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March 6, 2008 @ 7:34pm
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Forum Updates 3/5/08-3/6/08

Posted by: COvalle
March 5, 2008 @ 1:19pm
I had to make a bigger-than-expected change earlier. Please send me a message at cjovalle@librarycopyright.net if you experience any strangeness or have difficulties posting or logging in.
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Putting videos/dvds into streaming format

Posted by: JanetCroft
March 5, 2008 @ 12:44pm
Putting an entire video or dvd into this format is questionable, but this is exactly the sort of thing electronic reserves is designed for and is a fair use under the educational examptions of the copyright act. Is it essential for the class to see the... Read more...
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Need examples of acceptable/unacceptable derivative images

Posted by: Carrie
March 5, 2008 @ 12:08pm
A derivative work is a work based on the original. It's easy to understand when we think of the written word - translations, parodies, book to screenplay etc.

When we think of images, it is not as clear (at least for me).
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Fair Use? - compilation of video clips

Posted by: Carrie
March 5, 2008 @ 11:41am
This goes to show you that we (librarians, educators) should be writing our own copyright educational materials for our primary customers or community.

OITP commissioned a couple of class lessons on copyright for middle school students... Read more...
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distributing fiction chapters/short stories to students

Posted by: Carrie
March 5, 2008 @ 11:35am
I also think that the use you describe is fair. Sometimes we forget that the fair use section of the law includes the language "multiple copies for classroom use." The US Congress used this as an example of fair use.

Also the story you... Read more...
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Podcast fair use guidelines

Posted by: Carrie
March 5, 2008 @ 11:23am
Do you have to click on a license agreement or terms of use statement before you can download the news program? If so, there are probably terms in the license that restrict your continued use of the news show.

If however, the programs... Read more...
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music in multimedia projects

Posted by: MollyKleinman
March 3, 2008 @ 8:26am
There is no such thing as a 30% rule. Many institutions create their own copyright policies that say things like, "Never use more than 30% of a copyrighted work" because it's an easy way to ensure that employees make uses that are more likely to be fair... Read more...
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Researh Papers

Posted by: MollyKleinman
March 3, 2008 @ 8:10am
I think we need a little more information to fully answer your question.

It sounds like you're talking about gathering information that's freely available on the open web, and sharing it with a team that will be writing... Read more...
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Music Conversion

Posted by: Carrie
February 29, 2008 @ 3:44pm
Not so much. It is likely that the 50's albums are protected by copyright (not in the public domain). It is also likely that one can buy the 50's albums in the market place right now in the CD format.

My guess is that the LP format is... Read more...
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Adapted books

Posted by: Carrie
February 29, 2008 @ 3:40pm
I'm not sure where you found the Chafee guidelines mentioned above.

The Chafee Amendment is more limited. (Section 121) I think your school does meet the "authorized entity" standard since your primary mission is to serve the... Read more...
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copyright "slider"

Posted by: Carrie
February 29, 2008 @ 3:22pm
the cool public domain sliders can be obtained by contacting Carrie Russell at ALA Washington Office, crussell@alawash.org
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Storytime Music

Posted by: JanetCroft
February 27, 2008 @ 1:12pm
Playing the CDs at storytime looks like a pretty straightforward fair use -- just like reading a book. You don't charge a fee for storytime, do you? That would change things.

I would think that making a CD of the tracks you are planning... Read more...
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Newspaper clippings

Posted by: MollyKleinman
February 25, 2008 @ 2:43pm
You may be able to post some or all of the clippings online, but not because it's a fair use. It's very likely that the copyrights in many of those articles have expired, which means they are in the public domain and free for anyone to use and reproduce....
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Postings within a password protected environment

Posted by: MollyKleinman
February 25, 2008 @ 2:22pm
I'm inclined to say yes, since in similar situations at my university, I tell faculty "Yes, you can post pdf's of copyrighted articles to a class website like Blackboard, as long as the site is password protected and accessible only to current students." ... Read more...
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end-of-the-year program

Posted by: MKardick
February 21, 2008 @ 8:01am
The places to check for permissions are the music clearinghouses - ASCAP and BMI. Another possiblility is to have students search the web for public domain music. Good Luck!
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Retail vs. Public Performance Rights under Educational Use

Posted by: Carrie
February 20, 2008 @ 12:48pm
You do not need to purchase performance rights if you are only going to use the videos in the classroom. There is an exemption in the law that allows non profit educational institutions to use the PP rights for this purpose. Section 110(1)
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Video no longer available - convert to DVD?

Posted by: Carrie
February 20, 2008 @ 12:38pm
Really, you cannot find a DVD copy of Glory for purchase? Maybe you mean you cannot buy an edited copy of Glory.

A few years back there was some hoopla about companies like CleanFlicks that would edit out "bad language" or violence to... Read more...
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Music on graduation video

Posted by: Carrie
February 20, 2008 @ 10:28am
The problem is making the copies for each student - an unauthorized reproduction (generally an infringement). A fair use justification is not out of the question - especially if limited amounts of songs are used. However, music is more highly protected... Read more...
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Articles in Library Association Journal

Posted by: ksmith
February 16, 2008 @ 9:34am
It is confusing, but here is some information that might be helpful.

Everything depends on dates here, and you don't say what are "historical" issues of this journal. The significant turning point here is March 1, 1989
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CD in Jewel Case - placed in better packaging

Posted by: MollyKleinman
February 15, 2008 @ 9:04am
Cutting out the covers from the original jewel cases and putting them into the new packaging would be fine. Libraries do this all the time when they re-bind books, so I can't see why it would be any different for CDs.

As for color... Read more...
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Book and DVD cover copyright

Posted by: Carrie
February 13, 2008 @ 12:45pm
Another concern might be the use of the covers to promote a film series in the library, even though the screenings are free. The public performance of the film is the problem unless you have prior authorization to screen the films. And if you do have a... Read more...
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book covers on websites and book lists

Posted by: Carrie
February 13, 2008 @ 12:40pm
I have argued elsewhere that the use of book covers as you describe is fair use because it is non-profit, aims to enrich people's lives so it is socially beneficial, only small thumbnails are displayed, the books have been lawfully acquired and that the... Read more...
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Paulo Coelho promotes digital piracy of his own books

Posted by: JanetCroft
February 8, 2008 @ 1:28pm
That's pretty cool. He mentions Cory Doctorow, who runs BoingBoing.net. Cory's been releasing his books on the internet for years under Creative Commons licenses, encouraging not just translations but things like comic book versions. His dead tree... Read more...
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Legal way of using a Disney Character

Posted by: Carrie
February 8, 2008 @ 10:37am
I recently learned that motion picture studios frequently ignore permission requests that don't guarantee a permission fee. For example, if you are the permissions person at Disney, you only attend to the requests from commercial entities that will most... Read more...
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