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I'm not sure this will help you, but as long as you aren't using Copyrighted characters, like Mickey Mouse in your stories, I think it'll be okay. There are a lot of stories that copy off each other. Changing names and making plot changes means it's NOT plagiarized. Also, you can't use lyrics to songs. That's a no-no.


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This is a tough question to answer because, in many situations, there just isn't a way to be sure of something like this; it's subjective. Does In the comments you mentioned that there are specific works that are concerning you, so with that at hand I'd do these things: Break down the elements in question -- character archetypes, plot points, and ...


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The only right you need is to own the book that you are going to sell. If you only had a license, not ownership, or were renting a book, then you could not sell it at all legally. Those overseas books that competed with the US publishers were generally pirated and printed in violation of the copyright protection. So you should also be sure that the book you ...


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Not sure that info you seek exists at all, and if so is very subjective. You would have a lot of competition from BIG sites that review MANY products and already have a base of users as well as good visibility in search engines. Think Consumer Reports, Amazon reviews, and specialty sites that focus on very specific type of products. Your real question ...


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Probably the best suggestion is to change the name (it would be one thing if both characters were "Jesse" and helpful if both were spelt differently "Jesse/Jessie" but Frosten is quite uncommon (This is the first time I've heard it). That might not be the same but it combined with other similarities would make a case. No one thing ...


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A work published before 1900 is in the public domain in the US, and is likely to be in most other countries. One from the 1500s is sure to be. A new publication of an old work does not extend the copyright or get a new copyright. A new edition, that has significant changes, will get a new copyright, but only for the new content. And if those changes are ...


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If this is a theoretical legal question it should be asked in the law forum of SE. But if this is real then you need to consult a real IP lawyer. That said it could depend on what country it was published in, as well as republished. Translation rights might also be a factor. But since it was back the 1800s you should be safe. That said, anybody can sue ...


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