End of UK Copyright of Tolkien's works, 2nd September 2043

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  1. Eledhwen

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    UK Copyright on Tolkien's works have another 30 years to run. What do people think will be the first thing pounced on, and in what way, after 2nd September 2043?

    US Copyright, at publication date plus 95 years, will feed the works in gradually, but at around the same time.

    The Silmarillion might be considered to be Christopher Tolkien's work, and therefore still under copyright. If this were the case, it would apply to the entire HoME/BoLT/UF publications as well. Anything published during Tolkien's lifetime would be game.
     
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    Just judging from what I've seen with other classic works that have gone into public domain, I'm sure we will see some of what we now consider to be "fanfiction" actually in print. There are plenty of non-Conan Doyle versions of Sherlock Holmes out there. We've seen treatments of the Wizard of Oz by other authors. Eventually the same will happen with the characters and locations of Lord of the Rings.

    It will be up to the fans deciding which works to accept into the "cannon" and which to ignore.

    In the case of the Three Musketeers we see a movie of that turned out every few years, and while the Lord of the Rings would be a more ambitious project than the Musketeers (which as a story can be condensed very easily), I'm sure that we might see it as a mini-series or made for tv movie, maybe lower budget than fans would like, but I think a miniseries would actually fit the Lord of the Rings and some of the Sil quite well.
     

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