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Paypal is asking for a lot of concessions from these companies including the right to snoop on user’s files. I’m wondering if Dropbox will be next. I’m also surprised that Paypal wants these rights because it seems to me by having them, Paypal could be on the hook for misdeeds.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

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  1. jmc
    Jul 11, 2012 @ 07:51:31

    If I were an author, I’m not sure I would be willing to grant RH the authority to collect and publish fanfiction of my work in any format, even with that release of rights. It feels (to me) like RH is taking a running leap and zooming down the slippery slope that 50SoG has already prepped.

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  2. spikewriter
    Jul 11, 2012 @ 08:23:23

    As a fan fic writer, I’m extremely leery of the idea of any publisher suddenly deciding they want to play in our pool — and that release from RH should make fic writers think twice. I think Jane is right and they’re hoping to find another 50SoG in the slush pile — and they’re hoping they’ll be able to do it cheaply. Thinking back five years to FanLib, which was an attempt to start a fic archive for profit that the studios could mine to promote their upcoming projects, and which fandom essentially drowned in bad, bad fic (Jack Bauer/tentacle p0rn, anyone?), am I wrong to hope this will crash and burn?

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  3. SAO
    Jul 11, 2012 @ 10:25:45

    I’ve noted that some big authors have ghost-written books, Evanovich and Clancy to name two. Maybe if a big name author wants to toy with the idea of leveraging their fame with books with their name and largely written by someone else, this is an attractive idea. They pay nothing to the ghost author and make no commitment.

    Or maybe the publisher is testing the waters to see if there is anything great out there and, one presumes, will sanitize it to get rid of any copyright violations, a la 50 shades.

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  4. Expy
    Jul 11, 2012 @ 11:31:59

    Who knew a badly-written YA could result in a badly-written fanfic would cause such a major change in the publishing industry.

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  5. CHH
    Jul 12, 2012 @ 00:15:14

    Disney Hyperion publishes the Percy Jackson books. Maybe Random House holds the audiobook rights?

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