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by AndyJ
Tue Sep 14, 2021 11:09 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Protecting Intellectual Property at Internal Meeting
Replies: 4
Views: 68

Re: Protecting Intellectual Property at Internal Meeting

Hi Flora, If this is to be a one-to-one meeting, and you know your boss relatively well, why not just discuss this aspect before the actual presentation? Obviously I know nothing about the office politics involved here, so if you feel that your boss is likely to pinch your idea and raise it higher u...
by AndyJ
Tue Sep 14, 2021 8:54 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Protecting Intellectual Property at Internal Meeting
Replies: 4
Views: 68

Re: Protecting Intellectual Property at Internal Meeting

Hi Flora, It would appear that there may be several possible intellectual property rights involved here. Let's start with what seems unlikely to apply here. Copyright . You mention 'ideas [...] and conclusions reached". Unfortunately copyright provides no protection for ideas alone. It only pro...
by AndyJ
Sun Sep 12, 2021 7:55 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: I want to use song titles for my comic
Replies: 2
Views: 47

Re: I want to use song titles for my comic

Hi UmbrellaScan, The applicable law is obviously that of the USA and that law (the Copyright Act 1976) excludes titles, names, short phrases, and slogans from protection by copyright (see page 2 of this US Copyright Office Circular ). This applies irrespective of the country of origin of the words e...
by AndyJ
Sat Sep 11, 2021 2:36 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: History project
Replies: 3
Views: 75

Re: History project

Hi again JonBol, Don't worry about sharing your work with others. Research which is kept private doesn't add to the richness of society's culture; it's rather like an archeologist who undercovers a Roman ruin, says to himself, 'that's interesting' and then covers it up again without telling anyone. ...
by AndyJ
Sat Sep 11, 2021 9:39 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: History project
Replies: 3
Views: 75

Re: History project

Hi JonBol, I think you already know that due to their age, the articles and photographs etc you are interested in will all still be in copyright, so you are right to be cautious. And yes, assume that the newspaper's publisher is the copyright owner. You should be able to copy a fair proportion of th...
by AndyJ
Tue Sep 07, 2021 3:40 pm
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: PICRIGHTS LETTER FOR INFRINGEMENT
Replies: 20
Views: 4056

Re: PICRIGHTS LETTER FOR INFRINGEMENT

Hi again IGF, On your first point, yes, if you were to be sued a letter of claim would first need to issued to you, followed up by the actual claim form. The court would take steps to assure itself that the form had been correctly served, often by contacting you directly at the address given by the ...
by AndyJ
Tue Sep 07, 2021 7:08 am
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: Copyright Infringement fine
Replies: 1
Views: 65

Re: Copyright Infringement fine

Hi tsm106, It might be worth you reading these three threads: here , here and here as they cover the same issue as you are facing. The first thing to say is that £5000 is a wholly disproportionate amount and is unlikely to represent the true market value of the image, which is what you might expect ...
by AndyJ
Mon Sep 06, 2021 3:58 pm
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: PICRIGHTS LETTER FOR INFRINGEMENT
Replies: 20
Views: 4056

Re: PICRIGHTS LETTER FOR INFRINGEMENT

Hi InGoodFaith, I can't really add anything to what I said to Blossom about using newspaper logos as a way of supplying a credit to the source of a story*. If these are genuine claims, I think it's an indication of how desparate the print newspaper industry has become that they have to stoop to this...
by AndyJ
Thu Sep 02, 2021 6:26 pm
Forum: Music Copyright
Topic: Foreign Lyrics Question
Replies: 2
Views: 110

Re: Foreign Lyrics Question

Hi Gpel, That's a really interesting question. If you were translating the Japanese version into English, and did so without permission, that would amount to infringement because making a translation of a work is something which the author needs to authorise (see section 21 of the Copyright Designs ...
by AndyJ
Sun Aug 29, 2021 8:34 am
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: Take care when using Photographs with Creative Commons Licences
Replies: 0
Views: 90

Take care when using Photographs with Creative Commons Licences

As regular readers of these forums may have noticed, some of the claims management companies such as PicRights, KodakOne and Pixsy, appear to be raising claims over the use of photographs which have been released under Creative Commons licences. At first sight this appears strange: a photographer re...
by AndyJ
Sun Aug 29, 2021 7:43 am
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: Altering and reselling a product - legal?
Replies: 14
Views: 24289

Re: Altering and reselling a product - legal?

Hi renicia, A pair of socks, along with most ordinary, functional clothing*, is not subject to copyright. So altering some socks and re-selling them would not infringe copyright. Also, I don't think it would infringe design right which is the main right applicable to clothing because you would not b...
by AndyJ
Sat Aug 28, 2021 3:35 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Old photos/postcards
Replies: 24
Views: 16725

Re: Old photos/postcards

Hi William, As I am sure you realise your problem relates to the laws of inheritance rather than copyright. If you want to challenge a will you need to get some legal advice from your own solicitor or Citizen's Advice . If your grandfather made the will to which you refer before he was divorced from...
by AndyJ
Thu Aug 26, 2021 3:01 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Using poems, song lyric quotes or book extracts in calligraphy pieces
Replies: 3
Views: 128

Re: Using poems, song lyric quotes or book extracts in calligraphy pieces

Hi craig, Yes, anything you can be reasonably sure is in the public domain will be fine to use. As a rule of thumb, anything published before 1900 should be in the public domain now. Indeed if the work was first published in the USA before 1926 that too will now be in the public domain. So this woul...
by AndyJ
Thu Aug 26, 2021 2:38 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Vintage magazines - uploading images to online library?
Replies: 6
Views: 221

Re: Vintage magazines - uploading images to online library?

Hi again, No, you don't need to worry about proof of purchase. It should be obvious from the material in the frames that it is original*; how you came by the magazines is immaterial and it can be safely assumed that you are the legal owner of the magazines as they are in your possession (or at least...
by AndyJ
Thu Aug 26, 2021 5:35 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Using poems, song lyric quotes or book extracts in calligraphy pieces
Replies: 3
Views: 128

Re: Using poems, song lyric quotes or book extracts in calligraphy pieces

Hi craigw08, You mention the fair use doctrine. This is a concept under US copyright law and so if you are based in the USA this would be the correct law to follow. However if you are based in the UK or a European Union member state, we need to look at the issues raised in a different context. For t...