RealityCheck

Joined August 2011
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2h, 19m ago

Sep
30th
2014

I'd noted several authors posting tip jars on their pages. Tempting. But, timorous about the legality of it, I inquired on a free legal website: "Are tip jars for fanfiction legal?"

The consensus was 100% from all the lawyers who answered: The very act of writing and posting fanfiction is a violation of current copyright law, whether or not you make any money.  Tip jars, commissions, etc only increase the likelihood that the copyright holder will be motivated to litigate.

Translation: Yes, your fanfiction is illegal, and all of us would happily sue you if someone asked.

I recommend taking down the tip jars, fellas. Don't give them a hint of an excuse.

No, this isn't about paranoia, and no, it's not just a technicality. This is cold, cruel, stupid legal reality, and this is me pointing out you might want to think twice before posting paypal links on your stories.

It doesn't matter that corporations actually benefit from fan art and activity. Corporations are assholes. We live in a world where Disney sues nursery schools for painting Mickey Mouse murals on the walls of their school, and a girl who downloaded "happy birthday" was sued for literally millions of dollars by the RIAA. A roomful of lawyers just told you that what we do is already illegal and that the only reason they're not suing is because it's not worth the money--- yet.

Unpleasant, unfair and even unlikely as it is, take it as the caution to tread lightly that it is meant to be, because a Cease and Desist order here could ruin everyone's day.

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Comments

#1432326 · 1d, 14h ago · · ·

I just had a disturbing thought--Sunset Shimmer was caught before she could steal the Element of magic in "Great Alicorn Hunt", right?

Then...doesn't that mean the Sirens from the sequel are still on the human world, causing trouble umimpeded? :pinkiegasp: Without Twilight or Sunset to stop them, things could get ugly....

Not to mention the Human[e] Six may still be broken up, since Twilight wasn't around to repair their friendships...

#1426394 · 4d, 14h ago · · ·

Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeey.

#1415934 · 1w, 2d ago · · ·
#1414567 · 1w, 3d ago · 9 · ·

Had a suggestion for what might be a fun - if short - mini-sequel to Alicornundrum.

Since Twilight and Ink Spot just got married, it's time for their Honeymoon.  Of course, they can't really have the kids along for the honeymoon, since that would get in the way of a few things.  So they - and the other Bearers - swing by the Crystal Empire (Twilight and Ink Spot to leave Spike and Nyx in Shining and Cadence's care, the other Bearers to see them off).  Celestia and Luna also swing by, Celestia to enjoy her newfound free time, Luna to rub Cadence's face in it (Cadence, after all, is no longer an Equestrian Princess, so that bill doesn't apply to her).  Possibly Twilight's folks are there to, and Cadence convinces everyone to stay a few nights since it's the first time in forever the whole family has been together.

That night, Sunset Shimmer shows up through the Mirror Portal, intending to steal the Element of Magic.  However, when she's about to, she hears a quiet cough.  Turning, she sees Nightmare Moon.  Knowing that story, she freaks and screams.  Lights come on.  'Nightmare Moon' was actually Nyx, her image twisted funhouse mirror style through a crystal.  However, Sunset finds herself surrounded by Celestia, Luna, alicorn Cadence, five Harmony Bearers, alicorn Twilight...and her alicorn husband.

Sunset promptly faints dead away.

And wherever you might want to go with that from there.

#1412558 · 1w, 4d ago · · ·

Why?

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