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An Open Letter to Disney
Right now, you're between a rock and a hard place.
On the one hand, if you allow fans to write and draw what they like
using your characters, you'll be facing a challenge to your copyright.
If you don't defend your copyright, other competitorscompetitors
who, unlike us fans, stand to steal your market share and make huge
amounts of money off of your creationswill have the right to
take your creations and use them as their own. American law is draconian
in this respect.
On the other hand, if you clamp down on your fans' productions, you
are alienating your fanbase, casting away reams of free advertising,
and stifling the very creativity that Disney stands for. Fan art and
fan fiction are expressions of the same wild imagination which you
say you want to encourage in your viewers; isn't it ironic that in
the name of staying in business, you must abandon your own cause?
I have great sympathy for you. It can't be easy to order your own
fans to stop... well, to stop being fans. And I understand that you
are a victim here as well. American copyright law is forcing you to
be the heavy.
However, you have a way out. Most people who defend their copyrights
don't have much power, but you're Disney. You are a huge corporation.
You have the clout and the purse to take on the American copyright
system and begin demanding some changes. If you take a stand, you
won't stand alone; other entertainment companies will no doubt join
you. Your fansthe very people who are souring on you nowwill
love you for it.
If you can't sell the accountants on the idea now, try this on for
size: There's money in it. Fanart and fan fiction are forms of free
advertising which target their audiences more directly and penetrate
more deeply than any advertising you could ever hope to do. In Japan,
where fan art and fiction do not challenge copyright, series aimed
at 8- to 12-year-old boys become explosively popular with boys and
girls and men and women well past the age of 30 because
fan artists and writers reshape the show in their works to suit audiences
far beyond what the original author intended. Right now, Kingdom Hearts
is a game for children. It has cartoon characters and a plot devoid
of sexual or romantic interest. If you give your fans freedom, they
will inject the missing elements into the game and sell it to adult
fans, without spoiling the game for children who don't want to think
about such things. And after Kingdom Hearts... well, was this the
last collaboration you were going to do?
Take a stand. Please. Your fans are asking you to. It's the right
thing for us, and it's the right thing for you.