Sam Barnett-Cormack scripsit:

> You buy, or are given legally, a book. Now, copyright stops you from
> doing most things with it, of course, including fanfic, strictly.

FWIW, the case that text-only fanfic actually constitutes a derivative
work is extremely shaky.  The leading case is about comic books, where
of course there is a purely graphical resemblance as well.  All those
BigCos telling little web sites to take down their fanfic are skating
on extremely thin ice, and they know it.

Samuel Johnson on playing the violin:           John Cowan
"Difficult do you call it, Sir?                 [EMAIL PROTECTED]
 I wish it were impossible."          
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