Subject: That feels so weird to me.
Posted on: 2023-05-09 11:02:51 UTC
Mostly because the whole Patreon thing is literally a legal loophole - in most cases you're not selling your fanfiction, but you're giving a bonus (early access, or extra stuff, or citing the donators in your author notes... this kind of thing) in exchange for a donation - basically separating the "money trail" from the fanfiction itself!
I could literally set up a Patreon, and as long as there is no copyrighted content inside the Patreon rewards I would be golden. If, say, my "perks" are one shots involving only my original characters and things like "for X tier you get to have a minor character designed by you cameo in the main story" the only thing I'd have to worry about is how to file Patreon revenue in my taxes!
For someone who grew up with the "I'm not getting any money out of this so don't sue me" disclaimer being everywhere, and havign used it myself, this is unbelievable.