If you are like me, you are easily confused by the lines drawn between, around and through fan created work and copyright. Sometimes the rules seem clear...others they are a bit more murky. I found this (hour long) presentation from San Diego ComicCon interesting.
Although it should be noted that some people find fault with parts of the presentation. So I guess it doesn't clear everything up.
If you are interested in fan created work please take a look at these sessions:
While werewolves and vampires wan, angels, demons, mythological creatures, androids and cyborgs steadily take over. Does this focus on transformation – an outsider, dangerous – also explain the popularity of dystopia fiction and what does it say about teens’ role in a changing society? Let’s discuss our favorites in these genres, as well as the issues of fandom, programming, and e-access to bridge the digital and developmental divide of YA lit. Presenters: Krista King and Crystal Faris
Fan created works, from fan fiction to fan art, are an increasingly visible and a richly rewarding way for fans to interact with their favorite stories. At the same time, fan works raise sticky questions about copyright and the meaning of transformative work for literature and authorship. Join a panel of authors, editors, librarians, and fans to explore the impact of participatory fan culture has had and will continue to have on teen literature. Presenters: Robin Brenner and Elizabeth Burns