However, my characters and webcomic are copyrighted. Furthermore, I am currently negotiating a deal with a new publisher and I don't need anything that could interfere by appearing in any way by appearing to undermine my ownership of my characters and comic.
On that note, should the deal with the publishing firm go through for next year, they will be the ones to pursue what they perceive as any copyright infringements. It would be out of my hands.
Obviously, I'm not talking about Skins fanart or fanfic but rather work that mirrors or copies my comic or character designs without my express permission.
Regarding copyright and copyright laws, U.S. Copyright law is also quite explicit that the making of what are called "derivative works" -- works based or derived from another copyrighted work -- is the exclusive province of the owner of the original work. If someones write a story using settings or derivative characters from somebody else's work, you need that author's permission.
Thank You All