In which I spent about an hour or less (more likely the former) reading about fanfiction.
The summary I’ve been told?
The story about Lovecraft dying due to fanfiction and that Marion Zimmer Bradley not being able to publish her own stories because a fan had developed similar ideas is false. The links are in that post, I’m really too lazy to summarise.
When you have writers like George RR Martin claiming otherwise, well… there’s a reason why Galbadon, Martin and Robin Hobb are NOT on my buying list.
Edit: Jim C Hines, ever so nice author, has a link to the whole Marion Zimmer Bradley case. It’s food for thought, and pretty much the same thought I had about fanfiction as well. Basically don’t see, and don’t tell.