Copyright Questions

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Test translation of a public domain test - who owns the copyright?

Posted by: williamsonl
October 24, 2011 @ 12:48pm
Although it is a derivative of a public domain work, there is likely enough originality to make the translation eligible for copyright. The copyright in a derivative work covers only the additions, changes, or other new material appearing for the first... Read more...
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I created original artwork for several dozen plays and musicals produc

Posted by: williamsonl
October 24, 2011 @ 12:43pm
You didn't ask a question here. Are you asking who owns the posters now? Was there any type of written contract with the theater? Did you receive pay? Are you consider an employee of any type? Basically, it can either be considered a work-for-hire, in... Read more...
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How to find the copyright holder for photos?!

Posted by: williamsonl
October 24, 2011 @ 12:34pm
Janet is right--sometimes it's nearly impossible to determine the copyright owner of a photograph. And Neilma is right--there is no definitive answer. Once you've exhausted all your resources to find out the owner, you will have to make a decision based... Read more...
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Flashcard created from text book

Posted by: williamsonl
October 24, 2011 @ 12:32pm
It really just depends. In general the answer is no, you cannot copy material from a textbook and basically creating a derivative work from it without permission. Are the flashcards limited to students enrolled in a class where the textbook is used? Then... Read more...
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Classroom Ownership

Posted by: JanetCroft
October 24, 2011 @ 12:17pm
It's generally the instructor, unless you specifically signed a contract stating it was a work for hire. Your school should have a copyright policy clearly stating this.
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Thanks Sean.

Posted by: GClement
September 24, 2011 @ 11:56am
Without seeing the exact design of your website, it is hard to know exactly how you plan to reproduce the logos. That said, it sounds like your use of other people's logos could constitute Trademark and Copyright Infringement.

The... Read more...
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Names of the Month

Posted by: JanetCroft
September 19, 2011 @ 12:44pm
The only copyright problem you might have is that these charts will be copyrighted by you, automatically. If you like giving them away free, you might want to clarify this for people who use them by registering them under a Creative Commons license. Just... Read more...
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Questions about copyright transfer

Posted by: Freya Anderson
September 16, 2011 @ 6:24pm
Hi Graham~
With US law, it's hard for me to see how what you describe would cause any problems through copyright law itself, but it seems like there could be issues with contract law or other areas of law. It seems to me that this is an issue... Read more...
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Copyright on a menu design on website

Posted by: GClement
September 16, 2011 @ 3:35pm
Nithi,

Since the other website is probably copyrighted, you need to be sure that your website has not used the original and creative elements contained in the other website, such as images, designs, etc. The basic design of the other... Read more...
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Use of beer labels on website = copyright infringement?

Posted by: GClement
September 14, 2011 @ 12:29pm
Hello lowrider2072005

The scenario you are describing suggests that you could be infringing on copyright protection covering the labels, which often contain colorful or artful images, graphics, etc. So you need to evaluate whether the... Read more...
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Using PowerPoint for Storytime

Posted by: GClement
September 14, 2011 @ 12:20pm
Hi Caitem,

Just to clarify, the provisions for using Elmo to project images during storytime rely on § 109 · Limitations on exclusive rights:
Effect of transfer of particular copy or phonorecord, as follows:

(c)... Read more...
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Should my son publish original work on TeenInk.com?

Posted by: JanetCroft
September 6, 2011 @ 12:26pm
It's not the best contract in the world, but it does give him the right to submit his work elsewhere. If it were me, I'd prefer to own my own copyright, but this isn't as bad as it could be, since he still has that right.
Replies: 4

Specific copyright question relating to free but DPR-protected PDF

Posted by: GClement
September 4, 2011 @ 5:49am
I agree with LWilliamson that it is up to you to decide whether or not to comply with the terms of the license that the publisher attached tothe PDF. They apparently did NOT choose to use a Creative Commons license, which *is* legally defensible. It is... Read more...
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Who legally owns an unauthorized translation?

Posted by: williamsonl
August 24, 2011 @ 9:36am
I don't believe there is a real question of 'rights' here. The translation is not a legal property so doesn't really convey any rights. My layman's opinion would be that the illegal translations would belong to the publisher, but what they could do with... Read more...
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I want to have an art gallery exhibition of old snapshots I have colle

Posted by: williamsonl
August 24, 2011 @ 9:21am
It will be almost impossible for you to determine the copyright status of most of these photographs. Or even if they are even legal copies. If it is a legal copy or original, you can display or sell the print that you own. You may not make any additional... Read more...
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Replacing audio from video for an audio showreel

Posted by: williamsonl
August 24, 2011 @ 9:10am
Depends on what you are using it for and how much you are using. This could possibly fall under fair use and be considered transformative. Do you intend to sell it? That counts against you. And you could be well within your rights and still receive an... Read more...
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Community Theater Artwork

Posted by: GClement
August 4, 2011 @ 12:03pm
Hello CartoonEtc,

If you created your own original poster designs, you own the copyright in them and may reproduce, distribute, modify them as you see fit. However, what I am not sure about is whether your posters are truly original, or... Read more...
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permission needed to replace circulating copies of theses?

Posted by: JanetCroft
July 25, 2011 @ 1:51pm
We routinely make replacement copies for missing circulating theses using the archival copy as a master. I don't think it's something you would need permission for. However, for theses that fall in the grey area of still being in copyright but written... Read more...
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Circulating Blu Ray and Regular DVD sets separately

Posted by: JanetCroft
July 25, 2011 @ 1:47pm
I don't think this is really a copyright issue, simply a local policy issue. Consider a book with an accompanying CD -- on our campus, some branches keep them together and circulate them as a unit, while others split them up with one barcode for each part... Read more...
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non-signatory state in Berne

Posted by: williamsonl
July 19, 2011 @ 1:34pm
Microsoft products are covered more by a licensing agreement than any application of copyright law. Here is a link that has more information on non-participating companies http://www.copyrightservice.co.uk/copyright/p08_berne_convention.
Also,... Read more...
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Gallery Exhibition of Old Snapshot Collection... and Exhibition Book

Posted by: GClement
July 14, 2011 @ 12:13pm
Hello Elmer,

Assuming that said photographs are copyrighted, there may be a a couple of provisions within copyright law that would allow your first enumerated use without seeking the permission of the copyright holder.
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ebook website.

Posted by: GClement
July 13, 2011 @ 6:13am
Hello,

US copyright law does not have a specific provision for ebooks...if the ebooks in question are copyrighted by someone other than yourself, you need to comply with the provisions of US Code, Title 17 which you can find online at...
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Want to know about copyright law site.

Posted by: williamsonl
July 1, 2011 @ 8:14am
Dr. Shila,
Medical ebooks are not treated any differently than any other copyrighted material. There are many resources linked from our homepage on educational exemptions for using copyrighted material. Ebooks fall under the same copyright law as... Read more...
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picture books and SmartBoard

Posted by: GClement
June 30, 2011 @ 12:21pm
There are two exceptions (outside of Fair use) that might fit the circumstances of your situation.

(1) Section 109(c)

If the situation involved just one classroom, it would seem that projecting the book using the SMART... Read more...
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National Research Council Canada and ILL

Posted by: GClement
June 29, 2011 @ 7:13am
When working in the US, we apply US Copyright law in our activities. As you noted in your post, US Copyright law (Title 17, Section 105) only provides for the public domain status of US federal works (and there are caveats as to what constitutes a US... Read more...
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