Copyright Questions

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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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Poster Images in Online Catalog?

Posted by: GClement
January 21, 2011 @ 3:15pm
ShondaB,

It sounds like you have evaluated 2 of the four Fair Use Factors: purpose of the use and amount used.
As you have pointed out, Factor #1 weighs in favor of fair use because the purpose is to enhance search and retrieval... Read more...
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Wikipedia CD cover images

Posted by: GClement
January 21, 2011 @ 2:56pm
Shadowpuppeteer,

Based on the link you provided, it appears that the image in question was uploaded to Wikipedia by a user who believes his or her action (uploading an album cover to the Wikipedia website for the purposes of illustration)... Read more...
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Art with intent to sell, copyright question

Posted by: GClement
January 19, 2011 @ 1:49pm
People's faces are not eligible for copyright protection, so when an artist creates a sketch or painting of a real-life person s/he is not violating copyright. However, making a painting or sketch of a person from an existing picture of that person would... Read more...
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Usage of Copywrited artistic material in a different artistic domain

Posted by: GClement
January 19, 2011 @ 1:23pm
If you are describing the copyrighted music in your own original voice, then it sounds like any references to the song's title or composer do not implicate any of the copyright holder's rights. If you wish to include snippets of the music -- say a few... Read more...
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Required education to work in copyright office?

Posted by: ksmith
January 16, 2011 @ 1:08pm
You might also look at the Copyright Office's own jobs page at http://www.copyright.gov/jobs.html
Like other government agencies, the Copyright Office must be very specific about job requirements and cannot deviate very much from those... Read more...
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I recently started a golf website for fun and it looks great but I hav

Posted by: adamlayfield
January 14, 2011 @ 4:11am
The website looks great but I have used various pictures an videos clips throughout the web ti illustrate my Original writing. All of the pictures are subject to copyright in fact every picture on google is subject to copyright so where do I get the... Read more...
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copies of short stories, essays, etc.

Posted by: JanetCroft
January 13, 2011 @ 1:46pm
http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ21.pdf Circular 21 is designed for quick reference for librarians and teachers. You can find a lot of answers there.

If you put the physical book on reserve you're always fine. Then students can make... Read more...
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Fair Use in public college

Posted by: ksmith
January 3, 2011 @ 5:40pm
Assuming the photos were taken by a college employee, the college probably does own a copyright. But their disclaimer does not take away the fair use rights that others have; fair use is a type of permission to use.

Remember that the... Read more...
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He Say's It's Not Mine

Posted by: ksmith
December 16, 2010 @ 9:36am
Your friend might think that, because he paid you, he owns the copyright in the works you produced. That is a common mistake. Simply paying someone to produce a copyrightable work does not turn it in to a "work made for hire." As Janet says, unless... Read more...
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copying case laws for school law class

Posted by: JanetCroft
December 13, 2010 @ 1:59pm
Just collecting the laws in one place doesn't give the publisher (WestLaw, for example) copyright. Probably most case laws are considered government documents and thus not copyrighted. But any additional commentary may be copyrighted by the republisher,... Read more...
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Ancestry image copyright questions

Posted by: JanetCroft
December 13, 2010 @ 1:58pm
You would be safest writing to someone at Ancestry.com to make sure what their policies are. Technically, anything prior to 1923 is out of copyright, and simply uploading an old photo to a website is not enough of a transformative use to give the uploader... Read more...
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register the copyright for a original poster?

Posted by: JanetCroft
December 13, 2010 @ 1:49pm
Yes, you could do that. It's already copyrighted, since you have fixed it in a tangible medium, but if you are concerned about piracy of the collage poster itself, you may want to register it for an added level of protection.
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Publishing non-copyrighted proceedings in an online journal

Posted by: JanetCroft
December 13, 2010 @ 1:47pm
This sounds a lot like the arrangements I have with authors for the journal I edit. What she needs is a SPARC Addendum compliant author agreement spelling out exactly what uses she/the society will make of the essays -- for example, it will be published... Read more...
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Using Copyrighted characters in a cookbook?

Posted by: JanetCroft
November 29, 2010 @ 1:29pm
Those are trademarked characters. You will need to contact the companies by which they are trademarked.
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citing outcome from a research article?

Posted by: JanetCroft
November 22, 2010 @ 1:50pm
As long as the material you quote is of a reasonable length and you cite your source and give credit to the author, that is a fair use. If your quote becomes rather long,you may need permission. Different publishers vary as to how risk-averse they are;... Read more...
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Creative Design copyright question?

Posted by: dmcmicken
November 18, 2010 @ 9:42am
I've designed a pendent and I paint abstract original art on each piece with different things like shoes, hats, lots of different things. (1) Could something like this be copyrighted? (2) Could I get in trouble for painting a soda cap in a circle using... Read more...
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School library audiobook Question

Posted by: imcguy
November 17, 2010 @ 11:36am
Here's what I'm trying to do. I'm getting mixed answers on whether or not this is okay.

1. Students record themselves reading books from the library. These are loaded on to MP3 players for students to use while following along with the... Read more...
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Back-up Copies of Leader Guides

Posted by: williamsonl
November 15, 2010 @ 5:50pm
You thinking is right on target. It may not be logical, but that it the law. First sale and ereserves does not apply. You cannot copy the entire guide and post it online--this would be a violation.
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Photographic Copyright and Creative Inspiration

Posted by: JanetCroft
November 10, 2010 @ 2:47pm
ALL posts containing commercial links will be removed, no matter how relevant the text may seem to be.
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Magazine Article/Filler question

Posted by: JanetCroft
November 9, 2010 @ 1:19pm
That should depend on the magazine's agreement with the original author. It's most likely that the author would grant the magazine limited permission to reproduce that segment but retain copyright of the original whole. The magazine, however, may have... Read more...
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Copyright law jurisdiction

Posted by: ksmith
November 9, 2010 @ 12:27pm
International agreements have done a lot to harmonize copyright laws around the world. Both the US and Canada are signers of the Berne Convention and members of the World Trade Organization, so they both participate in the major treaties. The result of... Read more...
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Is this copyright infringement?

Posted by: Newblogger01
November 7, 2010 @ 9:46pm
Hi folks,

I am new to blogging and am trying to be very cautious about covering my tail. I would appreciate if anyone could sort this issue for me. I am hoping for sourced/qualified advice.

My blog will essentially be... Read more...
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Public Domain question regarding Zane Grey publication

Posted by: COvalle
November 1, 2010 @ 3:30pm
I believe that's true as far as copyright. Whether or not its in an archives shouldn't make a difference as far as subsequent uses- the archives can restrict who can use the material by restricting access to their physical artifacts (not providing access,... Read more...
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research on web site content

Posted by: JanetCroft
October 25, 2010 @ 2:42pm
Are you with a university? This is the sort of question your instituional review board (IRB) can answer. It usually depends on a variety of factors, such as potential harm to or exposure for the people experimented upon or interviewed.
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