Jun. 18th, 2017

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It has come to my attention that some artists and authors, through another site (the AO3), have been utilizing sites like Patreon, GoFundMe, and the like to take money for fanfction and fanart.  What these people are doing completely invalidates the Fair Use doctrine that we rely on for the ability to play with a universe's characters in our own playgrounds.  It has been shown that the doctrine of Fair Use covers us when we create realms, character pairings, new worlds, etc for a fandom.  You are free to do this, as long as what you are doing is for non-commercial use. However, taking money for the act of creating fanworks is completely out of bounds and will not be tolerated at Squidge.org or any affiliates.

What is allowed:
  • Creating fanfiction for personal use, sharing it on squidge.org or an affiliate site
  • Creating fanart for personal use, sharing it on squidge.org or an affiliate site
  • In either your profile on a shared site, or on your personal page/space, offering fanart for sale, as long as the sale covers the cost you incurred.  You cannot profit off of it, within reason.  If a print costs you $5.75 and mailing costs $2.00, then charging $8 is appropriate.  But charging $20 or more is not.
  • In either your profile on a shared site, or on your personal page/space, calling for submissions and offering for sale Fanzines.  Fanzines are designed to share stories, not for profit.
  • Hosting a non-profit fundraising event for the sole purpose of raising money for a specific function like our Help Japan auction a few years ago, or as a surprise to help fun raise events for people in extenuating circumstances.  
What is NOT allowed
  • Putting a statement in your personal profile on a shared site, or on your personal page/space, that you are taking money for the creation of fanworks.
  • Having a link to Patreon, Gofundme, etc for the express use of raising money for the act of creating fanworks.
  • Anything else not covered that would allow a person to use Squidge.org or its resources for the act of raising money solely for their own benefit.
Questions?  Please don't hesitate to contact me on either DW, LJ, or email.

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