If you are writing a story and you abandon it midway and publicly release it who does the content belong to if a fan starts working on it?
- Elaine MLv 74 weeks ago
You abandoned it, that says volumes.
Fan writing isn't going to be published for money, no publisher will take the chance on a lawsuit.
- LoganLv 44 weeks ago
Unless permission is given by the author to take it as their own work then it still belongs to the person who started the story. Otherwise it's a collaboration.
- AndrewLv 74 weeks ago
If you can prove that you were in possession of all or part of the material at an earlier date than the other person, then it's your story. Possession is nine-tenths of the law. If you have e-mail records complete with time-stamps that corroborate your version of the story - that you are the creator and original author, then the piece belongs to you; however, that will probably only mean that the person who's taken what you've done and run with it would have to refrain from using your original work. Whatever was produced afterwards, which you would obviously not have any claim to anyway, would still belong to that person. Then again, it's not as though you'd really want to go to the trouble of doing all of that anyway. The odds that this other person will receive any remuneration or recognition from the piece are infinitesimal. If you abandoned your baby in a dumpster and somebody else rescued the child and raised it as their own, who the feck are you to come around years later saying "But that's my kid!"? The story is likely rubbish anyway, that's why you walked away from it. Who cares if somebody else is tinkering with it? Let it go, it's not worth it.
- NancyLv 64 weeks ago
It belongs to its creator unless when they publicly release it, they specifically say they're releasing any copyright they may have and are making it public domain. Still, that so-called "fan" needs to take care not to plagiarize. Just because something is public domain doesn't mean you can claim you wrote it when you didn't. Using it would require sourcing it but wouldn't require paying anything to anybody.