Whoa, is everyone talking about this and I just missed it? @ao3org @transformativeworks
Today, Amazon Publishing announced that Kindle Worlds has reached licensing agreements to open up seven new Worlds, including Worlds based on Hasbro’s iconic G.I. JOE brand, and Warner Bros. TV shows Veronica Mars and Pretty Little Liars’ spinoff Ravenswood. Writers can now choose from more than 20 Worlds to write and sell their own original fiction inspired by popular characters and storylines. These Worlds will open for writers to start publishing stories in the next few months.
Before we get too excited about this, let’s remember that you lose the rights to anything you publish under KindleWorlds.
Wired spoke with attorney Jeff Trexler, who expressed similar concerns, pointing to a clause in Amazon’s contact that grants Amazon and the licensor rights to the text of the stories andany original elements they might contain.
“In short, if your fan fiction includes new elements that catch on with the general public, it’s likely that you’ll not be able to profit from them outside of the stories that you write,” he said. “For example, Time Warner could launch a movie series based on a character you created and not owe you a dime. While the terms state that you retain the copyright, you also give Amazon an exclusive license to your original work and Amazon in turn licenses your work to Time Warner in a license that provides nothing for you.”
Furthermore, says Trexler, if you decided to keep using that character outside of Kindle Worlds, you’d be violating the terms of your contract.
So while yes, you have the chance to make a profit, you have to:
Follow Kindle Worlds’ guidelines (no pornography, no crossovers, and the more ephemeral “no offensive content” and something about “poor customer experience”)
Be willing to lose the rights to original characters, plot elements, and so on that you create and put into those stories.
Reblogging to share the word. Scary shit I won’t do.
Thought it was a little too good to be true. So, basically, only do this with the nice pretty things you wouldn’t mind them stealing for free. In other words, you’ll be able to tell the difference between those duly forewarned and those ignorant by the value and originality of content. Considering that those who write up words with care also tend to read them the same way, I predict the flop this deserves.
What would it be like if the U.S. was war torn like Syria? A new video by international NGO Save the Children imagines just that, through the eyes of a young girl:
The disturbing video features shots of the girl as she goes about her normal life over the course of a year. The video begins and ends with the child celebrating her birthday. Between shots, we see how her life changes dramatically as war ravages her country.
"Sex with Strangers" is a long-term documentary photography project that explores the underground world of gay cruising areas and bathhouses. Shot over the course of two years by photographer Lee Price, these photos highlight spaces where men who want to have sex with men can engage in these practices discreetly and anonymously.
HOTH IS AN OUTER PLANET FROM STAR WARS THAT IS COLDER THAN EVEN RUSSIA’S DEEPEST WINTERS YOU UNCULTURED POTATO
Reblogging for that last comment
welcome to Canada
Living in the northern tip of Hoth, we have 5 to 7 months of winter and 1 month of true growing season. On the plant scale of 1 to 10 where 1 is Arctic and 10 is Equatorial, our plants rank 3. All varieties of tomato die before turning orange. We cannot grow corn. At Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, the record high ocean temperature one summer was 65F. One summer, a valley hit 90F and all non-air-conditioned facilities were closed with heat warnings across the county. Fun part: I am not joking.
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