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Film Copyright Question

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Junior Member
What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? UT

Here is my Situation;

Several years ago my father wrote and directed an independent film for a small production company. Yes he was employed by them at the time of the production so they obviously own the copyright to the film. They have since parted ways and I am now in a position where my father and I would like to produce a sequel to the film but do not know the boundaries of the copyright of the original film.

My question;

Can we produce a sequel to this film or would it infringe on the copyrights of the original? What rights does my father (as creator) have over stories and characters that build upon the original film?

Thank You


Senior Member
Quite possibly it would. If you're using the characters and situations from the original to build the sequel, then it would be considered a derivative work.

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