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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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cschick
Mar. 24th, 2011 03:28 pm (UTC)
Right. There is more than one fandom out there with a "lost-and-found" type of forum which at least partly participates in this type of private distribution. The XF Lost & Found message board is obviously the one that comes immediately to my mind (being both public and extremely well organized), but I've located and used such resources in fandoms outside XF as well.

Edited at 2011-03-24 03:29 pm (UTC)
fides
Mar. 24th, 2011 03:53 pm (UTC)
I suspect it happens more in older fandoms where archives have fallen over or gone offline (incidentally taking works with them) rather than the author deliberately pulling their works. The former sadly happens all to often while the later is, thankfully, comparatively rare.
cschick
Mar. 24th, 2011 03:59 pm (UTC)
Heh. Being who I am, I know that probably 75% of the stories passed around this way in XF at least, were deliberately taken down by authors.

But, back to the OP ... maybe for your fandom, the better idea would be to create some sort of forum where people can post requests for help finding fiction within the fandom, the side effect of which might be the evolution of this type of system.
fides
Mar. 24th, 2011 04:06 pm (UTC)
Ah well - it was but a passing theory. And now it has passed ;-)
morgandawn
Mar. 24th, 2011 06:58 pm (UTC)
storyfinder communities for the win!
I love this idea.....in The Professionals fandom they have an 'out of print' sharing circle (for 'out of print' print zines) where people will photocopy and mail a story (at cost). In most other fandoms, there are storyfinder communities. If there isn't one for your fandom, you could create one.

In The Professionals LJ community, fans list the zines (or in the case of the circuit stories that were circulated but never published in a zine) the authors, along with their contact info. People then communicate on a 1:1 basis.

Edited at 2011-03-24 07:36 pm (UTC)
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