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Subject: Question about Copyright Information on Peter Pan?
Date Posted: 11/9/2011 6:05 PM ET
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I wrote a story almost five years ago as a sequel to Peter Pan, something new and totally not done before, but... I've never been able to find out what the copyright laws are and if it'd be "okay" for me to try and publish it, would I get sued, ect? Does anyone know? Because I've looked and looked... can't find the information... some things say it's okay, some say it's not... I'm confused.

Date Posted: 11/9/2011 6:43 PM ET
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It's not because the copyright to the Peter Pan name is still current and owned by the authors family or a hospital (I forget which has it now). So you'd need permision from the copyright holder to publish the book.

Date Posted: 11/10/2011 12:27 AM ET
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This is pretty fascinating reading about the copyright: Who knew?



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Date Posted: 11/10/2011 12:37 AM ET
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See, according to that link, says it's okay to publish a novel in the U.S... (just cannot sell it in the UK) 

Date Posted: 11/10/2011 1:36 AM ET
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or it could mean that it is now copyrighted to Dave Barry who wrote the Starcatches book..Plus you aren't disney which have huge lawyers behind them. Unless you can get the disney publishers to take on your work.

Date Posted: 11/10/2011 7:41 AM ET
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yeah, the whole thing is just very confusing and conflicting which is why I haven't tried on getting it published really yet. 

Date Posted: 11/10/2011 11:08 AM ET
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When you have to worry about that type of thing, it's always a good idea to seek out an agent and get them to suffer through working it out :)

Date Posted: 11/10/2011 2:22 PM ET
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After being scammed three times by different agents, I just have trouble trusting them. 

Date Posted: 11/10/2011 2:38 PM ET
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Can you explain how they scammed you? Just so others can know to look out for it.  A coworker of mine is a published (many times over) childrens author, and I know she sent in for hrmm 30 or 40 different agents before getting accepted.

Date Posted: 11/10/2011 2:42 PM ET
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They said, "Oh, your work sounds wonderful--- send me $ and I'll represent you." Then they'd dIsappear from the face of the planet.  Never sent my work to anyone, never read my work. Just take the money and run, baby. 

Date Posted: 11/10/2011 6:30 PM ET
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Any agent (in the fantasy genre) I sent my work to with a query letter I had to send the first 3 chapters of my story, that was part of their written requirements.

If they took your money, did you report them? As that is stealing.

Date Posted: 11/10/2011 6:34 PM ET
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Been a while, didn't know who to report them to. The first one was ten years ago. I've learned since then.

Date Posted: 11/18/2011 8:50 AM ET
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Update: Just been in contact with "The Great Ormond Children's Hosptial" in the UK, and they read my Peter Pan sequel, liked it, and I now have permission to publish it and try to get it made into a play. So, yay.:) 

Date Posted: 11/19/2011 4:21 PM ET
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I'm confused... what time frame did this happen in? I mean, when did Ormond read your sequel? I had a birthday since I last posted here, so you can put my confusion down to age, lol.

Date Posted: 11/19/2011 4:48 PM ET
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On the 18th I heard back from them and was very excited. :)