(4/17/03 12:38 pm)
I'm not sure if this is technically a fairy tale, but oh well. . . .
Does anyone know if the copyrights on Robin Hood have expired and when it was invented? I would really like to know. . . . Thanks!
Tootles~~If I can't be anything important, would you like to see me do a trick?
(4/17/03 9:38 pm)
Re: Robin Hood|
Robin Hood as a character is out of copyright and open to your own use and interpretation. However, any story featuring Robin Hood which has been published for the first time since 1923, such as "Outlaws of Sherwood" by Robin McKinley, is in copyright.
(4/23/03 5:47 am)
Was the character of Robin Hood ever in copyright? Could you copyright a character that had existed before the laws of copyright?
The books he appears in are certainly copyrighted, depending on when they were written.
If you like Robin Hood, try and get hold of a video or dvd of and 80's English tv series, Robin of Sherwood, written by Richard Carpenter. In my mind the best version of the Robin Hood saga, and a lot of ideas from it were used in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (but not as well done.) And it was very difficult to believe in a Robin Hood who had a very strong American accent. :-)
And if you're looking for some academic references on Robin Hood, there is one by J. C. Holt, I think it is just called Robin Hood.
Obsession, insanity, murder
(4/25/03 7:53 am)
Re: Robin Hood|
"I'm not sure if this is technically a fairy tale"
It isn't. He is a character out of folklore, built up over generations and refashioned to fit current events of the time. As we have him now, he was really invented by Sir Walter Scott for a walk-on part in Ivanhoe, which puts him well out of copyright. The University of Rochester has a Robin Hood Project on-going if you want to read the specifics. Go to:
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