Can I Make Fan Art Or Write Fan Fiction?

Fan Art (including fan fiction)

I have a liberal policy when it comes to fan art and fan fiction. I encourage it, and other transformative works, within certain limits. I want to stress that I have no objection to fan art created solely for personal use, and this policy is intended to provide guidelines in connection with any commercial use of fan creations only. The following applies to all fan creations.

o   You may not use any of my trademarks in your marketing material (e.g., the names of any of my books or book series).

o   You may not use the covers of my books to advertise your derivative works. This creates the perception of an official connection between you and my company, Dragonsteel Entertainment, LLC.

o   You may use the names of characters or descriptions of scenes, so long as you credit me with the characters and ideas that belong to me.

o   You may not use any copyrighted materials, including interior art and text, from my books or website. This includes, Stormlight glyphs, Allomantic symbols, Aons, the Cosmere symbol, cover art, and so forth.

There are three exceptions to the above rule:

  1. One is when a character has one of these as part of their design, such as a depiction of Kaladin with his brands on his forehead.
  2. Second, when the aforementioned elements are incorporated into the design of the piece, so long as they’re not the main focus of the piece. For example, you may use the Allomantic symbol for steel woven into the border of your fan art as part of the background. But you may not create and sell an art print where the main focus is the Allomantic symbol for steel.
  3. And third, when they are used for non-commercial or promotional purposes for fan websites, fan conventions, and scholarly, web-based endeavors like podcasts. However, you may not sell any merchandise of any logo that incorporates my intellectual property.

o   You may not license (or otherwise permit the use of) any fan art created by you to third parties.

o   You may not claim that something is official, or that you have permission to sell something related to my works, even if you have showed it to me at a signing and I’ve told you I liked it.

o   You may not use crowd funding to finance works based on my intellectual property.

The following applies to fan art.

o   You may take one-off commissions in any form at the request of a buyer. However, if they are not prints or stickers, you may not sell them on the open market.

o   You may sell prints and stickers of your fan art and other transformative works on your website, or sites such as Artstation and DeviantArt.

o   You may sell prints and stickers of your fan art and other transformative works at your regional convention.

o   You may not sell any merchandise other than prints or stickers. This includes but is not limited to, t-shirts and other clothing, mugs, plushies, pins, jewelry, figures, phone accessories, and replicas. These rights are reserved for my licensed partners.

o   You may not use words verbatim from the text of a book by itself or as a part of any art or graphic design which you intend to sell in any form (e.g. the phrase “Life Before Death, Strength Before Weakness, Journey Before Destination

The following applies to fan fiction and fan comics (sequential art) based on my properties.

o   You may write fan fiction and create fan comics as long as you credit me and the original work you’re basing it on.

o   You may not copy large portions of my work for use in your fan fiction or fan comics.

o   You may not sell or otherwise make money from fan fiction or fan comics in any way or form.

If you’re inspired to create songs or music using our art or text, you can share it online without payment, but I can’t authorize it for sale, or condone backdoor ways of “sharing” that are selling by another name.

If you have any questions as to whether my policy allows for you to do something, please err on the side of caution and don’t do it.

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