NovelGens is an experiment that relies as heavily on technology as much as legal know-how. I don't actually know if, for example, generating creatures creates a "right" to legally own, sell, or claim copyright over. I haven't spoken to a lawyer yet, and I imagine figuring out the legalese of a site like this will be a long journey with plenty of ups and downs.
Right now, I'm primarily focused on the tech side of things: the best way to reliably generate high-quality, interesting creatures at the lowest server costs. I do not know whether I can actually offer you shared legal ownership over a generated creature. Worst case, this site will have been a fun experiment and way to share interesting fiction prompts and creative ideas with others. Best case, things will actually work out and we'll create value for authors.
I'll update this page with more guidance after speaking to a lawyer about, well, everything. Until then, below follows my best legalese attempt at explaining what the intent behind the site is.
If you're trained in law, I'd definitely appreciate your input too!
Creatures generated on NovelGens may be "owned" by multiple entities at once, with each individual owner receiving the following rights:
For any specific creature, the "owners" are the following people:
Some features of the site (specifically, functions related to writing and publishing stories) may generate more content related to owned creatures. Every story written and/or published on NovelGens continues to only be owned by its original author, and no rights or ownership over those stories shall transfer to any other creature owners, site users, or to the site itself, except as detailed above. If you write it, it is yours.
Users may also add their own artwork to creatures on the site. This artwork is displayed publicly alongside the original NovelGens-generated artwork and may be viewed by any user, whether they're an owner of the creature or not. Uploading a piece of artwork transfers the following rights to NovelGens:
Every user-submitted piece of art uploaded to NovelGens continues to only be owned by its original creator, and no rights or ownership over that artwork shall transfer to any other creature owners, site users, or to the site itself, except as detailed above. If you made it, it is yours.
All NovelGens-created artwork for each creature is free to use, without restrictions, permissions, or attributions, for the associated creature's owners.