Terry Pratchet visits Second Life, understands derivative works as fan activity

Paul Raven @ 10-10-2008

The latest speculative fiction author to pay a visit to the metaverse was none other than Terry Pratchett, who dropped in to Second Life to talk about his new novel, Nation. [via NewWorldNotes; image from linked Your2ndPlace transcript]

Your2ndPlace has a transcript of the question-and-answer session, in which Pratchett revealed that, although he is aware that copyright laws forbid them, he sees metaverse recreations of characters and items from his work as legitimate fan activity, and doubts there is much the law can do about stopping it happening:

Dedric Mauiac: What are you views on people in second life creating people, places, and things from your books and either giving or selling them to other players?

TerryPratchett Morpork: It would be interesting to see what the law could do about Second Life! Regrettably for you, copyright and trademarks exist everywhere, but in reality I see this sort of thing as fan activity.

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One Response to “Terry Pratchet visits Second Life, understands derivative works as fan activity”

  1. celestial elf says:

    I was sorry to have missed Mr.Pratchet, and am very much in favour of his view re ‘fan-activity’, however Copyright remains a complicated legal matter…
    Fortunately The Raven King attempts to explain Copyright useage here
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAyQf8uykEw