Copyright Questions

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Photographic copyrights

Posted by: ksmith
July 24, 2009 @ 5:07am
Simply giving credit to the photographer is no substitute for obtaining his or her permission to publish their copyrighted works. Also, some of the usual copyright exceptions (like fair use in the US) will be unavailable or much harder to claim because... Read more...
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Online translation sites (automatic and manual)

Posted by: JanetCroft
July 13, 2009 @ 1:02pm
Interesting question! The philosophical question behind this -- and excellect fodder for a science fiction writer -- is this: is a translation by a "robot" the intellectual property of that "robot"? Or of the robot's creator? Or the original author? Or... Read more...
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copyright and prison users

Posted by: JanetCroft
July 9, 2009 @ 1:04pm
I don't know of anything specific to prison libraries as far as copyright goes; they only thing I'd wonder about is if this is a government agency prison or a private for-profit prison -- and even in the latter case, I don't know if the library would... Read more...
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Translations of public domain poetry??

Posted by: ksmith
June 30, 2009 @ 9:58am
It will depend on when the translation was published (or when it was created, if it is unpublished). Although the underlying poetry is surely in the public domain, there may be rights in the translation, which will be vested in the translator or the... Read more...
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Taking Photos of Solutions Manuals in Library

Posted by: dan
June 24, 2009 @ 5:08pm
I'm not sure the library should do anything. The library hasn't done anything to infringe anyone's copyright. The student might have infringed, and even that is questionable, but you can't control what your customers do.
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Circulating DVD copies of deteriorating VHS tapes

Posted by: dmeeds
June 24, 2009 @ 11:51am
We have a collection of VHS tapes that is rapidly deteriorating. If these are not available to purchase in DVD format, is it permissible to make a DVD copy of the original VHS tape as a backup and circulate the DVD copy once the VHS tapes are no longer... Read more...
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Translation copyright

Posted by: ksmith
June 24, 2009 @ 6:39am
This is actually a hard question. If the term of protection for the economic rights under copyright has expired, then the work is in the public domain. Thus you are free to make and publish a translation as long as you respect the "moral rights" of the... Read more...
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song translation subtitles

Posted by: ksmith
June 11, 2009 @ 7:52am
I have never heard of this before, but my guess is that it is a holdover from what is called the "manufacturing clause" in US copyright. It is section 601 of the copyright act (Title 17), but it was allowed to expire in 1986. This requirement, that... Read more...
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Performance of score for classic film segment

Posted by: JanetCroft
June 8, 2009 @ 12:55pm
Is there a charge for attendees? Or is this more in the nature of a recital? I'm still not sure, but a free performance, and particularly the performance of what in a non-performing-arts class might be called a research project, would weigh more in the... Read more...
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digitization of course textbook

Posted by: JanetCroft
June 8, 2009 @ 12:50pm
Probably best to check back with the publisher in this situation -- if you did NOT have the agreement for the paper reproduction, you'd be having to make a permissions request anyway for an amount this large.
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VHS to DVD to FACULTY to CLASSROOM

Posted by: ksmith
June 6, 2009 @ 6:47am
What language are you referring to? The archival exceptions for libraries in 108 do have a bizarre restriction on distribution of digital copies, but it is a restriction to the library premises and does not mention personal use or scholarship as... Read more...
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campus radio station CDs and ILL

Posted by: ksmith
June 5, 2009 @ 9:41am
There was a lawsuit last year in which Universal Music sued a man who obtained these sort of promotional CDs and resold them on eBay. His position, which the lower court adopted, was that these were gifts, sent unsolicited through the mail, and the... Read more...
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Book Reproduction

Posted by: JanetCroft
May 22, 2009 @ 2:47pm
For the first question -- the library is not liable for anything the student might do while they have borrowed the item. That's why libraries put those copyright warnings on their photocopiers. If the student borrows and then copies the entire item,... Read more...
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new to the forum...question

Posted by: JanetCroft
May 22, 2009 @ 2:39pm
I don't think trademark is applicable in this case.
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Author vs Editor-- who owns what?

Posted by: JanetCroft
May 22, 2009 @ 2:38pm
Speaking as an editor, I have never asserted copyright in any suggestions or changes I've made to a manuscript. It seems to be an unspoken rule of sorts. And it is often easier to use an electronic file and track-changes when editing a manuscript. Most... Read more...
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Digital Rights

Posted by: COvalle
May 15, 2009 @ 10:29am
It's going to depend on the situation. The statute also specifically mentions multiple copies for classroom use. Different universities reflect this in different ways. For example, some will allow copies of a work for a single semester and then require... Read more...
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few question about copyright & ISBN. Please respond!

Posted by: ksmith
May 6, 2009 @ 6:23am
I do not know the answers to your specific questions, but I can tell you that for the most part, these dates do not matter. Under US law, copyright protection begins as soon as a work is fixed in tangible form. No registration or notice (part of the... Read more...
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Libraries, Video Rentals, and Copyright

Posted by: ksmith
May 4, 2009 @ 6:38am
The two situations your friend sites -- copying a videotape and copying an entire book from the library -- really are analogous, since both would be permitted, if they are permitted, by the fair use exception to the US copyright law. It is a hotly... Read more...
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mathematics curriculum

Posted by: ksmith
May 1, 2009 @ 10:46am
You are quite right that the really important issue for you is the idea/expression dichotomy. The classic case that articulates this distinction (it uses the terms "art" versus "description of the art") involves accounting forms, and may have some value... Read more...
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Using copyright images to promote a nonprofit educational event

Posted by: RuthDukelow
April 28, 2009 @ 11:21am
If you are talking about multiple copies of a poster that will be displayed in locations around the community, then I would suggest obtaining permission before reproducing copyrighted images on the posters.
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Copying a picture book for storytelling prompt

Posted by: COvalle
April 27, 2009 @ 7:23pm
I'm not quite as convinced. This is a one-time thing, and educational. I don't think the effect on the market is significant enough to warrant buying new copies for a one-time deal. By that interpretation, you would always be inclined to purchase... Read more...
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Photograph Copyright Status

Posted by: COvalle
April 27, 2009 @ 7:14pm
Here are my thoughts.

Owning the original does not give you copyright.

What year was it published? 1987 or 1935? If 1935, was it published with a copyright notice and renewed after 28 years? If so, in 1962 was it... Read more...
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Art Questions

Posted by: RuthDukelow
April 24, 2009 @ 9:25am
Under section106 of U.S. copyright law, the copyright owner has exclusive rights of reproduction, adaptation, distribution, public display and public performance. Unless your intended use falls under an exception (section107 et seq), you would need to... Read more...
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Can commercial use, copywrite-free & Royalty-free be used for profit?

Posted by: RuthDukelow
April 24, 2009 @ 8:53am
If an image is in the public domain, then it is not protected by copyright and can be used by anyone in commercial or non-commercial projects. For information on how to determine if a work is in the public domain, see:... Read more...
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Is using brand name equipment to make DVD for profit a no no?

Posted by: RuthDukelow
April 24, 2009 @ 8:24am
I think that your question involves trademark law (using Honda's trademark) rather than copyright law, which is beyond the scope of this Forum. For basic information on trademark law, you might want to start with the US Patent & Trademark Office's web... Read more...
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