Copyright Questions

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Staying out of trouble?

Posted by: COvalle
April 8, 2011 @ 10:34am
What's happening when you click on the link? Another way to get there is, go to
copyright.columbia.edu
and click the "Fair Use" link on the left.

There's also a tool on this site- if you go to librarycopyright.net, there's... Read more...
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Sigmund Freud Translation

Posted by: JanetCroft
March 25, 2011 @ 1:36pm
Yes, those translations should still be under copyright. You might see if there is an earlier translation. Check the Copyright Slider on our home page for an easy way to check on whether something is likely to be copyrighted or not.
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eDocs from Amazon

Posted by: jpoe
March 25, 2011 @ 7:08am
Good morning all. I have a question about the purchase of an eDoc from Amazon. If we purchase this type of material, can we load the PDF onto one of our servers and post a link to it in our catalog to provide access to our users with a requirement that... Read more...
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Does license over rule "first sale rights"?

Posted by: JanetCroft
March 23, 2011 @ 3:25pm
If they really arrived without a license, I think you can get away with treating them as a first sale item -- but it would be very hard to proove a negative, that you did not get a license of any sort with them. But yes, if there IS a license, it can... Read more...
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Celebrity Art work

Posted by: Freya Anderson
March 17, 2011 @ 4:03pm
If you own the actual drawing, you can sell them under the first sale doctrine. Your uncle owns copyright just by creating the material, unless he has sold it, given it away, or did it as a work for hire. However, it might be prudent for him to register... Read more...
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Logo and Lyrics in a short film

Posted by: Freya Anderson
March 17, 2011 @ 9:20am
I think that for most of the uses you describe, the key would be whether the use was incidental or not. That is, if someone just happened to wear a t-shirt with the Darma Initiative logo, that would be much less likely to be an issue than if that were an... Read more...
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Confusion of Name

Posted by: Freya Anderson
March 17, 2011 @ 9:10am
It seems to me that the issues you bring up here are primarily related to trademark, contract, and bankruptcy law than to copyright. Regarding the prints and manual, whether or not they are under copyright protection depends upon when they were created... Read more...
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Copyright issues for Teddy Bear Automated Childrens Book Reader

Posted by: Freya Anderson
March 16, 2011 @ 2:13pm
This sounds like a creative and fun tool, and it would be great to find a way to make it more widely available. I go into copyright below, but I wonder if you could sidetrack the issue by using commercial audiobooks with the teddy bears? That might be... Read more...
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Cyberbullying Brochure

Posted by: GClement
March 10, 2011 @ 9:57am
The first point to clarify is that there is a different between copyright infringement and plagiarism. The sources need to be cited at the point of use (in the brochure), but how the citations are formatted and where they appear is a matter of style. ... Read more...
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Help Starting a Student Film Society

Posted by: COvalle
March 3, 2011 @ 10:15am
I'm sorry, I don't have a lot of great news... I don't think there really is a US equivalent of such a film rights society, unfortunately.

So, as far as the showing a movie in an educational context, you've got a few options. There's...
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Every Article in Entire Journal

Posted by: GClement
March 1, 2011 @ 2:12pm
Having worked with medical libraries in University settings, I have seen cases where the described scenario may or may not be problematic. If your medical library is part of a University where the doctor is on the faculty, he would be as legitimate a... Read more...
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K-12 School Newspaper and Images

Posted by: JanetCroft
February 25, 2011 @ 1:03pm
Try this site: http://www.splc.org/knowyourrights/legalresearch.asp?id=32 and scroll down to the sections titled Obtaining Permission to Use a Copyrighted Work and Fair use. This ought to give you some good guidance tailored specifically to school... Read more...
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copying a film for library reserve shelf?

Posted by: GClement
February 23, 2011 @ 1:02pm
Hello Ed,

If the professor wants to reproduce these movies, he will need to rely on the provisions of Fair Use and perform a four-factor analysis. It is helpful to use a Fair Use checklist, such as the one available from Columbia's... Read more...
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Use of code from a creative commons book

Posted by: JanetCroft
February 15, 2011 @ 2:08pm
I think Creative Commons has a place on their own blog where you can ask this -- and they have just released something new about getting permissions, so you might want to head over there.
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including literary excerpts for translation in a language book

Posted by: GClement
February 14, 2011 @ 5:32pm
It sounds like you are asking whether you may include excerpts of some copyrighted works in your book under the provisions of Fair Use (Section 107 of Title 17, the US Copyright Act). Contrary to popular belief, the Fair Use section of copyright law does... Read more...
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Building an EndNote Library - clarify "fair use" in contract?

Posted by: JanetCroft
February 11, 2011 @ 1:34pm
You might adapt the copyright notice that libraries put on photocopiers:

NOTICE: The Copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material; the person... Read more...
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Digital movie downloads & fair use

Posted by: COvalle
February 7, 2011 @ 2:20pm
The question I have is, you say that "the agreement states clearly for private home use only." What agreement? You can give up certain rights contractually.
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Facebook Invention - Can I Sell It?

Posted by: COvalle
February 7, 2011 @ 2:18pm
Facebook is a trademark, and will likely be heavily monitored for use, and they're more likely to try to do something to protect their mark. I would consult an attorney before using the name in anything.
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Prints of musicians?

Posted by: JanetCroft
February 7, 2011 @ 1:43pm
The artist should have had an agreement with the venue about this in advance. Talk to the people at the venue and see what their arrangement was with the artist. It may be that their standard artist's contract allows their hired photographer to post... Read more...
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Use part of copyrighted music clip for home video on own website.

Posted by: Xphias
February 5, 2011 @ 5:20pm
I made a 23 minute home video on how to make something that is respectful and fun and use and 1:10 of a famous rock song/singer as an introduction to tell the story. The song is 5:54 long. I would like to post on own individual website where I am not... Read more...
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Permission from publisher to use article and about myself on my web.

Posted by: JanetCroft
February 3, 2011 @ 2:53pm
The articles are likely copyrighted by the newspaper or possibly the author, if freelance. Yes, you should ask for permission. Chance are they'll be fine with it, as a small local newspaper.
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Creating an "In-House" On-Demand System

Posted by: COvalle
February 2, 2011 @ 7:56pm
So, there are a few issues here.

One, vendors have a tendency to claim way more than they should be claiming. Showing digitized material from a retrieval system is actually different then showing the tapes, unfortunately. While it is... Read more...
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Developing Lesson Plans

Posted by: GClement
January 28, 2011 @ 3:48pm
Given your statement that the lesson plan contains all your own work (except for the necessary references to the character names), it does sound like your use would quality as a Fair Use. Why don't you perform a Fair Use evaluation, a process that... Read more...
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Hiring a freelance artist.

Posted by: GClement
January 28, 2011 @ 3:42pm
Adding to Janet's helpful answer, if you want to read up on what the Copyright Law considers a work-for-hire, check out the free handout from the Copyright Office, "Works Made for Hire Under the 1976 Copyright Act"... Read more...
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Privacy/Defamation Questions regarding using fact in Fiction

Posted by: JanetCroft
January 28, 2011 @ 2:08pm
If the house is occupied, for privacy's sake it might be better to change the numbers a bit. Of course, there might be European privacy laws that would come into play.

Real monastic orders and even houses are used in books all the time....
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