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    Copyright question

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by newb101, Apr 12, 2012.

    I am thinking of writing a story about Frankenstein. Similar to how Dean Koontz writes about Victor Frankenstein in the modern setting.

    There seem to be plenty of derivatives of Frankenstein - Young Frankenstein, Frankenweenie etc.
    I was wandering if there were any copyright issues to consider, regarding the original works.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parody#Copyright_issues

    That's the best I could come up with.

    Basically, in the US you're home free, in Canada you might have to watch out(there's some precedence) and I didn't bother to read the UK section.
     
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    there's no problem writing something based on the original mary shelley frankenstein anywhere in the world, since the original story was written nearly two hundred years ago and it doesn't have a perpetual copyright...

    go here for basic copyright info: www.copyright.gov

    that's for the us, but any other country that's a signatory to the berne convention [such as the uk and canada] will have much the same laws...

    however, if you base your story on say koontz's series variation, or mel brooks' classic spoof, then you'll be in deep doo-doo...
     
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    Thanks for the replies, they're incredibly helpfull.
    Good luck with the writing everyone
     

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