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Dressing up like Pippi Longstocking
Can you portray Pippi Longstocking e.g. at a children’s party or as part of some fun activity for children?
As a private person you are obviously free to perform in any way you want, but publicly it is not allowed to perform or entertain as Pippi Longstocking or any other of Astrid Lindgren’s characters. The characters she has written about do not exist in reality, apart from in theatre plays.
Event companies and others do not have the right to borrow Astrid Lindgren’s characters without The Astrid Lindgren Company’s consent. Out of respect for the author and her strong wishes to let the characters remain exactly just as she imagined them, we are very restrictive about the contexts in which they may be used.
Where can I get hold of Astrid Lindgren’s films in different languages?
The distribution and sales rights for the Astrid Lindgren films are not coordinated worldwide. The rights vary from film to film and from market to market. The best way to find films is through e-commerce sites on the Internet or simply turn to SF via email@example.com.
Can you set up a play based on Astrid Lindgren’s books if all involved are amateurs and the tickets are free?
It is neither the ticket price nor who the performers are that determines what is permitted or not. Anyone wishing to perform a play before a public audience needs to have an approved script and a contract. Even the parents of school children are counted as a public audience.
Astrid Lindgren’s apartment in Stockholm is not open to the public, but the Astrid Lindgren Society sometimes shows it to smaller groups of members. On the official site (www.astridlingren.com) it is possible to take a virtual tour of the apartment. The cultural centre, Astrid Lindgren’s Näs in Vimmerby offers guided tours of her birthplace. For more information, contact them directly on +46 492 769 400. Guided tours must be booked in advance.
What does the Astrid Lindgren Archives at the Royal Library of Stockholm hold, and who can access it?
The Astrid Lindgren Archives are the library’s most extensive. Unesco named it Memory of the world in 2005. The archive holds 75 000 letters, 100 000 press clippings and a catalogue of the author’s 4 000 books. It also holds notepads of shorthand writings, scripts, postcards, drawings and other related belongings. Most of the material can be accessed through Libris or Regina (the library’s database). To access research from parts of the archive with limited access, you need consent from The Astrid Lindgren Company. If someone is interested in a specific correspondence, please contact the library directly.
The Astrid Lindgren Archive is the library’s most extensive. UNESCO included it in its Memory of the World Register in 2005, as the first entry for Sweden. The Astrid Lindgren Archive contains 75 000 letters, 100 000 press clippings and a catalogue of all the books Astrid owned (4 000), some of which are even kept at the Royal Library. It also contains notepads with shorthand writings, scripts, postcards, drawings and other related belongings. Most of the material can be accessed through Libris or Regina (the library’s database). To obtain access to parts of the archive with limited access, you need consent from The Astrid Lindgren Company. If someone is interested in a specific correspondence, please contact the library directly.
Are you allowed to use an image of Pippi Longstocking in a school composition?
For school compositions or presentations related to Astrid Lindgren or any of her works, we have a set of special rules and may permit image use to a limited extent. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Can quotes of Astrid Lindgren or by characters in her books be used in relation to other products?
No, that is not allowed. To use quotes in news articles or reports is normally okay. Public works may be quoted according to good practice, and in amounts that are motivated by the purpose. Good practice means, amongst other things, that the author is mentioned and that the quote itself is never so extensive that it will become the main part of the new work. Quotation rights only apply to limited parts of a material – for example, for educational purposes or for a scientific analysis of the text. The use of a quote must take place with a loyal purpose and must never violate the author. To place someone’s quote on a product is never considered okay according to quotation rights.