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There are lots of different fantasy worlds depicted in fiction. In general, due to copyright, a license is required from the original creator of the fiction to publish a new story set in that universe (for example, you need to get LucasArts to agree to make a new Star Wars book). Are there any examples of fantasy worlds where this is not true?

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But theoretically it could be answered with a single class of worlds. For example mythology. Mythology can't be copyrighted because the copyrights have not existed in ancient times (what a luck for us). You can use the mythology as much as you want. –  Łukasz 웃 L ツ Jan 6 '13 at 21:18
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Yes, the Man-Kzin Wars represents one such world. The series started as a short story by Larry Niven, but several more stories have sprung up mostly written by people who are not Larry Niven.

I have also read books by Mercedes Lackey that are collections of short stories written in her Valdamar world by other authors.

I think if you have a particular universe that you want to use for a story, you need to do some research and see if that author or publisher allows for other people to contribute to that universe.

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