Comment on Are you Canadian? OTW Legal Wants Your Stories!

  1. I am a Canadian passport holder, a creator and consumer of fanworks. As an author, I had produced and published original fiction for many years. But I did not feel I had found my natural place and readership until I started creating fanwork in 2016. I consider it a unique genre with a large and enthusiastic online audience.

    I believe writing fanworks has literary precedent which predates copywrite. Fanwork authors are following the example of William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe, creating variations on stories authored by others, making narratives that will speak to different audiences. Unlike those Elizabethan playwrights, fanwork authors do what they do for love -- love for the original work and love for their readers.

    As a reader, I believe fanworks should be regarded as a benefit to the creators of the copywrited works whose characters fans love. Fanworks keep the fanbase engaged with the original material, make them feel more included in the material if they did not initially feel represented by the characters as originally presented. Fanworks generate additional excitement around new copywrited works when they are released. They provide stories which will likely never be commercially viable, but the satisfaction those stories provide rubs off -- that is, whatever positive feelings the reader has for the fanworks they also associate with the original material.

    Last Edited Thu 17 May 2018 02:34PM EDT

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    1. You need to send this info to the Legal Advocacy team (the link is in the post above) if you want anybody to read it. They won't check these comments for people's stories.

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      1. Oh cheers, Diamond_Raven, I hadn't realised that. I read the article too quickly - thanks for putting me right.

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    2. Canadian here, absolutely spot on, thank you!

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