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50 Shades of Copyright Grey

Type the name of your favourite TV show or movie into a search engine, add the word fan fiction and you'll probably see hundreds of stories pop up on your computer. Fan fiction is an increasingly common way for people to exercise their creativity. But its popularity is raising questions about copyright. That's because these amateur authors are writing about the characters someone else thought up in the first place. Jenny Roth and Monica Flegel are professors at Lakehead University. They're currently working on a research project called Regulating Fantasies: Fandom, Fan Fiction and Internet Policing. They're being funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. They spoke with host Cathy Alex.

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