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Marvel Wants You To Create Your Own Marvel Comics While They Own All The Rights

Written by Tim Midura on Thursday, December 28 2017 and posted in News with Benefits

Marvel Wants You To Create Your Own Marvel Comics While They Own All The Rights

Also no farts. Or death. Or aliens. Or bare mirdiffs. Or contraceptives.

Source: Marvel Create Your Own

Marvel has cracked the code on the best way to not pay writers by getting fans to create their own authorized fan fiction and owning their ideas. Soon you'll be able to create and share your very own Marvel Comics thanks to the publisher and TapTap Comics using Marvel characters and stock background illustrations. The site's tagline is "Your Own Marvel Universe."

While the platform isn't active yet, details say "coming soon." The terms and conditions do state that users are forbidden from distributing the content off-platform or using it for any commercial enterprise so "Your Own" is debatable. And just so you're aware of who owns it, Marvel adds:

"The perpetual, irrevocable, exclusive, royalty-free and fully transferable and sub-licensable right, for the full term of copyright protection available (including renewal terms), to use, reproduce, transmit, communicate to the public, print, publish, publicly display, publicly perform, exhibit, distribute, redistribute, license, sub-license, copy, index, comment upon, modify, adapt, translate, create derivative works based upon, make available, and otherwise exploit, in whole or in part, in all languages, anywhere in the world, by all means, methods, processes, and media formats and channels now known or hereafter devised, in any number of copies and without limit as to time, manner or frequency of use, without further notice to you, with or without attribution, and without the requirement of permission from or payment to you or any other person or entity, such User-Submitted Content (including, without limitation, any and all original elements of such User-Submitted Content and any and all works utilizing such User-Submitted Content and/or such elements thereof) for any purpose that the Tap Tap/Marvel Parties may see fit in their sole discretion, including, without limitation, in conjunction with advertisements, promotions, marketing activities, and/or any other commercial activities, effective as of the earliest date such User Submitted Content exists within the Service. "

The terms and conditions also contain a lengthy no-no list. A few winners are below.

  • Content that could frighten or upset young children or the parents of young
  • Prescription drugs or over-the-counter medication, vitamins, and dietary
  • Contraceptives
  • Sexually explicit images (pornography, etc.)
  • Suggestive or revealing images (bare midriffs, lets, etc.)
  • Sensationalism (killer bees, gossip, aliens, scandal, etc.)
  • Potentially slanderous or libelous content
  • Obscenity, bad or offensive language, proxies for bad or offensive language
    (X@#%!), body parts, or noises related to bodily functions
  • Politics (lobbyists, PAC sites, political campaigns, alternative lifestyle
  • Graphic violence (including certain types of game sites) unless approved by Tap Tap on a case-by-case basis
  • Death
  • Other controversial topics (social issues, etc.)
  • Double entendres
  • Guns (firearms, bullets, etc.)

So much for my SJW Punisher fan fiction.


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About the Author - Tim Midura

Born in the frozen tundra of Massachusetts, Tim Midura has long possessed a love for comic books and records. After stealing the beard of Zeus and inventing the pizza bagel, a much more heavily tattooed and bearded Tim Midura has finally settled in San Diego. He's the world's first comics journalist who doesn't want to become a comics writer. Find him on twitter, facebook or by email.

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