Copyright Questions

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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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Taking pictures to describe a book online

Posted by: williamsonl
April 23, 2009 @ 9:52am
Given the facts presented, I believe this would be fair use. I could be wrong, but I dont' believe Amazon licenses the images they use for each item. I would keep it to a minimum amount of photos. It would be even better if the images were not... Read more...
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What types of changes to a book warrant a new copyright application

Posted by: williamsonl
April 23, 2009 @ 9:45am
I agree with Freya's answer--this is a question for the copyright office. But as an opinion, I doubt seriously that a change to the TOC would change the original copyright in anyway. I wouldn't even think it's necessary to change out copies, although... Read more...
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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/.
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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.
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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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