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TomDavidson
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The copyright on Peter Pan is about to expire; in response, the hospital to which Barrie left the copyright upon his death is seeking another author to write an "official sequel" to the books in order to extend the copyright for another century. Is this kosher? Is it something that copyright law was intended to permit?
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That must be one awfully rich hospital.
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I read in the introduction to my copy of the book that the British Parliment passed a special "bill" (or whatever they call it) that gave the copyright to the orphanage in perpetuity. Is this American copyright you're talking about?
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According to the story I read, the European rights run out in 2007. Perhaps the British rights have been superceded by the EU?
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It might not have been the original intent of the copyright law but having replacement authors has been done before to keep franchises from dying along with the author. I'm not aware of any successful challenges to copyright under replacement authors but then there's not been many.

If nothing else they could novelize the Disney "Return to Neverland" movie.

I was rolling around the idea of applying for the job of writing the sequels. They're asking for a resume and a sample chapter. I was thinking maybe some form of erotic thriller...Peter Pan and the Tent of Doom.

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With the EU rights due to run out in 2007 and the US rights in 2023, the hospital hopes a sequel will extend its rights over the famous characters which have yielded large royalties from film versions.

In the UK, a form of protection and royalties are guaranteed in perpetuity by an exceptional clause in 1988 copyright legislation, but in much of the world copyright has now expired.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/arts/3582220.stm
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Obviously, copyright law has changed significantly since its inception. Although a hospital makes a much more sympathetic corporate entity than Disney, my personal feeling is that copyright law has gone too far in protecting corporate copy "rights".
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I agree with DD (DonaldD not Dare Devil) What's to stop anyone from writing X number of pages of crap and calling it a sequal in order to keep the rights?
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The changes in copyright that have happened is they were written with individuals in mind. They are now being used by corporations, those wonderful legal persons we've created. Although this is a bit of a special case.

We just had an extension not to long ago in the U.S., to protect the sacred status of Mickey Mouse. Go Team Rodent

Dan

P.S.- Has anyone ever seen OSC's thoughts on copyright issues?

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I'll pass on this one, but you what I'd say [Smile]
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quote:
Peter Pan and the Tent of Doom
Subtitled: Thriller Night.
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[Cool]
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