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September 21, 2014

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Whatever Happened to the Funny Papers?

 

 

Newspapers are getting smaller and smaller, and so are their comics sections. How is this affecting the cartoonists who create some of our favorite comic characters? We talk to a veteran of the cartoon industry about the digital revolution in comics, how it affects the cartoonists’ income and the way they draw their strips, how cartoonists keep old time comics up-to-date, and where the public can access their favorite funnies.

The Curious Case of the Sherlock Holmes Copyright

 

 

This summer, a case came to the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals involving the use of the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in new works.  The case was unusual in that the bulk of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories of the great detective were in the public domain – but some weren’t. The question was, if there are still some stories that are copyrighted, does that keep the characters copyrighted also? We talk to a Holmes aficionado and a copyright attorney about the case and its current resolution.

Featured guest:
Featured guests:

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Guy Gilchrist, Cartoonist for the "Nancy" comic strip and author of the new book, “Nancy”

(www.nancyandsluggo.com) 

www.gocomics.com

Ed Fitzelle, Portal editor for Everything Sherlock Holmes.com 

Edward Lee

Edward Lee, Professor of Law, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, Dir. of the Intellectual Property Program www.kentlaw.edu

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