By Dolores J. Nurss
I give permission to print paper-copies, for your own use or those of
someone without adequate computer access, so long as A) you do not
charge money for these print-outs, B) you put my name on every copy and
C) you do not modify my writing. You must meet all three conditions.
I do NOT give permission to copy any portion of my writing to another
website, message-board, or other point in cyberspace, except in the
case of small (attributed) quotes for review purposes or siglines.
(Reviews on my own message-board(s) will assume attribution by dint of
being there. All others must put my name in writing.) You may, with
permission, create links to my site. I reserve to myself all rights for
published book deals.
You may freely create visual art, sculptural art, songs, or dances
based upon my work so long as any public display or performance
attributes the inspiration to me. If, however, you put music to actual
words that I have written, and this song later earns you money
(excepting in pass-the-hat situations) you must pay me 4 cents to the
dollar. I reserve to myself all rights to
plays/movies/dramas/animations based upon my work, if the creator
charges for it, although I would
gladly consider exceptions if someone wants to approach me and
negotiate with me. If the creator does not charge for it, I would
still require notification and attribution, and the right to label the
version as approved or not approved by the author.
may only write fanfic based on my world if you agree to the following
conditions: 1) You will not charge money for it. 2) You will state that
it is fanfic based upon my work, neither wholly original to yourself
nor wholly attributable to me. 3) You accept that I take no
responsibility for anything that anyone else writes in fanfic, because
it’s impossible to read everything anywhere that people might thus
write. 4) You will not sue me for plagiarism if I happen to write
something later similar to your own work based in my world (the reason
being that you stand really good odds of inadvertently drawing
inspiration from deliberate foreshadowing on my part, intended to pave
the way for my own later work. All of my stories interconnect
intricately.) If you have not submitted such an agreement to me, to
these four conditions, and waited for me to verify that I have received
it before presenting your fanfic to others, then you have no right to
write in my world.
I do encourage fanfic, actually. I just
want to lay down really clear groundrules. Writers who haven't
done so have had to ditch major story-lines because a fan-fic writer
stumbled upon the same idea, usually based on groundwork that the
original author already laid down hirself. Yet fanfic's too
important a training ground for up-and-coming writers to block it from
happening, and hey, I've done it myself! (In the writings of a
dead guy so far, so I can't step on future projects.) And it adds
a layer of synergy between writer and reader. Heck, I might even
find my successor that way!
One final legal bit. I have based my characters on folks
that I dream about. Any resemblance to anyone in the waking world,
living or dead, is entirely coincidental except for a) references that
the characters make to obvious and well-known historical figures, or b)
rare instances where the characters dream about me. I am indeed a
living person in the waking world (at least at this writing) but other
than that don't look for anyone else; they're not there.