CHELSEA QUINN YARBRO does NOT ENDORSE FAN FICTION
Any attempt to violate her copyright will result in criminal prosecution by her legal services.
Since becoming the official Chelsea Quinn Yarbro Group we will no longer be able to post personal poetry or other works by members anywhere within the group pages or posts. This is due to recent developments that aren’t with this group, but for other legal reasons.
In Globe and Mail article, Yarbro describes some of her run-ins with fanficcers.
"I have absolutely no sense of humour
about copyright infringement," she writes. Yarbro has dealt with four
instances of infringement during her career, including one where a fan
story was printed in a magazine against her express wishes and the writer
even mentioned as much in an introduction. Although Yarbro has managed
to settle these issues out of court, she points out that in the U.S.,
"willful infringement, meaning you know the writer has said no and
you do it anyway, carries with it a maximum federal fine of $250,000 and
a maximum of five years in a federal penitentiary."
When asked whether non-profit on-line fan fiction constitutes
at least a grey area, she responds: "I think it is nonsense — and
that is a mild word for the one I would prefer to use — and that fans
who do it show a profound disrespect for the writer and the work they
misappropriate in such cases. If fans want to write, they should make
up their own stories with their own characters. That’s what fiction is