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 Posted: Sun Dec 21st, 2008 08:43 am
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7793803.stm

The arrogance of Hugo's descendants astounds me. Leaving aside the fact that they attempted to make some cash out of their fortunate blood line what makes Hugo so different to, say, Shakespeare?

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 Posted: Tue Dec 23rd, 2008 12:57 am
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Glad they upheld the author's right to use works in the public domain. Now I don't have to worry about my sequel to Romeo and Juliet. I've got a couple of prospects considering performing that one.

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 Posted: Tue Dec 23rd, 2008 04:40 pm
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Recently I was faced with a copyright issue involving a novel I wished to excerpt for a play I was writing. Although the novel is in the public domain in the U.S., it isn't in the European Union. Eventually I obtained the rights I was seeking (for a modest fee), but I had to negotiate with two separate entities: 1) the estate of the novelist, and 2) an agency that actually holds the rights to any performance vehicles that excerpt or adapt the original work. It all turned out well and I got the play published.

What I learned is the European Union extended the life of copyright well beyond current U.S. law, and that other entities may own certains rights that might impact your being able to use all or part of a work.

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 Posted: Sat Dec 27th, 2008 04:52 pm
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I'm thinking of writing the 'lost' play Romeo and Ethel the Pirate's Daughter.

(I can see why the heirs would be annoyed. It's highly unlikely anyone's going to write a sequel to Les Miserables that's going to touch it for literary merit. On the other hand it's hardly likely to compete seriously with Les Miserables or impact much on its status OR its sales.)

 

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If you don't write it, someone else will.

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