Copyright Questions

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Calendars

Posted by: CStewart
August 3, 2006 @ 7:38am
It would seem to me that calendars fall in the category of fact: that is, the part of the calendar that is the arrangement of months, days, dates and years is factual. Facts are not eligible for copyright protection.

It's not clear to me... Read more...
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Electronic Reserve/Print reserve: one or the other

Posted by: CStewart
August 2, 2006 @ 1:18pm
Scott, I suspect this policy may have been implemented in order to keep staff sane and eliminate redundant processing. If there is both a print and an electronic copy, that's two copies, and depending on the policy of the institution, it might tip the job... Read more...
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goverment pictures

Posted by: COvalle
August 1, 2006 @ 12:50pm
I think that you'll need to check. Generally, federal government documents in the U.S. are not protected by copyright, but there are some exceptions. If the photographs were part of contracted work, for example, they may be protected by copyright. ... Read more...
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Creating Sample Solutions to Math Problems

Posted by: Carrie
July 26, 2006 @ 12:08pm
Pencho:

Whenever students create something in class, or complete an assignment, there is the potential that a student will create a new work (original, somewhat creative, fixed in a tangible medium). They are the authors and they are the... Read more...
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Text of a 1910 edition, printed in 1938 still in the public domain?

Posted by: williamsonl
July 17, 2006 @ 7:37am
If there is nothing original added to the publication after the 1910 printing, then this should be in the public domain. Any commentary, graphics, tables, etc. that were added later could be covered by copyright, depending on their originality. But it... Read more...
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How does one go about transfering photographic copyrights?

Posted by: williamsonl
July 12, 2006 @ 8:25am
The Copyright Management Center at Indiana State has this to say:
Copyrights may be transferred in part or in whole. If you want to retain most of your rights, but transfer the right to reproduce, for example, this may be done by any method you... Read more...
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would like to make library cassette tapes into CD's...

Posted by: RDavis
July 10, 2006 @ 6:48pm
Hi,

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there are several problems with this copyright-wise. The only way that you could do this legally, as far as I can see, is if the copyright owner for those books on tape contracted you to do it... Read more...
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Copyright Question

Posted by: RDavis
July 3, 2006 @ 8:11am
The preservation copies made pursuant to the sec. 108 exemption for libraries and archives that LWilliamson mentions cannot circulate outside the library if those copies are in DIGITAL format. Sec. 108(b), the subsection that pertains to preservation... Read more...
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Enrolled vs. Accessed on Ereserves

Posted by: williamsonl
June 27, 2006 @ 9:58am
An argument I can see publishers using is that one person could access the article and print out multiple copies--one for every class member.
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drawing cartoons

Posted by: RDavis
June 23, 2006 @ 7:02pm
The exclusive rights granted under copyright include the right to make copies of a work and the right to distribute those copies to the public. I don't believe the law states what exactly constitutes distribution "to the public," but it does define what... Read more...
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Copyright Question

Posted by: RDavis
June 23, 2006 @ 6:41pm
Hi,

Taking factual information from other directories would be legal, so long as the manner in which you present that factual information isn't copied from the other directories as well. Facts can't be copyrighted, but an original way of... Read more...
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Public viewing of films for library program

Posted by: COvalle
June 20, 2006 @ 7:44pm
Ah, showing anime- a subject near and dear to my heart. I was one of the founders of the anime club at Syracuse University. I have a similar understanding to RDavis's as far as the actual educational exemption goes. I've acted as faculty advisor for the... Read more...
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Countries Home Shirts copyright question.

Posted by: williamsonl
June 9, 2006 @ 7:09am
I'm not really sure what you are asking, but if you want to use these 'virtual character' images for other things like tshirts, it all depends on who owns the copyright. Even if you created them (which you don'd say you did), they may be a work for hire... Read more...
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Using DVD's on e-reserve

Posted by: williamsonl
June 9, 2006 @ 7:06am
This may not even be a question of copyright--things like this are usually addressed in a licensing agreement when the textbooks are purchased. Educational publishers are quite aware of the needs of the instructor and address these issues beforehand. ... Read more...
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CD burning in libraries

Posted by: Carrie
June 6, 2006 @ 8:54am
Your library should have a policy for things like this. Maybe first a warning and then a suspension of library privileges, or even disciplinary action. The library should not be a haven for wild pirating. We really lose credibility when we talk about... Read more...
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Instructor brings copy of a program he recorded on Cable TV...

Posted by: Carrie
June 6, 2006 @ 8:47am
One further point - the guidelines for off-air broadcasting only apply to "free tv" that is broadcast channel programming (NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS) not cable.

I think there is a good argument for fair use if the tape were going to be used... Read more...
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Performance rights copyright questions

Posted by: Carrie
June 6, 2006 @ 8:33am
The audiotaping of the plays is a bit tricky. I am assuming that the drama teachers acquired the right to perform the plays (sometimes this is a license that comes with scripts) but did not acquire the right to make a reproduction of the audio. ... Read more...
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Copyright Program at ALA Annual

Posted by: Carrie
June 6, 2006 @ 8:06am
If you find yourself perplexed about copyright, or if you are just stuck at conference for committee meetings and have some time on your hands, consider dropping by our program entitled "Copyright 101: Everything You Wanted to Know About Copyright But... Read more...
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10% Rule

Posted by: COvalle
June 4, 2006 @ 8:47am
What 10% rule are you referring to?

If you're trying to take advantage of fair use, there is no such rule- that would likely be a guideline and does not actually have legal weight. Fair use does not have hard and fast numbers or... Read more...
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Resource Room

Posted by: williamsonl
May 25, 2006 @ 6:16am
The public display section (included below) refers to things that are 'shown'--not really paper items. Lending books would fall under the first sale doctrine--the church can maintain a collection of books and loan them to parish members or have them... Read more...
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Is this an example of fair use?

Posted by: JohnnyG
May 18, 2006 @ 7:54am
Hello, all,

I have displayed scans of two one-panel cartoons on my Web site, and the copyright holder alleges infringement based at least partly on economic harm, and he also implicitly denies that the fair use exception applies. (Since... Read more...
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Someone asked me

Posted by: williamsonl
May 16, 2006 @ 6:49am
I'm not really sure of your question, but if you are asking if you can record a television program, off any receiver or the internet, and then sell it to someone, the answer is no. Program recording is for personal use only--it does not matter if the... Read more...
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Music in hallways - performed by school band.

Posted by: RDavis
May 15, 2006 @ 8:03am
The good news is that the rate for compulsory mechanical licenses to make your own recording of a previously recorded and distributed musical work is fixed by statute and fairly reasonable if you only plan to make a limited number of copies of the... Read more...
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published art

Posted by: RDavis
May 11, 2006 @ 11:29am
YBurton,

Nimschke's original works should be in the public domain by now. I did a quick search of the WorldCat database to see if I could locate publication details for the book from the 70's that you mention. All I could find was the... Read more...
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Music in hallways

Posted by: RDavis
May 11, 2006 @ 8:18am
Briguy,

While giving credit to the performer is certainly a step in the right direction, unfortunately it doesn't in-and-of-itself make the use fair. Besides, recorded music usually has at least two sets of copyright owners -- one for the... Read more...
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