Vernon's students are, of course, exceptionally talented people. I don't know many of them, however, who received their law degree at the London School of Economics. David, from what I understand, was hired out of law school by a major firm with a sterling reputation. So, his legal credentials are very sound and that is, obviously, a huge asset in this role.There were quite a few students that could have done a great job.
This is exactly where my question stems from. In all the "ethics/law" threads here and elsewhere, most who seem to know state clearly that one cannot copyright a trick or idea. So, it would seem, that legally (and that is the issue I am interested in) one would be able to publish that trick - based on statements made and approved in other threads - so long as it did not reproduce words/pictures/etc previously published and protected by copyright.Originally posted by Richard Kaufman:
So, if Vernon explained a trick to you, just because he explained a trick to you doesn't mean that it's now yours--it remains his, or in this case since he's deceased, the property of his estate. Assuming one could be said to "own" (in the legal sense of the word) a trick, then the trick that Vernon showed you remains the property of his estate and you have no business publishing it.
So, Bob, who got their masters degree first, you or David? The world needs to know.Originally posted by Bob Farmer:
(P.S. My master's degree from L.S.E. predates David's.)
I got my masters degree from L.S.E. before David
Next to my bed I have a collection of Harlan Ellison short stories with introductions by the author. Before one story he says that this particular plot was stolen for a big Hollywood movie starring a certain Austrian bodybuilder. He goes into a bit of detail about his lawsuit and how it was resolved.Originally posted by Richard Kaufman:
I'm guessing that the writer would be Harlan Ellison and the movie would be The Terminator. I recall that the screenplay pinched the plot of one of his most famous stories and they had to hastily add his name to the credits in the film after it opened.
The book and editorial I referred to did not mention The Outer Limits, it just said that this particular story was ripped off and he got money and credit for it. The story (In my opinion) wasn't particularly good anyway.Originally posted by David Alexander:
I was not referencing Harlan or Gene, but another writer (better than Harlan), now dead and, unfortunately, out of favor with the SF-reading public.
However with regard to Harlan, his Outer Limits script "Soldier" and the film Terminator... after conferring with their lawyers, the people who produced the film had a different opinion than Cord. Since their's was the opinion that mattered, they gave Harlan the credit and the check.
The original series just got a CGI face lift and re-recording of the score.Originally posted by Glenn Farrington:
Magicthe final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Vernon...
I certainly do. Along with Keigh Deigh, Jim Moran and lots of UFO experts. A classic of 50s and 60s radio, on WOR. Along with Jean Sheppard.Originally posted by Vernon's son:
Do any of you remember when Harlan was a wise assed punk and appeared as a regular on the Long John Nebble radio show?