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by AndyJ
Fri May 22, 2020 7:50 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Using scratch commercially....
Replies: 1
Views: 219

Re: Using scratch commercially....

Hi s19320, All the Scratch materials including the step-by-step instructions would appear to be covered by the Creative Commons ShareAlike 2.0 license , which I assume you have read. This means that you can copy and re-use the materials and share your developed version freely under a similar Creativ...
by AndyJ
Tue May 19, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: US reproduction of an old UK publication
Replies: 3
Views: 212

Re: US reproduction of an old UK publication

Hi Matt, You don't need to be concerned about the UK copyright. Provided a work has been fixed in a permanent medium, copyright automatically exists. So even the original manuscript prior to printing would have established the UK copyright. That fact that there is a copy in the British Library tends...
by AndyJ
Tue May 19, 2020 7:25 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: US reproduction of an old UK publication
Replies: 3
Views: 212

Re: US reproduction of an old UK publication

Hi Matt, The person who has re-published your relative's work is no doubt relying on American copyright law when it comes to determining if the original work is still in copyright. The system in the USA changed in 1976 from one where a work had to be registered to gain copyright protection, to the s...
by AndyJ
Mon May 18, 2020 7:37 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Drawings of Pubs and houses
Replies: 4
Views: 226

Re: Drawings of Pubs and houses

Hi again strewthBruce, My concern when it comes to the section 31 'defence' is that this is most often applied in the case of sound recordings, films or photographs where it would be difficult to edit out the copyright work concerned, and thus the argument more usually centres on whether the inclusi...
by AndyJ
Mon May 18, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Drawings of Pubs and houses
Replies: 4
Views: 226

Re: Drawings of Pubs and houses

Hi strewthBruce, Looking first just at the buildings, if they are less than about 120 years old there may be be some residual copyright which belongs to the architect for the design of the building (see section 4 (1)(b) of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988). This copyright lasts for the lif...
by AndyJ
Sun May 17, 2020 8:20 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Advertisements in old magazines and theatre programmes
Replies: 2
Views: 211

Re: Advertisements in old magazines and theatre programmes

Hi zxzoomy, The normal copyright rules apply to both the graphics and the wording found in adverts. As you are aware photographs which appear in adverts need to be treated differently, but any hand-drawn artwork and any text will be subject to usual the lifetime plus 50 (later, 70) years copyright t...
by AndyJ
Tue May 12, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: The Queen's Speech
Replies: 1
Views: 250

Re: The Queen's Speech

Hi Mr Punch, Nice to hear from you again and to know you are keeping busy. I think that the script of a Queen's Speech is the classic example of Crown Copyright: 163 Crown copyright. (1) Where a work is made by Her Majesty or by an officer or servant of the Crown in the course of his duties— (a) the...
by AndyJ
Mon May 04, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Photo copyright 1945 - 1957
Replies: 17
Views: 3764

Re: Photo copyright 1945 - 1957

Hi Terry, Yes I did check the phrase "las meras fotografías" carefully using a dictionary as I wanted to be sure this was a fair translation. I would be grateful to anyone who speaks Spanish rather better than I do who can provide a more nuanced translation. In any event, Article 118 provides absolu...
by AndyJ
Sat May 02, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Photo copyright 1945 - 1957
Replies: 17
Views: 3764

Re: Photo copyright 1945 - 1957

Hi Terry, Yes, EU law (Directives and Regulations) stands above (or in the jargon, has Primacy over) the national laws of the member states for those areas where the EU has Competence * ie those subject areas which member states have agreed to vest in the EU through the various treaties. In the case...
by AndyJ
Sat May 02, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: Ownership and Permission
Topic: Crown Copyright
Replies: 3
Views: 493

Re: Crown Copyright

Hi cannonking, To answer your last question first, members of parliament and the nobility, whether or not they are actually current or past members of the House of Lords, are not Crown servants, therefore their writings would not be subject to Crown copyright unless they held an office of State, ie ...
by AndyJ
Fri May 01, 2020 11:06 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Old photos/postcards
Replies: 13
Views: 6950

Re: Old photos/postcards

Hi zxzoomy, If any work, like a photograph, is now out of copyright there is nothing to inherit. Think of it rather like a 99 year lease on a piece of real property such as a house. Let's say the first leaseholder lives there for 70 years, until his death. His heir can then inherit the lease and occ...
by AndyJ
Fri May 01, 2020 10:57 pm
Forum: Ownership and Permission
Topic: Crown Copyright
Replies: 3
Views: 493

Re: Crown Copyright

Hi cannonking, I'm not sure if you intended to link unpublished literary works generally and Crown copyright in the way you did in your second sentence. They are of course treated separately as far as the term of copyright protection is concerned. The details for Crown copyright are to be found in S...
by AndyJ
Tue Apr 28, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Photo copyright 1945 - 1957
Replies: 17
Views: 3764

Re: Photo copyright 1945 - 1957

Hi Terry, Didn't you think this was complicated enough already! Let's define a couple of terms before looking at the details. The country of origin is where the work is first published and generally speaking it is law of the country of origin which governs the term of the copyright. Signatories to t...
by AndyJ
Tue Apr 21, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Photo copyright 1945 - 1957
Replies: 17
Views: 3764

Re: Photo copyright 1945 - 1957

Hi Terry, I think that summary works pretty well. A couple comments if I may. if the author was known, it ended in either 2039 or 70 years after the end of the year of death of the author (whichever came first) This is not quite correct. If the author is known then the term is his/her lifetime plus ...
by AndyJ
Sun Apr 19, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Photo copyright 1945 - 1957
Replies: 17
Views: 3764

Re: Photo copyright 1945 - 1957

Hi Terry, In answer to your last question, no, the 50 year period I was using in the previous postings came from Section 21 of the UK's 1911 Copyright Act, which I quoted in the second posting of this thread. Although there was another Copyright Act in 1956, this did not change the rules as far as p...