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mattd43



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PostSubject: Simon Templar the Saint   Thu Jan 13, 2011 7:02 am

Is Simon Templar aka the Saint in the PD? he was created in 1928 and his radio shows as well as some comics are in the public domain. I was hoping you all could do a little research and get back to me
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PostSubject: Re: Simon Templar the Saint   Thu Jan 13, 2011 8:03 am

okay it seems as though the saint is copyright protected. My next question is how about Bulldog Drummond? it seems two of the drummond novels are before 1923 making them in the public domain. Also the radio shows and movie serials appear to be pd. So, the question remains, can I use this character and make a bulldog drummond movie? I can find no named owner of the character.
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PostSubject: Re: Simon Templar the Saint   Fri Jan 14, 2011 7:45 am

If the character appeared in a published work before 1923, then he is PD in the United States for sure. Just make sure you don't use aspects of the character that were specified in works published after 1923.

Remember, just because you can't find the copyright owner online, doesn't mean they won't find you. They may have even tried to register the trademark for movie use, so you should do your research, just to be sure.

My guess would be that this character is so long forgotten that there is no trademark protection, and nobody would really care...especially if this is a small independant film. But if you're planning a 150 million dollar summer tent pole film, then you should probably make sure you don't cross the line on any protected aspects of the character.

And yeah, I'm pretty sure the Saint is protected.
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