Copyright Questions

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Online Courses and Copyright

Posted by: Carrie
February 8, 2008 @ 9:43am
I'll add that ALA has a paper on its web site regarding fair use and electronic reserves. It goes into a bit of detail regarding the four factors.
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Copyright Interview

Posted by: JanetCroft
February 7, 2008 @ 12:59pm
If you want to find out about predictions and controversies, try some of the copyright blogs and clearinghouses:,,,, as well as our own... Read more...
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DVD recording of church service?

Posted by: Kathi K
February 1, 2008 @ 8:23pm
Just wondering if anyone can tell me what things we have to consider regarding copyright in order to record our church service on DVD and distribute it to shut-ins? We currently do this on cassette tape and we would like to update the... Read more...
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Digital Art History Review Copyright Question

Posted by: ksmith
January 25, 2008 @ 12:54pm
I think all of the fair use factors actually count against this use, harmless as it seems. Regarding the second factor, it is the nature of the original that is considered, not the nature of what you create. In this case, the originals are highly... Read more...
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Photos from a State Agency Contract

Posted by: ksmith
January 23, 2008 @ 3:00pm
Assuming that it is correct that state documents are not covered by copyright, and I believe that it is, the question will depend heavily on the agreement between the contractor and the state. If the contract specified that the contractor retained... Read more...
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Musicians Produce Their Own Cds, Getting Rights to Re-create old songs

Posted by: MollyKleinman
January 21, 2008 @ 9:51am
There was a question about this in the forum not too long ago. You can see the discussion here:

The answer to your question, which appears in...
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Saving .PDF files

Posted by: heather
January 15, 2008 @ 11:13am
Our library catalogs some .PDF files that are available freely on the internet (mostly online documents produced by non-profit organizations, or from open access journals). While we link to the original .PDF in our catalog record, we have considered... Read more...
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Photography copyrights

Posted by: ksmith
January 10, 2008 @ 12:00pm
Several questions need to be answered here. When were the photographs taken? In what year did the photographer die? By "copyrighting" the collection, I presume you mean registering it with the copyright office; when was that done? All these dates will... Read more...
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Copyright laws when making recordings from published materials.

Posted by: Freya Anderson
January 7, 2008 @ 3:00pm
If I'm understanding correctly what you intend, it sounds like you would be creating a derivative work of the sheet music. Making a derivative work is a right given to copyright holders. It's possible that fair use might apply, but it's hard to tell for... Read more...
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A question about lyrics

Posted by: COvalle
January 5, 2008 @ 11:39am
Depends on who you ask. ^_^ Most music publishers apparently do not believe that those lyric sites are legal, and some have been shut down. I do not know of any situations that have gone to court, however.
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Dictionary definitions - copyrighted?

Posted by: COvalle
January 5, 2008 @ 11:34am
I just wanted to mention that the amount of work- scouring sources, research, etc- does not at all come into play in the determination of whether or not something is copyrightable in the US. Effort or work put into something ("sweat of the brow") does not... Read more...
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Math and Science Questions for Sale

Posted by: Freya Anderson
December 28, 2007 @ 11:20am
I'm not a math or science expert, but it seems to me that the copyright implications for your question depend upon what type of problems you are dealing with. Facts cannot be copyrighted, so I wouldn't think that there would be copyright issues with... Read more...
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School Newspaper

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December 17, 2007 @ 10:47am
Google and Yahoo don't provide the vast majority of images; rather, they provide access to those images. The images themselves may or may not be in the public domain. Your use may or may not be a fair use. Since many college and university newspapers... Read more...
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Dj's and Copyright??

Posted by: LOTYBOY
December 12, 2007 @ 7:10pm
The ASCAP fees for playing the original music makes sense. But I don't see how that allows a DJ to make Frankenstein mixes of lets say rock songs and call them their own. That to me is the worst form of musical theft possible.

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Really simple questions..

Posted by: JanetCroft
December 12, 2007 @ 12:53pm
The place you might want to try for answers to these questions is, the Music Publisher's Association. The FAQS in their copyright resource center look particularly helpful.

Technically your...
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scanning and emailing documents

Posted by: JanetCroft
November 30, 2007 @ 1:48pm
Are you doing it person-to-person, or library-to-person? In other words, if you personally are sharing an article with someone, I can't see a problem. If the library is doing it, I also can't see it being any different from an ILL, really. Or when you... Read more...
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recording books to cd

Posted by: williamsonl
November 30, 2007 @ 8:48am
The length of the work has no effect on the reasoning here--you are still using the entire thing. I don't see how under normal circumstances this can be considered fair use. Even if there is no existing audiobook of the work, the owner still has the... Read more...
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For-Profit Education

Posted by: Carrie
November 27, 2007 @ 2:42pm
I will add that when making a fair use determination, which you will have to do all of the time, I suggest that each factor is on a continuum. For the first factor, yes absolutely a for-profit educational use is not as good as a non-profit educational... Read more...
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Posted by: Carrie
November 27, 2007 @ 2:32pm
I have really nothing substantive to add, but I would like everyone to think about this.

This is a question that comes up often and there seems to be great fear on the part of teachers and librarians that they are infringing copyright....
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British Thesis Service copyright form

Posted by: COvalle
November 27, 2007 @ 9:05am
To me, those statements look like an attempt to circumvent what is allowed under copyright law by trying to force a license. I think we're going to see that type of language more often, and I think it's both contrary to scholarship and strongly undermines... Read more...
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posting images on school websites

Posted by: ksmith
November 10, 2007 @ 7:13am
I am going to nitpick a bit about the fair use analysis, but I ultimately agree with Ms. Anderson's conclusion.

I think we need to be careful when relying on Kelly v. Arriba Soft. That case did not say that thumbnails are always ok; it... Read more...
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Copyright notice for photocopiers: use on non-library equipment

Posted by: williamsonl
October 11, 2007 @ 7:27am
This section of 108 applies only to libraries. I am no expert on copyright outside of libraries, but I cannot see that there is any advantage to displaying the notice outside of a library other than an attempt to educate users on copyright law. [|n|n|]... Read more...
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Music copyright questions for church website

Posted by: AFry
October 3, 2007 @ 6:44am
I'm sorry I didn't have time to get to your question before now.

I would not consider myself an expert in musical performances. For now, I am going to assume that all of your performances and recordings are legal and just deal with the... Read more...
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Homemade adaptations

Posted by: packrat
September 20, 2007 @ 2:25pm
Because I know a bit more about copyright than others at my library, here is a situation that came to my attention today:

A mother of a special-needs child has acquired published copies of classic and limited vocabulary children's books... Read more...
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Copyrighting Multi-Document Works

Posted by: ksmith
September 16, 2007 @ 7:26am
I believe you can use Form TX to register a collective work, and that such registration will include illustrative matter, if what you mean by "design" can be covered by that term. I have used a single Form TX to register a journal that was being... Read more...
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