View single post by Paul Thain
 Posted: Fri Dec 20th, 2019 10:39 am
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Paul Thain

Joined: Sat Jun 10th, 2006
Location: York, United Kingdom
Posts: 59
I'm not a lawyer but here's my view ...

You cannot use the work of someone else without their formal permission (usually written)

And you cannot separate concept/theme/plot from "writing"

If the concept/theme/plot is unoriginal - eg boy meets girl, boy loses girl etc - you shouldn't give her credit because she doesn't deserve it

But if she does deserve credit then you need her formal permission to exploit her work for your benefit

If this is refused unless you can entirely extricate her contribution (and be able to prove it) you should abandon the project