22.5.13

CHI-CITY DEATHCAMP

if i bought a romance novel and like, 'rewrote' it, or like, added notes to it/changed it, would i get sued.  i want to do this.  what's a good way around whatever bullshit i'd encounter?  sheer violence? i'm serious about this. hit me up with any advice. 

13 comments:

Matt said...

Well, it's possible that there have been romance novels released under a creative commons license that would allow you to modify the content and rerelease it without prior approval. Maybe you could find a romance novel in some type of creative commons database search and see what license it uses.

Otherwise, as someone who is not a professional lawyer, I think this is just a copyright issue. You could maybe contact the author or whoever owns the right to the book and see if they would give you written permission. Maybe they would say no. Maybe they would get excited and help you promote it in some manner.

Mandy said...

I hope you can find a way to do this, because it sounds like something I'd like to read.

sam pink said...

what if i change shit to where it's not as obvious.

Ben Arzate said...

I think as long as you didn't sell it for money, it would be fine. If you change it enough, it would probably fall under fair use.

seaparties said...

you only have to change 10% of it to not have to deal with bullshit

sam pink said...

just suddenly felt confused about why i gave a fuck/worried in the first place. finna buy one at cvs tomorrow, whichever has the 'hottest dude' or the 'baddest bitch' on the front.

jereme said...

Dude... Sometimes I question if you're an outlaw or not.

sam pink said...

you're just mad because i'm more alt-lit than you

Erica T said...

If the book's copywrite is expired, you should be able to do it. I think it's the same deal as that book Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Matt said...

If you change shit enough to where it's not obvious what the source was...I mean...I would think there's an extremely low chance the author would have a problem or any type of a claim.

If you were to not sell it and just reproduce it online, if they found it and recognized it, they would maybe send a letter that said, "stop this shit." It would probably be like file sharing MP3's, except fair use would come into play based on your alterations. But, giving away the original text for free with just added notes in and of itself could still be an "offense."

Copyright lasts a long ass time. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies worked because Jane Austen has been dead a long time.

But, I mean, all of this only becomes an issue if the author recognizes their work and wants to hire a lawyer to make some kind of claim against you and build a case and stuff.

Anonymous said...

http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ14.pdf

Avoid future headaches and obtain permission from the copyright owner first. That being said, I'd love to see this happen. I wish you luck.

Anonymous said...

"better to ask for forgiveness than beg for permission"

Anonymous said...

Seems ridiculous to "ask" for "forgiveness" thereby putting yourself at the mercy of the person you've "wronged" when you can simply "ask" for permission prior and there's no groveling involved.