The Twitters are abuzz today about Amazon's new "Kindle Worlds" program, in which people are allowed to write and then sell through Amazon their fan fiction for certain properties owned by Alloy Entertainment, including Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars, with more licenses expected soon. I've had a quick look at the program on Amazon's site, and I have a couple of immediate thoughts on it.
I could see seriously dedicated fans not caring if the original production incorporated their ideas without credit or payment. 'OMG MY XXXXX MADE IT' Also, here's another blog that makes some good points about it. Fanfiction is illegal to begin with, so fanfiction writers can't really claim their rights are being impinged, as far as the use of others' IP goes.