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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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bluevsgrey
Apr. 19th, 2011 02:58 am (UTC)
I'd say it is perfectly fair game. It is on your hard drive, was intended fannish consumption, go for it.

I have seen this done a lot in previous fandoms esp. RPS ones when the fourth wall starts to dissolve or when people move onto new fandoms and want to reinvent, reinvest. Just because someone doesn't want that piece of writing or that journal to be like, "hey, this is who I am," doesn't mean it is suddenly not shareable.
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