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by AndyJ
Fri Sep 17, 2021 1:20 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Old British Cigarette Cards 1900-1946
Replies: 3
Views: 47

Re: Old British Cigarette Cards 1900-1946

Hi again Dave, There are quite a few companies both in the ­the USA and the UK with Imperial Publishing as part of the company name, but none as far as I can see, have anything to do with the Imperial (Tobacco) Group (see here for a list of Imperial's UK subsidiaries). Not that that would matter if ...
by AndyJ
Fri Sep 17, 2021 9:29 am
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: Can I reproduce an old poster
Replies: 5
Views: 65

Re: Can I reproduce an old poster

Hi Simon,

No, I'm afraid that since copyright has lapsed, and you are not creating a new work, anyone can reproduce the posters, even when that's based on your copy. Just scanning a work and saving it in digital format is not sufficiently creative to lead to a new copyright coming into existence.
by AndyJ
Fri Sep 17, 2021 9:07 am
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: Can I reproduce an old poster
Replies: 5
Views: 65

Re: Can I reproduce an old poster

Hi Silondon, Copyright in the illustration on the poster will have been based on the lifetime of the artist, even though if he was a full time emplyee of the Southern Railway, they would have actually owned the copyright. Copyright (today) lasts for the lifetime of the author or artist plus 70 years...
by AndyJ
Fri Sep 17, 2021 8:58 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Old British Cigarette Cards 1900-1946
Replies: 3
Views: 47

Re: Old British Cigarette Cards 1900-1946

Hi davetherave, As far as I am aware, the artists who produced the illustrations for the cards were not identified and so the copyright term which will have applied at the time they were issued would have lasted for 50 years from the year of publication. Only a card published after 1944 would have b...
by AndyJ
Tue Sep 14, 2021 11:09 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Protecting Intellectual Property at Internal Meeting
Replies: 4
Views: 101

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: 101

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: 62

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: 90

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: 90

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: 4085

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: 72

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: 4085

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: 115

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: 95

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: 24329

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...