Derivative Works

Dear Readers,

I know that some of you may have enjoyed my works of fiction so much that you’ve felt an urge to expand on them. This might be works of art, writing fan fiction or even creating online role-playing games based around those works.

I’ve invested a lot of effort into creating vibrant worlds and knowing they inspire others strongly enough to want to be a part of them is flattering to the extreme. With that said, I must also be careful that I don’t lose control of those works.

Those who are familiar with my writing will already know I hate the idea of preventing readers from enjoying my writing in their own way. I think authors who keep such a severely tight reign are hurting their work, themselves and their readers out of fear. At the same time, I can’t ignore past legal ramifications that have come about through author interaction with derivative works from their own fiction.

As such, I am forced to tread carefully with fan-related material and at times be more cautious than I would personally choose to be. In an attempt to limit the confusion and keep from acting in a drachonian manner, I am laying out a set of guidelines to both protect both sides and allow for readers to engage in fan activities.

Rules:

1. Fan Art, Fan Fiction and Fan RPGs (both online and traditional tabletop) based on literary works by D. X. Logan are permitted on a non-commercial basis only.

2. With any works relating to the above, all due care must be taken to ensure that such materials can only be downloaded or accessed for personal, non-commercial uses. Website owners supporting Fan Art, Fan Fiction or Fan RPGs must take all steps possible, including but, not limited to the following: posting appropriate and prominent notices and ensuring compliance with restrictions. Any inclusion or reference to trademarked or copyrighted material must be accompanied with trademark or copyright notices indicating my ownership of the same. It may be advisable to consult with an attorney about internet and online law, along with the rules governing trademark notices and copyright.

3. Recognizing that many readers take advantage of free web space displaying banner ads as a requirement, I do not consider those required ads to be commercial use. This includes ads that may contain click-through sales as a feature. This allowance only extends to sites where displaying the ads is a condition of securing the web space and the creator of the site is not using it to sell or assist others in selling merchandise related to works derived from my own.

4. Sites operated by fans are not ‘licensed’ by D. X. Logan and are not approved by D. X. Logan. They do not create an agency or joint venture relationship with D. X. Logan, even though they are maintained with his permission.

5. The participation on a site promoting Fan Art, Fan Fiction or Fan PRGs can only exist if it is entirely free for the participants. Membership fees or other charges are expressly forbidden and may not be levied in connection with such sites.

6. Unsolicited works sent to me will remain unread/unviewed. Similarly, invitations to join sites or view works will be politely declined. This is not because I do not find merit in your works, but as a measure to ensure no confusion can occur. Any story ideas I use are expressly my own imaginings and any similarity to works you may have created are purely coincidental. It is wonderful that you and I may share a similar vision on a future story, but in no way requires me to credit, compensate or otherwise acknowledge your work that I have had no contact with. The only time I will view derivative works based on my own is when a violation of these rules is brought to my attention.

7. Sites that exist solely to create pornographic works, based on my own literary work, are expressly forbidden unless the work itself is pornographic in nature (unlikely to happen). This is not a restriction on the existence of sexuality in the context of the subject matter, but rather that such sexuality is part of the larger narrative. The reason for this restriction is that I am a father and do not approve of the hypersexualization of works associated with my own literary works. My children may look me and my work up after all.

Guidelines:

1. Those fans who have read my books do not need a reminder about what is and isn’t possible within the worlds I have created. I would request, but will not require, that you stay true to the observed and implicit rules of these worlds. This is a simple measure of respect for the works I have created, but I will not insist on conformity to these world restrictions unless the explicit rules above are in some way violated.

2. I would ask that if you are creating derivative works based on my own, that you please use good taste. With this said, I won’t interfere with the internal affairs of fan websites. I will not intervene in disputes, nor manage fan sites in any way other than to enforce the stated rules.

Caveats:

1. I reserve the right, at any time, to alter these rules, guildlines and caveats without prior notice.

2. Fans who operate websites must understand and accept that they are solely liable for the content of their site. D. X. Logan assumes no responsibility for any site, for their operating policies, activities or administration.

3. If you have a fan-run page and request, I will add it to a list of links at the end of this page. As stated above, I have no association with these sites and do not review their content unless violations of the rules are brought to my attention. The list exists solely to create the opportunity on behalf of fans to discover online fan resources and share their own. No site is required to register with me in order to exist, so long as it does not violate any of the stated rules.

4. Should the rights to any literary work by D. X. Logan be sold or granted for game, film, television or other media use, licensees may execute their option to restrict derivative works by fans. While I can do nothing to prevent these restrictions from affecting fan sites, I will notify the licensees of the list of sites known to be in compliance with the above restrictions. I will encourage the licensees to permit such sites to continue as they already have. While it is unlikely that further restrictions will occur, I feel it is best to make this clear outright.

 

Hopefully these rules and guidelines will offer protection for both myself and my readers and allow for others to explore the worlds I have created and enjoy them fully.

Sincerely,

D. X. Logan

What are your thoughts?