Copyright Questions

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Copyright my book?

Posted by: ksmith
January 20, 2009 @ 12:18pm
Your novel is protected from the moment you "fixed it in tangible form," i.e wrote it on paper or in a computer's memory. So it already is "copyrighted." Nevertheless, there are some advantages to registering your copyright. You must register, for... Read more...
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Copyright for newspaper project microfilm, etc.

Posted by: Freya Anderson
January 16, 2009 @ 12:29pm
My library is discussing our copyright rationale for microfilming and possibly digitizing local newspapers as part of our state newspaper project. As I see it, there are three separate concerns:

* copyright for microfilmed copies [|n|n|]... Read more...
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Umbrella site or license for showing videos

Posted by: kculhane
January 14, 2009 @ 1:40pm
I'm looking for provider for an Umbrella site license for showing videos from our collection. I tried the MPLC but they do not cover Universities. Any ideas? Thanks
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Is there any way to make my creation secured from getting ripped off?

Posted by: Casey
January 14, 2009 @ 2:45am
I have written one book on fiction. I want to publish it now so that everyone can come across my creation but I have one issue that someone can copy my creation which I don’t want so can anyone help me out to make my creation secured from getting ripped... Read more...
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Use of clipart in downloadable pdfs

Posted by: JanetCroft
January 5, 2009 @ 1:43pm
I highly recommend Dover Publications book and CD sets for permission-free clip art and fonts. You can sign up for a weekly sampler and build up quite a library from their freebies. I've also used free clip art from the Microsoft site extensively, but... Read more...
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Photograph of a statue.

Posted by: ksmith
January 3, 2009 @ 5:23am
There are several questions to which it would be helpful to know the answers here. Is the statue displayed in a public place? Is it incorporated into a building or a "useful article?" I presume from your post that the answers to these questions are... Read more...
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Library Tour: My Camera might capture some Magazaine and Book Titles?

Posted by: JanetCroft
December 18, 2008 @ 2:25pm
I really don't think it's anything to worry about! The problem cases have been with libraries showing thumbnails of covers in their catalogs. I think a tour video would go by so quickly and show covers and titles in such low resolution that nobody would... Read more...
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Scanning 100% of a book into Blackboard

Posted by: ksmith
December 16, 2008 @ 12:55pm
I am not convinced that fair use is your best alternative here. For one thing, if the copyright was retained by the authors, your co-author professor is perfectly entitled to put the whole book on e-reserve. Under US law, co-authors each have an equal... Read more...
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Did a banner exchange, now Getty is fining me?

Posted by: ksmith
December 16, 2008 @ 6:38am
You certainly could be liable for infringement in this situation. Copyright infringement is "strict liability" -- it does not matter that you did not intend to infringe or that someones else may have been a worse actor than you. You could try replying... Read more...
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Photocopying ILL book (in public domain) to add to Library collection

Posted by: JanetCroft
December 15, 2008 @ 2:41pm
If it's in the public domain, there should be no problem at all -- that's what the public domain is for. Violation of ILL rules? Probably not, since the copyright ownership is what you really have to be concerned about here.

As far as... Read more...
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Using music and books in library puppet shows?

Posted by: RuthDukelow
December 11, 2008 @ 1:05pm
I think there are two questions here - public performance of music and adaptation of copyrighted works.

Public performance of music:
If you are performing nondramatic (i.e., not a dramatic performance like a musical or opera)... Read more...
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Ownership of copyright and electronic reserves

Posted by: elizdav72
December 11, 2008 @ 6:55am
At first I thought this situation was cut-and-dried, but I started thinking about some "what if's" and thought that I would ask this forum to see what other's think:

A faculty member wants to scan one of our library books so that he... Read more...
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Live performance

Posted by: ksmith
December 3, 2008 @ 2:51pm
No. The copyright in the music extends to any recording of a performance of that music. In addition, the performers hold copyright in the reproduction and distribution of their performance, if the recording was done with their authorization. If the... Read more...
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Sample copyright releases

Posted by: ksmith
December 3, 2008 @ 6:40am
There are a variety of sample forms, including a permission request letter, at this web page:

http://library.duke.edu/blogs/scholcomm/frequently-asked-questions/toolkit/

I think that the Copyright Management Center at... Read more...
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Video parody?

Posted by: ksmith
November 24, 2008 @ 9:09am
I doubt that the video you describe is a parody under the relatively narrow definition used by the Supreme Court in the "Oh Pretty Woman" case. What exactly is being parodied here? Presumably not the Electric Company skit; you are using the same format... Read more...
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Reserve and CD compilation of popular music

Posted by: elizdav72
November 20, 2008 @ 1:48pm
Hello!

There is a faculty member that wants to put a compilation CD on physical reserve -- he would like the students to be able to come into the library and listen to the CD. The CD has 7 songs (not samples of the songs, but the entire... Read more...
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are policies and procedures copyrightable/ self-plagiarism

Posted by: ksmith
November 17, 2008 @ 12:41pm
Procedures and policies certainly are subject to copyright protection, insofar as they contain original expression. The owner of the copyright would ordinarily be the author (your colleague), unless the work for hire rules of copyright law would apply... Read more...
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nursing home use of videorecordings

Posted by: jdeb
November 14, 2008 @ 9:02am
We had a question whether individual use by nursing home patients of library video recordings could be construed as private home use. I suspect that, if the viewing is done in the patient's room, it would be okay, even if the person shares a room. ... Read more...
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Copyrighting quotes in a book compilation

Posted by: ksmith
November 10, 2008 @ 9:35am
I wonder if the case for fair use is really as weak as is suggested. Is it not possible to view this as a transformative work which does not compete with the originals in any way? Presumably the quotations would be group in a thematic way that would... Read more...
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web template copyright ownership

Posted by: ksmith
November 4, 2008 @ 2:16pm
Prior to any contract issue, it seems to me that the definition of work made for hire in the copyright law is relevant here. According to the definition of work made for hire in section 101 of the copyright act, there are two ways in which an employer... Read more...
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Copies of play for college production

Posted by: JanetCroft
October 24, 2008 @ 12:33pm
If they are performing the play in public, they should go through one of the established playscript suppliers, like Samuel French http://www.samuelfrench.com/store/index.php , and pay the proper licensing fees. (I base this partly on my experience as a... Read more...
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Fair Use at Student Talent Show at Elementary School

Posted by: COvalle
October 23, 2008 @ 8:02am
Not legal advice, but yeah, I'd think you were being too strict in your interpretation. #1 isn't just about commercial vs. educational uses- it's about the purpose of the use. Is a talent show solely about entertainment? Or is there a benefit to the... Read more...
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copyright-original manuscript and its translation

Posted by: JanetCroft
October 21, 2008 @ 2:34pm
Your original English essay is "fixed in a tangible form" and therefore copyrighted by you -- unless you signed over the rights to the English version in your contract with them. Whether you can publish it in English in another venue depends on your... Read more...
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Question about intellectual copyright regarding fiction

Posted by: Carrie
October 21, 2008 @ 9:34am
I would formally register the work with the Copyright Office. www.copyright.gov
There's a fee but at least you would have some formal documentation.
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stock footage copyright question

Posted by: Carrie
October 21, 2008 @ 9:26am
I would not proceed unless you have prior permission from the rights holder for each title.
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