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Kickstarter Puts Stop to "Where the Wild Things Are" Sequel Funding

Publisher HarperCollins has sent notice of copyright infringement to Kickstarter after British author Geoffrey Todd and illustrator Rich Berner began fundraising for the publication of the sequel to Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are.”

The pair announced their plans to publish the sequel entitled, “Back to the Wild” this year in conjunction with the book’s 50th anniversary. When they launched a Kickstarter (a fundraising webpage) in order to raise the $40,000 necessary, both Todd and Berner said that measures had been taken in order to prevent any infringement of Sendak’s copyright.

However, according to the notice sent by HarperCollins, the estate to the classic original owns the rights to derivative works. Kickstarter has backed out of the project.

The laws surrounding what constitutes copyright infringement can often become blurred. It is important that you consult with an attorney if you have any questions related to intellectual property issues. To learn more about the services we offer visit pattersonlawfirm.com or call 312.223.1699.

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