Copyright Questions

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Is this an example of fair use?

Posted by: JohnnyG
May 18, 2006 @ 7:54am
Hello, all,

I have displayed scans of two one-panel cartoons on my Web site, and the copyright holder alleges infringement based at least partly on economic harm, and he also implicitly denies that the fair use exception applies. (Since... Read more...
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Someone asked me

Posted by: williamsonl
May 16, 2006 @ 6:49am
I'm not really sure of your question, but if you are asking if you can record a television program, off any receiver or the internet, and then sell it to someone, the answer is no. Program recording is for personal use only--it does not matter if the... Read more...
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Music in hallways - performed by school band.

Posted by: RDavis
May 15, 2006 @ 8:03am
The good news is that the rate for compulsory mechanical licenses to make your own recording of a previously recorded and distributed musical work is fixed by statute and fairly reasonable if you only plan to make a limited number of copies of the... Read more...
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published art

Posted by: RDavis
May 11, 2006 @ 11:29am
YBurton,

Nimschke's original works should be in the public domain by now. I did a quick search of the WorldCat database to see if I could locate publication details for the book from the 70's that you mention. All I could find was the... Read more...
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Music in hallways

Posted by: RDavis
May 11, 2006 @ 8:18am
Briguy,

While giving credit to the performer is certainly a step in the right direction, unfortunately it doesn't in-and-of-itself make the use fair. Besides, recorded music usually has at least two sets of copyright owners -- one for the... Read more...
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Using wine bottle labels online

Posted by: RDavis
May 9, 2006 @ 7:16am
Hi --

It appears to me that all of the images on the site are thumbnails. Also, the "Professional Tasting History" section of the site where users post their images of the label is described on CellarTracker's terms & conditions (T&C)... Read more...
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MLA examples on a school website

Posted by: MFakouri
May 3, 2006 @ 2:02pm
Hi, Swilmes.

I am not a lawyer, but I can tell you this. Copyright law gives copyright holders certain exclusive rights. Only rights holders may do the following:

1. reproduce a work
2. make derivative versions of... Read more...
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Student project

Posted by: williamsonl
May 2, 2006 @ 5:55am
If they are using the material for a class assignment that will simply be turned in and seen by only teacher and students, it should fall solidly under fair use. This includes pictures and images. They will need to credit sources to avoid plagiarism... Read more...
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Copyright of images.

Posted by: GClement
April 27, 2006 @ 7:17am
I'm not a lawyer, but this case seems pretty clear cut. Assuming the original image was created in the last 30 years, you should assume it is copyrighted unless there is affirmative evidence to the contrary. Current US Copyright Law (title 17 of the... Read more...
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Creating paintings using copyrighted images

Posted by: GClement
April 25, 2006 @ 6:08am
Echoing what MFakouri has so aptly pointed out, your use of wine label art in your own work may be permissable under Fair Use depending on the specifics of your case. The fact that your intended use is to sell, rather than to educate or perform research,... Read more...
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First Sale Doctrine and ILL

Posted by: williamsonl
April 24, 2006 @ 10:46am
This would be a violation of copyright. The first sale does not allow you to copy the entire book--it only entitles you to give away or dispose of the copy that you own, not make another.

The 'easy way out' under copyright law--probably... Read more...
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Remixes on a website.

Posted by: williamsonl
April 17, 2006 @ 7:40am
Unfortunately this is really an area that is controversial at the moment. The answer depends on who you ask--the law as it stands now does not allow remixing without permission. There is however, a large movement to change the law, but even then there is... Read more...
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Fair Use for Short Quotes, Written and Otherwise

Posted by: COvalle
April 14, 2006 @ 6:05am
It depends on what the law said when the work was created or published. There's a handy chart:
http://www.copyright.cornell.edu/training/Hirtle_Public_Domain.htm
Replies: 12

New Message Board

Posted by: COvalle
April 13, 2006 @ 11:53am
We've moved to the new message board. Theoretically, everything should be moved over from the previous board. Sorry for the inconvenience!
Replies: 3

Digitizing 35mm slides

Posted by: JMiller
April 12, 2006 @ 3:40pm
Joel,

I am not a lawyer, but here's my take on the situation(s)...

1. For the slides purchased from publishers you should contact the publisher for permission to digitize the slides. Copyright for images is very...
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Editorial Cartoons

Posted by: COvalle
April 12, 2006 @ 11:26am
Not a lawyer, here's my opinion-
If you mean project as in with a transparency or slide projector, document projector, or an already existing web site, then this use is very likely fine. There is a classroom exception to copyrights in a face to... Read more...
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Possible Disney violation

Posted by: COvalle
April 12, 2006 @ 11:16am
Not necessarily. Fonts themselves generally aren't protected by copyright in the US (that's sort of a generalization, there's a bit more to it than that). Font names may be trademarked, and using a particular font in a certain way may infringe on the... Read more...
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CAN Maintenance

Posted by: COvalle
April 11, 2006 @ 7:35pm
The Copyright Advisory Network forums will be temporarily off-line later this week as we move to our new software. I'll post more specific detail as we make some final adjustments and will try to give advance warning the day of the switch. Hopefully, we... Read more...
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possession of negatives means possession of rights?

Posted by: JMiller
April 10, 2006 @ 2:47pm
Ownership of the item does not imply ownership of a copyright. Just like you can own a book or a photograph without owning the copyright, you can own a negative of an image without owning the copyright. If it was the photographer who donated the... Read more...
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Question about co-owner copyright dispute

Posted by: JMiller
April 10, 2006 @ 2:34pm
Hi Brandon,

This is a tough question that you might need a lawyer to solve. If it's a matter of a disagreement between your partner and you, there's not much anyone else can do to help. If, as you say, you created the characters and... Read more...
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Printing T-Shirts Using Images of Film Characters

Posted by: COvalle
April 6, 2006 @ 4:28pm
I also think the use is risky. Besides copyright, you have trademark and publicity issues as well.
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Webcam broadcast copyright question

Posted by: COvalle
April 4, 2006 @ 12:34pm
That's a complicated issue. Since it's presumably a recording of your broadcast, you may have copyright in that broadcast- bit if you weren't the one who initially "fixed" the work, things can get dicey. If they have been posted to websites, you could... Read more...
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software from previous computer

Posted by: COvalle
April 2, 2006 @ 6:43pm
It sounds like you're talking about OEM software. I run into this situation in the course of my work pretty regularly.

In general, software licenses can be an iffy thing. Some parts may be valid, some parts may not be valid, depending... Read more...
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teachers ownership of intellectual property

Posted by: Carrie
March 31, 2006 @ 2:15pm
A few additional points.

If the teachers hold the copyright to their work (and it is not work performed as part of their regular employment), they had to sign a document in order to transfer any rights to anyone. They should have a... Read more...
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locating copyright holder of video

Posted by: Carrie
March 31, 2006 @ 2:02pm
If you have a lawful copy of the video, and you want to use it in the classroom for teaching purposes, why do you need public performance rights? In Canada, do you have an exception that allows for PP in the classroom without prior authorization? Just... Read more...
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