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Author Topic: ARCHIE COMICS FOR NOVEMBER 2017  (Read 33501 times)

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irishmoxie

Re: ARCHIE COMICS FOR NOVEMBER 2017
« on: August 26, 2017, 01:41:01 pm »
The 1940s stories are in the public domain?

Copyrights on the 1940s MLJ comics were not renewed at the appropriate times, because when the renewals were due, nobody at the time imagined that there would be any future use for those stories. This is true of a lot of the Golden Age comics. Some characters which are still owned by DC Comics, like the characters formerly published by Fawcett Comics and Quality Comics in the 1940s. Comics published in the 1940s by Fawcett, Quality, and MLJ can be found on public domain comics websites. While the copyrights to those original stories expired when they were not renewed, trademark law is different. Some of the public domain comics have been removed from those sites by request of the respective trademark holders, because lawyers will always find something to contest, and even if some of the people hosting these sites are technically well within their legal rights, they don't want or need (and can't afford) to contend with some legal harassment.


When will the 1950s and 60s stories be in public domain? Then ACP can start publishing them cheaply.

 


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