James Erwin had a writer’s dream come true this week:The author (and two-time Jeopardy champion) got involved in an open discussion on a forum at Reddit about whether the Marines could beat the legendary Roman legion in a fight, and then wound up selling the movie rights to this idea to Warner Brothers.Erwin’s story was written on the site over a period of weeks,with some Reddit users taking part by offering suggestions,and the idea behind the story appears to have come from another user. Reddit holds a (non-exclusive) license to any content that its users create while using the service.
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And Erwin put it in his interview, is that the chaotic nature of the web and the fluid nature of copyright online makes it difficult to take projects like Rome Sweet Rome and force them into the kind of rigid ownership model that movie studios like Warner Brothers prefer. And that won’t change until copyright or intellectual property law changes, to better reflect the way that such creative pursuits occur online.
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