Recently, I was reading about 20th Century horror writer H.P. Lovecraft and noticed that all his short stories published before 1923 were considered public domain. But what does that mean exactly? According to the Stanford University website public domain is defined as: "The term “public domain” refers to creative materials that are not protected by intellectual property laws such as copyright, trademark, or patent laws. The public owns these works, not an individual author or artist. Anyone can use a public domain work without obtaining permission, but no one can ever own it." After some deliberation, I decided this was a golden opportunity to adapt some of Lovecraft’s public domain material into a horror script, which is what I promptly did. Last week, I decided to publish and ebook of three of my horror scripts, including my script called Tales From HP Lovecraft. The well-known ebook publisher promptly sent me a letter saying they would not move forward with my ebook because “they didn’t have confidence in my publishing rights.” I promptly went online and discovered they were selling several Lovecraft books, including one of their own, invoking the right to public domain. Technically, it’s their platform and they can do what they want. However, I sent them back a letter stating I had copyright ownership of my adapted screenplay, pointed out they had other Lovecraft ebooks selling under right of public domain and that I wanted their legal department to provide me with a detailed explanation of why there weren’t publishing my book and what I needed to do to different on my end. This morning they informed me they reversed their decision not to publish. Yesterday, I told my mother that the publisher wasn't moving forward with my ebook. But I further informed her that I was going to challenge their decision. She told me "you can't fight city hall." Yes, you can mom, just come armed with the facts.