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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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johnnypenn
Mar. 24th, 2012 07:26 pm (UTC)
Why don't we take this from the writers point of view?
For me, I wouldn't want someone randomly posting my fic on the net, even if I've deleted my accounts.
It's still my fic. I've still put a lot of work into it, and if I decide to take it down. I expect people to respect that decision.
That said, if someone was looking for it, you could email the to them. That's not posting to the general public, it's just passing on text thatypu a d the other person know has been written by someone else. I'd accept that. But not going around and re-publishing because the original author has deleted it and can't be found.
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