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Old 06-28-2017, 03:31 PM   #1
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Acquiring adaptation rights

How would one go about acquiring adaptation rights for this version of Eros & Psyche?

Probably safe to assume the story is more or less in public domain as it was written a few 1000 years ago, but if a particular translation, such as this example by Thomas Bulfinch, stands out, could it be "borrowed" as research material and the dialogue lines altered enough to make the new version completely unique?

Is something written in 1855 public domain? Or will the descendants of Mr. Bulfinch own his version until the sun dies out?
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Is something written in 1855 public domain? Or will the descendants of Mr. Bulfinch own his version until the sun dies out?
THIS might help.
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Thank you directorik!

The books considered for reference material are:

The Birth of Pleasure by Apuleius; Osborn - published in 1867
The story of Cupid and Psyche by Apuleius; Stuttaford - published 1903

The book published in 1903 is still within the 120 years period.
Would it be alright to borrow a few dialogue/narration lines from the 1867 version?
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Would it be alright to borrow a few dialogue/narration lines from the 1867 version?
I don't have any more understanding of public domain laws than the
link posted and other web searches. It seems to me that the 1867
version reverted to the public domain in 1987. At least that's how
I read that link.
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It seems to me that the 1867
version reverted to the public domain in 1987. At least that's how
I read that link.
That would make sense. Thanks for taking the time directorik.
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It's always good to check the net for such things but when actually going for it make sure you check with a lawyer.
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