So a long time ago we had a policy to only have original stories. We thought this was a good idea I mean even if we could muster up a way to get the approval to use some of these characters etc. from the series what pray would we do with them?, every conceivable angle has pretty much been played out, but the demand to do cross-over stories and stories involving aliens monsters and enemies from the series was so high we decided to try to do them. But how? aren’t all of these under copyright? Well simply yes they are, but we received information from a copyright expert and they said ‘these things aren’t absolute’ with this stated
‘there are many ways to get around it, copyright is to protect an idea entity, but several things like an idea entity reaching so big it becomes public domain and fan fiction that aren’t for profit or that are sufficiently different from the original source can avoid copyright infringement’
So how much is original how much is rehash?, and how much sometimes come from other inspiration like current events? A bundle of doctor who stories, like lots of good sci-fi, show us the ramifications of man’s impact on the environment etc., and reflect cultural changes, and changes and advancements in science and technology. Original stuff is going to have an edge on rehashed material in the regard that it is new or innovative; rehashed shows you can adapt a used character and give them a new spin, so it not a clear cut case either way.
Now as to ripping people off, To be clear we would not wish to rip anyone off (especially musicians we pay and get proper permissions from those we wish to use via city parks ability to play music as all radio stations do) we just wish to do ideas, characters etc that we think will be entertaining to create “a world in your ears”, now this isn’t simply us going oh lets do whatever the heck we want no, this is a tough task and discussion about the issue (we certainly wish to credit everyone for any ideas we do) but the fact is comes down to completion and exposure (so even if we credit someone they may never know due to our limited exposure). Simply put we can not compete or get the exposure b.b.c does due to budget restrictions because we are only volunteers working, as the b.b.c used to, to make a doctor who fan-fic audio drama on a shoe string budget. So lets say we do a redo of the chase, even if we did it, it would not be the same – we could only do this as a two parter at 15 mins each, and the audience that’s going to hear it at best is not even one millionth of what the b.b.c would get if they re-aired it.
and the question becomes how bad are we, how much in comparison is ‘ripped off’, we could go on and make a list so keep you eyes peeled for that
anyway please tell us your thoughts.