Thursday, December 20, 2012

Creating a Play About MLK and Malcolm X

Dear Rich: I am planning to present a play about Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X. Do I need permission from their estates to present a play about them? Unless you're quoting extensively from either man's copyrighted works, no, you won't need permission to create fiction based on a deceased public figure. We like this legal explanation of the rights of living and dead people used in fiction.