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18th May '16 3:42:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheIlluminati and TheKnightsTemplar.

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* TheIlluminati and TheKnightsTemplar.UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar.
16th May '16 3:00:05 PM Doug86
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Keep in mind that producers may arrange for a license to use the name or likeness of a character even if it's likely to be in the public domain, or even if the use would not normally be considered infringement if it were not. A recent example is the agreement between Conan O'Brien's producers and the owner of the ConanTheBarbarian literary estate allowing Conan to use his first name as the title of his talk show. TBS apparently thought it prudent to get the agreement even though it's unlikely the literary estate would be so foolhardy as to sue; the defense of even a frivolous lawsuit would run to many times the cost of such an agreement.

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Keep in mind that producers may arrange for a license to use the name or likeness of a character even if it's likely to be in the public domain, or even if the use would not normally be considered infringement if it were not. A recent example is the agreement between Conan O'Brien's producers and the owner of the ConanTheBarbarian Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian literary estate allowing Conan to use his first name as the title of his talk show. TBS apparently thought it prudent to get the agreement even though it's unlikely the literary estate would be so foolhardy as to sue; the defense of even a frivolous lawsuit would run to many times the cost of such an agreement.



* Literature/ConanTheBarbarian is public domain in the United Kingdom, and everywhere in the EU, since January 2007 (70 years after the death of Creator/RobertEHoward). In Australia and Canada, all the Conan stories published by Howard in his lifetime had been in the public domain since 1987. In the USA, at least two-thirds of the Conan stories actually by Howard (as opposed to [[PosthumousCollaboration posthumous "collaborations"]] with Creator/LSpragueDeCamp and others) are also in the public domain, since the copyrights were not renewed. However, anyone planning on doing their own version of Conan must be careful not to upset the '''trademark''' holder, [[http://www.conan.com/ip.shtml Conan Properties International, which has defended the mark very energetically]].[[note]]As noted above, ads for Creator/ConanOBrien's new show ''Conan'' contain the notice "CONAN is used with the permission of Conan Properties International LLC.".[[/note]] It should also be noted that many other aspects of the Conan setting (e.g. ''Comicbook/RedSonja'') are not from the original Howard stories and are still under copyright.

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* Literature/ConanTheBarbarian Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian is public domain in the United Kingdom, and everywhere in the EU, since January 2007 (70 years after the death of Creator/RobertEHoward). In Australia and Canada, all the Conan stories published by Howard in his lifetime had been in the public domain since 1987. In the USA, at least two-thirds of the Conan stories actually by Howard (as opposed to [[PosthumousCollaboration posthumous "collaborations"]] with Creator/LSpragueDeCamp and others) are also in the public domain, since the copyrights were not renewed. However, anyone planning on doing their own version of Conan must be careful not to upset the '''trademark''' holder, [[http://www.conan.com/ip.shtml Conan Properties International, which has defended the mark very energetically]].[[note]]As noted above, ads for Creator/ConanOBrien's new show ''Conan'' contain the notice "CONAN is used with the permission of Conan Properties International LLC.".[[/note]] It should also be noted that many other aspects of the Conan setting (e.g. ''Comicbook/RedSonja'') are not from the original Howard stories and are still under copyright.
15th Apr '16 1:59:00 AM LondonKdS
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* ''ComicBook/JackStaff'' ran into trouble early on by assuming that the 1950s British comics supervillain the Spider was public domain. He wasn't, but fortunately the rightsholders were amused by the comic and allowed the character to continue to appear as long as he was no longer explicitly named as "the Spider". All the comic's many subsequent revivals of characters from older British comics were [[CaptainErsatz Captains Ersatz]].

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* ''ComicBook/JackStaff'' ran into trouble early on by assuming that the 1950s British comics supervillain the Spider was public domain. He wasn't, but fortunately the rightsholders were amused by the comic and allowed the character to continue to appear as long as he was [[WritingAroundTrademarks no longer explicitly named named]] as "the Spider". All the comic's many subsequent revivals of characters from older British comics were [[CaptainErsatz Captains Ersatz]].
15th Apr '16 1:57:51 AM LondonKdS
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* ''ComicBook/JackStaff'' ran into trouble early on by assuming that the 1950s British comics supervillain the Spider was public domain. He wasn't, but fortunately the rightsholders were amused by the comic and allowed the character to continue to appear as long as he was no longer explicitly named as "the Spider". All the comic's many subsequent revivals of characters from older British comics were [[CaptainErsatz Captains Ersatz]].
16th Mar '16 10:50:29 AM Seef
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* Just as with films (see above), there are many American-produced TV series that have fallen into public domain. Or, as the case may be, only selected episodes have. Examples include the '50s ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'' series, ''{{Series/Bonanza}}'', many early episodes of ''TheBeverlyHillbillies'', ''Series/PetticoatJunction'' (most of its first season, in fact), and about a dozen episodes of the ''*** Van *** Show''. In some cases DVD and VHS releases of these episodes have to be re-edited to remove elements that are still in copyright, such as theme music.

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* Just as with films (see above), there are many American-produced TV series that have fallen into public domain. Or, as the case may be, only selected episodes have. Examples include the '50s ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'' series, ''{{Series/Bonanza}}'', many early episodes of ''TheBeverlyHillbillies'', ''Series/PetticoatJunction'' (most of its first season, in fact), and about a dozen episodes of the ''*** ''Dick Van *** Dyke Show''. In some cases DVD and VHS releases of these episodes have to be re-edited to remove elements that are still in copyright, such as theme music.
17th Feb '16 6:43:10 PM brb1006
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* Literature/TheTaleOfPeterRabbit Peter Rabbit]]: At least in North America

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* Literature/TheTaleOfPeterRabbit [[Literature/TheTaleOfPeterRabbit Peter Rabbit]]: At least in North America
17th Feb '16 6:42:32 PM brb1006
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* Literature/TheTaleOfPeterRabbit Peter Rabbit]]: At least in North America
9th Feb '16 8:20:48 PM ZappChance
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* Film/KingKong, sort of. The full story is complicated. Read TheOtherWiki's take on it [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Kong#Character_rights here]].

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* Film/KingKong, sort of. The full story is complicated. Read TheOtherWiki's take on it [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Kong#Character_rights org/wiki/King_Kong#Legal_rights here]].



* Just as with films (see above), there are many American-produced TV series that have fallen into public domain. Or, as the case may be, only selected episodes have. Examples include the '50s ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'' series, ''{{Series/Bonanza}}'', many early episodes of ''TheBeverlyHillbillies'', ''Series/PetticoatJunction'' (most of its first season, in fact), and about a dozen episodes of the ''Dick Van Dyke Show''. In some cases DVD and VHS releases of these episodes have to be re-edited to remove elements that are still in copyright, such as theme music.

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* Just as with films (see above), there are many American-produced TV series that have fallen into public domain. Or, as the case may be, only selected episodes have. Examples include the '50s ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'' series, ''{{Series/Bonanza}}'', many early episodes of ''TheBeverlyHillbillies'', ''Series/PetticoatJunction'' (most of its first season, in fact), and about a dozen episodes of the ''Dick ''***** Van Dyke ***** Show''. In some cases DVD and VHS releases of these episodes have to be re-edited to remove elements that are still in copyright, such as theme music.
19th Jan '16 3:12:50 AM Adept
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* All the characters from ''{{Morenatsu}}''.

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* All the characters from ''{{Morenatsu}}''.''VisualNovel/{{Morenatsu}}''.
31st Dec '15 10:29:03 PM YeOldeLuke
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* Author [=LettuceBacon=]&Tomato explicitly released every one of his characters except Dr. Shelton from ''Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers'' into the public domain. This presumably includes Shelton's [[http://darwinssoldiers.wikia.com/wiki/Oscar_Shelton anti-matter duplicate]] who possesses all of the original's memories, meaning it'd be quite easy to bypass the actual Shelton's copyright.

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* Author *''Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers'' author [=LettuceBacon=]&Tomato explicitly released every one of his characters except Dr. Shelton from ''Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers'' into the public domain. This presumably includes Shelton's [[http://darwinssoldiers.wikia.com/wiki/Oscar_Shelton anti-matter duplicate]] who possesses all of the original's memories, meaning it'd be quite easy to bypass the actual Shelton's copyright.
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