June 9, 2020 at 4:59PM


Can I use a news article as a the basis of a screenplay

I found a funny news article and I would like to create a screenplay from it. It's an old article from 1907 I found in the NY Times. I went on a big runaround with the licensing people there and I'm still not sure what the answer is. To me, it makes sense that I could write a script based on news reporting. But they said the article is not available to option. Do I really need permission to write a story based on the news?

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