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I have written a play about a Fereal Judge during the civil

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I have written a play about a Fereal Judge during the civil righs era. Two thirds is a one man play. I used info from a biography . Paraphased most. Used the Judges own words in many cases. I assume the author could not coyright the judges quotes. I need to see a copyright atty one on one . Can you give me some guidlines about paraphasing actual events?
JA: What written documentation do you have?
Customer: Script is 5.5x8-- about 55 pages but I ama concerned only about 35 pages
JA: Have you talked to a local attorney? Has anything been filed in court?
Customer: NO Next move to find a local if I can find one that will meet and discuss- Iam avoiding attorneys in Wash DC--looking for one in frederick Maryland
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Customer: Am I paying for this?
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Intellectual Property Law
Expert:  Gerald-Esquire replied 8 months ago.

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Expert:  Gerald-Esquire replied 8 months ago.


Thank you for using Just Answer. I want to provide you the best service I can. Please feel free to ask any follow up questions you have.

I am an attorney with 30 years of experience. I also have received an award for scholorship in Copyright law. I hope to provide you information that will help you in resolving your question.

Factual Biographical information is NOT subject to copyright. Also anything the Judge wrote in his position as Judge (written decisions/opinions for example) are public domain because they were written in his public capacity.

The Judge (or his heirs) may have copyrights to any of his private writings. Statements that were made in public (verbally as opposed to in writing) can not be copyrighted (unless the speech was separately published).

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Customer: replied 8 months ago.
In addition to biographical info I assume it applies to factual events.
Expert:  Gerald-Esquire replied 8 months ago.

Yes that is correct. Any factual events can not be copyrighted.

They are news and history.

Kind regards,


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