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I have written a childrens book based on a film i watched,

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I have written a childrens book based on a film i watched, it's kind of a parody, do I still have to seek permission from the writers of the original script?
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jamie-Law replied 10 months ago.

Hello my name is ***** ***** I will help you.

Have you copied anything, or just used the film to assist you in writing?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
It follows the bare bones of the script, I have changed the names of the main characters.
Expert:  Jamie-Law replied 10 months ago.

OK, then you dont need to worry. Unless you are copying the work you will be fine.

Look at the Wizard of Oz and the play Wicked.

Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I haen't copied anything word for word, more an interpretation, but you can still tell what the story is based on, is that still ok?
Expert:  Jamie-Law replied 10 months ago.

Yes. Does that help?

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Customer: replied 10 months ago.
It does!! Thank you very much.
Expert:  Jamie-Law replied 10 months ago.

All the very best.

Expert:  Ben Jones replied 10 months ago.

Hello I am sorry but this answer is wrong and it is an extremely simplistic interpretation of copyright law as the expert has basically said is unless you are copying the work you are ok - highly misleading! There is a thing known as 'derivative work' in copyright law which deals with creating work derived or based on other people's copyrighted work. If there is a clear link between the two, then even if you had changed the names and tried to make it your own, if there is a link established, it could be a breach of copyright. This is something which is considered by juries in the courts but it is what they would look at so bear that in mind.