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    How is "public domain" defined here? For example, Conan the Barbarian isn't public domain in the US, but he is outside of the States. Also, does the character have to been in the public domain solely at the time the comic was published?
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Darknight Detective View Post
    How is "public domain" defined here? For example, Conan the Barbarian isn't public domain in the US, but he is outside of the States. Also, does the character have to been in the public domain solely at the time the comic was published?
    You also have Trade Mark propriety such as Marvel's Thor, Thor in general is public domain but Marvel has Trade Marked their image of Thor thus only they can use "that Thor" and is not in public domain. Then there are ones like Fu Manchu where the stories are in public domain but the character is a trademark in Fu Manchu case to the Sax Rohmer estate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Darknight Detective View Post
    How is "public domain" defined here? For example, Conan the Barbarian isn't public domain in the US, but he is outside of the States. Also, does the character have to been in the public domain solely at the time the comic was published?
    Hm. I'd say the Charakter has to be in the public domain of the country the comic is published in. So, Conan guest-starring in a Marvel book does not qualify because he's not in the public domain in the U.S.

    And the Charakter should habe Bern in the public domain Ehen the comic was first published.

    But these are just my two cents, I'm not revising the rules now. You're free to interpret them as you see fit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Darknight Detective View Post
    How is "public domain" defined here? For example, Conan the Barbarian isn't public domain in the US, but he is outside of the States. Also, does the character have to been in the public domain solely at the time the comic was published?
    Yeah, I'm confused about this too. For example, Fu Manchu is still controlled by the estate of Sax Rohmer. Marvel did have the rights to use the character from the Rohmer Estate for the Master of Kung Fu Series but eventually that ended. CBR's Brian Cronin did an article about the state of the character rights. The Rohmer estate still controls the name of Fu Manchu since they obtained a trademark on that. The stories however are in public domain but if you want to use a character named Fu Manchu, you have to get the permission of the estate. I think I got that right. I read the original stories back when the were reprinted as a series of paperbacks some years ago and I know Marvel did bring him back, sort of, in a story featuring Shang Chi. They didn't reveal the face of the character and he was just called "He Who Cannot Be Named" to get around trademark issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moon Ronin View Post
    You also have Trade Mark propriety such as Marvel's Thor, Thor in general is public domain but Marvel has Trade Marked their image of Thor thus only they can use "that Thor" and is not in public domain. Then there are ones like Fu Manchu where the stories are in public domain but the character is a trademark in Fu Manchu case to the Sax Rohmer estate.
    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Maiden View Post
    Yeah, I'm confused about this too. For example, Fu Manchu is still controlled by the estate of Sax Rohmer. Marvel did have the rights to use the character from the Rohmer Estate for the Master of Kung Fu Series but eventually that ended. CBR's Brian Cronin did an article about the state of the character rights. The Rohmer estate still controls the name of Fu Manchu since they obtained a trademark on that. The stories however are in public domain but if you want to use a character named Fu Manchu, you have to get the permission of the estate. I think I got that right. I read the original stories back when the were reprinted as a series of paperbacks some years ago and I know Marvel did bring him back, sort of, in a story featuring Shang Chi. They didn't reveal the face of the character and he was just called "He Who Cannot Be Named" to get around trademark issue.
    Excellent points, MR and IM.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kai "the spy" View Post
    Hm. I'd say the Charakter has to be in the public domain of the country the comic is published in. So, Conan guest-starring in a Marvel book does not qualify because he's not in the public domain in the U.S.

    And the Charakter should habe Bern in the public domain Ehen the comic was first published.

    But these are just my two cents, I'm not revising the rules now. You're free to interpret them as you see fit.
    Your two cents match mine, Kai.
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    Did the "Three Musketeers" issue have an ad for Snickers?

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    This was a hard one.

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    Reflective Nostalgia allows us to savor our memories but accepts that they are in the past
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    THE largest public domain character of them all battles Earth's Mightiest Heroes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by seismic-2 View Post


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    Quote Originally Posted by WestPhillyPunisher View Post
    THE largest public domain character of them all battles Earth's Mightiest Heroes!

    Well, you could make an argument for Thor, but Godzilla is neither public domain, nor guest-starring.
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