Copyright Questions

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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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Photos of Businesses

Posted by: ksmith
October 10, 2008 @ 5:48pm
See section 120 of the Copyright Act, concerning the "Scope of Exclusive Rights in Architectural Works," which explicitly allows such photos; there is no need for a fair use argument. Subsection (a) of that section reads "Pictorial Representations... Read more...
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interesting question about CONTU

Posted by: Freya Anderson
October 10, 2008 @ 2:15pm
At my library, we would probably touch base with the patron to verify why they were re-requesting the article. If they had just lost the earlier copy, I would lean towards not counting it twice, but letting them know that they should destroy one copy if... Read more...
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Citing Slogans...

Posted by: MKardick
October 9, 2008 @ 6:37am
I would cite it like a TV program, like this for APA style:
Television Broadcast

Anderson, R. & Morgan, C. (Producers). (2008, June 20). 60 Minutes [Television broadcast]. Washington, DC: CBS News.

Or MLA:... Read more...
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EU Fair Use

Posted by: COvalle
September 30, 2008 @ 2:31pm
If the copying action is taking place in Switzerland, then it's Swiss law that you'll need to follow. In most situations, copyright is covered by domestic law, even if the work is a foreign work.

Under U.S. law, percentages by themselves... Read more...
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"Do not lend..." on DVD-ROM game disc

Posted by: packrat
September 30, 2008 @ 1:48pm
This may actually be a license/contract issue, but I thought I'd ask here anyway because there may be some advice on wording interpretation that's common to all areas:

We recently received "Lego Batman", a DVD-ROM game. The printed... Read more...
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Copyright, Calendars and Holiday Definitions

Posted by: JanetCroft
September 23, 2008 @ 1:05pm
The information about when each holiday occurs is non-copyrightable. But if you are quoting your definitions of the holidays, the foods, and so on from another specific source, the specific phrasing may be copyrighted by the original author. Short quotes... Read more...
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Writing my own news stories on my website

Posted by: MKardick
September 19, 2008 @ 9:01am
Start with the Library of Congress Copyright Office (http://www.copyright.gov/). There is plenty of information on the site as well as in their publications.
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Ready-to-use Activities for Teaching - a "consumable" item?

Posted by: MKardick
September 19, 2008 @ 8:56am
It sounds like what you have is known as a black line master book. Somewhere in the front of the book it usually tells what the copying limitations are, if any.
The difference is that a workbook is intended for the same student to use from... Read more...
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Reserves copyright question

Posted by: JanetCroft
September 17, 2008 @ 12:30pm
1. Showing in a classroom: I think the teacher could probably get away with this ONCE under the rubric of spontaneity -- but only once.
2. Streaming video on Blackboard -- very unlikely, especially if she wants to show the whole program.
... Read more...
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Russian copyright law

Posted by: Freya Anderson
September 8, 2008 @ 11:15pm
Since Russia is, I believe, a signatory of the Berne Convention, my understanding is that use of Russian works in the US would need to follow US copyright law. I would imagine that most children's songs, poems, proverbs and folks songs from your... Read more...
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Student publications

Posted by: MollyKleinman
September 8, 2008 @ 7:32am
It's possible that those stories from 1945 are in the public domain. Works published between 1923 and 1977 without a proper copyright notice, along with works published between 1923 and 1963 that were published with proper notice but did not have the... Read more...
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Student publications

Posted by: ksmith
September 7, 2008 @ 1:53pm
Determining the copyright status of these stories is potentially a very complex analysis, and it depends on several factors about which you have given us no information. First, is there a copyright notice on the magazine or on each story? If so, what... Read more...
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