Many fan fiction writers have been following the legal efforts of a group of Sherlockians in their pursuit to publish an anthology of fanwork without paying the hefty fee the Estate of Arthur Conan Doyle alleged they were owed. The Supreme Court upheld their claim that the characters published in 1887 were outside of the 75 year copyright lockout. It is important to note that storylines and characters written after 1923 are stipulated to being still inside the copyright, and therefore not yet in the public domain.
Now the final chapter: The Court of Appeals has denied the Estate’s appeal of that decision.
More info/source: Free Sherlock blog November 2014: Petition Denied.
Here is some of the information presented at my panel on fan fiction from Otakon Vegas.
Fanfiction community publishing websites:
- Archive of Our Own (AO3) the best that’s out there, also look up the parent organization, Organization for Transformative Works, they have a great amount of resources there.
- Fanfiction.net – the oldest, and with the best international fan base. (Beware of purgings.)
- Live Journal, Deviant Art. (Beware of purgings.)
- Tumblr – in my opinion, works better for graphic exchange than text exchange, but still worth a mention here.
- Wattpad- a good resource for publishing original fic. They recently branched into fanfiction as well.
Fan Fiction professional publishing websites:
- Amazon: Kindle Worlds (beware of exclusivity contract)
- Outlier Digital (read about it here: http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2013/kindle-worlds-has-first-imitator-outlier-digital-from-twilight-producers/)