Re: Re: Re: children's book illustrations
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Posted by M. Arthur Auslander on April 28, 2003 at 20:36:54:
In Reply to: Re: Re: children's book illustrations posted by Brian Turner on April 27, 2003 at 01:23:35:
: On a similar topic I have created my own childrens book full of characters which I want to protect using copyright. I am based near London UK. How do I protect my characters before showing them to potential publishers ? Do I have to set-up my own company.
: Many Thanks
The UK copyright law, as I understand it is similar to and more liberal then the US law. Characters, in my understanding, are not in themselves protected by copyright.
If I am not mistaken, there may be no infingement taking a character out of a book and creating an newly created work.
My unresearched feeling is that use of a character can created a secondary meaning and eventually enable trademark and service mark registration. Rembembe Mickey Mouse.
M. Arthur Auslander
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