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Day: June 12, 2018

How Zorro in public domain can cause a copyright dispute

The fictional character of “Zorro” first debuted in 1919 in “The Curse of Capistrano” (“COC”), a serialized story by Johnston McCulley which was published in All-Story Weekly. In 1920, COC was adapted into a silent movie titled “The Mark of Zorro” by Douglas Fairbanks. In 1922, McCulley published a sequel to COC entitled “The Further Adventures of Zorro,” which also appeared as a serialized story in All-Story Weekly. COC has also since been re-published as a novel entitled “The Mark of Zorro.” All of these works are in the public domain.

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