to disguise them and it's obvious that the characters in question belong to their respectful owners. I had designed basicly a new story to go with them (hence the Fanfic nature of this) and credit was given to the companies involved. I had recently turned this storyline into a chatroom where one could role play, chat and discuss my idea and setting. Recently the owners of the chatsite where the chatroom is have stated that I have no rights to my creation whatso ever and I cannot close the room even if I wanted to. I opened the room using my storyline and now they claim I have no rights to my storyline. From my research I've noticed that while I cannot obviously copywrite the characters I apparently can copywrite my story, ideas and webpage, which is the area of contention. My story is my own correct?
Dear Mr. Smith,
Even if what you are doing is an act of unfair competition or copyright infrimgement, you fully own what you have created and can register copyrights on it.
M. Arthur Auslander
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