On the one side we had the argument that the writers and lovers of fan fiction were being hypocritical in complaining about how fan fiction was used by Ms Moran in her Q&A when they were, arguably, misusing the Sherlock universe in their fan output. On the other side we had, predictably, many denials of this.
It's an interesting argument and one that it is possible to see the logic of. I'm no expert on such things so I cannot hope to work it out.
I will however put my cards on the table and say that I've read some fan fiction and I've not yet read anything that I thought any good. However all that means is that it, as a genre, is not to my personal taste. I can say much the same about mushrooms yet I do recognise that others enjoy them and I would not seek to ban them in any way. Yes it's a tenuous analogy but those are the ones I do best.
Yes there is a legal side to all this. Is fan fiction that is clearly based on BBC Sherlock illegal? I have no idea and I guess it could vary across the world. I'm sure that a sizeable chunk of fan fiction could be walking on the wrong side of the legal/illegal divide. But, as I've said, I'm no expert and I don't personally concern myself with it. If it's legal let them get on with it, if not then Hartswood/BBC can elect to pursue it through the courts. The ball, if there is one, is in their court and it's up to them and no one else if they want to kick (or hit) it.
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