Producer-Audience Symbiosis

Via Kevin Kelly, an enlightening story on how comic, manga, publishers in Japan have embraced the concept of their audience re-mixing and re-using their work to create new comics and stories.

…a note-worthy innovation in copyright practice pioneered by manga fans and manga publishers in Japan. Unlike many major publishers in the West, manga publishers in Japan have been tolerating fanfic, or fan created fiction, based on their copyrighted characters. This could be an “existence proof” that symbiosis with prosuming fans might work for other publishers/producers of fiction.

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