Making use of other's characters
August 23, 2009 10:43am CST
I want to try writing some short stories using character's already created by other authors. I know that this crosses over into fan fiction, and am aware of the trouble that some writers of Harry Potter fan fiction got into with JK Rowling. I can understand the need to protect intellectual rights, and that JK Rowling was focused on a few as it crossed over into her own work in progress. My question though is if I wanted to use characters from say Wilkie Collins or Sir Walter Scott, what trouble would or could I be in?