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by MrPunch
Wed Jun 10, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Same scene, different book
Replies: 2
Views: 1456

Re: Same scene, different book

I think I shall rework the scene entirely!
Thanks again.
by MrPunch
Tue Jun 09, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Same scene, different book
Replies: 2
Views: 1456

Same scene, different book

Hello again! Where do I stand with this? I am writing a fictional novel. A scene in the novel is almost identical to a scene in an existing novel and movie - same geographical location, similar bleak near future, events unfold identically and then a masked protagonist intervenes dressed and behaving...
by MrPunch
Mon Jun 08, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: The Queen's Speech
Replies: 2
Views: 1777

Re: The Queen's Speech

Thanks as always! Apologies for the tardy reply - was having all manner of login issues! Having no desire to be sent to the Tower, I shall reframe my Queens speech in the style of hers, not a copy. I like the idea of asking Royal permission but as the story is not too kind to monarchies in general i...
by MrPunch
Tue May 12, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: The Queen's Speech
Replies: 2
Views: 1777

The Queen's Speech

Hi again. I am writing a novel in which a British ruling monarch gives a national speech live to the nation. Now I was looking at taking an existing Queen's speech - the recent coronavirus speech , for example, but tweaking it here and there to adjust its meaning in the context of my story. It would...
by MrPunch
Tue Mar 03, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Is it legal to quote in a book?
Replies: 12
Views: 12724

Re: Is it legal to quote in a book?

Thanks!
by MrPunch
Tue Mar 03, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Is it legal to quote in a book?
Replies: 12
Views: 12724

Re: Is it legal to quote in a book?

Hi again. I have a further question to my old post, this time regarding the use of song titles in a novel. Not lyrics, you understand. Am I able to use song titles as chapter headings? The titles used would only have a loose connection to the story content. For example, 2. MATERIAL GIRL ...where, in...
by MrPunch
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Using Copyrighted Toys/Comics in an Animated Film
Replies: 7
Views: 6890

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: 6890

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: 6101

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: 6101

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: 6101

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: 12
Views: 12724

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: 12
Views: 12724

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: 6101

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: 3501

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...