Copyright Questions

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Photos of Businesses

Posted by: ksmith
October 10, 2008 @ 5:48pm
See section 120 of the Copyright Act, concerning the "Scope of Exclusive Rights in Architectural Works," which explicitly allows such photos; there is no need for a fair use argument. Subsection (a) of that section reads "Pictorial Representations... Read more...
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interesting question about CONTU

Posted by: Freya Anderson
October 10, 2008 @ 2:15pm
At my library, we would probably touch base with the patron to verify why they were re-requesting the article. If they had just lost the earlier copy, I would lean towards not counting it twice, but letting them know that they should destroy one copy if... Read more...
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Citing Slogans...

Posted by: MKardick
October 9, 2008 @ 6:37am
I would cite it like a TV program, like this for APA style:
Television Broadcast

Anderson, R. & Morgan, C. (Producers). (2008, June 20). 60 Minutes [Television broadcast]. Washington, DC: CBS News.

Or MLA:... Read more...
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EU Fair Use

Posted by: COvalle
September 30, 2008 @ 2:31pm
If the copying action is taking place in Switzerland, then it's Swiss law that you'll need to follow. In most situations, copyright is covered by domestic law, even if the work is a foreign work.

Under U.S. law, percentages by themselves... Read more...
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"Do not lend..." on DVD-ROM game disc

Posted by: packrat
September 30, 2008 @ 1:48pm
This may actually be a license/contract issue, but I thought I'd ask here anyway because there may be some advice on wording interpretation that's common to all areas:

We recently received "Lego Batman", a DVD-ROM game. The printed... Read more...
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Copyright, Calendars and Holiday Definitions

Posted by: JanetCroft
September 23, 2008 @ 1:05pm
The information about when each holiday occurs is non-copyrightable. But if you are quoting your definitions of the holidays, the foods, and so on from another specific source, the specific phrasing may be copyrighted by the original author. Short quotes... Read more...
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Writing my own news stories on my website

Posted by: MKardick
September 19, 2008 @ 9:01am
Start with the Library of Congress Copyright Office (http://www.copyright.gov/). There is plenty of information on the site as well as in their publications.
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Ready-to-use Activities for Teaching - a "consumable" item?

Posted by: MKardick
September 19, 2008 @ 8:56am
It sounds like what you have is known as a black line master book. Somewhere in the front of the book it usually tells what the copying limitations are, if any.
The difference is that a workbook is intended for the same student to use from... Read more...
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Reserves copyright question

Posted by: JanetCroft
September 17, 2008 @ 12:30pm
1. Showing in a classroom: I think the teacher could probably get away with this ONCE under the rubric of spontaneity -- but only once.
2. Streaming video on Blackboard -- very unlikely, especially if she wants to show the whole program.
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Russian copyright law

Posted by: Freya Anderson
September 8, 2008 @ 11:15pm
Since Russia is, I believe, a signatory of the Berne Convention, my understanding is that use of Russian works in the US would need to follow US copyright law. I would imagine that most children's songs, poems, proverbs and folks songs from your... Read more...
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Student publications

Posted by: MollyKleinman
September 8, 2008 @ 7:32am
It's possible that those stories from 1945 are in the public domain. Works published between 1923 and 1977 without a proper copyright notice, along with works published between 1923 and 1963 that were published with proper notice but did not have the... Read more...
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Student publications

Posted by: ksmith
September 7, 2008 @ 1:53pm
Determining the copyright status of these stories is potentially a very complex analysis, and it depends on several factors about which you have given us no information. First, is there a copyright notice on the magazine or on each story? If so, what... Read more...
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Adaptation of Shakespeare

Posted by: MollyKleinman
September 4, 2008 @ 8:16am
I would add that including a copyright notice in a work is always a good idea, especially a notice that includes contact information. This way, if someone wants permission to use your work, they know whom to ask and how to get in touch. So, for example,... Read more...
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Adding copyrighted items to a library collection

Posted by: elizdav72
September 2, 2008 @ 12:45pm
Hello!

I posted a similar question to this forum a few years ago, but I'm putting a different spin on it (sort of):

I'm the Interlibrary Loan librarian at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and on occasions, our... Read more...
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Need Copyright Fair use help with writing a book. Please help!

Posted by: JanetCroft
August 29, 2008 @ 12:50pm
Again, we deal with copyright issues here, not trademark or libel, so we can't really answer the last part of your question. You might want to take that part to another forum.

Your use of copyrighted material from a dictionary will be... Read more...
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Missing Page

Posted by: ksmith
August 28, 2008 @ 6:26am
I agree with Janet that this is a fairly common library practice. I think the legal argument for it is fair use. In fact, the Copyright Office itself (in its "factsheet" on fair use) notes that "reproduction by a library of a portion of a work to... Read more...
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Online databases

Posted by: MollyKleinman
August 27, 2008 @ 9:12am
The first thing to determine is whether or not the license agreements that the college library made with the database vendors put any limits on end users. Some database providers have licenses that prohibit some uses that would be permitted under... Read more...
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Using toy "accessories" in commercial imagery - Is it infringement?

Posted by: MollyKleinman
August 20, 2008 @ 2:22pm
Hello,

It sounds like the kind of use you describe would be creative and transformative enough to get around issues of copyright infringement. However, that doesn't mean an overzealous lawyer at Mattel won't object to your use and sue you... Read more...
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Using photographs and other materials in professional presentations

Posted by: jpoe
August 18, 2008 @ 6:53pm
I have a faculty member that needs to know what is and is not okay when it comes to using photographs and other copyrighted materials in a professional presentation. They are not getting paid for this presentation. So, is it allowable to do a fair use... Read more...
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1952 Russian book & copyright

Posted by: JPilch
August 17, 2008 @ 2:22pm
Hello,

My apologies for the slight delay, due to being away at a conference last week. This is to add to Carrie's and Freya's helpful replies. In order to know for sure whether the works in question are under copyright today in the U.S.,... Read more...
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Library produced video on local cable public access channel

Posted by: Freya Anderson
August 14, 2008 @ 6:18pm
You're absolutely right, romesteve. Copyright in state and local government publications varies state by state. For example, Alaska law is mute on the subject, and several Alaskan agencies assert copyright in their publications.

Even... Read more...
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Use of purchased music on Non-Commercial Radio

Posted by: RuthDukelow
August 14, 2008 @ 3:32pm
I believe it would depend on the terms of your licenses with ASCAP and BMI. You do need permission to broadcast a public performance of a copyrighted work (whether on album, cassette, CD, etc.), but it is possible that your ASCAP/BMI licenses might... Read more...
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Is it legal to download internet video streams?

Posted by: RuthDukelow
August 14, 2008 @ 3:16pm
What are you doing with the shows after you download them? In the Sony Betamax case, the Court said that recording TV shows to watch at a later time (the Court called it time-shifting) was permissible. If you are recording/downloading from the Internet... Read more...
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Physical Toy vs. Clipart

Posted by: RuthDukelow
August 14, 2008 @ 2:58pm
The first question is - is this toy still protected under copyright and/or trademark? I'm guessing that - since you said it has been around since the 60's - that it is probably protected by copyright and perhaps even trademark, since it sounds like it is... Read more...
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Copying videos

Posted by: williamsonl
August 14, 2008 @ 1:43pm
We have come across something odd in our collection and I would like to hear various cases for/against. We have a set of 2 videos produced in the 1970's of a professor at Dartmouth that cover lessons for teaching Shakespeare. These are tapes of the... Read more...
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