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by MrPunch
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Using Copyrighted Toys/Comics in an Animated Film
Replies: 7
Views: 1863

Re: Using Copyrighted Toys/Comics in an Animated Film

Once again, thanks for your prompt reply, Andy! I am genuinely surprised at your answers, I really thought it would swing the other way. Taking the Star Trek example further, would that mean a Mickey Mouse stuffed toy packed with drugs would equally be as safe to use? It's hard for my tiny brain to ...
by MrPunch
Thu Jun 06, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Using Copyrighted Toys/Comics in an Animated Film
Replies: 7
Views: 1863

Re: Using Copyrighted Toys/Comics in an Animated Film

I have a similar question, but based around usage in a novel - so no visual aspects, just written descriptions. The novel – a work of fiction – has a character who loves science fiction movies and tv shows. I figure it is okay to reference specific shows in his conversations. Now for example, lets s...
by MrPunch
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Use of famous person or character in a novel.
Replies: 6
Views: 2519

Re: Use of famous person or character in a novel.

Ah I kind of came to the same conclusion as I was typing the question, to be honest. I think for the purposes of social media I will stick to something like a generic photo of a vhs tape with a hand scrawled 'Open All Hours' scribbled on the label. Can't see that being controversial. Thanks for your...
by MrPunch
Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Use of famous person or character in a novel.
Replies: 6
Views: 2519

Re: Use of famous person or character in a novel.

On a related note regarding this question and social media, or more specifically Instagram. I would like to promote a new novel - a work of satirical fiction. In this fictional future, various TV shows and songs have been banned by the government - and the story refers to old (real life) tv shows an...
by MrPunch
Wed Jan 02, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Use of famous person or character in a novel.
Replies: 6
Views: 2519

Re: Use of famous person or character in a novel.

Thanks for your reply. Fictional characters seems too much of a grey area so the safest approach all round is for me to stick to famous 'dead' celebrities. You appear to suggest a dead celebrity could endorse a commercial product - did I read that right? Would there not be some cause for complaint f...
by MrPunch
Wed Dec 19, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Is it legal to quote in a book?
Replies: 9
Views: 5451

Re: Is it legal to quote in a book?

Hey - thanks a lot!
by MrPunch
Tue Dec 18, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Is it legal to quote in a book?
Replies: 9
Views: 5451

Re: Is it legal to quote in a book?

I would also like to use a Salman Rushdie quote in my novel. Does the quotation exception mean I am safe to do so?

The quote is :

“It is very, very easy not to be offended by a book. You just have to shut it.”
Salman Rushdie

(I have no idea where it was originally said or published.)
by MrPunch
Tue Dec 18, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Use of famous person or character in a novel.
Replies: 6
Views: 2519

Use of famous person or character in a novel.

This is a bit different inasmuch as I'm not including the person as an actual living, breathing character. Think more of a museum full of statues of famous people living or dead, AND recognisable fictional tv characters. For example: Bruce Forsythe, Two Ronnies, Del Boy from fools and horses, Basil ...
by MrPunch
Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Photo reference
Replies: 1
Views: 1928

Photo reference

I’m wondering where I stand on this: I make fantasy art, and will often use a photo from a google search (that I do not own or have any rights to) and effectively ‘trace’ over it to use as a base for the painting. Eg. I’d find a photo of a girl in a regal pose, trace over it and turn it into a fanta...
by MrPunch
Fri Mar 23, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Punch & Judy
Replies: 2
Views: 2297

Re: Punch & Judy

Thanks!
by MrPunch
Thu Mar 22, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Punch & Judy
Replies: 2
Views: 2297

Punch & Judy

Hello all! New to this board and stumbled across it while trying to answer my question! It’s regarding the British seaside classic Punch and Judy. As far as I can tell, the character Mr Punch can be traced back to first appearing in1662. I’m no expert but that suggests to me it’s fallen well out of ...