Post Reply Has anyone ever encountered an LN/WN author whose works are somewhat of a "rogue" to traditional copyright laws?
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Posted 5/12/17
Info: The Berne Convention states that copyright starts when something is applied to a fixed/tangible medium (for example, writing this forum post) and the min. length for members is life+50. However, not every author agrees to this. Sometimes they make their at least 1 of their series royalty-free, will place it under the Creative Commons or similar, or specifically dedicated a work to the public domain. The last type (dedicated work) is risky because you are self-terminating some or all your copyrights to that work (assuming it's creator-owned). Also, since copyright is automatic, it's unknown whether you can reclaim those rights.

California Western School of Law has an independently funded non-profit program called New Media Rights that offers legal services to people working on privacy, media, communications, and IP-related projects. They have a 11/26/11 blog post called "Why do some people choose to give away their copyrighted material instead of trying to make money off of it?" Some of the explanations are in line with how copyright was intended to be (at least in the USA).

Actual question: has anyone encountered an LN/WN author who made at least 1 of their titles royalty-fee, placed under the Japanese Creative Commons, or made it a dedicated work? If so, what was their reason for doing this? A creator giving permission to fan translations (even if it was royalty-free) doesn't necessarily fall under this.
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