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From: Duncan Gray
Date: 4 Feb 2004 20:45:54
Message: <4021a052$1@news.povray.org>
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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