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  Protection of Fictional Characters
Fictional characters have the same basic characteristics as graphic characters in that they portray the uniqueness of a particular character; the character has a name, physical appearance and attitude or character traits.
The primary difference between the fictional and graphic character is that the physical appearance and characterization of the fictional character resides in the imagination of the reader and is continually being developed in the reader's mind by the author's description of the character as the story unfolds.
This attitude may be due less to the courts' unwillingness to utilize trademark law to protect a fictional character than to the likelihood of such a case arising since it is highly unusual for a character that had never previously been depicted graphically to be used in a commercial fashion.
www.publaw.com /fiction.html   (2463 words)

 Critical Concepts: Character, Characterization
Typically the characters in a fictional work are endowed with distinctive personalities, and this fact (together with the long-established sense of a thing's "character" as its "distinctive nature") has given rise to an additional sense of the term "character" frequent in literary critical talk.
If a fictional character does this, he or she is a "static" character, and this "stasis" of character in the face of circumstance is a virtue.
For the same reason, one can say of a fictional character that he lacks character (is morally weak) or is not properly to be described as "a character" - that the set of traits with which he is endowed by the author do not include anything properly describable as eccentricities).
www.k-state.edu /english/baker/english251/cc-character.htm   (1963 words)

  NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Eamonn Flaherty
Colette Flaherty was a fictional character in the popular BBC soap opera EastEnders in a special series of episodes set in Ireland in 1997.
Simon Wicks (Wicksy) was a fictional character in the British BBC soap opera EastEnders.
Bianca Jackson (formerly Bianca Butcher) was a fictional character in the BBC soap opera EastEnders.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Eamonn-Flaherty   (0 words)

  Fictional character - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The opposite of a fictional character is a nonfictional character.
The protagonist (main character, sometimes known as the "hero" or the "heroine") of a traditional novel is almost always a round character; a minor, supporting character in the same novel may be a flat character.
Some fictional characters are so famous that they can be referenced easily outside of the work from which they came, often because they have come to symbolize some archetype or ideal.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Fictional_character   (3487 words)

 Fictional character: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Luke skywalker (born 19 bby), is a fictional character of the star wars universe, a jedi knight, who plays a major role in the series of films....
A stock character is a fictional character that relies heavily on cultural types or stereotypes for its personality, manner of speech, and other characterist...
A superhero is a fictional character who is noted for feats of courage and nobility and who usually has a colorful name and costume and abilities beyond those of...
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/f/fi/fictional_character.htm   (9217 words)

More accurately, a fictional character is the person or conscious entity we imagine to exist within the world of such a work.
Some character actors have distinctive voices or accents which in the opinion of casting directors limit their suitability for most leading roles; actors such as James Earl Jones, Selma Diamond and Julie Kavner have been able to turn this to their advantage, often in voice-over work.
The protagonist (main character, sometimes known as the "hero" or the "heroine") of a novel is certain to be a round character; a minor, supporting character in the same novel may be a flat character.
www.jahsonic.com /Character.html   (1363 words)

 Fictional character: character featured fictional, famous fictional character, character dictionary fictional
A non-fictional character is a character that actually exists or existed in history, though their exploits in the story may differ from their historical activities.
The most extreme ways of reading fictional characters would be to think of them exactly as real people or to think of them as purely artistic creations that have everything to do with craft and nothing to do with real life.
Often, readings that focus on stereotypes focus on minor characters or stock characters, such as the ubiquitous sambo characters in early cinema, since those are the characters that tend to rely most heavily on stereotypes.
pandapedia.com /wiki/Fictional_character   (2673 words)

 PMA, the Independent Book Publishers Association
It is rather evident that copying of a particular fictional character has occurred if one uses identical or substantially similar language to describe their fictional character.
This test analyzes whether a fictional character is developed specifically enough to warrant protection of the character as copyrightable expression or, instead, does the character's depiction only describe a character type that it is nothing but an idea and thus undeserving of copyright protection.
Comparing fictional characters to determine whether there is sufficient substantial similarity between them to result in a finding of copyright infringement is difficult; similarities and dissimilarities in the respective characters are relevant and "substantial similarity must exist not between names or types of characters, but in the complex of characteristics that amount to creative expression."
www.pma-online.org /articles/shownews.aspx?id=1457   (2305 words)

 Fictional Character : Freebase - The World's Database
The fictional character type is applied to any character who appears in a work of fiction, even if the character is based on a real person.
Lucille "Lucy" van Pelt is a fictional character in the syndicated comic strip Peanuts, written and drawn by Charles Schulz.
Snoopy is a fictional character in the long-running comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz.
www.freebase.com /view/fictional_universe/fictional_character   (1230 words)

 Gamasutra - Features - "Character Representation in Computer Games" [11.03.99]
A character is a fictional identity, a mock entity, but a game character is something more - a vehicle for playing the game, the means through which the game-player interacts with the game world.
For instance, a character may have a speed of "fifteen," or a dexterity of "nine." In many cases, of course, a game allows the player to set such traits himself, allowing the player not only to take on another identity, but to take on a measure of responsibility for that identity.
The relevant character traits were entirely game related - a player could take a specific amount of damage before being kicked from the game, his weapons are fired at a particular rate, and certain game power-up objects altered caused certain alterations in character stats.
www.gamasutra.com /features/19991103/smith_01.htm   (1066 words)

 Stephen Colbert (character) - Wikiality, the Truthiness Encyclopedia for Colbert's Heroes
Stephen Colbert is a fictional character portrayed by real-life anchor of The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert.
He portrays the character whenever he is on another television program, or speaking at a public function, or on vacation with the kids, allowing him to get inside the liberal media and the democratic party for news scoops and present the truthiness.
It is sometimes implied that Stephen was much less of a "square" when he was younger, including numerous passing references to having first-hand familiarity with recreational drugs such as opiates, marijuana and cocaine as well as a reference to a wild back-packing tour across Europe.
www.wikiality.com /Stephen_Colbert_(character)   (469 words)

 The Protection of Fictional Characters
Characters can form the basis for motion pictures, television productions, video games, web sites, merchandising rights and other such forms of exploitation that can make the income received from the ownership of rights in characters dwarf the income from the text in which the characters appear.
Instead, trademark rights depend upon having a character that is used in relationship to specific goods and/or services and which character is then deemed to be a “source identifier.” The latter term means that the character is considered in the minds of the public as identifying a particular source of the goods and/or services.
Before such rights of trademark in characters can be found to exist, the law requires that the character must have developed what the law refers to as a “secondary meaning.” This refers to the legal doctrine that when a consumer sees the particular character, it associates it with a particular source.
www.ivanhoffman.com /characters.html   (2764 words)

 Gamasutra - Features - "Player Character Concepts" [11.08.99]
A character is a fictional identity, a mock entity.
Establishing fictionally that a character is an orphan has less impact on game play than establishing that the character has a high speed.
The character's mechanical abilities and his fictional background were both relevant to the player's enjoyment of the game - the former to game play and puzzles, the latter to imagination and story immersion.
www.gamasutra.com /features/19991108/smith_01.htm   (1063 words)

 Discussions on Fictional Universes : Freebase - The World's Database
Fictional Character has the property "Powers or Abilities" (Character Powers) and I think a similar property would work for Fictional Object as well, with a new type Object Powers set as the expected type.
Because in the explosion of parallel types for Fictional Universes, no one has created a "Fictional Education" type, so the fictional character is made to be a real Person, so that it can be asserted that she went to the real Georgetown University.
The fictional character Ali G is the attributed recording artist of several real published songs.
www.freebase.com /discuss/threads/fictional_universe   (4894 words)

 Comments by fictional character - Wonkette
BY FICTIONAL CHARACTER AT amnesty is for bitches, bitches.
BY FICTIONAL CHARACTER AT to be fair, he did only say that he'd disapprove of what's going on in iraq, not of himself.
BY FICTIONAL CHARACTER AT man, that picture is pasty white.
www.wonkette.com /commenter/5692   (496 words)

 Caliban (fictional character) - Search Results - MSN Encarta
character as an element in novels, plots focusing on character, writers known for good character development, A Farewell to Arms, A Place Apart,...
character as an element in novels, plots focusing on character, writer who put little emphasis on character development, writers known for good...
The characters of a book are the fictional figures who move through the plot.
encarta.msn.com /Caliban_(fictional_character).html   (233 words)

 Fictional character information - Search.com   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The opposite of a fictional character is a nonfictional character.
The protagonist (main character, sometimes known as the "hero" or the "heroine") of a traditional novel is almost always a round character; a minor, supporting character in the same novel may be a flat character.
Some fictional characters are so famous that they can be referenced easily outside of the work from which they came, often because they have come to symbolize some archetype or ideal.
c10-ss-1-lb.cnet.com /reference/Fictional_character?redir=1   (3534 words)

 Athos (fictional character) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Athos is a fictional character in the novels The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After, and The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas, père.
The fictional Athos is named after the historical musketeer Armand de Sillègue d'Athos d'Autevielle (1615-1644) (they don't actually have much in common apart from the name).
His title, Le Comte de La Fère, while invented, is tied to the domains of La Fère which were once owned by Anne of Austria, Queen of France in these novels.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Athos_(fictional_character)   (353 words)

 Patents - Peter Rabbit and IP Protection of Fictional Characters in China
This merchandising activity is very seldom conducted by the creator of the fictional character, and thus the various property rights vesting in the character are subjected to contracts which authorize one or several interested third parties (the merchandisers) to use the character.
It could be argued that when a fictional character’s copyright expires and falls into the public domain, it forms part of that ‘conflicting’ legal art and rights, as it is a legal text (Copyright Law) which concedes this right upon citizens.
A second point on the effectiveness of the PRC trademark law for fictional characters is that a trademark must be used in the same way it is registered and for the goods or services so elected, as set forth in Article 51 of PRC’s Trademark Law.
www.abblogger.com /patent/2074090   (1775 words)

 fictional character - Hutchinson encyclopedia article about fictional character   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Characters include letters, numbers, spaces, punctuation marks, and special symbols.
It is usual to refer to the ‘characters’ rather than the ‘people’ created by novelists, poets, or playwrights.
This information should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional.
encyclopedia.farlex.com /fictional+character   (112 words)

 Critical Concepts: Character, Characterization
In fiction, as in real life, we may just as well encounter a spindly-legged person who is sympathetic and generous (or who is a marathoner in training).
But they from the standpoint of one's "character" (lit-crit sense 2), they are (like physical traits) "external." This means that we should keep the concept of personal identity distinct from the concept of "character." Obviously these will connect to each other in important ways.
This deep interest in the element of character is one of the characteristic traits of the genre known as "the short story," which is a comparatively recent literary phenomenon ("merely" a couple of hundred years or so old).
www.k-state.edu /english/baker/english320/cc-character.htm   (2971 words)

 Fictional Character
You might call this another instance of researchers confirming conventional wisdom—”power corrupts.” But there’s a still more general lesson that might be drawn from this and a raft of other similar research, which is that the perpetual emphasis on character in politics may be misguided, precisely because “character” is so much a creature of context.
Still, there’s a powerful body of evidence suggesting that if “character” is not quite a phantom, it is generally predictive only in relatively familiar situations, and that we are all prone to attributing to deep and permanent personality traits behaviors that owe far more to circumstance.
If we’re not quite prepared to throw out character, then, we should at least be asking which data points about candidates are situationally relevant to the office and which are sufficiently rooted in radically different contexts that they can be ignored.
www.juliansanchez.com /2007/12/03/fictional-character   (374 words)

 Shakesville: Fictional character Ronald Reagan was gay
Fictional character Ronald Reagan was gay, announced blogger William K. Wolfrum today.
Reagan, who was for a long time a real-life human, became a fictional character in the mid-1980s, when revisionist historians rewrote him as the greatest conservative in the history of American politics.
Wolfrum, a non-descript blogger who reportedly is overly concerned with his beard, announced that since Reagan is a fictional character, history can now be revised in any way, according to any writer's whim.
shakespearessister.blogspot.com /2007/10/fictional-character-ronald-reagan-was.html   (551 words)

 Writing.Com: Fictional Character Development
Fictional characters are often like strangers to readers (and often strangers to an author), until a fictional character becomes fully developed.
Just as we are all individual and unique people, a fictional character needs to become as flesh and blood as possible, which will allow readers to be able to relate to the character in the context of a story.
Develop a Fictional Character with the personality of an ass, as you, the writer, perceive an ass to be.
www.writing.com /main/view_item/item_id/984807   (1501 words)

 Biographical Dictionary of Fictional Characters
This is a free resource for everyone interested in fictional characters.
You can search for a character, a creator or a work of fiction.
All you have to do is join, follow the instructions and do the research.
www.fictional-characters.com   (133 words)

 How to Create a Fictional Character from Scratch - wikiHow
Characters are an important part of any fiction: novels, movies, games, etc. Below is an easy way to make your own.
Determine whether the character is male or female, and the approximate age.
For example, an older, wise villain could be portrayed as an aging, lonely man. A naive, enthusiastic hero could be shown as a young teenage girl or boy.
www.wikihow.com /Create-a-Fictional-Character-from-Scratch   (664 words)

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