Podcast: When Does Fan Art Become a Copyright Liability?

By Devon Glenn 

On today’s social media edition of the Morning Media Menu, GalleyCat editor Jason Boog posed a copyright question: should writers be able to create new Sherlock Holmes stories?

The writer in question, Leslie S. Klinger, was hoping to publish a new work based on characters that he felt were established in short stories that were now in the public domain. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s estate disagreed.

Writing a story about a favorite character is one thing, but as soon as money changes hands on a copyrighted work, the original creator is going to have something to say about it.

We discussed a parallel example of cover songs on YouTube, where Universal Music Publishing Group has set up a deal with video distributors on ways to automatically share advertising revenue with both creators and cover song artists.

To listen, click here or press play below to listen on SoundCloud. The show was hosted by GalleyCat editor Jason Boog. Click here to receive the Morning Social Media Newsfeed via email. Image by prapass via Shutterstock. Music by Kevin MacLeod.