Copyright Questions

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posting images on school websites

Posted by: ksmith
November 10, 2007 @ 7:13am
I am going to nitpick a bit about the fair use analysis, but I ultimately agree with Ms. Anderson's conclusion.

I think we need to be careful when relying on Kelly v. Arriba Soft. That case did not say that thumbnails are always ok; it... Read more...
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Copyright notice for photocopiers: use on non-library equipment

Posted by: williamsonl
October 11, 2007 @ 7:27am
This section of 108 applies only to libraries. I am no expert on copyright outside of libraries, but I cannot see that there is any advantage to displaying the notice outside of a library other than an attempt to educate users on copyright law. [|n|n|]... Read more...
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Music copyright questions for church website

Posted by: AFry
October 3, 2007 @ 6:44am
I'm sorry I didn't have time to get to your question before now.

I would not consider myself an expert in musical performances. For now, I am going to assume that all of your performances and recordings are legal and just deal with the... Read more...
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Homemade adaptations

Posted by: packrat
September 20, 2007 @ 2:25pm
Because I know a bit more about copyright than others at my library, here is a situation that came to my attention today:

A mother of a special-needs child has acquired published copies of classic and limited vocabulary children's books... Read more...
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Copyrighting Multi-Document Works

Posted by: ksmith
September 16, 2007 @ 7:26am
I believe you can use Form TX to register a collective work, and that such registration will include illustrative matter, if what you mean by "design" can be covered by that term. I have used a single Form TX to register a journal that was being... Read more...
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Primary source material and copyright

Posted by: williamsonl
September 12, 2007 @ 3:48pm
I think what you are saying is that a copyrighted book contains public domain material and you would like to use the public domain part.
The actual primary source material can be used--it is not subject to any copyright restrictions. This isn't... Read more...
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Short story in a Collected Works

Posted by: AFry
September 6, 2007 @ 3:57am
I have done this and believe it is legal in some cases (when I have said yes) but not in others (when I have said no).

This is the important question that I ask myself and the teacher: If you knew that electronic reserve is illegal, would... Read more...
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copyright protection of abstracts

Posted by: AFry
September 6, 2007 @ 3:48am
I'm not certain I understand what you are doing.

Are you copying abstracts from the actual dissertations (for example, dissertations in your collection) or the abstracts from Dissertation Abstracts? I don't have access to Dissertation... Read more...
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Just to verify that this is totally illegal

Posted by: AFry
September 6, 2007 @ 3:12am
I would not want to say that this is absolutely an infringement in all cases, but this is not a practice that I would recommend.

I can imagine situations that may be legal. For instance, if the librarian is responding to a teacher's... Read more...
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clip art and read alouds

Posted by: Carrie
August 29, 2007 @ 8:50am
if I understand your question, here's what I think.

If the books the teacher wants to read are protected by copyright, first check to see if an audio book for the title exists and purchase that. If not, I would go ahead and make the tape... Read more...
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Question about International Copyright

Posted by: JPilch
August 28, 2007 @ 5:18pm
Dear Dan,

On the matter of whether these works are still copyrighted in the U.S., I can provide you with some general information, but there is not enough information here to say for sure. First, one thing is unclear: does the individual... Read more...
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More University Copyright Policy Concerns

Posted by: AFry
August 23, 2007 @ 11:59am
The policy you found was last reviewed on 12/11/98. At the time, most of the publicly available policies took the same approach. I was looking at the time. In Nov. 2003, the Statment on Fair Use and Electronic Reserves... Read more...
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University copyright policies

Posted by: COvalle
August 20, 2007 @ 1:10pm
Here's the UT System policy, initially written by Georgia Harper.
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Reformat from PAL to NTSC video format fair use?

Posted by: ls973
August 15, 2007 @ 8:57am
If a professor has donated a PAL format video to the library: is it fair use to reformat to NTSC format and use the copy as we would any other video, or should we obtain permission from the publisher?

Do you know of any resources that...
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video use in library

Posted by: Carrie
August 13, 2007 @ 2:13pm
I don't think 110(4) would be helpful because it refers to "live" performances (not transmitted ones). And I don't think 110(5) will work either because I think that language about "a receiving apparatus of a kind commonly used in private homes" is... Read more...
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Out of print and technologically-obsolete material formats

Posted by: Carrie
August 13, 2007 @ 1:56pm
A couple of things:

the copyright law does not allow the library to make back-up copies in case they might be stolen or damaged or whatever. People call these "archive copies" but I have never understood where this notion came from....
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Copyright expirations???? Whats in Public Domain

Posted by: wundercapo
August 13, 2007 @ 9:00am
The answer to Question 1 and 2 is the same: both of these items are now in the public domain, and you can use them without needing permission. The fact that someone owns the physical piece of art (question 2) does not impact the issue of copyright. Also... Read more...
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environmental reports by public utility=pub. domain?

Posted by: ksmith
August 10, 2007 @ 11:55am
Section 105 of the Copyright Act says that the neither the federal government nor its employees may claim copyright in works created in the course of official business. However, there is no similar rule for works created by state or local governments and... Read more...
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Librarians interested in becoming Copyright Scholars

Posted by: Carrie
August 3, 2007 @ 12:54pm
The ALA Office for Information Technology Policy is seeking individuals interested in serving as a Copyright Scholar for the Copyright Advisory Network.

The Copyright Advisory Network (CAN) is a Web site ( and... Read more...
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copyright policies

Posted by: MKardick
August 1, 2007 @ 1:58pm
Sorry, you misunderstood my "look for an answer" I meant to look here. I had to go find where it was written. It is a policy approved by our school board and included in all of our student handbooks under plagiarism. Here is the link to our handbooks:... Read more...
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international photographs and permissions from their subjects

Posted by: AFry
August 1, 2007 @ 7:50am
I know virtually nothing on this subject, but I'll try to find out.

Here's a link that might be useful. Scroll down to privacy and plubicity rights.

I'll post again in a...
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Podcasts, children's literature, & schools

Posted by: AFry
July 16, 2007 @ 6:21pm
Could it be argued that this is fair use? Yes.
Should it be? Let's save that for later.

1. Educational. For.
2. I'm assuming creative. Against.
3. 100%. Against.

Does 1 trump 2+3? In this...
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Would it be copyright to do this...

Posted by: ksmith
July 15, 2007 @ 5:50am
I don't see that there is any copyright problem here at all. To infringe a copyright you have to copy original expression. There is no indication here of what expression is being copied, and the phrase itself is unlikely to be sufficiently original to... Read more...
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Does fair use apply to entertainment/reward?

Posted by: COvalle
July 5, 2007 @ 8:18pm
Hard to say without knowing the specifics, but there are many cases in which fair use is indeed used in or for entertainment, most notably in the creation and sale of parodies.
What's the source?

Without context, I'd guess that...
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dictionary pronunciation key

Posted by: ksmith
July 2, 2007 @ 7:15am
I can see a couple of ways to argue that what you suggest would not be infringement.

First, if you take and reuse only a few such pronunciation keys from an original source, fair use might well apply. You would need to consider the... Read more...
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