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19 hours ago, suspensewriter said:

I wonder how much it was settled for?


I goggled it and found that both sides agreed to dismissal, saying, "Now that the lawsuit has been settled, it's still unclear whether the film did infringe on copyrighted material." So who knows what or if there was a monetary settlement. ???

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It's very interesting, and something I never quite put together-that the copyright of the first book ends before copyright of the second? Instead of having to wait until the LAST book's copyright expires, it's the first. Or did I misunderstand that?


Because in that case... Why can you write about a character even while he's still technically in copywrite-land, in a way, but you can't include his character arc? Either way, it's still the character, right?

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