RE: [mythsoc] Copyright Loremasters?
Carl’s right – the author retains the right to create derivative works as long as the original is under copyright. Which is why fan fiction is such a grey area, and probably the only way you could release a story about Giles Tumulty would be for free on a fanfic site (and even then you might be subject to a take-down notice). This is one of the reasons why the continued extension of copyright terms is so contentious; when the public domain (the stuff anyone can use for free – ancient myths, the works of Twain and Dickens, etc.) gets smaller and older, it stifles creativity centered around recent works. By the time the work enters the public domain, no one may be interested in using it as a basis for further creativity anymore. (Google Kim Stanley Robinson’s short story “Melancholy Elephants” for an eloquent discussion of this problem.)
Janet Brennan Croft
"Humans need fantasy to be human. To be the place where the rising ape meets the falling angel." -Terry Pratchett
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: