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DaveDJ
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:38 pm    Post subject: Question on Copyright Violations Reply with quote

Do you think I could write an Avengers story - in all but name - and try and publish it - maybe for free on Amazon?

I'm thinking of changing the name 'John Steed' to 'Don Reed', for instance.

It would only be an affectionate pastiche.

Or would this still amount to a copyright violation?

(I think Studio Canal own the rights)
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are plenty of fanfic sites out there so maybe try looking at one of those and see if they’ve got any advice? All the best with it Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 3:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a good idea. Thank you.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would definitely recommend the fanfic route if you have no intention of selling your work. Best of luck, looking forward to it already!
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dissolute wrote:
I would definitely recommend the fanfic route if you have no intention of selling your work. Best of luck, looking forward to it already!


Thank you, friend.

I must take this opportunity to say how much I love your site of episode summaries. Whenever I've seen an episode, I go and read them to make sure I've followed everything correctly and to see more clearly how the story ebbed and flowed. It's indispensible and I'm glad it's there.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most corporate entities don't worry about fanfic unless someone is trying to make a profit off of it.
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DaveDJ
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 6:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sam wrote:
Most corporate entities don't worry about fanfic unless someone is trying to make a profit off of it.


A good point. My defence, even if I never need it, is that my story shall be free.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember the days of Stede and Mrs Peale!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frankymole wrote:
I remember the days of Stede and Mrs Peale!


Haha, I was going to mention that. (For those who don't know, Geoff Barlow wrote some Avengers books with Dave Rogers back in the late 80s/early 90s but didn't ask for clearance for at least some of them [despite his current website claiming they were all authorised] so had the character's names misspelled throughout.

https://www.geoffbarlow.com/
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DaveDJ wrote:
Sam wrote:
Most corporate entities don't worry about fanfic unless someone is trying to make a profit off of it.


A good point. My defence, even if I never need it, is that my story shall be free.


Don't rule it out! The "Fifty Shades..." novels began as Twilight fanfic and have sold in their millions.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dissolute wrote:
Frankymole wrote:
I remember the days of Stede and Mrs Peale!


Haha, I was going to mention that. (For those who don't know, Geoff Barlow wrote some Avengers books with Dave Rogers back in the late 80s/early 90s but didn't ask for clearance for at least some of them [despite his current website claiming they were all authorised] so had the character's names misspelled throughout.

https://www.geoffbarlow.com/
I think I got The Saga of Happy Valley with a copy of On Target or Stay Tuned. I never got the others, or saw them. Well, I think I saw one of the other books but don't know where... I suspect they were "authorised" because Dave Rogers was on good terms with the rights-holders but then plans for the movie started, or perhaps Weintraub got a bit legalistic when they produced the new Cathy Gale prints for distribution. It's amazing how long ago it all was!
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