In this discussion
the talk is about Copyright and Fan Fiction. Very interesting to read (although my own point of view given there is rather extreme, imho.)
But far more interesting is this
article, which is about the same thing - in the case of Marion Zimmer-Bradley and a fan. She had written a story which overlaps with a story written by that fan - seemingly she read it - but negotiations between both became fruitless. The publisher then decided not to print that book. And Marion Zimmer-Bradley forbid her fans to write FanFiction stories.
Now I can understand what Lynn meant with "legal reasons" she said when I sent her - in her role as an official representant of Larian studios - a bunch of deep ideas for the <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/div.gif" alt="" /> Universe.
This isn't funny anymore.