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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/1XVoZRY at November 06, 2015 at 06:00PM
 

Well not exactly. What Lucas first said was: “You are prohibited from creating any fanworks”. But if you do create, we own it. So there.”

More about the Star Wars Fan Homepages Protest can be found on Fanlore, the fan run wiki about media fandom.

An excerpt from the Protest:

“What’s the big deal?

On March 8, 2000, the Official Star Wars Website began hosting fans’ homepages, offering attractive features like 16 megabytes of web space, dynamic content, an official URL (fan.starwars.com), and a sweepstakes.  They cite a desire to encourage fan creativity.  But in their Terms of Service, which all users must agree to, they expressly forbid derivative creative works and take ownership of fans’ intellectual property, particularly “derivative works,” despite the fact that any Star Wars-related fan creativity is inherently a “derivative work.”….

The Terms of Service (section 8.4) states, “The creation of derivative works based on or derived from the Star Wars Properties, including, but not limited to, products, services, fonts, icons, link buttons, wallpaper, desktop themes, on-line postcards and greeting cards and unlicensed merchandise (whether sold, bartered or given away) is expressly prohibited. If despite these Terms of Service you do create any derivative works based on or derived from the Star Wars Properties, such derivative works shall be deemed and shall remain the property of Lucasfilm Ltd. in perpetuity (note: that means forever). 

It is my, and many other fans’, strong belief that offering fans homepages and then claiming anything posted on that web space as the intellectual property of Lucasfilm, Ltd. "in perpetuity” amounts to a tactic being used by Lucasfilm to fight their ongoing trademark and copyright war against fans by luring fans into their territory and taking over explicit legal ownership of anything they display there.  It is also my belief that this is a grave and devious disservice to fans.”


Tags:fandom history, fanlore, star wars, transformative works, copyright, yet another reason to own the goddamn servers, DWCrosspost

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