1. The Byzantine Bandit
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    Is this form copyrighted?

    Discussion in 'Publishing' started by The Byzantine Bandit, Jul 8, 2013.

    I have an idea for a children's book which follows the plot line of using a character who is a lot like the (presumed) audience to introduce a character/culture that is not very much like the presumed audience. Is this form of writing copyrighted or even something that can be copyrighted? Thanks!
     
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    Something like that can't be copyrighted. It's simply an idea or method of executing an idea.
     
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    That can't be copyrighted.
     
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    The form cannot be copyrighted. A specific work following that form can be copyrighted, and in fact is copyrighted as soon as you have a durable draft (durable meaning it will persist in some tangible form and can therefore be presented before a court, if necessary - A picture composed of trails of smoke would not be a durable medium).
     
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    learn what can and cannot be copyrighted here:

    www.copyright.gov

    and about trademark protection here:

    www.uspto.gov
     

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