Copyright Questions

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Copyright research?

Posted by: COvalle
November 27, 2006 @ 10:08am
Currently I'm working on a paper attempting to look at the state of copyright-related research, in general and then specifically as it applies to higher education and libraries. Most of the empirical research I've seen deals with P2P, piracy, and related... Read more...
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digitization and libraries

Posted by: COvalle
November 22, 2006 @ 7:57am
I was looking for that provision- I recalled reading it but couldn't find it in my brief search. Thanks.
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Valid CR Symbol?

Posted by: williamsonl
November 20, 2006 @ 8:44am
The official U.S. policy on what constitutes a copyright notice can be found at
The way I read this is that the notice you have does not constitute a proper copyright notice and would not be valid. The... Read more...
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Commercial video in online course

Posted by: williamsonl
November 15, 2006 @ 2:38pm
If your university is TEACH compliant, I believe this would be okay provided your meet all the provisions. 8 to 10 minutes is rather a large clip, but if the entire thing is necessary to the assignment, then it shouldn't matter.
I also believe a...
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Licensed character violations

Posted by: MKardick
November 14, 2006 @ 12:20pm
If the other crafter is not using licensed products (kits, fabric, etc.) to make the characters then you are correct that what he/she is doing is infringement, however, the holder of the copyright or trademark is the one who must bring a cease & desist... Read more...
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Blogging a paper on fair use

Posted by: harpergk
November 13, 2006 @ 3:26pm
I have been working on a paper that analyzes the subject of fair use in the context of electronic reserves and course management systems. You know, typical faculty member posting course readings either through the library or directly in his/her course Web... Read more...
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Job Opening

Posted by: ddbyrne
November 13, 2006 @ 1:53pm
Director, Copyright Advisory Office
The Columbia University Libraries and Information Services Division invites applications for the newly established position of Director, Copyright Advisory Office.
Reporting to the University...
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Use of Copyrighted materials by a non-profit educational foundation

Posted by: ksmith
November 10, 2006 @ 6:50am
I'm not sure I entirely understand your question, but insofar as I do, a lot of the answer will turn on whether the faculty member is the author of the articles or not. I can not tell if his archive is of his own work or that of others.
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Copyright question on unknown author of a writing process

Posted by: GClement
November 6, 2006 @ 11:33am
I agree with KSmith that there does not seem to be an issue of copyright in your use of M&M's for a K-12 lesson plan. In fact, a cursory search on the Web retrieved numerous examples of M&M-based lesson plans posted to various curriculum web sites. ... Read more...
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Podcasts of Copyrighted Books

Posted by: williamsonl
November 6, 2006 @ 8:00am
I am not aware at this time of any kind of umbrella licensing for this type of thing. If someone else it, please chime in. This would mean each library contacting each publisher for each book to get permission. If you have several books from one... Read more...
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iTunes workstation for library iPods

Posted by: williamsonl
November 3, 2006 @ 8:32am
Basically, you can only circulate the number of copies that you own. If you only bought one copy, then only one copy can be in circulation. I think you would be okay making a non-circulating cd copy for preservation purposes, but you could not circulate... Read more...
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Right to Publicity vs. Copyright???

Posted by: COvalle
October 30, 2006 @ 7:18am
I agree with that as well.
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Copyrights and Educational use

Posted by: GClement
October 24, 2006 @ 6:07am
I agree with MKardick on the need for you to *thoroughly* investigate whether the movie script you hope to use is still protected by copyright. Determining who owns or owned the copyright for a movie script may be difficult and time consuming and may... Read more...
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Would this be a copyright violation?

Posted by: williamsonl
October 19, 2006 @ 3:01pm
Even though videos on YouTube are freely available, you cannot copy them and sell them to others--they are not yours to sell. Even ignoring the fact that many of the videos on YouTube are not owned by the posters and are already in violation of copyright... Read more...
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Digital art with photo I took of a public sculpture?

Posted by: COvalle
October 19, 2006 @ 9:46am
Sculptures are protected by copyright like other art pieces, so you should treat it like you would a painting or photograph. This means that you'll probably need to do a fair use evaluation to determine whether or not your use is fair.
Edit: And...
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digitizing Video Collection

Posted by: COvalle
October 19, 2006 @ 9:44am
You cannot assume that. If the video tapes are available in any non-obsolete format, including VHS, then you probably don't meet the requirements for section 108 copying.
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Q: Getting permission to use photos...

Posted by: GClement
October 17, 2006 @ 8:55am
Responding to your Q2, you do not need to get permission from the web site which is currently displaying the owner's photos as long as the property owner did not transfer any rights to his or her photos to that web site. It would be helpful to know the... Read more...
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purchased mailing lists or labels

Posted by: RDavis
October 11, 2006 @ 7:57am
I'm not sure what you mean. Are you referring to the database of individual's names/addresses included in the mailing list, or are you referring to the graphic design of custom mailing labels?

If the former, I think I'd be more concerned... Read more...
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Custom solutions to questions in text books.

Posted by: RDavis
October 5, 2006 @ 6:32pm

The answers provided in the earlier discussion that you mentioned (the thread started by pencho) apply here as well. If the textbook that you or the members of your proposed online community provide solutions for is a... Read more...
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Are math questions available on the internet copyright protected?

Posted by: williamsonl
October 3, 2006 @ 7:01am
There was a long discussion about a similar question on this website. See the question posted by pencho and all the answers posted. You can seach by author and this should get you that discussion.

Numbers and simple math problems...
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Public Domain and Government Publications

Posted by: elizdav72
September 26, 2006 @ 8:03am
I *think* I know the answer to this one, but I wanted to get some other opinions just in case.

I recently received a government publication through interlibrary loan from another library (requested by one of my patrons). It was published... Read more...
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encyclopedia -- public domain

Posted by: GClement
September 22, 2006 @ 8:27am
Looking at your question from a librarian's viewpoint (and not from a lawyer's), the copyright status of an Encyclopedia would depend on the nature and ownership of its contents and how and when the Encylopedia and its contents were registered for... Read more...
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recreating known pin-up paintings through the medium of photography

Posted by: ksmith
September 18, 2006 @ 5:51pm
When deciding whether or not a subsequent work infringes an earlier work, there are two elements the courts look for -- ownership of a valid copyright and copying of the protected expression.

To decide if there has been copying, the...
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Posted by: ksmith
September 13, 2006 @ 2:02pm
I can see at least three different issues in YD's question.

Defamation law (libel and slander) is state law, so it will vary a bit around the country. But the Supreme Court, in the name of free speech, has raised a pretty high bar for... Read more...
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Music on ereserve

Posted by: CStewart
September 13, 2006 @ 1:37pm
Just chiming in that I agree TEACH is not as useful in this case as we might wish. We don't apply TEACH at our institution, relying instead on a fair use analysis. And I just wanted to agree with the Music Library Association's interpretation (see the... Read more...
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