Re: [mythsoc] Copyright Loremasters?
- Copyright in written works pertains not just to the words of a work itself, but also to derivative works, including the use of characters, settings, situations, and other original elements created by the author.
So yes, a work that uses characters from Charles Williams novels (which are still in copyright), being derivative works, would violate copyright if published without permission.
On May 4, 2011, at 10:44 PM, dale nelson wrote:
> We have some librarians here. I have a question. It is for curiosity's sake; the prequel idea I"m about to mention just occurred to me this moment.
> Giles Tumulty is a character in two Charles Williams novels, War in Heaven (1930) and Many Dimensions (1931). Suppose I wanted to write a prequel about Tumulty's ill behavior prior to these books, or -- for that matter -- about his activities between them. (He dies in Many Dimensions, so no sequel!) And -- why not? -- suppose I wanted to include Lord Arglay too.
> Would there be any plausible legal problems with this -- in the US, or in the UK?
> Suppose, further, that my publisher blazoned "Based on the Characters Created by Charles Williams" across the dustjacket.
> Legal problems?
> I'm curious. These questions are prompted by the postings just now about the Tolkien-exploiting books.
> Dale Nelson
- Yes, as David says, it's a great story. The closing sentence is particularly memorable -- but there's no way to share it with anyone without spoiling the story. It's not that often I call something a masterpiece, but "The Ugly Chickens" is one.--John R.On May 9, 2011, at 8:23 AM, Mem Morman wrote: