Copyright Questions

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Use of lyrics / passages from novels in one off / limited artworks

Posted by: Freya Anderson
August 7, 2009 @ 3:00pm
There are many factors that impact whether or not the use you describe would be fair. Some questions that come to my mind are: are you selling your work? how much of the songs would you be copying and how key is that portion to the song? is there a... Read more...
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Movie Ratings on website

Posted by: Freya Anderson
August 7, 2009 @ 2:16pm
MPAA ratings are proprietary, but because of trademark, not copyright. The MPAA has posted guidelines for using their ratings at http://www.mpaa.org/Ratings_Rules.pdf. It seems like they are mostly concerned with the ratings being displayed... Read more...
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Public Picture

Posted by: ksmith
August 2, 2009 @ 5:16am
When a photographer takes a photo of an object that is not itself protected by copyright, the only copyright in that photo is held by the photographer.

I suppose it is possible, in the situation you describe, for the junkyard owner to... Read more...
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If I sell my copyright, can I still call myself "author"?

Posted by: ksmith
July 26, 2009 @ 5:04pm
Assuming you are describing the relationship accurately, you can, unless you gave up that right as part of your contract with the assignee. When a work is created as a work for hire, the copyright law designates the employer as the author from the moment... Read more...
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Photographic copyrights

Posted by: ksmith
July 24, 2009 @ 5:07am
Simply giving credit to the photographer is no substitute for obtaining his or her permission to publish their copyrighted works. Also, some of the usual copyright exceptions (like fair use in the US) will be unavailable or much harder to claim because... Read more...
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Online translation sites (automatic and manual)

Posted by: JanetCroft
July 13, 2009 @ 1:02pm
Interesting question! The philosophical question behind this -- and excellect fodder for a science fiction writer -- is this: is a translation by a "robot" the intellectual property of that "robot"? Or of the robot's creator? Or the original author? Or... Read more...
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copyright and prison users

Posted by: JanetCroft
July 9, 2009 @ 1:04pm
I don't know of anything specific to prison libraries as far as copyright goes; they only thing I'd wonder about is if this is a government agency prison or a private for-profit prison -- and even in the latter case, I don't know if the library would... Read more...
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Translations of public domain poetry??

Posted by: ksmith
June 30, 2009 @ 9:58am
It will depend on when the translation was published (or when it was created, if it is unpublished). Although the underlying poetry is surely in the public domain, there may be rights in the translation, which will be vested in the translator or the... Read more...
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Taking Photos of Solutions Manuals in Library

Posted by: dan
June 24, 2009 @ 5:08pm
I'm not sure the library should do anything. The library hasn't done anything to infringe anyone's copyright. The student might have infringed, and even that is questionable, but you can't control what your customers do.
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Circulating DVD copies of deteriorating VHS tapes

Posted by: dmeeds
June 24, 2009 @ 11:51am
We have a collection of VHS tapes that is rapidly deteriorating. If these are not available to purchase in DVD format, is it permissible to make a DVD copy of the original VHS tape as a backup and circulate the DVD copy once the VHS tapes are no longer... Read more...
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Translation copyright

Posted by: ksmith
June 24, 2009 @ 6:39am
This is actually a hard question. If the term of protection for the economic rights under copyright has expired, then the work is in the public domain. Thus you are free to make and publish a translation as long as you respect the "moral rights" of the... Read more...
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song translation subtitles

Posted by: ksmith
June 11, 2009 @ 7:52am
I have never heard of this before, but my guess is that it is a holdover from what is called the "manufacturing clause" in US copyright. It is section 601 of the copyright act (Title 17), but it was allowed to expire in 1986. This requirement, that... Read more...
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Performance of score for classic film segment

Posted by: JanetCroft
June 8, 2009 @ 12:55pm
Is there a charge for attendees? Or is this more in the nature of a recital? I'm still not sure, but a free performance, and particularly the performance of what in a non-performing-arts class might be called a research project, would weigh more in the... Read more...
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digitization of course textbook

Posted by: JanetCroft
June 8, 2009 @ 12:50pm
Probably best to check back with the publisher in this situation -- if you did NOT have the agreement for the paper reproduction, you'd be having to make a permissions request anyway for an amount this large.
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VHS to DVD to FACULTY to CLASSROOM

Posted by: ksmith
June 6, 2009 @ 6:47am
What language are you referring to? The archival exceptions for libraries in 108 do have a bizarre restriction on distribution of digital copies, but it is a restriction to the library premises and does not mention personal use or scholarship as... Read more...
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campus radio station CDs and ILL

Posted by: ksmith
June 5, 2009 @ 9:41am
There was a lawsuit last year in which Universal Music sued a man who obtained these sort of promotional CDs and resold them on eBay. His position, which the lower court adopted, was that these were gifts, sent unsolicited through the mail, and the... Read more...
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Book Reproduction

Posted by: JanetCroft
May 22, 2009 @ 2:47pm
For the first question -- the library is not liable for anything the student might do while they have borrowed the item. That's why libraries put those copyright warnings on their photocopiers. If the student borrows and then copies the entire item,... Read more...
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new to the forum...question

Posted by: JanetCroft
May 22, 2009 @ 2:39pm
I don't think trademark is applicable in this case.
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Author vs Editor-- who owns what?

Posted by: JanetCroft
May 22, 2009 @ 2:38pm
Speaking as an editor, I have never asserted copyright in any suggestions or changes I've made to a manuscript. It seems to be an unspoken rule of sorts. And it is often easier to use an electronic file and track-changes when editing a manuscript. Most... Read more...
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Digital Rights

Posted by: COvalle
May 15, 2009 @ 10:29am
It's going to depend on the situation. The statute also specifically mentions multiple copies for classroom use. Different universities reflect this in different ways. For example, some will allow copies of a work for a single semester and then require... Read more...
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few question about copyright & ISBN. Please respond!

Posted by: ksmith
May 6, 2009 @ 6:23am
I do not know the answers to your specific questions, but I can tell you that for the most part, these dates do not matter. Under US law, copyright protection begins as soon as a work is fixed in tangible form. No registration or notice (part of the... Read more...
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Libraries, Video Rentals, and Copyright

Posted by: ksmith
May 4, 2009 @ 6:38am
The two situations your friend sites -- copying a videotape and copying an entire book from the library -- really are analogous, since both would be permitted, if they are permitted, by the fair use exception to the US copyright law. It is a hotly... Read more...
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mathematics curriculum

Posted by: ksmith
May 1, 2009 @ 10:46am
You are quite right that the really important issue for you is the idea/expression dichotomy. The classic case that articulates this distinction (it uses the terms "art" versus "description of the art") involves accounting forms, and may have some value... Read more...
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Using copyright images to promote a nonprofit educational event

Posted by: RuthDukelow
April 28, 2009 @ 11:21am
If you are talking about multiple copies of a poster that will be displayed in locations around the community, then I would suggest obtaining permission before reproducing copyrighted images on the posters.
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Copying a picture book for storytelling prompt

Posted by: COvalle
April 27, 2009 @ 7:23pm
I'm not quite as convinced. This is a one-time thing, and educational. I don't think the effect on the market is significant enough to warrant buying new copies for a one-time deal. By that interpretation, you would always be inclined to purchase... Read more...
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