Copyright Questions

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private translation

Posted by: JanetCroft
June 13, 2011 @ 12:37pm
If you are just doing it for yourself for practice or for your own enjoyment, you can do anything you want. If you want to publish it, then there are copyright concerns that may differ from country to country.
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Copyright Questions Regarding Tutorials and Video Game Footage?

Posted by: GClement
June 13, 2011 @ 7:57am
Generally speaking, web posting of content that is copyrighted by someone else is an infringement of the owner's rights and you would be legally liable for violating copyright law.

However, if you create the tutorials yourself and... Read more...
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Vintage floral illustrations

Posted by: GClement
June 6, 2011 @ 7:01am
In considering what the copyright issues might be in using a particular work, an initial question should be whether the work is, in fact, protected. We can assume that Crispian de Passe's 1615 "A Garden of Flowers" is in the public domain due to the age... Read more...
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Screen shots

Posted by: GClement
June 2, 2011 @ 3:42pm
Copying someone else's content (even as a screen shot) and displaying it to the public on a presentation slide implicates two rights controlled by the copyright owner: the right of reproduction and the right of public display. You would need permission... Read more...
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Fair Use

Posted by: GClement
June 1, 2011 @ 12:04pm
Twomnms,

It sounds like you want to use some charts from a report that you purchased to deliver a seminar, and you are wondering if your use would constitute a Fair Use under US Copyright law.

Copyright law requires... Read more...
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phone app using a web based game without breaching copyright

Posted by: GClement
May 26, 2011 @ 11:08am
Jimmy,

Your first question is difficult to address without getting more specific information on what copyrighted content you are trying to use in your app, and how exactly you are using the copyrighted content in your app.
... Read more...
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Recording Book to use with school wide program

Posted by: GClement
May 24, 2011 @ 9:56am
Your instincts are right, in the sense that a public reading of a copyrighted book, with recordings of that reading distributed in unlimited fashion, could be violations of the copyright owner(s)' rights. In fact, the scenario you describe has the... Read more...
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Original art depicting famous historical figures on a shirt

Posted by: GClement
May 11, 2011 @ 10:46am
Hello Joanne,

Your interesting posting seems to contain multiple questions that touch on various legal matters, including but not limited to copyright. This forum is specifically dedicated to copyright -- we are not equipped or qualified... Read more...
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Is this "Fair Use"?

Posted by: GClement
May 9, 2011 @ 1:21pm
Judithka,

Our Forum is set up as a web service only, and our service policies limit us to responding only to the questions posted here.

It sounds like your second question is also one of Library licensing terms and... Read more...
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Public Performance Recording

Posted by: GClement
May 9, 2011 @ 8:59am
When your club licensed the rights to perform the play, did you include these other uses in your negotiations? On its own, videotaping the performance without permission of the play's copyright holder could be a violation of his/her rights as well as a... Read more...
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Digital Map Data Copyright Question

Posted by: GClement
May 3, 2011 @ 10:01am
Hi Justin,

The use of geospatial data can be pretty complex, so thanks for the additional info. As a science librarian with GIS training, I am still having a hard time understanding how exactly you are using the copyrighted data. It is... Read more...
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Specifications in a copyright letter

Posted by: GClement
May 3, 2011 @ 9:24am
Jimprince, By the term 'copyright letter,' are you referring to a letter in which you request permission from the copyright holder to allow you to translate the book into your native language? Or are you referring to a 'cease and desist' letter which you... Read more...
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copyright on translation: Can I post it in Internet for free ?

Posted by: JanetCroft
May 2, 2011 @ 12:07pm
If the author owns the rights and does not want translations made available, under American copyright, you can't do this. One of the rights a copyright owner holds in the US is the right to allow translations. The only other thing I might suggest is... Read more...
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Fake Magazine Covers

Posted by: GClement
April 18, 2011 @ 2:14pm
Silverhalide, the description of your company's service -- where you are deliberately trying to make the design style look as close to a well known magazine as possible -- seems like you could be creating brand confusion. For this reason, you could be... Read more...
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audiobooks mp3 players in school

Posted by: GClement
April 18, 2011 @ 6:58am
jks,

There are two exceptions in US copyright law (US Code, Title 17) which libraries generally rely on to legally reproduce an entire book for patron use: (1) Section 108 and (2) Section 107.

(1) Section 108....
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Licensing info for Schubert Operas?

Posted by: Carrie
April 12, 2011 @ 1:34pm
If the music will only be used of a school project (and not distributed elsewhere), my tendency would be to accept the use as fair. -Carrie Russell
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Commercial use of photo of art on Flickr

Posted by: jackbenimble
April 11, 2011 @ 7:58pm
Luckily, the photographer has contacted me and given me permission to use the image.
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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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