Question for T. L. Taylor

Hello Professor Taylor,

My question concerns how fan-generated information and media can be regulated with regard to recognition and compensation. While franchises such as StarWars tend not to adopt or endorse fan-created work, others such as WoW promote and adopt elements of fan work as a means to expand the game world.

Assuming rules are to be enacted which govern to what extent fans can create “derivative” works, and how such fans are to be compensated for these works, do you think giving recognition for, and creative control over their work is enough or do you think fans should be given monetary rights to their work? For example the online game Foldit doesn’t pay players for the data which it collects on them but if their data is used in a scientific publication they will be cited as a co-author on the work.

Gabriel J. L

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