Main Public Domain Character Discussion

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11:28:57 PM Dec 14th 2017
This page seems a bit haphazard. Some sections reference works that use Public Domain characters, whereas others list the actual characters themselves
08:33:44 AM Jan 3rd 2017
This page is very America-centric. Since having every different copyright law in evey country would take too long, what might be a good idea is having (a) Useful Notes page(s) for copyright laws in different countries. Is that a good idea, and if so how should I (and hopefully others) go about doing such a thing?
04:38:04 AM Nov 24th 2016
Does gender-flips count? I'm writing tropes for Eiyuu Senki: The World Conquest, but feel hesitant to put this trope down.
06:03:09 PM Nov 24th 2016
This trope is for characters. Myths, ancient religions, very old fiction, but in any case: not real people. That videogame seems to work with historical people, which is something completely different. See Alternate History Tropes for tropes that may work there, in particular Historical-Domain Character.

But, in a general answer, yes, gender-flips may count. Big example: Thor (2014)
05:43:59 PM Nov 25th 2016
It also has gods and mythological figures like Hercules and Achilles. I do realise that most would fit under the Historical-Domain Character bill though. Thanks for answering.
11:48:19 PM Aug 21st 2014
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I wonder, can you sell translation of public domain story if the character is trademarked? For example, can I translate and sell The Tower of the Elephant?
01:03:47 AM Aug 22nd 2014
To my knowledge, only if the trademark allows for it. I am not familiar with trademark law, though.
02:21:54 PM Jan 18th 2014
Not all Arsène Lupin Novels are after 1923, but some latter ones seem to be treated just as PD as the early ones. Especially the character of Countess Calgiostro aka Josephine Balsamo
02:15:52 PM Mar 26th 2011
It annoys this Quebec troper that this article keeps referring to "America". I suppose this means the United States? If so, then it should be changed because it could be misleading.
10:13:18 PM Dec 11th 2010
As has been repeatedly pointed out elsewhere on the Internet, characters cannot in and of themselves be copyrighted. So what exactly is the law concerning creating new works around a non-trademarked character whose source material is still under copyright?
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