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Alice In Wonderland disclaimer?

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Hello everybody!  I’m planning on writing a fanfic of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland which replicates many of the scenes as they were in the book with a slight twist on them.  My questions is how I should go about dealing with the characters of the Dodo and Alice herself.  These characters are based on Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell respectively, and this was very much intended by Carroll.  I can’t use the resemblance clause with regard to these characters, so I’m stuck in a sort of disclaimer limbo. Can anybody help me figure out this conundrum?  Thank you in advance for your help!

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Hi,

We do have a FAQ on disclaimers, right here: http://www2.adult-fanfiction.org/forum/topic/3560-what-is-needed-in-a-disclaimer/

“Alice in Wonderland” is a title in the public domain, so what we’d look for is some acknowledgement of the original , such as “This work is based on the novel “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll” and then add a resemblance clause like we use for Original fiction, and which is based on what you’ll see in published fiction novels. So, maybe something like:

“This work is based on “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll. Any resemblance of characters to real persons, living or dead, is unintentional.”

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BronxWench, thank you for your reply.  My problem is with the resemblance clause itself.  Lewis Carroll very intentionally designed certain characters in the novel after people who he knew and himself. Because of this, the resemblance clause poses a problem if I want to incorporate those characters, which I do want to do. I can’t claim a lack of resemblance, because the characters are inherently written such that they do represent people from real life.

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The resemblance clause is meant to cover characters outside the novel’s characters. Should you introduce any original characters, that’s where the clause comes in. The alternative, if you’re not using any non-canon characters, is to use our standard fan fiction disclaimer:

“I do not own Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and I make no profit from this work.”

There is no copyright to be violated, since it’s a work in the public domain, but we do need something as far as a disclaimer.

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