March 22, 2015 at 10:54AM

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Licensing/Rights Issues when adapting literature

So a DOP handed me this short story he had found and kept for ages and thought I might be the right guy to do it with. And it's real good. Good enough for me to say yes and start adapting it for a short film right away. And even good enough that I'm scared to contact the author of the original story in case he says no and ruins it for us. Because there's no money. So we can't pay him.

So I wanna know: When does a faithful adaption (which I wouldn't want to do without contacting the author out of artistic respect) become a more liberal "based on" and when am I far enough away to only be "inspired" by it?

Thanks for your thoughts!

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Or also: If there's no money involved for anyone, isn't it kinda OK to 'use' or 'develop' other artists work? Like books are inspired, quote and reference each other. Paintings as well.

March 22, 2015 at 11:05AM

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