Topic: Armageddon 2419 - The Movie (copyright being fought in court to allow it)  (Read 1116 times)

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Producer Team Angry Filmworks, run by Don Murphy, whose credits include “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,” “Transformers” and “Natural Born Killers,” said in a federal suit filed this summer in Los Angeles that the Buck Rogers name is in the public domain, so he can use it.

He wants to make a movie using the science fiction character and said he doesn’t need permission from the heirs of the creator, who are represented by New Castle lawyer Louise Geer and her husband, Dan Herman, also an attorney.

The case was transferred from Los Angeles federal court to Pittsburgh on Monday after a judge in California said it belongs in Western Pennsylvania because Ms. Geer, who is also the defendant, lives here.

Buck Rogers first appeared in the 1928 story “Armageddon 2419 A.D.” by Philip Francis Nowlan, although the character was called Anthony Rogers.


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Re: Armageddon 2419 - The Movie (copyright being fought in court to allow it)
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2015, 10:12:40 am »
As I understand it. He would be right. Unless, they can argue somehow that the old movie and IV series from the early 80's reintroduced such a copy write.

Still, it would be cool to see Buck emerge from a cave to fight some chicoms.
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Re: Armageddon 2419 - The Movie (copyright being fought in court to allow it)
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2015, 11:46:04 am »
At the end of the novel it was strongly implied that the Han were human/alien hybrids.  The much later sequels by other authors based on work by Niven and Pournelle built on that idea.
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