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#1 trina81

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Posted 10 December 2011 - 11:47 PM

I have recently been in contact with an author, who I messaged recently, about making an animation series on his book (Amy Peppercorn starry eyed and screaming, I really want to make this work I've followed his books for a time and I found him the author of the book I have the messages as proof but I'm not sure how this would work, I have the permission to go ahead with it I really need some advice as I am not sure about the copywrite although this author has messaged me after a long time searching for him, and I have the messages also he has added me on facebook. I know it has been confirmed but I am at a loss if I can do this or not and if so what proof do I need?, I need someone to mail me asap so I can start on the series, I just need to know that it is ok to do so from moviestorm.
Thank you so much and if proof is needed I have that,
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ps I wll need so much support while making this series thank you.This is an opportunity for me and my voice actors/actresses.

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 02:58 AM

You need to get this in writing and also see what his agreement will be if you are able to sell this movie. If this is a well known author, you will have no problems getting it listed on IMDB and that is a start to selling a movie. Usually I make an agreement to split all profits 50/50 with the author of a script.

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 03:27 AM

Does the author hold the copyright? If a publisher owns it you may have a bit harder time.

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 05:44 AM

Yes, you will need to know if this author is self-published, meaning he would hold copyright, or if he is going through a publisher, which means they would have the copyright. If anyone other then the author has a copyright then you will need to get permission from the copyright holder as well.

I would recommend getting everything in writing. Emails and messages are good, but a written agreement goes much further in the legal system, assuming things got there of course.

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 04:15 PM

QUOTE (Armanus @ Dec 11 2011, 05:44 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yes, you will need to know if this author is self-published, meaning he would hold copyright, or if he is going through a publisher, which means they would have the copyright. If anyone other then the author has a copyright then you will need to get permission from the copyright holder as well.

I would recommend getting everything in writing. Emails and messages are good, but a written agreement goes much further in the legal system, assuming things got there of course.
Yeah he does hold the copyright does this mean i can go ahead with it?


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Posted 20 December 2011 - 08:30 PM

As long as you have his permission and he holds the rights to it there really isn't anything stopping you. To cover yourself you might want to have the permission and whatever agreements you made in writing, although that certainly isn't required for you to go ahead with it.

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 10:26 PM

HI Trina81,

As Lucinda mentioned, get his permission in writing and make sure expectations are understood by each party. Sharing any monies generated 50/50 is a simple agreement with out fine print, but make sure it's understood that this agreement works across all markets, not just England.
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Posted 01 January 2012 - 04:32 AM

Find out when the book was published and what country the copyright resides. A copyright usually lasts 50 to 70 years after thje author has died. I am not sure how long in the States. Go to the Library of Congrsess site and find out same for the British Library. For example Charles Dicken's works are now in the public domain becasue the author died over a huindred yers ago. In certain countries such as Britain and the USA copyright runs our after so many years. So find out either from the publisher or go to your local library. Best of luck. and have a Happy New year. from Jim mackie
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Posted 18 February 2012 - 09:59 PM

Good luck with your project! If you need voice actors, I'd be glad to help out.


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