I don't believe I just had to explain to someone the concept of 'public domain'. I can't believe it. It is unbelievable. "As an writer/author you should understand this. Would you want someone to have the ability to 'steal' your work once you aren't around to protect it?" From whom am I stealing when I retell Snow White, Rachel and Leah, Romeo and Juliet? I specified that the latter isn't Shakespeare since he was taking from older works, so I bet she knows none of the answers. Come to that, I
know none of the answers--I think Rachel and Leah is a J story? I'm not sure. And Snow White might be Perrault but it might also be one of those stories old enough that the author's name is lost. And I don't know who wrote the stories Shakespeare borrowed from to write that play.
If that explanation doesn't take, I'ma try explaining fanfiction, I think.
ETA: Scratch that. Brothers Grimm, J, Luigi da Porto (or Ovid, depending on how we want to slice it), and Creative Commons, though if inviting my classmates (two! there are two of them now who don't comprehend 'public domain'!) to think about why I license my original works on alexconall
under Creative Commons (this one
) doesn't work I'll probably try explaining fanfiction next.