The Ishmael Community: Questions and Answers
The Question (ID Number 744)...
I am a film student in his last year ready to begin my final project. I would like your blessing to spread the word of Ishmael using your ideas in a film. I am not asking for permission to plagiarize in fact this film will be used to show fellow students only and will be of my adaptation and not of your words. I don't know why I feel compelled to ask you but a response would be greatly heart-warming. It is important to continue this silent revolution through art and your permission would be inspiring (an aspect of art I rarely come across) thank you for your time and wisdom.
...and the response:
Ideas as such are not protected by copyright, so you don't need my permission to use my ideas in a film. You could not, on the other hand, make a film version of Ishmael or The Story of B; to do that, you would need to own the film rights to those books (though I understand that this is not what you have in mind). I wish you the best of luck with your project.
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