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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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astridv
Apr. 20th, 2011 08:52 am (UTC)
AKA What you're doing by creating fanfiction (works created with the influence of copywrited material).

That has really nothing to do with public domain, most popular canon material is still firmly within their copyright protection period (unless you're working with older canons like, Shakespeare or Jane Austen.) Fanwriters/artist rely on the the Fair Use doctrine when we create derivative, not-for-profit fanworks of copyrighted material.
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