Copyright Laws have been abused for quite some time, especially by big name corporations who would litigate with impunity even on some who were acting as fans of whatever they 'own'. Despite what some would say about me, I want to be fan-friendly and encourage a fandom of my works that would push the FoxFire Studios beyond where I can send it with just myself and a web page.
This is the reason why I dropped the classical Copyright in favor of the new Creative Commons (cc) license which does allow fans to be, well, fans. This license is as close as a comic strip or text story can be to the Open Source movement, where the code of the program is available for you to use whatever you see fit, including working on, hacking into, and tweaking with the code for whatever purpose you see fit. In fact, it's encouraged.
You are free:
- to Share — to copy, distribute and transmit the work
- to Remix — to adapt the work
Under the following conditions:
You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).
You may not use this work for commercial purposes.
If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one.
- For any reuse or distribution, you must make clear to others the license terms of this work.
- Any of the above conditions can be waived if you get permission from the copyright holder.
- Apart from the remix rights granted under this license, nothing in this license impairs or restricts the author's moral rights.
Your fair dealing and other rights are in no way affected by the above.
This is a human-readable summary of the Legal Code (the full license).
As long as you give me credit, use it for non-commercial purposes, and whatever you make into the story is licensed just like the original work is, you can pretty much do whatever you want with anything from FoxFire Studios. Save it on your hard drive, make a mirror site, make a fan site, heck, make a bash site; I've got several of them aimed at me already. You can even make fan art and fan works with the strips, make your own characters, and even combine the strips into your own comics and stories.
And not only will you get an approving nod out of me—more or less at the very least—there is the possibility for you to have your derivative works incorporated into the original work. I'll ask permission from you if I want to use your work, and give you the needed credit for the incorporated material. In the future, you may even be compensated further, if that is possible. And if you think I'm just saying this, the second book in the Scarlet PI series is being written by a friend in Honduras, which is allowed by this kind of license.
This ability to contribute into the fandom has been an aching need in my prior experiences with fan groups, but every time I did it only resulted in me getting kicked out of every one of these fan groups, including groups I didn't know existed or even wanted to join. This is an environment I want to avoid in my own fan group. If you want to make your own FoxFire Magic, go right ahead. We'll both be the better for it.