Alliance Chat 28

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Welcome to the Alliance Chat: where no topic has gone before!

In this podcast, weโ€™re chatting about…ย TODAY’S SPECIAL GUEST:

Matthew Parker is an attorney licensed in Colorado (CO Bar Number 46914) and a creative writer. He’s joining us to clear the air of the many misconceptions regarding copyright law.

WHAT IS COPYRIGHT?
– Choosing to exercise copyright
– When a creator has copyright on a work
– How to strengthen your copyright
– Can you register a copyright for a webcomic?
– What is public domain and the time limits to copyright?
– Is cosplay copyright infringement?

FAIR USE AND PARODY
– What does Fair Use mean and apply to?
– Transformation of a copyright work
– Legalities of generic knock-offs
– What parody includes
– Where does a mash-up fall in the eyes of the law?

MORE ABOUT MATTHEW PARKER

– Mathew’s online webfiction Border KS (www.border-ks.com)
– Nonfiction writing on www.DishonorOnYourCow.com
– Email for copyright questions: mwparker42@gmail.com

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11 Comments

    • Yeah, international copyright laws are all over the place. I think the UK follows are lead, thought not 100% sure on that.

      That could be another question the next time we do a Chat podcast.

  1. That was a very informative podcast!

    My one question, based on Matt stating that its hard to copyright an ongoing webcomic, if you copyright a group of characters, do other subsequent ones fall under derivative works? For instance, take the South Park main characters. If you copyrighted just the original 4 boys, officially, then would all of the other characters be considered on the same level as the original and therefore copyrighted?

    • sorry for the delayed reply, but this is a good question. I’m not sure. If you are really curious, you could ask Matt, his email is at the bottom of the article.
      In my experience, I copyrighted my comic’s title/concept, and that covered the characters within, too, from what I recall (had to supply cast of characters and samples). But it’s good to double-check.

  2. Great Podcast Gang!

    I’d love a sequel! There was lots more I would have loved to learn, mainly about protecting yourself and your comic. I break up my stories into issues and once one os finished, I send it off to be copyrighted since it is pretty cheap. So I believe that protects my plots and characters? And I was wondering if you do think you’re getting ripped off, what steps should you take? Would it have to require an expensive lawyer?

    Again thanks so much for this informative episode!

    • To quote Yoda “Do or Do Not” So you must have positive proof someone ripped you off before getting a lawyer involved. If you don’t have concrete evidence, then you’re wasting your time, as well as the lawyer’s. But if you are being ripped off, then a cease and desist letter is in order. How to get that? Read on…

      There are Lawyer referral organizations across the country. Check your yellow pages, as most of these services will offer an initial consultation for free and charge a minimum fee ($75) for a cease and desist letter.

      Copyright is a deep well, and I do believe what you’re doing is correct to protect yourself. But I’d send our guest an email to ensure you are. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I just listened to this one today (I’m going back and listening to old shows that I missed) and every single time someone mentioned Muppets as Superheroes/Avengers, I couldn’t help but wonder if you guys were thinking of me. ๐Ÿ™‚

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