*LOL* A molting Arno... That would be quite interesting, actually...
<P>Anyway, here's an interesting story I picked up yesterday in a newsgroup... Appearently it'a a wellknown story too, but I can't remember names, places, dates, etc, so I'll summarize:
This woman started out as a fanfic writer, but soon became professional. Her books got published, but she never forgot where she came from. She helped aspiring authors by reading their stories and having them published in an anthology thing. She was very available to them, as a courtesy, giving something back to where she came from.
One day a writer wrote her a story with a basic idea that she used in her nearly finished novel. She wrote the writer back, explaining to her the situation.
Now, the husband of this woman was a lawyer. He wrote a note back, demanding that his wife'd be named as a co-author. The publisher did not want to risk a lawsuit under any circumstance and would now not publish the novel.<P>It's sick, really... The writer has stopped being available to other writers, she does not read their stories, she does not help them, because it could hurt her.
I believe somewhere among this there ought to be justice, seeing as the law is involved... Can anyone spot it?