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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 For unpublished works, the copyright in works this age expires 50 years after the death of the creator.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:
§ 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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Can I display a corporte logo on my website?

Posted by: JanetCroft
January 11, 2010 @ 3:07pm
This seems to be more of a trademark question than a copyright question. In any case, the safest thing would be to contact these companies first. And then I would suggest that you ask this up front from now on, to make it easier.
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Someone has my hook!!

Posted by: JanetCroft
January 4, 2010 @ 1:35pm
Generally you can call a lawyer for a brief phone consultation for free, to see if they can handle your case and to see what his or her fees might be. In a case like this they may well work for a contingency fee. You might try the website for your... Read more...
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Circulating import editions in public library

Posted by: ksmith
December 23, 2009 @ 10:49am
I can support your assertion in regard to section 601 for two reasons. First, it never applied to works by foreign authors that are manufactured outside the US, only to works by U.S. nationals (see subsection (b)(1)). Its purpose was really just to... Read more...
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Translation of a play

Posted by: ksmith
December 15, 2009 @ 8:31am
Regarding moral rights, they are waivable in some countries and not in others. International agreements like the Berne Convention obligate signers to extend these rights but allow each country to specify who can exercise the rights (in other words, can... Read more...
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Fair Use, Source Material & Derrivative Work Question

Posted by: webscribbler
December 13, 2009 @ 11:59am
Someone emailed me concerning an article I had written and posted on one of my websites. Their question led me to discover a typo/misspelling that inadvertently introduced a "new" but incorrect technical term in my original article.

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translation rights

Posted by: Carrie
December 10, 2009 @ 9:57am
I do not know what are standard or complex translation rights.

If you intend on translating the work and then selling the translation, you must get permission from the rights holder because you are creating what is called a "derivative... Read more...
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What is the best way to protect articles online ?

Posted by: Carrie
December 10, 2009 @ 9:51am
the best way to protect your articles is not to put them online. When people see articles online, they often make the assumption that they are free to use. You might consider putting only a portion online and making people register to see the entire... Read more...
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scanning books for program

Posted by: Carrie
December 10, 2009 @ 9:47am
This is a fair use question. We have to consider that if this use - reproducing a copy and publicly displaying a work (the book's illustrations) is lawful - based on four factors of fair use, other criteria that may be relevant to this particular... Read more...
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Can you put a coypright © symbol if your book is copyright pending?

Posted by: Carrie
December 10, 2009 @ 9:31am
of course! It's also a good idea becuase you are alerting others to the fact that the work is protected by copyright and you are the rights holder.
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Book chapters e-selling

Posted by: JanetCroft
December 3, 2009 @ 2:04pm
You can't sell them if they are under copyright without reaching an agreement with the copyright holder. (Libraries are allowed to provide chapters through interlibrary loan and reserves to their users under very precise exemptions for libraries only.)
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copyright of a publisher no longer existing

Posted by: JanetCroft
December 3, 2009 @ 1:58pm
This is what's called an Orphan Work. Unfortunately, Orphan Works legislation in the US stalled out last year and we still don't have a clear ruling on the topic. See our wiki at http://librarycopyright.net/wiki/index.php?title=Orphan_works or look at... Read more...
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Can I take a location and origins from another book?

Posted by: JanetCroft
December 3, 2009 @ 1:32pm
Not if you want to publish the book. This is what fan fiction writers do all the time, and the authors they borrow from don't always like it. But as long as it stays on fan fiction sites, most don't complain too much. However, if you try to actually... Read more...
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