Apr 19 2009

Making the Rounds on StumbleUpon

Published by at 1:39 am under Research and Resources,Writing Articles

  • Cliche Finder is an interesting resource that will help writers that rely on puns.
  • The Electronic Frontier Foundation has valuable information about fair use and copyright law here.
  • How Readers Read on the Web.  This article will help you format online content more effectively.  I agree with its conclusion that “promotional language imposes a cognitive burden on users who have to… filter out the hyperbole to get at the facts.”  However, it handles the issue of bolded text poorly.  Bolding should be used very sparingly.

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5 Responses to “Making the Rounds on StumbleUpon”

  1. Tomon 19 Apr 2009 at 12:27 pm

    What are the rules on making references to other works? For example, if the Psykid tries to lift the Professor up, and he goes ‘nice try Mr Skywalker!’ how legal would that be? Or if Sam goes ‘this is just like in issue #23 of Spider-Man!’ or ‘what would Batman do in this situation?’

    Would that be allowed?

  2. B. Macon 19 Apr 2009 at 1:07 pm

    I don’t think so. You might want to see this TV Tropes article or this one.

    If you want to refer to Batman, it’d probably be best to make your own parody series based on Batman. For example, Kim Possible had a cameo appearance by Adam West playing the Fearless Ferret. (Adam West played Batman in the 1960s live-action series). Darkwing Duck had a Goldfinger-like character named Goldfinch. Etc.

    I can’t think of any examples where a show explicitly referred to another character it didn’t own the rights to. In particular, I would recommend staying away from Marvel and DC characters because those companies are legally aggressive and they will have TV shows competing against yours.

  3. Marissaon 21 Apr 2009 at 12:54 am

    Hmm. Is that just between comic books? Because things reference popular things all the time.

    An example…

    In an episode of Angel: the Series, Charles Gunn (the colored guy, the team’s muscle) does a difficult stunt and says, “This looks so easy on Batman.”

  4. B. Macon 21 Apr 2009 at 6:58 am

    Angel ran on WB, right? DC Comics, which owns the rights to Batman, is owned by Warner Brothers. It seems plausible to me that one of the guys on Angel ran the line past DC first. Or maybe they just used the line assuming that DC wouldn’t sue a sister company over such a minor issue.

  5. Marissaon 21 Apr 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Oh, alright. I wasn’t aware that the two were connected.

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