Copyright Questions

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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.
Replies: 1

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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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.
Replies: 2

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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