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Author Topic: copyright and folklore  (Read 992 times)


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copyright and folklore
« on: 09-20-16 at 06:40 pm »

I have a question about copyright related to folklore.  I want to retell some tales based on classic taino folklore.  I have bought a book that is a collection of these traditional stories and legends, but is currently protected by copyright.

The book clearly states that these are tales passed down and retold by generations of storytellers.  So my questions are...

Can I tell these stories? 
Should I credit the author for making this collection of tales?  (i.e.  story by xxxxx)
Is there anyway I can tell these tales without getting into trouble?

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Re: copyright and folklore
« Reply #1 on: 09-21-16 at 03:49 pm »

The original folklore stories would not be protected by copyright, but the author's telling of the stories is.  You could re-tell the stories in your own words, but you'd need to be careful that you did not include story elements that the author added to the original stories. 

And no, you would not need to credit the author.
This post is provided for information purposes only, and does not constitute legal advice.

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