Amazon’s Worlds for Authors and the grey area that is fan fiction

Amazon recently announced the creation of Kindle Worlds for Authors, a publishing platform for fan fiction, currently restricted to Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries, and Pretty Little Liars, and expected to launch soon. Amazon is obviously hoping to cash in on the success of Fifty Shades of Grey, originally written as fan fiction of the Twilight Series, as are the rights holders themselves, who will share in the royalties. Fan fiction falls into a grey area of copyright law: characters and personalities are not copyrightable, only the expression of them. Read More …