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Old May 14 2009, 01:01 PM   #14
Lanen
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Default Re: So--who does original fic?

There is also the far-fetched possibility that someone having read a work online could claim it as their own, should the author get a publishing deal. Proving it would be tricky, to say the least.

The real problem here is that publishing law is lagging WAY behind net use. Some, notably Jim Baen, have put books by their hot-selling authors online, and claim to have generated impressive sales therefrom. Me, I'm not so convinced. That said, if my publisher wants to put my work online, there is (as far as I know) nothing in my contract that would allow me to stop them, unless my work was not published for sale at the same time. Argggh! This makes my head ache.
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