Different companies have different methods in dealing with FanFic. Some, like Paramount Pictures, see that FanFic could actually help boost their sales and so encourage the writing of FanFic. Other companies are presumably waiting for more business information and legal clarity before making a decision. For example Universal, which owns the rights to Xena: the Warrior Princess, have yet to go after the numerous copyright violations involving what fans dub the "Xenaverse." The Universal approach is in sharp contrast to Fox Television and Viacom, both of whom resort to harsh cease-and-desist letters against unauthorized Web site creations by fans of such shows as "The X-Files," "Millennium" and "Star Trek."
FuzzieDice wrote:...I wonder if Universal will give JCWhittney a cease in desist order for their red and amber light bars? Or Ivrscar who makes the BEST programmable light bars out there?
This bites. It means it'll be harder to get parts.
knightendo wrote:yeh fan sites should be fine, as long as images are taken out of context, as in belonging to the site runner instead of universal.
that's unbelievable about the fanfiction though from fox etc. didn't think there was anything wrong with that?! iv never heard of any company in the entertainment industry that didn't like the presence of fan sites, as long as copyrights were honoured and no episodes/songs are available for download.
CB2001 wrote:Actually, I'm surprised Universal has contacted any of the KR kar parts companies to hire them to help out with the "Knight Rider" movie.
Michael Pajaro wrote:FuzzieDice, I think you may be overly worrying about the copyright issues. The thing is, just because something is copyrighted doesn't mean you can't use it.
Michael Pajaro wrote:There is a whole world of fair-use clauses that allow reviewers, critics, collectors, educators, and yes fans to share images to a limited extent.
Michael Pajaro wrote:Ironically, the more you try to push the issue by getting "official" clearances from Univeral, the more you possibly jeopardize yourself and all of our sites because you can force their hand.
Michael Pajaro wrote:Obviously Universal can change their policy at any point. But we know that Universal is well-aware of many of our sites, and they have accepted us and welcomed us. This is a good thing, and it's a relationship I don't think we should try to change.
knightendo wrote:fuzziedice u are making a mountain out of a molehill, u really are, they are not "after you" for naming your car KITT!!! and this whole thing about a "monopoly" of fan sites?! come on!
entertainment companies welcome fan sites as long as they dont take profits away from the company ie. downloadable episodes, downloadable songs from artists etc etc. shows build up fan communities and the internet has made this all the more possible. calm down, and you'll see that what Michael said is very true.
the only way they'd come after u is if you claimed your car was an official knight rider car FROM the series and you charged people to ride around in it! i'm putting together a new kr site, and i'm not worrying about anything mentioned here because nothing i have planned breaks any of the copyright laws, i'm here (like everyone is) to support knight rider and universal.
Karrhacker wrote:As for the lawyers coming after individual people well that depends on the laws of your location. I was the proud owner of a Ferrari 328 replica for many years (sold it for personal reasons) and I did receive a CEASE and DESIST letter telling me to destroy my car. So I looked into it and found that they had no legal rights to order me to do that in Canada as the law here states that an individual can own ONE reproduction of anything as long as they do not try and sell copies of it for profit.
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