Copyright Questions

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Publisher permission needed to digitize an out-of-print book?

Posted by: ksmith
April 16, 2009 @ 10:41am
This really depends on whether copyright was transferred to the publisher, and whether it has every reverted to the authors.

The chances are very good that the copyright was transferred to the publisher back when the book was first... Read more...
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Digitization of Industry Yearbooks

Posted by: JanetCroft
April 15, 2009 @ 1:18pm
This sounds like you are just doing if in order to share the yearbooks among the research group, and not the broader public. To me this sounds permissible. You may want to get rid of the scans once you are done working with them, but if you intend to do... Read more...
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Paid newspaper display ads, Disney and Internet images

Posted by: Freya Anderson
April 9, 2009 @ 3:56pm
I think you are right to be concerned. It is possible that some of the uses would fall under Fair Use. I am not a lawyer, but would guess that, in cases where the use was not determined to be fair, there might be some liability for contributory... Read more...
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images

Posted by: Freya Anderson
April 9, 2009 @ 3:41pm
Generally, it is best to assume that images on the web have copyright protection, unless it is very clear that they don't. Usually this will be because the owner explicitly gives away copyright or because the images are very old and have entered the... Read more...
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Copyright question that you have not likely seen yet concerning music

Posted by: Freya Anderson
April 9, 2009 @ 3:04pm
For this type of procedural question, it might be better to go directly to the US Copyright Office. You can find several ways to contact them for assistance at http://www.copyright.gov/help/.
Replies: 2

scanning textbook chapter in course management system

Posted by: lkram
April 7, 2009 @ 4:12pm
As Copyright Officer for a Community College, faculty have asked if it would be considered within Fair Use to scan a chapter of a required textbook to post to their course management system class site. This would only be during the first week or two of an... Read more...
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copyright course materials

Posted by: ksmith
April 6, 2009 @ 12:00pm
You are correct that your co-workers work is protected automatically as soon as it is fixed, assuming it has the necessary modicum of creativity. The copyright is owned, immediately, either by your co-worker or by the institutional employer, if it is... Read more...
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recorded tv programs on reserve

Posted by: kculhane
April 3, 2009 @ 6:38am
Oops, I posted this question by mistake in a response to another subject. Sorry. I have an instructor who has recorded a television program and wants to place the recording on reserve each time she teaches a specific course. Is this violation of... Read more...
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Copyright laws - bands?

Posted by: ksmith
March 31, 2009 @ 8:51am
There are two different copyright issues in play here.

First, there is a specific exception to the copyright that is held by U2, for example, in a recorded performance of their work. That exception allows "covers" by other bands without... Read more...
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Library cataloging slides, Linking pictures to record

Posted by: ckristof@kent.edu
March 27, 2009 @ 8:15am
Hi Dawn,

The law is so fuzzy with art reproductions. If the original work of art is in the public domain (for example, pre-1923), and the slides are exact reproductions of the original work, you would be okay. If the reproduction adds... Read more...
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Copyright and Online Forum

Posted by: ksmith
March 20, 2009 @ 11:10am
I am not aware of any legal precedent here, but I can say one thing about the law and assert one opinion.

The law, of course, is that the forum members who write posts retain copyright in those posts, unless there is a contractual... Read more...
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New Editions

Posted by: ksmith
March 18, 2009 @ 1:30pm
Remember that copyright protection is automatic. It is not necessary to register to get copyright protection, although it is necessary if you need to defend your copyright in court. So registration of a second edition would be necessary if you wanted to... Read more...
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copying a image of a front cover of a book

Posted by: williamsonl
March 9, 2009 @ 10:49am
Yes, I believe this would be legal. Whether you are scanning the books or downloading from the Internet it should be fair.
Replies: 1

Dial-a-Story and YouTube Copyright Issues

Posted by: williamsonl
March 6, 2009 @ 10:42am
I'm not familiar with Dial A Story, but making an audio recording of a book is most likely infringing on the author's right to control derivative works. Circulating the tapes or putting them on YouTube just exacerbates the violation.
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textbook says nothing can be used wilthout permission

Posted by: ksmith
February 27, 2009 @ 6:15am
If the statement about not using anything is just that -- a mere statement in the front of the book -- it does not have any effect on the rights under copyright. So fair use would still be available. There was a Supreme Court decision back around 1908... Read more...
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Copyrights (long and complicated question)

Posted by: RuthDukelow
February 25, 2009 @ 11:53am
There are a lot of issues here. The questions relating to the agreement between the society and the individuals (and perhaps the granting agencies) seem to me to be a matter of contract law and not copyright law (so outside of the scope of this Forum). ... Read more...
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Study Strategies--Public Domain?

Posted by: dan
February 23, 2009 @ 4:41pm
These are definitely protected by copyright. Making copies for face-to-face instruction can be justified as fair use in a non-profit educational setting. Once you start charging, you should think about what you are charging for. If charges are for copying... Read more...
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Streaming video

Posted by: dan
February 23, 2009 @ 2:56pm
Wouldn't the comparable market be for a streamed version rather than a substitute technology? There might be copies available in a wide variety of technologies. But if I can't get one in a mode that meets my educational need, it isn't useful to me. So... Read more...
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First Sale?

Posted by: ksmith
February 20, 2009 @ 6:52am
There is nothing illegal here. It is perfectly acceptable to override the ordinary provisions of the copyright law by contract between private parties. As long as parties will agree to give up the right of first sale in order to gain access to the... Read more...
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E reserves and copyright fees

Posted by: williamsonl
February 18, 2009 @ 5:06pm
Do you have an upper limit as to how much you will pay for permissions before you deny the request?
Can you share that limit?
We have a limit of $100 per item and $250 per class. I do exceed this limit at times, but I personally feel that... Read more...
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e-reserves and creative works (plays; poems; short stories)

Posted by: COvalle
February 18, 2009 @ 9:10am
This is something of a difficult question, because e-reserves policies are generally based on fair use and vary wildly. Currently, I don't know of a consensus practice on this issue. It's dependent on how comfortable your institution is with fair use.
Replies: 3

Deposits of computer programs for copyright

Posted by: COvalle
February 18, 2009 @ 9:08am
We can't give legal advice about a specific situation.

Looking at your issue, you don't lose copyright protection by registering. Once your program is out there, people can attempt to use ideas you've had (because ideas are not protected... Read more...
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Writing lyrics to copyrighted music for teaching, & during a workshop

Posted by: COvalle
February 18, 2009 @ 9:02am
We can't give you specific legal advice about a particular situation.

In my opinion, I think that he's got a decent fair use argument. He's doing it for educational, non commercial purposes and he's not competing with existing products....
Replies: 1

Translation rights - BIEDERMANN UND DIE BRANDSTIFTER

Posted by: JanetCroft
February 17, 2009 @ 1:26pm
Looks like it was written in 1953, so it will still be under copyright. You'll need to contact the copyright holders before undertaking this project.
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Creation of electronic image- Value Chain

Posted by: JanetCroft
February 17, 2009 @ 1:20pm
The question's a bit vague, but it sounds like what you want to do is make this item from a book available for a certain class to use. Provided you use library reserves or course-ware to limit access to that class for that semester, it sounds like it fits... Read more...
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