Concerning Fanfiction

Mercedes Lackey has announced the following on her blog:

News: Concerning Fanfiction:

As you folks already know, my agent, Russel Galen, has in the past been opposed to fanfiction. However, he is also Cory Doctorow’s agent now, and Cory is a persuasive little gnome.

As a result of this, I am happy to announce that we are officially permitting fanfiction to be licensed as derivative fiction under the Creative Commons umbrella…

Thanks, Cory, for helping Mercedes and her agent recognize that fans’ reaction to works can (and already do!) legitimately include creative responses. We don’t think we need her permission, but we’re always happy to have her blessing–and as fans of hers, we’re happy that she’s happy! 🙂

Writercon 2009 – A Q & A with TWC’s Kristina Busse

Kristina Busse, co-editor of Fan Fiction and Fan Cultures in the Age of the Internet and one of the editors of Transformative Works and Cultures, was interviewed in a Q & A for the upcoming Writercon 2009, a con dedicated to fannish and original writing. Kristina is going to be one of three special guests at the con, which takes place July 31 through August 2, 2009 in Minneapolis. For more information about Writercon 2009, check out their website or their LiveJournal community. Writercon describes itself as a con “about the writing and the shared love, not shipper politics or the plots of the shows, except as related to the fic. It’s about how fan fiction is literature, and it’s about showing that it’s as worthy as any other genre of writing.”