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Fan Fiction and Copyrights-Interview with Entertainment Lawyer
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Dateline: San Francisco , CA
Friday, July 24, 2020

 

Alex Bird Tillson is an entertainment lawyer and author. Interview by Ransom Stevens.

Alex explained some of the nuances of fan fiction and its copyright implications.

Alex noted that fan fiction does often infringe on copyright; however, many authors do not take action and some even appear supportive of fan fiction.

Before writing fan fiction, it is good to have an understanding of the stance taken by the author of the original work.

Legally, words are protected, not concepts. However, fans cannot create derivative work without permission.

However, fans cannot create derivative work without permission.

Alex is currently working on an environmental science fiction thriller, tentatively titled, Underneath Us.

Alex was inspired by the concept that humans might not represent the first sentient life on this planet.

Authors can submit legal questions to her “Madam Counselor’s Corner” on her website: alextillson.com.


Podcast editing and episode notes by author and podcast producer and host Matthew Félix (matthewfelix.com).

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