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Questions tagged [copyright]

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Copyrighting music

A cautionary tale of the "if this goes on..." ilk. The government, which includes all humanity, sets down a law that copyright and royalties apply to any musical theme, and with the aid of computers ...
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How is the Mary Poppins Sequel legal when the author denied a sequel?

In her will P.L. Travers stated that another movie version was not to be made. How is it possible for Disney to make and distribute Mary Poppins Returns based on the work of P.L. Travers when the ...
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Does Conquest's album “Frozen Sky” reference the “Forgotten Realms” books?

A while back, I shared a song to a friend, who upon seeing the video's thumbnail, immediately asked me whether the band had ripped off the cover of Jean Rabe's Red Magic (1991), the third novel in the ...
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When does the copyright on Isaac Asimov's works expire?

I read in another answer that Fox produced the film I, Robot because they had just acquired the rights to the Asimov collection and wanted to get a big budget movie out of it. I would have thought his ...
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Who currently owns the rights to the The 39 Clues movie?

The The 39 Clues film has been talked about and speculated about since 2008, when Dreamworks/Steven Spielberg bought the rights. Over the years, a few times we've heard random snippets such as who ...
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Is it legal to use the word “hobbit” for a race of halflings in an original work?

This is a question that has been bugging me for a long time, the reason is because the only original work I have seen the word "hobbit" used in IS the works of Tolkien. Because of this, I am very ...
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When will Harry Potter enter the public domain?

Will Harry Potter ever enter the public domain?
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How can these unlicensed books about Middle Earth get published legally?

Octopus Books publishes a range of books that are set in the Tolkien legendarium, from coloring books through to a range of books by David Day. They are widely available online and through retail ...
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When will books by Edgar Rice Burroughs enter the public domain?

I recently started reading the public domain Barsoom novels (I'm on Thuvia, Maid of Mars at the moment) and I'm planning on reading the rest of the novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs, but some are in the ...
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Which studio owns the rights to the Watcher?

I understand that the first time that the Watcher shows up in the comics is in the Fantastic Four to warn about Galactus, but he is involved throughout several events in the Marvel Universe (such as ...
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Has Tolkien's estate ever sold the rights to adaptations of any Tolkien works?

Inspired by the comments on this question. J.R.R. Tolkien sold the rights to film adaptations of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings to United Artists in 1968 or 1969. Although he retained enough ...
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Now that the Star Wars franchise belongs to Disney, who owns the rights to Star Wars the Clone Wars?

With much research I have come to a wall. I have am a huge fan of the "Star Wars the Clone Wars" series and I don't doubt there are others who love it as much as I do but what I want to know is who ...
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Who owns the rights to the Marvel Character Death?

With a Deadpool movie coming out, and Thanos appearing several times in the MCU; which studio's movie universe could show death? I remember during the credits scene in the first Avengers movie there ...
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Is it true that the Daleks have to appear in every season of Doctor Who?

There is a very persistent rumor that the Daleks must appear at least once every season of revived Doctor Who due to an agreement with the estate of Terry Nation, the writer who created the Daleks. ...
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What is the connection between “Das Millionenspiel” and “The Running Man”?

The movie The Running Man(1987) is based on the Stephen King Novel The Running Man(1982). The movie Das Millionenspiel(1970) is based on the short story The Prize of Peril(1960). (The movie The 10th ...
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When will copyright restrictions expire on The Lord of the Rings?

I don't know what the correct vocabulary in English is to talk about royalties, copyright, license of a book, right to exploit, etc. I would like to know what the legal status is around the books in ...
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Public domain for Star Wars?

With the upcoming re-release of The Phantom Menace in 3D Lucas has again gone and changed his movies. Is there such a thing as ‘public domain’ for movies? If so when will Star Wars reach that point,...
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Who holds the license for Cadillacs & Dinosaurs?

Who currently owns the Cadillacs & Dinosaurs/Xenozoic Tales license? (Or, how can I find out who does?)