Emerging writers | Protecting your characters | Video

Defamation (53:38)

When Michael Johnston published Brideshead Regained, James Gill, who represents the Evelyn Waugh estate, said ‘You cannot just wander into someone else’s property and take their characters.’ Surprisingly, however, you often can. Characters are not protected under English law; copyright protects the words and form in which ideas are expressed, not the ideas or characters…

Emerging writers | Protecting your characters | Video

Diaries and memoirs (41:28)

When Michael Johnston published Brideshead Regained, James Gill, who represents the Evelyn Waugh estate, said ‘You cannot just wander into someone else’s property and take their characters.’ Surprisingly, however, you often can. Characters are not protected under English law; copyright protects the words and form in which ideas are expressed, not the ideas or characters…

Emerging writers | Protecting your characters | Video

Using real people (34:15)

When Michael Johnston published Brideshead Regained, James Gill, who represents the Evelyn Waugh estate, said ‘You cannot just wander into someone else’s property and take their characters.’ Surprisingly, however, you often can. Characters are not protected under English law; copyright protects the words and form in which ideas are expressed, not the ideas or characters…

Emerging writers | Protecting your characters | Video

Moral rights (24:04)

When Michael Johnston published Brideshead Regained, James Gill, who represents the Evelyn Waugh estate, said ‘You cannot just wander into someone else’s property and take their characters.’ Surprisingly, however, you often can. Characters are not protected under English law; copyright protects the words and form in which ideas are expressed, not the ideas or characters…

Emerging writers | Protecting your characters | Video

CASE STUDY: We Go to the Gallery (23:06)

When Michael Johnston published Brideshead Regained, James Gill, who represents the Evelyn Waugh estate, said ‘You cannot just wander into someone else’s property and take their characters.’ Surprisingly, however, you often can. Characters are not protected under English law; copyright protects the words and form in which ideas are expressed, not the ideas or characters…

Emerging writers | Protecting your characters | Video

How to trademark and protect your work (28:16)

First, make sure your idea is properly documented. You do not have any copyright until it is recorded in permanent form. Trademarks are expensive and the process is slow, so registering a name and illustrations may not be worthwhile until you are sure the design is going to be a hit. If you show the…

Parody
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Parody

The law changed in 2014. Even if there is copyright use, the law says that “fair dealing with a work for the purposes of caricature, parody, or pastiche does not infringe copyright”. Unfortunately parody, pastiche and caricature are not fully defined, and fair dealing has no statutory definition, being a matter of fact, degree, and impression…

How is a fictional character protected by law?
Emerging writers | Protecting your characters | Video

How is a fictional character protected by law?

When Michael Johnston published Brideshead Regained, James Gill, who represents the Evelyn Waugh estate, said ‘You cannot just wander into someone else’s property and take their characters.’ Surprisingly, however, you often can. Characters are not protected under English law; copyright protects the words and form in which ideas are expressed, not the ideas or characters…

Clarifiers
Emerging writers | Publishing contracts | Video

Clarifiers

A bad clause in a contract is not just about bad or poor terms. Vagueness and ambiguity can be a problem too and often cause difficulties at a later stage. Clarifiers are the terms that make the contract more transparent and easier to understand. The Society of Authors lobbies for clarity in contracts through our CREATOR campaign…