Anyone else having problems coming up with an anim for the theme
"Classic Sci-Fi" without treading on copyright issues?
while lots of idea's come to mind, they all involve ripping off (to a
greater or lesser degree) a copyrighted work.
If for example I wished to copy the intro-sequence to a well known
Sci-Fi series from the 70's (I prefer at the moment to keep my chosen
topic secret but for the sake of argument assume "Star Trek" - the
arguments and copyright issues should be the same as my real topic). In
copying the sequence I will be modelling the ships, craft and vehicles
as accurately as I can manage in POV. While my intro-sequence will be
different to the original (I'm not that good with POV), it must remain
visually close enough to be obvious what it is. Am I permitted to do
this? n.b. I assume the title of the series must be changed as this is
no doubt trade marked.
Another idea I have would be to build my interpretation of a scene from
a particular classic Sci-Fi book (again my theme for the moment remains
secret, for the sake of argument "The Invisible Man" should suffice).
The book is over 100 years old, and it's copyright has expired. However
Hollywood have made a movie of the book since, this movie must have some
form of copyright protection. Can I still do my interpretation of a
scene from the book (which is quite different to the Hollywood
interpretation)?, can I still use the book's original name even though
it is the same name as the film?
Same idea, but copying a scene from a different book. This book is
recent enough to be still be covered by it's copyright, and it would
seem it is shortly to be made into a movie. Can I build a scene that is
blatantly taken from such a story?
Is there anyone here that can enlighten me as to these issues and
anything else relevant (in particular with respect to ensuring
eligibility as an IRTC entry)
Thank you kindly
Duncan Gray (warning may contain traces of nut)
n.b. remove "-nsp" from email address if replying
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