Where do I stand?

hanneth
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Post#1 » Sun Apr 08, 2007 8:13 am

Hi,
First post from a newbie elf... I love the different community set up! Anyway, to my question...
I'm in the privaleged position of owning a wap (for mobile phones) site, and have the means to advertise Tolkiens works. Its completely non profit making.
I wanted to compose some pages based on the appendices 'story of days' section found at the end of Return Of The King, keeping close to the original text, but adding little bits to inform any new prospective readers of exactly whats happening.
Not wanting to run into tons of copyrighting legal stuff, where would I stand if I went ahead?

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Thorin Oakenshield
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Post#2 » Sun Apr 08, 2007 8:35 am

I think you would be violating copyright if you do not have permission from the owner and adding bits doesn't help. Still i may be wrong but i suggest you contact the council members of Pt. They may be more helpful.

And welcome to PT. :grin: :wavehello:
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hanneth
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Post#3 » Sun Apr 08, 2007 8:44 am

Thanks, that was what I was afraid of. No harm in trying though, I suppose. If all else fails, I could always do it in essay form, maybe?

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Thorin Oakenshield
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Post#4 » Sun Apr 08, 2007 8:48 am

Yep maybe as long as the content does not seem to explicit. That's why i counsel you to contact the CM to know how they got permission to use LOTR stuff here.
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hanneth
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Post#5 » Sun Apr 08, 2007 9:21 am

Oh, right... I get you now. I just mailed the estate lawyers to see what they reckon :o)

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Thorin Oakenshield
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Post#6 » Sun Apr 08, 2007 10:35 am

Beware!!! It may cost you dear in....mithril!! :hahaha:
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Post#7 » Mon Apr 09, 2007 5:00 pm

There is a fine line between using a bit of copyright text to make a point in a discussion or essay and using it in fan fiction; the former is legal, the latter is not. You can usually get away with using a couple character names, but not the wholesale lifting of a section of plot and expanding on it Of course this is only my opinion, and not being a lawyer, you mustn't bank on it; because 'I know notink!'
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Post#8 » Tue Apr 10, 2007 2:09 am

Do you mean the fan fiction here is illegal?
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leelee
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Post#9 » Tue Apr 10, 2007 2:23 pm

Yes please tell us explicitly if the fan fiction here is indeed illegal. I think that is very important to know Grondy dear.

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Post#10 » Tue Apr 10, 2007 2:35 pm

Nobody is trying to make money of it, hence : nope.

One can use anything one likes, as long as one points out one's sources and as long as one's not going for financial benefits. That's all.
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