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    I seem to remember reading that fan fiction is not allowed, which I don't write anyway. My question is about using myths, fairy tales, folklore, etc. Can we post work based on these, or is that pretty much considered the same as fan fiction? Also what about certain types of historical fiction? Say I wanted to base a story on Jack the Ripper (which I wouldn't that's just the first example that came to mind). Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JudyLea64 View Post
    I seem to remember reading that fan fiction is not allowed, which I don't write anyway. My question is about using myths, fairy tales, folklore, etc. Can we post work based on these, or is that pretty much considered the same as fan fiction? Also what about certain types of historical fiction? Say I wanted to base a story on Jack the Ripper (which I wouldn't that's just the first example that came to mind). Thanks.
    I'm not a mentor but I can field this one. It's not about using a concept we didn't come up with, it's all concerning using a concept that is currently under copyright by someone who might want the forum to pony up money for "using" the name. Outside that, some people might want to sue the forum just because of some boloney "infringement". So, to cover the forum legally and protect it, fanfic is off the table. Doing a story about Jack's Bean Stalk or Jack the Ripper, I'm thinking that's fair use by now.
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    That's what I assumed, but just wanted to be sure. Thank you.

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    There are places for Fan Fic. There is a special reservation in the Tavern. There are Blogs that are only lightly modded. And there are groups that could be open or by invitation only if you wish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JudyLea64 View Post
    I seem to remember reading that fan fiction is not allowed, which I don't write anyway. My question is about using myths, fairy tales, folklore, etc. Can we post work based on these, or is that pretty much considered the same as fan fiction? Also what about certain types of historical fiction? Say I wanted to base a story on Jack the Ripper (which I wouldn't that's just the first example that came to mind). Thanks.
    Fan fiction is not allowed on the main forums, however there has recently been created a space in the Motley Tavern where subscribers may post it. Unfortunately you do have to be a paid subscriber (or equivalent such as Veteran) in order to access the tavern.

    Works that are no longer under copyright are fine as long as they're clearly no longer under copyright. A good example of what I mean is Sherlock Holmes. Up until just a few months ago it was sketchy whether the copyright is expired due to (from my understanding) Doyle's use of the character over such a long period. Some thought the copyright expiration should have been based on the first book instead of the last, and that is how the courts have decided it, by the first book if I recall correctly. So Sherlock is now completely in public domain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JudyLea64 View Post
    I seem to remember reading that fan fiction is not allowed, which I don't write anyway. My question is about using myths, fairy tales, folklore, etc. Can we post work based on these, or is that pretty much considered the same as fan fiction? Also what about certain types of historical fiction? Say I wanted to base a story on Jack the Ripper (which I wouldn't that's just the first example that came to mind). Thanks.
    Using myths, fairy tales, folklore, etc, is legal and very common.

    Where people come unstuck is in using a particular representation of a myth, fairy tale, folklore, etc, that someone else has already used and published or produced within the past 70 years or so. So, you could write a tale about Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn having a gay time on a riverboat casino, but you should not base your Tom and Huck on the Disney portrayals of those characters. Or, you could write about the Norse god Thor having a sex change, but it had better not be anything like the Marvel remake of the character.
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    There are also shades of intent in using bygone mythology. I might use an ancient tribal legend, noted as such, as a means of conveying an idea, regardless of where else it might have been "published" in the sense of recording it. On the other hand if I were to pass it off as a story I conceived, I would at a minimum be deceiving and in a sense plagiarizing.

    The point being that in conveying bygone mythology, one should acknowledge such so their intent is not misunderstood.

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    In Russia there's a site where one can store his writing works safely for the site grants a copyright sertification. Is there anything like that in US or UK sources? Thank you.

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    I found this for the states:

    https://www.copyrighted.com/copyright-works

    and this one from UK:

    https://www.copyrightservice.co.uk/

    Hope these help. I have no experience with either.
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