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spanks02
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(7/18/07 11:57 pm)


Do I need permission from anyone?
I am writing a series of rewrites of classic fairy tales and am wondering if anyone knows if permission is needed to get them published. Or if anyone knows how I would go about finding out if I do need permission. Thank you all for any help. It is greatly appreciated.

Richard Parks
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(7/19/07 12:32 pm)


Re: Do I need permission from anyone?
As with so many things, "it depends." I'm not a lawyer, so this is not legal advice. But it's my understanding that, so long as you base your retelling on the "generic" legend/story, you should be fine. The motifs in many fairy tales exist in thousands of variations. For instance, I've written and published versions of "Rapunzel" and "Beauty and the Beast," and there was never any question about my right to do it or anyone else's right to do the same.

However, if I had based my retelling on, say, George R.R. Martin's version of Beauty and the Beast, I'd have been in trouble, because I would have been creating a derivative work from material that's under copyright, and only the copyright holder has the right to do or license those. I could certainly write my own version of the legend of King Arthur, but I couldn't write that version based on Parke Godwin's novel, FIRELORD, which is HIS retelling of the legend. See the difference?

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Edited by: Richard Parks at: 7/19/07 12:33 pm
spanks02
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(7/19/07 2:24 pm)


Re: Do I need permission from anyone?
That is very helpful. Thank you. I am using the generic form of the fairy tales, just the basics being changed to fit my versions.

MaryCatelli
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(7/19/07 8:58 pm)


Re: Do I need permission from anyone?
Are you reading old versions, ones that are public domain? Just to check?

Relying on memory can be dangerous in this sort of matter. Fairy tales often -- blur together.

spanks02
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(7/19/07 10:26 pm)


Re: Do I need permission from anyone?
Yes, to the older versions, not rewrites by anyone.

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