Copyright Questions

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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.

In... Read more...
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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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Interlibrary loan violating section 108?

Posted by: LoriN
December 3, 2009 @ 8:01am
A faculty member at my institution requests ILL articles that he is then using to assist a local hospital with a project they are working on. The relationship between this faculty member's professional school on my campus and the hospital is such that... Read more...
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reading picture books and posting video online

Posted by: JanetCroft
November 23, 2009 @ 1:22pm
If you'll go up to the top of the page and click on Search, then enter the term "storytime," you'll see some good previous discussions on this topic.
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Can item covers be used in marketing campagin?

Posted by: JanetCroft
November 20, 2009 @ 2:15pm
If you go into SEARCH up above and search the forums for "thumbnail," you'll see some good previous discussions on this issue.
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I own the copyright, can I digitize the publishers edition and sell it

Posted by: JanetCroft
November 20, 2009 @ 2:11pm
If I am reading this correctly, this means you own the content but not the format, basically, So if you do use OCR to recover the text, that's fine, but you can't just reproduce it as is, with their exact pagination, layout, cover, and so on. You should... Read more...
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Researching copyright status of films

Posted by: Freya Anderson
November 12, 2009 @ 6:10pm
What a fun project! Here's my take on your questions:

1. Depending on whether the films were actually published, the publication dates, where they were published (which is more important than where the creators are from), if there is... Read more...
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Screen Dumps in conference presentation

Posted by: JanetCroft
November 9, 2009 @ 3:02pm
I find it hard to understand why they would call it a public performance if it's a library conference. Conferences are usually not open to the public, and I tend to interpret them as educational, almost an alternative classroom (because you are teaching... Read more...
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How many articles can you request from the same issue of a journal?

Posted by: JanetCroft
November 6, 2009 @ 1:25pm
I answered this for someone a few weeks ago -- it's six or more from the past five years of the same periodical TITLE that counts. So it could even be six requests for the very same article over the course of a calendar year and you'd be okay.
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Retaining your copyright on an online forum

Posted by: COvalle
November 6, 2009 @ 12:49pm
Just looking at that, that particular license term doesn't sign over copyright to the organization, but it does allow InvisionFree to display the information. That's probably necessary for actual use of the service, but the license also doesn't say that... Read more...
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Couple of questions

Posted by: BenW
November 5, 2009 @ 11:05am
Hello,

I have a few questions about copyright infringement. Lets say that my school has a bunch of old vhs tapes that are old and I would like to put them on dvd. Can I obtain them through piracy sites legally or is it still illegal?... Read more...
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Does a library hold the copyright on an item it publishes?

Posted by: ksmith
November 4, 2009 @ 4:23pm
Unless there was an explicit, written transfer of copyright to the library, each community member continues to hold the copyright in the piece that she or he wrote. The library may hold a "thin" copyright in the compilation as such; see section 103(b) of... Read more...
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Duplicating Music Albums

Posted by: Nancy
November 1, 2009 @ 1:00pm
I am looking for some guidance in regards to duplicating recordings of musical performances at our college.


Our library has albums of orchestra, band, and choral performances that took place during our Summer Music Camp in the... Read more...
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Public Domain -> Ebook = New Copyright?

Posted by: JanetCroft
October 30, 2009 @ 12:45pm
It's not too cut and dried, unfortunately. I think you could make a case for your rearrangement of the material with new illustrations, but probably not for the one where you just do minor alterations to the original illustrations. In either case, it... Read more...
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Incarcerated & end-of-life living? Are they "homes"

Posted by: COvalle
October 21, 2009 @ 7:59pm
In my own personal opinion, "home use only" doesn't really mean very much. You're not buying a license to watch the movie, you're buying a copy of the movie. I can watch a "home use only" movie in places other than the home. You can probably watch them in... Read more...
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