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Fic from deleted journals, fair game?

 Hello, I'm new and I have an issue/question. Recently an author deleted their fic from LJ and FF.net by deleting their accounts. The author cannot be reached. I've saved said fic as a PDF and don't know if I can distribute it.

In *my* opinion, this should be fine. After all the author posted the fic to the public. I'm not saying by doing so that they gave up the rights. I'm saying by doing so, they acknowledge the risk of doing so. In addition since posting it to the public, doesn't that mean they wanted it to be seen? That they didn't care if it was to be seen? With that in mind, why wouldn't it be ok to distribute said fic? It has the old author credited. Like I said, just my opinion.

Can I or can't I? I've looked up LJ TOS and FF.NET TOS and they pretty much, to me, say, if you post on our site, we are not responsible for whatever happens.

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kaylle
Mar. 24th, 2011 02:48 pm (UTC)
I agree with what's been said above. I'm not a lawyer, but from a fandom culture perspective, this is heavily frowned upon in every fandom I've been a part of. We tend to be respectful of an author's right to control where their story is archived and how it is distributed. The argument that by putting it on the internet they've lost all control of it may be strictly true legally, but it isn't a very good moral argument.
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