AustinMcConnell, a YouTuber who makes weird and wonderful videos about just about everything (but mostly about storytelling and movie-making) posted a video today. In it, Austin goes over the simple facts about how copyright works, or rather, doesn't. And how basically all fanart is illegal.
In the process, he interviews several people, including Matthew Gafford, aka Fredryk Phox, aka, the guy who makes the fan animation series "A Fox In Space." These animations feature a more deadpan parody style one might find in an Adult Swim type show, with Matthew doing most of the voice acting and animation himself. I personally like these shorts, though I can't post about them here much due to their style of humor being just a tad too much for my intended audience.
Give it a watch. It's an interesting subject, and an interesting perspective on copyright and the specific nature of an ongoing problem that someway, somehow, needs to be solved. I vote for some kind of iTunes Store-like simplification for fans to pay small amounts to gain a simplified license to use a character or IP in their fanart, fanfiction, or whatever.
PS - Subscribe to AustinMcConnell while you're at it. He has a good channel. I was already subscribed to him, which is how I discovered this video so quickly.