Joe.Nankivell at ucd.ie
Fri May 16 10:49:06 EDT 2003
> Just to add to the debate, what would happen if you took an original idea of
> an artist and wrote a story for a series of pictures that they did?
Fire and Hemlock, anyone?
> removed would that story have to be so as not to infringe upon copyright?
> I wonder because I am toying with an exciting idea at the moment that is
> obviously from some paintings I found by a current painter... annoying,
> really, to think that I have to avoid going with my first inspired idea and
> change it, even though it will probly never see the light of day... I like
> it the way it is! [The plot and characters are mine, but the scenery
> depicted is distinctive to the artist.]
That sounds like legitimate cross-fertilization to me since you're
switching media. Even if you described the paintings in minute
detail, it still wouldn't be a _copyright_ infringement, surely? Do art
historians have to ask the Prado's permission before they publish
articles about Velazquez?
Besides, don't landscapes fade into the background in stories until
they become useful to the characters or plot? I'm thinking of that
remark DWJ made where she was advising against exhaustively
describing anything - something like, once you've _imagined_ a
scene in detail & with integrity in your head it'll filter through into
your writing regardless of what you actually put down - and the
reader will recreate it just as you imagined it. I'd say that lets you
off the hook :)
To unsubscribe, email dwj-request at suberic.net with the body "unsubscribe".
Visit the archives at http://suberic.net/dwj/list/
More information about the Dwj