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    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2008
    Here's the thing. I have an idea for a story that I'd like to publish outside of or similar venues. However, I assume that the places I'd publish would want to avoid copyright infringement, as would I. However, I need to refer to a copyrighted character existing as a concept in the real world.

    Say, a guy who dresses as Superman and then publically masterbates in front of the house of a female reporter that he's stalking. Could I have the guy dressing as Superman or would that violate DC's copyright?
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    LOL. No it certainly wouldn't... you go right ahead.
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    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2008
    I'm not planning to use Superman, especially not in visual form. It's for a short story and was an example of what I thought I was trying to do.

    Screw it, I'm not going to be like the rest of those asshat "You'll steal my supergood idea" fans.

    I'm calling the story "Smile." and in it I posit that Heath Ledger's incredible performance during the filming of The Dark Knight, worked a kind of sympathetic magic that drew to him a spirit of murder and madness. His accidental death occurred when he took medications to attempt to sooth the nightmares, pains, panic attacks and insomnia that resulted from the spirit's influence (the coroner's report reveals that the drugs he took were to treat pain, insomnia and anxiety/panic attacks).

    Unfortunately, his death merely cemented the spirit's grip on the earthly realm(as it was a kind of "sacrifice" to it). Now the thing has latched onto the idea of "The Joker" is possessing vulnerable people and driving them to serial murder and mayhem.

    I saw the movie (and Ledger's brilliant performance in it) and then today my dad kept asking about his death and I went googling it. And this is the story that immediately occurred to me once I found the above information.

    So, can I legally use that idea without incurring concrete legal consequences?
    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2008 edited
    My neighbor is one of the reasons I like leasing this house. He's this late 40's antiestablishment homebody who teaches blind kids and has read/watched more than anyone else I know.

    He told me about a landmark court case (I think in the US) involving comics and free speech where a cartoonist drew Mickey Mouse performing oral sex on Minnie Mouse and Disney sued him. Does anyone know if this actually happened, or was my neighbor pulling my leg?

    EDIT: Someone send the first and third posts of this discussion to Millar so he can see what fans expect when he reinvents Supes on the big screen.
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    So, can I legally use that idea without incurring concrete legal consequences?