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May 2016

It’s a Good Idea to Own The Rights to a Book Before You Film It

Posted by / in Fanfic, In the Trades Today / 4 comments

Actor James Franco made big news in the Hollywood trades when he began pre-production on a movie adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s BLOOD MERIDIAN that he was slated to write & direct. He got Scott Rudin on board to produce, lined up IMGlobal to distribute the film, and managed to cast Russell Crowe and Vincent D’Onofrio, among others. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? Except…

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Apr 2014

Attention Fanfic Authors: The Characters Don’t Belong To You

Posted by / in Fanfic / 14 comments

I am always amused when fanfic authors get upset when the creators and copyright holders of the characters they are writing about dare to assert their legal, creative and moral rights. A great example comes from this recent Wall Street Journal article about Amazon’s Kindle Worlds, which allows fanfic authors a platform to write, publish […]

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Apr 2014

Read the Contracts

Posted by / in Fanfic, The Writing Life / 8 comments

It astonishes me that writers, who make their living from their words, don’t bother to read the contracts that they sign. If you want a good example of this, read the  Wall Street Journal interview with Vampire Diaries author L.J. Smith. She was hired by Alloy Entertainment to write a horror book series that they […]

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