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Imprisonment. Slavery. War. Love.

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

By Dusk Peterson

Sections below:

* Copyright.
* Sharing or transforming my fiction.
* Special note to fan work creators.
* Shared Universe Disclaimer.
* Sharing or transforming my nonfiction.
* Sharing or transforming the work of other authors and artists.
* Banners, covers, and story summaries.

Updated June 2017.
 

COPYRIGHT

All writings by Dusk Peterson are copyrighted, but I license the vast majority of them for sharing and adaptation/transformation. See below for the licenses.
 

SHARING OR TRANSFORMING MY FICTION

All of my fiction is now available to share and transform, under the following license:

This story was originally published at duskpeterson.com. The story is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Copyright (c) 2017 Dusk Peterson. Some rights reserved. The story is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0). You may freely share this story, provided that you include this copyright notice. If you transform or otherwise adapt this story, please give credit to Dusk Peterson for the original story and make clear that you made changes to the original story. Sample credit for a transformative work: "This fanfic is inspired by [Story Name] by Dusk Peterson (duskpeterson.com)." Please also read Dusk Peterson's Shared Universe Disclaimer (http://duskpeterson.com/copyright.htm#disclaimer).

Note: I'm in the process of changing my copyright notices on my earlier fiction. In meantime, feel free to using the paragraph above if you come across a story of mine that has an older copyright notice. However, see also Sharing or transforming the work of other authors and artists.

If you create a work that adapts or transforms my writings, I'll be glad to consider listing it on my Shared Universes page. E-mail me to let me know.
 

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.

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 adapts or transforms my writings, I'll be glad to consider listing it on my Shared Universes page. E-mail me to let me know.
 

SHARED UNIVERSE DISCLAIMER

My stories are shared universes: anyone is free to create adapted works or transformative works based on my fiction, such as fan works. 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.
 

"[Fanfiction 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).


SHARING OR TRANSFORMING MY NONFICTION

All of my nonfiction writings issued by me are now available to share and transform, under the following license. If you encounter my nonfiction writings in publications issued by someone other than myself, please contact me to see whether I still own the rights to those writings.

This text was originally published at duskpeterson.com. Copyright (c) 2017 Dusk Peterson. Some rights reserved. The story is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0). You may freely share this text, provided that you include this copyright notice. If you transform or otherwise adapt this text, please give credit to Dusk Peterson for the original text and make clear that you made changes to the original text. Sample credit for a transformative work: "Within brackets, I have added commentary to the original post by Dusk Peterson (duskpeterson.com)."

Note: I'm in the process of changing my copyright notices on my nonfiction. In meantime, feel free to using the paragraph above if you come across a nonfiction writing of mine which was issued by me that has an older copyright notice. However see also Sharing or transforming the work of other authors and artists.

If you create a work that adapts or transforms my writings, I'll be glad to consider listing it on my Shared Universes page. E-mail me to let me know.
 

SHARING OR TRANSFORMING THE WORKS OF OTHER AUTHORS

Writings by other authors and artists that appear within my works may be copyrighted. Please contact the authors or artists 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.
 



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Creative Commons License: Some Rights ReservedThis text was originally published at duskpeterson.com. Copyright © 2006-2017 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).