History Main / PublicDomainCharacter

11th Jul '16 12:42:55 PM ecuvulle6267
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/SgtFrog'': Grays type aliens, Flatwood monsters and eventually Chupacabras all appear through the series.
[[/folder]]
22nd Jun '16 4:46:57 AM Adept
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Visit any Wal-Mart in the US or Canada and you'll find many [=DVDs=] on budget labels featuring famous movies and movie stars. This is due to a huge number of films falling out of copyright and going into public domain, either due to failure by the studio to put a copyright notice on the film in the first place, or a studio or other entity failing to renew copyright. Among the literally hundreds of examples of films that are public domain and thus fair game for anyone to release on home video are the classic MGM musicals ''Royal Wedding'' and ''Till the Clouds Roll By'', the Cary Grant/Audrey Hepburn film ''Charade'', the Jayne Mansfield film ''The Fat Spy'', Jane Russell's ''The Outlaw'', the [[SupermanTheatricalCartoons Fleischer Superman cartoon shorts]] of the 1930s, and several Tarzan films. To name, literally, only a very few. Simply put, if you see the same film released by a half dozen different companies on Amazon or in a store, and it's not an "imported" bootleg, then odds are it's fallen into public domain.

to:

* Visit any Wal-Mart in the US or Canada and you'll find many [=DVDs=] on budget labels featuring famous movies and movie stars. This is due to a huge number of films falling out of copyright and going into public domain, either due to failure by the studio to put a copyright notice on the film in the first place, or a studio or other entity failing to renew copyright. Among the literally hundreds of examples of films that are public domain and thus fair game for anyone to release on home video are the classic MGM musicals ''Royal Wedding'' and ''Till the Clouds Roll By'', the Cary Grant/Audrey Hepburn film ''Charade'', the Jayne Mansfield film ''The Fat Spy'', Jane Russell's ''The Outlaw'', the [[SupermanTheatricalCartoons [[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheatricalCartoons Fleischer Superman cartoon shorts]] of the 1930s, and several Tarzan films. To name, literally, only a very few. Simply put, if you see the same film released by a half dozen different companies on Amazon or in a store, and it's not an "imported" bootleg, then odds are it's fallen into public domain.
31st May '16 7:27:45 PM TitoMosquito
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* The site [[http://pdsh.wikia.com pdsh.wikia.com]] is a [[TheWikiRule wiki]] all about public domain superhero characters. There are a few open source characters, a la Jenny Everywhere, as well. The rest are all Golden Age heroes or Silver Age characters that had their publishers ''badly'' screw up the copyright registration.

to:

* The site [[http://pdsh.wikia.com pdsh.wikia.com]] com/wiki/Public_Domain_Super_Heroes Public Domain Super Heroes]] is a [[TheWikiRule wiki]] all about public domain superhero characters. There are a few open source characters, a la Jenny Everywhere, as well. The rest are all Golden Age heroes or Silver Age characters that had their publishers ''badly'' screw up the copyright registration.
18th May '16 3:42:48 AM Morgenthaler
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* TheIlluminati and TheKnightsTemplar.

to:

* TheIlluminati and TheKnightsTemplar.UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar.
16th May '16 3:00:05 PM Doug86
Is there an issue? Send a Message


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.

to:

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.

to:

* 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
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ''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]].

to:

* ''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
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* ''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
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* 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.

to:

* 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
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Literature/TheTaleOfPeterRabbit Peter Rabbit]]: At least in North America

to:

* Literature/TheTaleOfPeterRabbit [[Literature/TheTaleOfPeterRabbit Peter Rabbit]]: At least in North America
17th Feb '16 6:42:32 PM brb1006
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* Literature/TheTaleOfPeterRabbit Peter Rabbit]]: At least in North America
This list shows the last 10 events of 109. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.PublicDomainCharacter