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« on: February 06, 2007, 04:35:40 PM »

Hey everyone.  Reading through some of the comments on one of the story's in the contest got me curious about some copyright issues.  I wanted to continue the discussion in a different forum and ask some (possibly stupid noob) questions about copyright. 

In a creative writing class, I was told that you can use the names of different established characters, movies, music, etc. in reference.  The way Kevin Smith has discussions about Star Wars and comic book characters in his movies.  They're referencing the actual thing, so it's kosher.  A hypothetical example: if I'm writing a story about superheroes that references characters in comic (as characters in comics -- they're not in the DC/Marvel universe or anything -- just the comics themselves) that isn't a problem.  Is this an accurate statement? 
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« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2007, 04:57:37 PM »

Hey everyone.  Reading through some of the comments on one of the story's in the contest got me curious about some copyright issues.  I wanted to continue the discussion in a different forum and ask some (possibly stupid noob) questions about copyright. 

In a creative writing class, I was told that you can use the names of different established characters, movies, music, etc. in reference.  The way Kevin Smith has discussions about Star Wars and comic book characters in his movies.  They're referencing the actual thing, so it's kosher.  A hypothetical example: if I'm writing a story about superheroes that references characters in comic (as characters in comics -- they're not in the DC/Marvel universe or anything -- just the comics themselves) that isn't a problem.  Is this an accurate statement? 

Pretty much as long as you aren't writing a story about "Superman" for example, you should be okay if you have characters discuss Superman or Superman comics. But to write a Superman adventure, or have Superman appear as a character in the story you'd need clearance from DC comics.
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« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2007, 07:01:50 PM »

Similar discussion at   http://forum.escapeartists.info/index.php?topic=325.0
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« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2007, 07:07:49 PM »

Ah, very cool.  Thanks for the discussion here and the link to the other discussion.
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