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Friday, April 26, 2019

Rosenblatt on Who Speaks For Slender Man

Elizabeth Rosenblatt, University of California, Davis, has published Who Will Speak For The Slender Man?: Dialogism and Dilemmas in Character Copyright in volume 70 of the Florida Law Forum (2018). Here is the abstract.

This Essay responds to Professor Cathay Smith’s Article, Beware the Slender Man: Intellectual Property and Internet Folklore, and suggests what the law of character copyright can learn from the legal complications and ambiguities surrounding intellectual property ownership of Internet folklore. Specifically, the essay explores the dialogic nature of character creation and the overlapping relationship between character and genre to highlight ways in which collectively-created characters are at particular risks for chilling claims of private ownership.

Download the essay from SSRN at the link.

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