Re: Re: Can I write a second book to an old children's story-like Charlotte's Web 2, etc.?
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Posted by M Arthur Auslander on October 03, 2002 at 23:45:00:
In Reply to: Re: Can I write a second book to an old children's story-like Charlotte's Web 2, etc.? posted by Debi Hardin on October 03, 2002 at 12:02:58:
: : How will I know if I can write a second book on a children's story that how been around for a while, like a second book to Mary Poppins, or any of the old wonderful classics? How do I find info on the copywright laws of each one?
: My question is if the first book that was written does not have a copyright date at all, then can you reproduce it and get a copyright on it?
Dear Ms. Hardin,
I would not take a chance without a very careful study of the law. For instance, I'm not sure of the author's or publisher'r right to the name of the characters. There is the law of unfare competition to consider.
M. Arthur Auslander
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