Questions tagged [copyright]

A legal concept that grants the creator of an original work exclusive rights to its use and distribution.

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Who owns The Lone Ranger these days?

News has it that Universal Studios is working on the next Green Hornet reboot, The Green Hornet and Kato. What about Britt Reid's great uncle, the Lone Ranger? Have the film rights to him reverted ...
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Can a specific shooting style be patented?

I was watching one of my childhood cartoons and realized one of the scenes was directly uplifted from Matrix. What I wonder about is. Can movies get sued because they copy the camera angles and stuff ...
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Did the real Stillwater ever have a problem with Almost Famous using their name?

In the movie Almost Famous (2000), the band Stillwater was supposedly an amalgamation of Poco, The Eagles, Led Zeppelin and a few other bands that Cameron Crowe had actually written articles about ...
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Do the Simpsons have to pay copyright?

I can recall an episode of The Simpsons in which Bart and the bullies go to a bully meeting. In this meeting one that seems to be the boss starts a speach but is interrupted by another bully who hits ...
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Why did the film “Yesterday” not feature any music written or sung by Ringo?

In the film "Yesterday", Jack Malik does a reasonable job of singing many Beatles songs, even altering his voice to match the original singer. But surprisingly, none of the songs were written or ...
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Copyright of name in movies

There are many movies that take original Lord of the Rings characters. Such as human, orcs, and elves. One of these movies is Bright with Will Smith To make such movie, do they need copy right ...
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WB suing 21st Century Fox for using the word “Batman” in Deadpool

In Deadpool 2, Deadpool says to Cable that he is Batman sarcastically. As Batman is a property of Warner Bros., why didn't they sue 21st Century Fox for using that phrase on copyright terms? For ...
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Does Disney now own Howard the Duck, and why?

Howard the Duck is considered one of the worst films of all time. It was based on a Marvel Comics character, made into a movie by George Lucas in 1986. The movie was a failure both critically and ...
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How is copyright handled when Family Guy reused old footage?

In some episodes of Family Guy, clips from old movies and series are used for joke sake. The most famous examples are the clips from Conway Twitty songs (in one episode they included a whole Twitty's ...
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Who has filming rights for Squirrel Girl?

Squirrel Girl is a very popular Marvel comics character, but I never heard about any live action adaptation in any development. She was considered a mutant too but then came out as not being one. So I ...
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Is it illegal to make a video jukebox? [closed]

I want to put my DVDs on a NAS so I can have a video jukebox and play movies without having to set up a hardware player and stick the disk in. However, when I talked to a video handling company about ...
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What is it called when a DVD or Blu-Ray fragments titles to obfuscate the disk?

I read a primer on copy protection schemes, but it did not mention the scheme I find most commonly, which is to divide the movie into many fragmentary "titles" and make it difficult for a software to ...
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Did Spaceballs have to get permission for Pizza the Hutt

As I am sure you know, Spaceballs features the character Pizza the Hutt, whose name seems to be obviously derived from the company Pizza Hut. Given that "Pizza Hut" is trademarked, did the filmmakers ...
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What properties did Disney buy from 21st Century Fox?

Disney bought some 21st Century Fox properties, which is quite hyped in the news all around and attracting jokes like these: Making fun of Xenomorph daughters being Disney princesses now :D But the ...
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What are the copyright laws for cartoons such as The Ultimate Spiderman

After Disney (Marvel) bought Fox I asked a question on whether Marvel own the rights to certain DC characters and someone posted this picture to represent all the characters Marvel (now) has access to....
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Rights to “Gotham” and Batman after Fox's proposed sale?

According to the Wikipedia Gotham is an American crime drama television series developed by Bruno Heller, based on characters published by DC Comics and appearing in the Batman franchise, primarily ...
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Did Fox need permission for the 'Spider-Pig' parody in The Simpsons Movie?

In The Simpsons Movie, there's a scene where Homer makes a pig walk on the ceiling while singing a parody of the Spider-Man theme. The tune matches the original ...
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Are scripts seeded to identify leaks?

After reading that the Hateful Eight script was leaked after Tarantino gave it to only three actors, I wondered why scripts aren't customized to help track their distribution. It would be fairly easy ...
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Why tech giants are unable to prevent piracy/cam(rip)?

In India, almost all movies are available on the internet on the same day of their release. The available movies are of camera print (cam rip) quality, which are recorded from camcorders, from the ...
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How music piece usage rights work in TV vs YouTube?

I have seen many episodes of The Kapil Sharma Show on Sony's YouTube channel and noticed that whenever a song comes, they just mute it and replace it with some generic music piece. But why? When the ...
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Rights to George A. Romero's “Night of the Living Dead”

The 1968 American independent horror film, Night of the Living Dead, is (apparently) in the public domain… but the stories of how it got that way range from the age of the film to how he ...
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Are trailers copyrighted or not?

Are trailers copyrighted? Is it allowable to freely use a movie trailer in one's own works or website? Here is a screenshot of an example where they had given the name of the publisher and an amazon....
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Can I copy the narrative structure of a movie? [closed]

Will there be any copyright issues if I make a short movie with EXACTLY the same narrative structure as the Hollywood movie "Memento", but with totally different story? Also, do I need to credit them (...
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Do stars of original series get royalties for reboots or remakes?

While this may be a bit subjective, the recent remake of Roots, produced by the original star, Levar Burton, got me to think. Is it common, or even heard of, for an actor or star to get royalties for ...
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Is there any way in which to use cross-over characters from other TV series?

I am writing a pilot for a TV Series, and wondered if it may be legally possible to write in a character from another (relative) series? This isn't it, but for example: If I was to write about an ...
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Can you use a certain song in a trailer, that has been used in a different movie-trailer as well?

I'm making a trailer about a story i've written and wanted to use a song in it from the band Muse. This song has most likely been used in other movie trailers as well so i wondered, If i get a license ...
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Are Movie Stars typically forbidden from appearing in future commercials resembling a played character?

Maybe no one around here would know the answer to this, or maybe it varies wildly, but I'm curious to know whether or not it's typical for movie stars to be forbidden from resembling the character ...
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Why do remakes need permission whereas spoofs/parodies don't?

Why do remakes need permission whereas spoofs/parodies don't? Scary Movie consists of lot of spoofs of other movies, yet they didn't seem to have any permission for that from all those movies. But as ...
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Permisson requirement for Song usage in movies [duplicate]

When songs are used in movies, in what circumstances it is required to get permission or is it always required? For example, If a song is played in the background and used as a soundtrack for the ...
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Why Disney/Marvel doesn't have rights for Badoon?

Badoon's story got stripped away from Guardians of the Galaxy film (2014) and Wikipedia say’s Badoon film rights belonged to 20th Century Fox. But how, as per my knowledge Kree more belongs to ...
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When does Fox's licence on the X-Men run out?

Is there any evidence of Fox and Marvel coming to an agreement for characters from both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the X-Men franchise to appear in each other's films? If not, when does Fox's ...
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How does copyright work for pre-existing character/work?

Do film studio have to acquire rights for a public domain character or they can use them freely? I mean characters like Hercules, Thor, Social figures or fairy tale characters or any other religious/...
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What are the rules regarding usage of non-featured songs in films?

In films like Step Up, Wikipedia shows some songs as featured songs and some songs as non-featured. Even only featured songs appear on their album. So what are those non-featured songs and what are ...
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Does Marvel have full filming rights for all characters in Avengers Multiverse?

In upcoming Marvel film Avengers: Age of Ultron, they are using Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, characters which are Mutants (X-Men). So has Fox agreed for the characters to be used or Marvel and Fox ...
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Why do studios use Roman numerals in the copyright notice in the end credits?

© Time Warner Studios MCMXCVIII Something like this is almost always used at the very end of the credits creep in movies (and TV shows). But why the cumbersome use of Roman numerals? Why not just say ...
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How can I find out if a movie/series is still restricted by copyright?

My understanding is that determining copyright is not always as simple as adding a number of years to the date a movie was first released/a series was first aired. What resources are there to ...