Copyright Questions

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Posted by: COvalle
June 12, 2007 @ 11:19am
I wanted to mention that changing the medium is likely allowed for personal use- Recording Industry Association of America v. Diamond Multimedia Systems, Inc (
This wouldn't qualify as...
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State Law and Transfer of Copyright Ownership

Posted by: AFry
June 7, 2007 @ 5:57am
ksmith is right. Federal law applies.

Person B's death is irrelevant. If this is an unpublished work, and if Person A died before 1937, then this work is in the public domain. No one has copyright.

If this is an...
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Converting DVDs to Region 1 format

Posted by: CStewart
June 6, 2007 @ 7:52am
I agree with ksmith and this seems to also be the consensus of video librarians on the videolib list. Region encoding is not generally viewed on DRM. Anyone interested in copyright issues related to video might be interested to join or search the archives... Read more...
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E-reserve use for subsequent semesters

Posted by: wundercapo
June 4, 2007 @ 8:43am
Another very interesting article I read recently on Fair Use is "An Empirical Study of U.S. Copyright Fair Use Opinions, 1978-2005" by Barton Beebe.
What may have bearing on this conversation is that Beebe concluded... Read more...
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who owns material on databases?

Posted by: COvalle
May 31, 2007 @ 12:22pm
What the author said is not exactly right. Not all uses of material on the Internet will fall under fair use. Copyright law applies to works on the Internet just as it applies to works not on the Internet. Educational and not-for-profit might have... Read more...
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photocopying database articles and spontaneity

Posted by: AFry
May 31, 2007 @ 8:43am
Hi. Copyright law is intentionally vague and it's not possible to give you a definitive yes or no. However, I believe that what your instructor wants to do is legal.

Brevity and spontaneity come from the Classroom Guidelines which were... Read more...
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Creating posters for school assembly using superhero images

Posted by: AFry
May 18, 2007 @ 4:16am
Short answer:
Assuming the use isn't fair, I'd try the Copyright Clearance Center ( first.

You are obviously in a better position to judge than I am, but this sounds like fair use to me. I'll address this when I... Read more...
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Deejays and prom music

Posted by: COvalle
April 25, 2007 @ 9:48pm
I had thought that some DJs in the United States needed public performance licenses from ASCAP/BMI/SESAC and the like.
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Textbooks and Reserves

Posted by: COvalle
April 18, 2007 @ 1:56pm
If these aren't copies- that is, they're separately purchased books- then this shouldn't be a problem copyright-wise. Generally, it doesn't matter how the library gets them if they're legitimately acquired books. That is, whether the library bought them,... Read more...
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Copyright and Reserves

Posted by: COvalle
April 18, 2007 @ 1:54pm
I am very, very wary of judging content beyond legal requirements for a number of reasons, some of which are possibly assuming legal liability for the use of materials and making ethical decisions for other groups.

In your example...
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ERIC Permissions

Posted by: LuisRodriguez
April 9, 2007 @ 8:49am
We are being asked to provide permission to digitize documents submitted to ERIC by students at my institution (so far, they are masters' theses). Can the Library give such permission?
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Streaming of Audio within a public Library

Posted by: COvalle
March 14, 2007 @ 12:32pm
I had a longer response, but accidentally deleted it. Sorry. :(

I wouldn't want to rely on 108 for this type of activity. Streaming would seem to be distribution, not preservation, and copying for increased or new methods of access aren't... Read more...
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American Poety - Classroom set of copies

Posted by: COvalle
March 12, 2007 @ 11:45am
I will note that while coursepacks by for-profit companies require this type of licensing, coursepacks by instructors may fall under different guidelines, particularly when regarding the multiple copies for classroom use aspect of fair use.
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Converting VHS to DVD for Higher Ed.

Posted by: COvalle
March 7, 2007 @ 5:45pm
I'm at a conference this second, so here's a quick reply with the hope that someone chimes in soon-

You won't be able to take advantage of any exemptions other than fair use if those DVDs are commercially available. The educational... Read more...
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use of video clips in student work

Posted by: COvalle
March 2, 2007 @ 11:50am
As always, it depends on the circumstances. You have to examine questions like- how much of the whole are the clips using? How many people are seeing it? How is the work being distributed? And so on. Can you provide more specific information? If you... Read more...
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Still Image Copyright Question

Posted by: GClement
February 28, 2007 @ 8:39am
To determine whether your planned activity would be a fair use, it is advisable to complete a Fair Use Checklist which is available online at

As you work through the Four Factors, you might need to... Read more...
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copyright question

Posted by: williamsonl
February 23, 2007 @ 7:42am
We had long discussion of this on the forum recently. If you do a keyword search on valid notice you will see the discussion on this topic.
The printing and binding places are not what matters, but where it was first published and when and if... Read more...
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Posted by: ksmith
February 22, 2007 @ 8:46am
The Copyright Clearance Center ( might be able to broker copyright permission for you, although they do not deal in trademark permissions, as far as I know. They also might put you in touch with the appropriate clearance departments and... Read more...
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burning cd's

Posted by: COvalle
February 21, 2007 @ 6:41pm
I have a different interpretation. I think that a cd for a friend, such as a mix cd or mix tape, is a fair use.
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Open access to PDF reprint files in repository allowed?

Posted by: AFry
February 20, 2007 @ 8:50am
I don't use the Copyright Clearance Center, so my knowledge of them is limited. However, I just checked their web site. If you have what they call an Annual Copyright License, then I think you legal. With such a license you can "Store online articles... Read more...
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Online Math Text Tutoring and Solutions

Posted by: Carrie
February 16, 2007 @ 12:49pm
I need a little more info to respond to your query.
What are the texts you mention for each course? Are these books that students must buy before they can used your planned service? Is there any link to an actual class taught at a non-profit,... Read more...
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Publishing conference presentations beyond an online journal?

Posted by: GClement
February 14, 2007 @ 7:46am
Since you mention that the presentations took place at a campus, I am not sure whether the presenters are employees of the University, or whether they are guests of the University. The answer to this question could have some bearing on who owns the... Read more...
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Federal, State and Local Government Websites Copyright Question

Posted by: COvalle
February 12, 2007 @ 7:22pm
Note that AFry's reply refers to Federal works, not state and local. Those laws can differ.
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legal to sell photos of musicians?

Posted by: COvalle
January 29, 2007 @ 9:10pm
Two different things involved, at least- Copyright and rights of publicity.
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video w/o pub performance rights for indiv. viewing

Posted by: williamsonl
January 24, 2007 @ 8:14am
No this means that a student cannot invite family or friends to view the video with him. Academic libraries are usually considered an extention of the classroom which makes this viewing an educational exception.
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