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The Pocket Lawyer for Comic Book Creators by Thomas A. Crowell Esq.

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CHAPTER 8

Clearances

And Licensing the Rights of Others

CLEARANCES AND LICENSING

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Copyrighted and trademarked materials appear everywhere: comic book illustrations & scripts, posters, sculptures, product labels, superhero logos, makeup & costume designs, song lyrics; even the creative selection and arrangement of public domain elements can be protected by copyright. You need to make sure that you have the right to include any of these materials in your book (a process called clearance).

And while you’re at it—did you base any of your comic book characters on a real-life person? Guess what: you may need that person’s written permission as well. ...

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