Read the article here. 

As a Star Trek fan from way back - i.e., ORIGINAL Star Trek and all of the fanzines (remember that word anybody?) were PRINTED - this is painful. I haven't seen the film although the article includes photos from it. But based on what I have seen there is no way these guys can win this. And honestly, I don't think I want them to.

It doesn't seem possible that they didn't know EXACTLY what they were doing. If that is the case, there really is no leg to stand on as far as I can see. I believe the current copyright law extends ownership of a work to 90 some odd years before the work goes into the public domain (unless of course the owner renews the copyright). The original series debuted in the 60s. We'd have to get to something like 2050, before this kind of work would be legal. And these guys are clearly using concepts from the 1980s films and the 1990s show and so on and so forth. So nowhere near enough time has passed for any of this to be legal.

Look I know fanfic gets a bad rap. But as all the really serious fanfic writers know, fanfic is hovering right on the edge of the mainstream right now. Like it or not, Fifty Shades of Grey made that happen. I can't help but think that fanfic has become the unofficial farm team for publishers scouting new authors. Self-publishers are the official minor league. But fanfic is right behind it. Mainstream content creators are taking it VERY seriously now. So now more than ever we have to watch our p's and q's.

I know it's not easy. In fact I think it's frankly ridiculous to have to add the disclaimer to every single piece of fanfic we create when to me it's quite obvious that no money is being made. I mean, if I'm printing copies to sell (and even THAT was overlooked as long as no one made a profit), or placing a download link conditional upon dropping some money into PayPal account, that's a different story. The vast majority of us are clearly not out here trying to score a buck on fanfic.

But it IS hard to ply your blood, sweat, tears and creativity into generating quality writing while knowing that you can never profit from that labor. I know I feel that way. Which is why I've turned toward focusing more on my own original fic. Fanfic is what I use to sharpen my skills as both a writer and a reader. But I don't expect to make a dime off it because it is illegal to make money off of someone else's work.

If I can figure that out, these guys certainly can. Let's just hope they don't ruin it for the rest of us.
 Stole this from Delphi who stole it from Solosundance. Just because I've listed them doesn't mean they'll keep this title or ever be finished! Just a nice long list of wishful thinking that MIGH come true.

Harry Potter
1. Confessions of a Cornwall Grad - Severus Snape/OFC
2. Well Done, My Good and Faithful Servant - Severus Snape/OFC
3. When Earth Kisses Air - Dramione
4. Hogwarts - Help Wanted - started out as a look at all the jobs we never see at Hogwarts, like plumber, chaplain, etc. and somehow segued into a potential Dramione
5. Harry Potter and the Poisoned Apple Princess - this is a Harry/Pansy story. I never liked Harry and Ginny. I used to ship Harry and Luna HARD. But then I discovered Harry and Pansy and that was that.

Living Proof series - This is a Sherlock/Moriarty mpreg - Yep I went there! I just finished and posted part 5 of this. I expect there are only at most 3 more parts to go.

Sherlock/Cabin Pressure
Not a Holmes series - this is my Capt. Martin Crieff as the littlest Holmes brother. Except he's not - not a Holmes that is. He's still the littlest brother in my series. This one is up to 7 installments and I have no idea when it will end.

Superman Returns
Love's Divine - my "What if Superman Had a Black Girlfriend" story. My best reviewed work but also my most weirdly received. Some people absolutely fell in love with it. Others seemed to think it was some kind of quasi-porn simply because the girlfriend is Black. Not a good look, Internet! In my fondest dreams, this would be my web series. From what I can see, some of my ideas about Superman turned up in Batman vs. Superman. But they existed before I wrote them. They were explored in the comic Kingdom Come. But I never thought they took it as far as it could go. This is my attempt to follow to a logical conclusion.

Game Change - screenplay idea. Sort of The Big Short meets The Big Payback. Scene written and submitted to ABC network casting department. Alas, no word back. Working on turning into a full length screenplay.

Dirty Lens - part one of a romance novel series.

The Book of Esther - my twist on that old romance novel trope of the heroine getting kidnapped into a harem on the orders of a lusty prince

Majesty - my "what if" story looking at what might have happened if the infamous Duke and Duchess of Windsor shocked everyone and actually had a child and how that might have impacted Princess Diana.

Emancipation, Calling All Angels and The Calendar Girl - my paranormals.



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