Posted in: fanfiction, Lee Goldberg Fanfiction is evil
Ya see, this is where I have a problem with fanfiction.
Some fucktard sent out a press release, promoting her self-published fanfiction sequel to Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight:
This September 2009, a new controversial book hits stores. It is called Russet Noon and it is a tribute sequel to the Twilight Saga. Written by Gothic webmistress and author LadySybilla, Russet Noon is an unofficial continuation to the last book in the Twilight series, Breaking Dawn. Russet Noon is told from Jacob Black’s perspective and it explores the questions left unanswered at the end of the last installment in the Twilight Saga.
I agree with Lee Goldberg’s assessment, this bint is effing delusional.
This was Goldberg’s somewhat predictable reaction to the story:
This delusional fanficcer doesn’t care that she is violating Stephenie Meyer’s copyright because she doesn’t think Meyer has one. Honest.
“We’d like to thank all the buyers who pre-ordered Russet Noon. The promotional offer to purchase the novel early is now over and will resume in August 2009. Please contact our sales department to find out more about the release of Russet Noon this September 2009. Beware of half-truth accusations and find out about the actual facts on copyright laws.”
She elaborated on her view on copyright law in a second press release.
“When fictional characters become such an intricate part of the popular psyche, as is the case with the Twilight Saga, legal boundaries become blurred, and copyright laws become increasingly difficult to define. This is especially the case when actual cities like Forks and Volterra are used as the novel’s settings. Such settings are not copyrightable, as they are considered public domain.
Similarly, the Quileute Nation is also not copyrightable, and neither are vampire or werewolf legends. Copyright laws protect writers from unauthorized reproductions of their work, but such reproductions only include verbatim copying. Characters are only copyrightable if their creator draws them or hires an artist to draw them.
Stephenie Meyer herself borrowed a great deal from previous works dealing with these mythologies. Russet Noon is an original story inspired not only by the Twilight Saga, but also by many classic Gothic novels from the Romantic and Victorian Periods of Literature. If anything, the publication of Russet Noon will only strengthen the popularity of the Twilight franchise, since it will serve to further establish its already legendary status.”
This dimwit’s rationale for violating Stephenie Meyer’s copyright is so inane that I bet even the Organization for Transformational Works won’t defend her…
Listen, I have no problem with fanfiction per se, but that’s only as long as the fanficcers aren’t making any money off of somebody else’s hard work. And if they are making money out of somebody else’s hard work, then the original creator should be financially compensated at the very least.
The bloody cheek of it. Dumb twat.