History Main / PublicDomainCharacter

6th Jan '17 5:15:29 PM nombretomado
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** At around the same time as ''Project Superpowers'', ImageComics started the Next Issue Project. Unlike most of the above-mentioned projects, which updated the characters for modern sensibilities, the Next Issue Project is more of a {{Retraux}} AffectionateParody, with [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]]-style stories, issues the size of Golden Age comics rather than modern comics, and even vintage ads.

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** At around the same time as ''Project Superpowers'', ImageComics Creator/ImageComics started the Next Issue Project. Unlike most of the above-mentioned projects, which updated the characters for modern sensibilities, the Next Issue Project is more of a {{Retraux}} AffectionateParody, with [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]]-style stories, issues the size of Golden Age comics rather than modern comics, and even vintage ads.
3rd Jan '17 8:29:49 AM MisterApple
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It should be mentioned as well the issue with derivative works, new works based on previous ones, such as adaptions. Although the ''original'' character or work may be in the public domain, a modern derivative work may not be. You can make your own derivative work of that public domain character, as long as it is clearly different from the version of the recent hollywood blockbuster. Myth/NorseMythology, in and of itself, is in public domain, but if you try to make a blond Thor with a red cape and a hammer that OnlyTheChosenMayWield,[[note]]In the myths, it's simply a hammer so heavy that only Thor, the strongest god of all, is capable to lift. Stan Lee changed that part because it would be meaningless in a world filled by superheroes and supervillains with super strenght[[/note]] you may be in trouble.

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It should be mentioned as well the issue with derivative works, new works based on previous ones, such as adaptions. Although the ''original'' character or work may be in the public domain, a modern derivative work may not be. You can make your own derivative work of that public domain character, as long as it is clearly different from the version of the recent hollywood blockbuster. Myth/NorseMythology, in and of itself, is in public domain, but if you try to make a blond Thor with a red cape and a hammer that OnlyTheChosenMayWield,[[note]]In the myths, it's simply a hammer so heavy that only Thor, the strongest god of all, is capable to lift. Stan Lee changed that part because it would be meaningless in a world filled by superheroes and supervillains with super strenght[[/note]] strength,[[/note]] you may be in trouble.
29th Dec '16 6:37:38 AM Lepitode
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* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' uses figures from every religion and mythology on the planet as {{Mon}}s. These include figures from Literature/TheBible, Myth/JapaneseMythology, Myth/MesopotamianMythology, Myth/HinduMythology, Myth/ClassicalMythology, Myth/ChineseMythology, Myth/KoreanMythology, Myth/CelticMythology, Myth/AztecMythology, Myth/IncaMythology, the Myth/KingArthur legend, Myth/NorseMythology, Myth/SlavicMythology, and so on.

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* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' uses figures from every religion and mythology on the planet as {{Mon}}s. These include figures from Literature/TheBible, Main/ChristianMythology, Myth/JapaneseMythology, Myth/MesopotamianMythology, Myth/HinduMythology, Myth/ClassicalMythology, Myth/ChineseMythology, Myth/KoreanMythology, Myth/CelticMythology, Myth/AztecMythology, Myth/IncaMythology, the Myth/KingArthur legend, Myth/NorseMythology, Myth/SlavicMythology, and so on.
23rd Dec '16 4:11:12 PM Prinzenick
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* All of the cartoons created by Creator/VanBeurenStudios are public domain, as are almost all the characters they created (with the exception of pre-existing characters they had licensed, such as Otto Soglow's ''Little King'', the stars of Fontaine Fox's ''Toonerville Trolley'' and ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat'') are public domain, as the studio abruptly went belly up in 1936, and nobody bothered to claim ownership of their library or characters. Their ''Tom & Jerry'' characters do run into a hiccup, as a [[WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry more famous cartoon duo bearing the same name]] had surfaced a few years after the studios demise, forcing home movie reissues of their cartoons to [[AdaptationalNameChange rename the characters Dick & Larry.]] Even Thunderbeans complete DVD rerelease of the cartoons had to distinguish them as "Van Beuren's Tom & Jerry" to prevent people from confusing them with the cat and mouse duo.

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* All of the cartoons created by Creator/VanBeurenStudios are public domain, as are almost all the characters they created (with the exception of pre-existing characters they had licensed, such as Otto Soglow's ''Little King'', the stars of Fontaine Fox's ''Toonerville Trolley'' and ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat'') are public domain, as the studio abruptly went belly up in 1936, and nobody bothered to claim ownership of their library or characters. Their ''Tom & Jerry'' characters do run into a hiccup, as a [[WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry more famous cartoon duo bearing the same name]] had surfaced a few years after the studios demise, forcing home movie reissues of their cartoons to [[AdaptationalNameChange rename the characters Dick & Larry.]] Even Thunderbeans complete DVD rerelease of the cartoons had to distinguish them as "Van Beuren's Tom & Jerry" to prevent people from confusing them with the cat and mouse duo.
23rd Dec '16 4:10:39 PM Prinzenick
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* All of the cartoons created by Creator/VanBeurenStudios are public domain, as are almost all the characters they created (with the exception of pre-existing characters they had licensed, such as Otto Soglow's ''Little King'', the stars of Fontaine Fox's ''Toonerville Trolley'' and ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat'') are public domain, as the studio abruptly went belly up in 1936, and nobody bothered to claim ownership of their library or characters. Their ''Tom & Jerry'' characters do run into a hiccup, as a [[WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry more famous cartoon duo bearing the same name]] had surfaced a few years after the studios demise, forcing home movie reissues of their cartoons to [[AdaptationalNameChange rename the characters Dick & Larry.]] Even Thunderbeans complete DVD rerelease of the cartoons had to distinguish them as "Van Beuren's Tom & Jerry" to prevent people from confusing them with the cat and mouse duo.
23rd Dec '16 4:02:57 PM Prinzenick
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* ''Webcomic/{{Lightbringer}}: All of the characters and stories in the series were released into the public domain by its creator, [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]].

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* ''Webcomic/{{Lightbringer}}: ''Webcomic/{{Lightbringer}}'': All of the characters and stories in the series were released into the public domain by its creator, [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]].
23rd Dec '16 4:02:33 PM Prinzenick
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* ''Webcomic/{{Lightbringer}}: All of the characters and stories in the series were released into the public domain by its creator, Creator/{{Linkara}}.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Lightbringer}}: All of the characters and stories in the series were released into the public domain by its creator, Creator/{{Linkara}}.[[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]].
23rd Dec '16 4:01:49 PM Prinzenick
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* ''Webcomic/{{Lightbringer}}: All of the characters and stories in the series were released into the public domain by its creator, Creator/{{Linkara}}.
13th Dec '16 10:01:17 AM Sharlee
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* Creator/HGWells's [[Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds Martians]], [[Literature/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau Dr. Moreau]] (along with his Beast-Men creations), and Literature/TheInvisibleMan.

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* Creator/HGWells's [[Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds Martians]], Martians]]
** Also true in the U.S. of
[[Literature/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau Dr. Moreau]] (along with his Beast-Men creations), the [[Literature/TheTimeMachine Morlocks and Eloi]], and Literature/TheInvisibleMan.
13th Dec '16 9:59:05 AM Sharlee
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* Creator/HGWells's [[Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds Martians]], [[Literature/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau Dr. Moreau (along with his Beast-Men creations), and Literature/TheInvisibleMan.

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* Creator/HGWells's [[Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds Martians]], [[Literature/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau Dr. Moreau Moreau]] (along with his Beast-Men creations), and Literature/TheInvisibleMan.
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