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13th May '17 10:37:04 AM nombretomado
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* Franchise/FuManchu.

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* Franchise/FuManchu.Literature/FuManchu.
23rd Apr '17 12:11:05 PM nombretomado
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* Sun Wukong/Son Goku from ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest''. (No, not [[Manga/DragonBall ''THAT'']] Son Goku... He is very-well copyrighted as [[TeamFourStar Some People]] well know...)

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* Sun Wukong/Son Goku from ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest''. (No, not [[Manga/DragonBall ''THAT'']] Son Goku... He is very-well copyrighted as [[TeamFourStar [[Creator/TeamFourStar Some People]] well know...)
1st Apr '17 9:19:47 PM DustSnitch
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** {{Jesus}}

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** {{Jesus}}UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}
31st Mar '17 7:39:46 PM Doug86
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** The original version of Blue Beetle (created for Fox Features Syndicate) is public domain, but subsequent CharltonComics (and, later DC Comics') revamps are not -- they all belong to DC Comics. Furthermore, DC Comics owns the Blue Beetle trademark, which is why AC Comics and Dynamite Entertainment changed their versions' name to avoid litigation.

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** The original version of Blue Beetle (created for Fox Features Syndicate) is public domain, but subsequent CharltonComics Creator/CharltonComics (and, later DC Comics') revamps are not -- they all belong to DC Comics. Furthermore, DC Comics owns the Blue Beetle trademark, which is why AC Comics and Dynamite Entertainment changed their versions' name to avoid litigation.
28th Mar '17 8:09:50 PM rjd1922
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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}}'': All of the characters and stories in the series were released into the public domain by its creator, [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]].Linkara]] on September 20, 2013.



* The webcomic ''Webcomic/{{Lightbringer}}'' was released into the public domain on September 20, 2013 - which includes the titular hero, associates, and RoguesGallery.
11th Mar '17 2:41:34 AM jormis29
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*** They weren't ''sued'' so much as Chaosium demanded that Creator/{{TSR}} put a ShoutOut to them prominently on the credits page of ''Deities and Demigods'', for TSR's use of both the Cthulhu and Elric universes (even though in the latter case, Creator/MichaelMoorcock himself had given TSR his enthusiastic blessing to use his characters Chaosium license or no.) After the first printing, someone at TSR said "this is nuts -- why are we giving free advertising to a competitor?" and decided to strip both the infringing material and the shout out from the book.

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*** They weren't ''sued'' so much as Chaosium Creator/{{Chaosium}} demanded that Creator/{{TSR}} put a ShoutOut to them prominently on the credits page of ''Deities and Demigods'', for TSR's use of both the Cthulhu and Elric universes (even though in the latter case, Creator/MichaelMoorcock himself had given TSR his enthusiastic blessing to use his characters Chaosium license or no.) After the first printing, someone at TSR said "this is nuts -- why are we giving free advertising to a competitor?" and decided to strip both the infringing material and the shout out from the book.
5th Mar '17 10:07:00 AM nombretomado
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** The first three Fu Manchu books were published prior to 1922 and are public domain in the USA; however, some characters are not public domain since they were introduced later, particularly his daughter Fah Lo Suee, who was only named in a later book. This has caused problems for MarvelComics, who cannot reprint ''Master of Kung Fu'', which uses not only Fu Manchu but other characters from the series. For instance, the martial arts hero Shang-Chi is a Marvel character and the son of Fu Manchu. Many stories refer to Shang's father being a Chinese crimelord but he is never seen or mentioned by name. Also, Fu Manchu is not in the public domain in Europe (Rohmer died in 1959), and Alan Moore could not name him in ''ComicBook/LeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen''.

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** The first three Fu Manchu books were published prior to 1922 and are public domain in the USA; however, some characters are not public domain since they were introduced later, particularly his daughter Fah Lo Suee, who was only named in a later book. This has caused problems for MarvelComics, Creator/MarvelComics, who cannot reprint ''Master of Kung Fu'', which uses not only Fu Manchu but other characters from the series. For instance, the martial arts hero Shang-Chi is a Marvel character and the son of Fu Manchu. Many stories refer to Shang's father being a Chinese crimelord but he is never seen or mentioned by name. Also, Fu Manchu is not in the public domain in Europe (Rohmer died in 1959), and Alan Moore could not name him in ''ComicBook/LeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen''.
20th Feb '17 12:27:28 AM jormis29
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*** They weren't ''sued'' so much as Chaosium demanded that TSR put a ShoutOut to them prominently on the credits page of ''Deities and Demigods'', for TSR's use of both the Cthulhu and Elric universes (even though in the latter case, Creator/MichaelMoorcock himself had given TSR his enthusiastic blessing to use his characters Chaosium license or no.) After the first printing, someone at TSR said "this is nuts -- why are we giving free advertising to a competitor?" and decided to strip both the infringing material and the shout out from the book.

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*** They weren't ''sued'' so much as Chaosium demanded that TSR Creator/{{TSR}} put a ShoutOut to them prominently on the credits page of ''Deities and Demigods'', for TSR's use of both the Cthulhu and Elric universes (even though in the latter case, Creator/MichaelMoorcock himself had given TSR his enthusiastic blessing to use his characters Chaosium license or no.) After the first printing, someone at TSR said "this is nuts -- why are we giving free advertising to a competitor?" and decided to strip both the infringing material and the shout out from the book.
15th Feb '17 5:58:48 AM Morgenthaler
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13th Feb '17 5:45:03 AM Morgenthaler
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Notably enough, the author only has to be dead for 50 years for their works to enter public domain in Canada - meaning that those of CS Lewis and Ian Fleming (died in 1963 and 1964) are no longer under copyright.

Thanks to the trend of various changes in legislation, copyright terms can sometimes be cynically described as lasting at least X+20 years, where X is the number of years since the release of ''SteamboatWillie'', the first Mickey Mouse cartoon (this is not strictly correct as it was actually the ''third'' Mickey Mouse cartoon, but it was the first talkie and the first to be widely released). It is generally agreed that the most recent extension of American copyright duration -- the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonny_Bono_Copyright_Term_Extension_Act Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act]] -- was enacted at the behest of the WaltDisney Company solely to keep Mickey Mouse cartoons from entering the public domain.

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Notably enough, the author only has to be dead for 50 years for their works to enter public domain in Canada - meaning that those of CS Lewis Creator/CSLewis and Ian Fleming Creator/IanFleming (died in 1963 and 1964) are no longer under copyright.

Thanks to the trend of various changes in legislation, copyright terms can sometimes be cynically described as lasting at least X+20 years, where X is the number of years since the release of ''SteamboatWillie'', ''WesternAnimation/SteamboatWillie'', the first Mickey Mouse cartoon (this is not strictly correct as it was actually the ''third'' Mickey Mouse cartoon, but it was the first talkie and the first to be widely released). It is generally agreed that the most recent extension of American copyright duration -- the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonny_Bono_Copyright_Term_Extension_Act Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act]] -- was enacted at the behest of the WaltDisney Creator/{{Disney}} Company solely to keep Mickey Mouse cartoons from entering the public domain.
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