Fans have been creating work based off of existing ideas for years. One way that they can (legally) get around copyright is by creating a parody which is protected as fair use under the First Amendment because criticism is considered free speech. I know that this is how Weird Al is able to parody songs. This website is helpful in explaining fair use:

What Is Fair Use?

Stanford Copyright and Fair Use Center
What Is Fair Use?
In its most general sense, a fair use is any copying of copyrighted material done for a limited and “transformative” purpose, such as to comment upon, criticize, or parody a copyrighted work.

In the beginning, there was fan fiction: from the four gospels to Fifty Shades

Fanfiction seems to center around a devotion to another story that already exists. It’s like having a role model or looking up to someone, only that someone is the world of Harry Potter, The Twilight Saga, or even the Bible. Fanfiction writers get inspiration from the stories they love and almost anyone can do it since many books, movies, T.V. shows, etc. have thousands, if not millions, of fans. I think people who write fanfiction have a desire to be part of something bigger by writing to expand the boundaries. Star Trek fans literally want “to boldly go where no man has gone before”

This cheesy video does a good job explaining the laws of copyright and fair use, but the song might get stuck in your head.

How the New Star Trek Fan Film Guidelines May Change Fandom

I’ve heard about this story before, about fans wanting to create their own Star Trek movie only for the companies that own the rights to Star Trek threatening to sue. The companies are scared that if anyone can simply alter the characters and plots, then they can freely use what was originally licensed and copyrighted. However, the reason that the fans want their own movie is because of their devoted loyalty and love of the Star Trek universe. They don’t want to steal Star Trek, they want to create Star Trek. After all, who is the reason that stories continue to be known? Is it the licensed owners of the stories or the dedicated fans that keep asking for more? The irony is that the fans are more dedicated to Star Trek that the people who control it. Now the fans want more say in something they love.

This African Country is Taking an Unprecedented step in Internet Censorship

I don’t know why this is such a big problem. Gabon is a small, developing country that most people probably couldn’t even point out on a map. Meanwhile, China (one of the most powerful countries on Earth with a population of over a billion people) has censored the internet use of its own people for years. Also, I wonder if there is a black market for internet hot-spots.

“There’s a critical security flaw in Internet Explorer, which is terrible news for anyone living in 1995”.   -Stephan Colbert

Theresa May criticized for blaming London’s terror attack on the Internet

First off, they originally spelled criticized wrong. Second, I don’t know how people are even able to monitor the internet. Facebook have been struggling to stop it from being used to spread propaganda for a while and they have trouble with their own website. I really don’t see a middle place between a relatively free internet in the West and no internet in China. The internet grows, spreads, and changes instantaneously. To monitor the internet you would need to be faster that the internet itself.

On fake news

Most news actually comes from only a few sources. My uncle who works for the Virginian Pilot in Virginia Beach said that he once spoke to some local news anchors and they admitted that T.V. news sites get a lot of information for newspapers. If you watch CNN, MSNBC, or other big news programs they constantly quote the New York Times or Washington Post.

Why Is Dating In The App Era Such Hard Work

Most people think that you can reach more people through a dating app than you can among your circle of friends and that’s probably true, but I would think that it would be easier to communicate with that special someone face-to face rather than cyberspace-to-cyberspace. No fairy tales ever end with a princess and her prince charming living happily ever after on Tinder Or E Harmony.