I wanted to thank you for your addition to the fanfiction post!!! I was soooo confused when I first saw it cause it made no sense to me. Like if people can legally take commissions for fanart, why can't writers do the same with fanfiction? Both count as transformative, right? Thanks for explaining the actual legality of it!
The actual legality behind it is so fricken’ muddy already that it drives me up the wall, but the main thing I don’t like is the idea that artists can take commissions for drawing fandom characters but writers can’t take commissions to write them. Like that’s pretty messed up, right? I commission sooo many artists in this fandom and promote others who are hurting for cash, but if I’m hard up I can’t ask for writing commissions since that’s what I’m good at?
Art is just as transformative as writing is so I can commission Levi in a maid outfit all I want, but I can’t write him in one? That’s seriously fucked.
Especially when I’ve literally done that before, and done the whole patreon thing, etc. etc. and so on.
The major sticking point is whether you try and publish or directly profit from the work itself - then in that case the copyright holder can try and say that you owe them money for using their characters in something you profited on. Using trademarked characters (because at that point it’s trademarks, not copyrights) is the part that's not kosher. And even then that’s only if the copyright holder wants to come after you. But we all know what happened to Anne Rice’s fandom when she did exactly that. People weren’t even doing or taking commissions then - they just wanted some gay vampire-on-vampire action.
Basically, it’s only illegal if they sue you for it and win. If they don’t, then it’s permissible, and it’s usually in their best interests for it to be permissible, in order to avoid any reputation backlash. So don't go write a slash fic starring Mickey Mouse (because Disney LOVES to sue), but writing one with Lucifer is okay until Solmare tells you not to, with lawyers. Copyright has to be defended in order to maintain it's copyright.
And if this is legal to publish and profit from as a transformative work, then my little commissioned drabbles can’t be too bad either, right?
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