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Policies on Copyright, Sharing, Derivative Works, and Fan Works

By Dusk Peterson

Sections below:

* Copyright.
* Banners, covers, and story summaries.
* Sharing of my e-books.
* Derivative works.
* Fan Works.
* Shared Universe Disclaimer.

Updated August 2016.
 

COPYRIGHT

All writings by Dusk Peterson are copyrighted. Copyright notices can be found on the e-book copyright page, or at the bottom of each page of this domain. These copyright notices may give information on what you're allowed to do with the text without seeking permission from me. More information can be found on this page. If you're still not sure what you can do, please e-mail me.

Writings by other authors and artists may also be copyrighted. Please contact the author or artist for more information.
 

BANNERS, COVERS, AND STORY SUMMARIES

Permission is granted for the reposting and reprinting of the banners, covers, and story summaries (blurbs) for the purposes of providing information on Dusk Peterson's writings. Please link to duskpeterson.com if possible.
 

NONCOMMERICAL USE OF MY WRITINGS

Note: I'm in the process of changing my copyright notices to reflect my policy on noncommerical use.

Any type of noncommercial use of my writings is fine, such as sharing, creating derivative works, or creating fan works. Please credit me, include a link to duskpeterson.com. If you sharing my writing, please include the copyright notice.

If you are sharing my fiction, please include the following notice (or any similar notice that is already attached to the writing):

This story was originally published at duskpeterson.com. Copyright © 2016 Dusk Peterson. Some rights reserved. The story is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial License (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0). You may freely print, post, e-mail, share, or otherwise distribute the text for noncommercial purposes, provided that you include this paragraph. The author's policies on derivative works and fan works are available online (duskpeterson.com/copyright.htm). This story is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously.

If you create a derivate work or fan work based on my fiction, then you need to do these two things:

1) Agree to the disclaimer below. (You don't need to send me anything indicating your agreement.)

2) State to your audience what alterations you've made to the original work. For example:
 


If you have any questions about my stories ("Does this world you've created have this particular custom?"), feel free to e-mail me.

If you create a work that is inspired by my writings, I'll be glad to consider listing it on my Shared Universes page.
 

Special notes to fan work creators:

There are no restrictions on what sort of changes you may make to the original work in your fan work. AU my works, slash 'em, het 'em, gen 'em, slice and dice 'em however you want. Just be sure to give credit properly.
 

COMMERICAL USE OF MY WRITINGS

For commercial work based on my writings, please contact me for permission.

I generally have no problem with commercial distribution of fan works based on my writings. Nor do I generally have any problem with distribution of my writings to raise money for charity. But whatever your intent, do get in touch with me first, so that we can discuss your project.
 

SHARED UNIVERSE DISCLAIMER

My stories are shared universes: anyone is free to create noncommercial derivative works and fan works based on my fiction. Works by other creators that are set in my shared universes are produced without my help (except insofar as other creators sometimes ask me, "Does such-and-such occur in the society you've written about?"). My series are plotted out by the time I begin publishing them, so any coincidences between other creators' works and my later works in the same series just go to show that (1) any plot in the world that has ever been written, has been written more than once, and (2) my readers are really, really good at picking up on foreshadowing by me. So I'm not feeding them storylines, and they're not feeding me storylines. (Believe me, my Muse keeps me busy enough as it is.)

By the same token, I reserve the right to totally screw up my readers' expectations of what's going to happen next.
 

"[Fan fiction writers] don't have my characters. They have their own versions of my characters. And they're not in my world; they're in their own simulacrum . . .

"Fanfiction doesn't affect canon because . . . well, because it isn't canon, because I didn't write it. If somebody writes a fic where Lee goes into a homicidal rage and kills Bran's grandfather, it doesn't affect my story any more than someone leaving a comment on my work saying, 'I wish Lee would go into a homicidal rage and kill Bran's grandfather!' . . .

"The way I see it, fanfic is just another expression of what people who enjoy my work wish they could see happen, and as such, no, I'm not bothered. . . . Thank you so much for your kind words about my writing, and I'm thrilled to hear I may have inspired you to write some of your own."

Maculategiraffe (who, as always, puts the matter so well).



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Creative Commons License: Some Rights ReservedThis text was originally published at duskpeterson.com. Copyright © 2006-2016 Dusk Peterson. Some rights reserved. The text is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial License (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0). You may freely print, post, e-mail, share, or otherwise distribute the text for noncommercial purposes, provided that you include this paragraph. The author's policies on derivative works and fan works are available online (duskpeterson.com/copyright.htm).