Denver, CO asked in Copyright and Trademark for Colorado

Q: Hello, is the story of Kong in the public domain? I have heard King Kong and Kong are separate entities can anyone help?

I am an author and I have been considering creating a story based on Kong, using all of the Kong properties such as the character of Kong himself, skull island, and the things related to the original 1933 story. From what I understand Universal Studios own the rights to the character King Kong, but they do not own the rights to Kong, nor the original story featured in the 1933 original King Kong film. Can anyone clear this up for me and provide more information so I can understand what I have to do to get permissions for the Kong character or whether or not it's even possible. Thanks so much in advance!

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Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta

A: Interesting question. You need to consult with an attorney to evaluate your options.

It is possible that parts of the story are now or soon in public domain. BUT you need to be careful on what you use. Just because something is in the public domain, if you copy somebody's else rendition you may be violating other copyrights.

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