Copyright Questions

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Copying answer guides to use if ours go missing

Posted by: COvalle
March 3, 2010 @ 8:09pm
Unfortunately, you can't really copy things "just in case." You'd have to try to make a fair use argument, and if they're still available commercially I think you'd have a hard time with your justification.

From Complete Copyright, p....
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Copying Individual Songs from Compilations

Posted by: COvalle
March 3, 2010 @ 8:05pm
This is tough, and I think would require talking to a lawyer if you plan to do something commercially. You've got to look at a few things. Does the CD compilation have copy protection measures? Would you be doing similar compilations to what the CDs have?
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Trademark question

Posted by: COvalle
March 3, 2010 @ 8:03pm
Does the state have a registered trademark? Does the state claim copyright in state works? Was the license plate created by a third party? There are probably other issues involved as well... Read more...
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Can Lillian Too be prosecuted for this translation theft?

Posted by: COvalle
March 3, 2010 @ 8:02pm
Complicated, and depends on the law in the area where she's distributing the work. I mean, he can sue, but without a lot of resources it would be hard to fight this, which if this story were accurate would be unfortunate. But a lot of it will depend on... Read more...
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School: uploading videos to a server for sharing

Posted by: COvalle
March 3, 2010 @ 8:00pm
Where did you get your digital collection? Is it something that you contract with a vendor to acquire?
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Copyright vs. Photosuite

Posted by: JanetCroft
March 3, 2010 @ 12:13pm
It's not really a new photo, and it still belongs to the original copyright holder -- because that's not a transformative re-use. A transformative re-use requires a certain amount of creativity on your part, like using the photo as a reference for a... Read more...
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Patron Copying Online Material in Library

Posted by: JanetCroft
March 3, 2010 @ 12:04pm
I would say not. It's the ultimate user who is responsible. However, you may consider yourself to have a strong ethical responsibility to use the moment to teach about proper attribution of sources versus plagiarism, and to educate the student that it is... Read more...
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Photographs for church anniversary

Posted by: JanetCroft
March 3, 2010 @ 12:00pm
Sounds like what you have there falls into the category of orphan works. And you've made a good faith effort to find the copyright owners, but without success. I think this would be fair use, as long as you realize that if the copyright owner does step... Read more...
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Video Reserves and Copyright infringement

Posted by: ksmith
February 24, 2010 @ 5:47pm
Once the professor has purchased a legal copy of the film, she may re-distribute that particular copy as she wishes. See section 109 of the Copyright Act. This includes loaning that copy to anyone she likes, including to her students through the library... Read more...
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what is the need to put a disclamer on a religious book?

Posted by: JanetCroft
February 17, 2010 @ 4:02pm
People can't sue you just because they disagree with you. People who are not lawyers, for example, may put a disclaimer in their book to say that they are not giving real legal advice and are not responsible for any problems that might arise from what... Read more...
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using images ifrom a book n a university exhibit

Posted by: Freya Anderson
February 15, 2010 @ 9:47pm
I wrote up an answer for this, but was thwarted by technical difficulties (computers!). Let me try again:

Being on a university campus does not automatically assure that posting enlargements would be fair use, although an educational... Read more...
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copyright for translations of ancient literature?

Posted by: Freya Anderson
February 15, 2010 @ 9:36pm
Clearly, the original koans would not be under copyright. Translation normally is a fairly creative process, so the results would normally have copyright protection, assuming that they, themselves, haven't fallen out of copyright. The exceptions to this... Read more...
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copyright for out of business companies

Posted by: kimberlee.reid
February 3, 2010 @ 1:18pm
I am putting together a children's book. The illustration backgrounds are going to come from old and or discontinued wallpaper sample books. I have contacted some of the publishers of the sample books to gain the rights to use their samples.
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circulating commercial music CDs in a school library - via MP3 player

Posted by: Freya Anderson
January 28, 2010 @ 6:35pm
Although the students might commit copyright infringement with CDs, I think that the library would be safer with that option, since at least the library is not infringing (well, most agree this, although I did read about someone who was threatened for... Read more...
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International Copyright

Posted by: Freya Anderson
January 28, 2010 @ 4:00pm
On reading Berne, I think that the key to determine is whether or not the book would have been under copyright in Georgia when Georgia joined Berne in 1995. If so, then protection here would follow US copyright law. If not, then I think it would have no... Read more...
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Signing copyrighted work you own but are not the author.

Posted by: ksmith
January 26, 2010 @ 4:50pm
The copyright in any work published for the first time before 1923 has expired. For unpublished works, the copyright in works this age expires 50 years after the death of the creator. In short, there is very likely no copyright at all in these photos. ... Read more...
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? repriting my out-of-print text that contain permissions material

Posted by: Freya Anderson
January 25, 2010 @ 2:00pm
This is a tricky one. It seems to me that what you can do at this point depends upon what you agreed to (and paid for) when first publishing the textbook. Do you have information on the licensing that allowed you to include others' work? If not,... Read more...
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Filing a Sound Recording claim, need a hand with the Limitations part

Posted by: RuthDukelow
January 15, 2010 @ 2:52pm
To ensure protection of your original work, it sounds like you would be best off to hire an intellectual property attorney to assist in completion of the registration forms.
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Pdf of Electronic books available fully online

Posted by: RuthDukelow
January 15, 2010 @ 1:46pm
I believe that the answer would depend on the source of your pdf E-books. If you are asking about using pdfs of e-books from a licensed database to which the library subscribes, then you would need to review the license to determine how your library may... Read more...
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Printing poem in music program

Posted by: RuthDukelow
January 15, 2010 @ 1:17pm
If you are making and distributing multiple copies of a poem that is still protected by copyright, and if this is an extracurricular performance (and not part of a classroom activity), in my opinion, you should obtain permission prior to reproducing and... Read more...
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playing library music cd's at a public program

Posted by: RuthDukelow
January 15, 2010 @ 12:41pm
You can play nondramatic music CDs in the public library without infringing on copyright if you comply with the requirements of section 110(4) of the U.S. copyright law.

Section 110(4) reads in part:
ยง 110. Limitations on... Read more...
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copyright infringement

Posted by: RuthDukelow
January 15, 2010 @ 11:50am
I think that this might be less of a copyright question and more of a question of the contract between you and the professional writer.

The contract issue aside, if someone uses your research in a publication, it would depend on the... Read more...
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TEACH vs. Fair Use

Posted by: ksmith
January 14, 2010 @ 10:31am
There are two specific exceptions for performances for teaching in the copyright law. The first (section 110(1)) permits performances (showings, in the case of a film) of an entire work in a face-to-face classroom. The other one, section 110(2), is... Read more...
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Fair use and survey instruments

Posted by: AFry
January 12, 2010 @ 2:22pm
I would like to give this issue more consideration, but I don't have the time. Here's my current thinking on the topic.

I'm not sure that you can say that the effect on market value is zero. According to your link, "Some instruments... Read more...
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short book quotations on library website

Posted by: JanetCroft
January 11, 2010 @ 3:11pm
That sounds like a pretty fair use to me. You might just want to have an alternate plan in mind in case you get a take-down notice, though.
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