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Opinions on Fanfiction
Terry Goodkind opposes fanfiction. He wrote in 2000 or earlier:
The Internet can be a wonderful thing for readers. For authors it can be a headache. It can be the vehicle for the spreading of simple, harmless rumors (like that I have e-mail), to annoyances, like people impersonating authors, to hoaxes like the recent one involving Kurt Vonnegut, to violations of the law such as copyright infringement. There are people on the Internet who spread rumors about me that are far from harmless. (I won't dignify them with a comment) and there are people who use my characters in stories they put on the Internet. I know that these people intend no harm, and are only expressing their admiration of my work, but that doesn't make it all right, and it causes me needless problems. Copyright law dictates that in order for me to protect my copyright, when I find such things, I must go out and hire lawyers to threaten these people to make them stop, and to sue them if they don't. In order to protect and keep legal ownership of my own property, the law makes me look like a cruel, vicious guy and I'm not really like that.
(If you see anyone writing stories using my characters and putting such a story on the internet, please please please ask them to stop it so that I don't have to go hire lawyers to make them stop and then everyone thinks I'm being a big meanie. It may seem like a small, harmless thing, but in the eyes of the law I must comply to such a standard in order to maintain my copyright.)
- FanFiction.Net, FanFiction Content Guidelines, Version: 11-20-2008 (Accessed 09 January 2019). See also Authors/Publishers Who Do Not Allow Fan Fiction at MediaMiner (08 October 2006).
- Letter # 3 by Terry Goodkind, which also includes a recipe for "Spice Soup" (but not too spicy!). Letters From the Author at TERRYGOODKIND.COM, archived 19 November 2000 by the Wayback Machine.