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by AndyJ
Fri Jul 23, 2021 10:32 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Writing about a deceased person
Replies: 1
Views: 8

Re: Writing about a deceased person

Hi DDDD, There are no copyright implications in depicting someone's biography, even in a musical. As you mention, the most relevant law would be that of defamation, and that doesn't apply to a deceased person. And similarly you won't have any problems over data protection or privacy law where a dead...
by AndyJ
Tue Jul 20, 2021 7:27 am
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: Altering and reselling a product - legal?
Replies: 11
Views: 22921

Re: Altering and reselling a product - legal?

Hi PsycDuck, You might want to take a look at this thread as it covers a similar question to the one you've asked. This saves me having to go over all the details again here. However the short answer is that you would not infringe the reproduction right which forms part of the copyright in the artwo...
by AndyJ
Wed Jul 14, 2021 6:56 pm
Forum: Music Copyright
Topic: Son needs help
Replies: 5
Views: 202

Re: Son needs help

Hi Cazkeel, I need to preface this by saying I have very little practical experience of the music business and even less with music streaming platforms. So, yes, you should certainly get some proper legal advice before committing to anything. I am assuming that your son is under 18 in which case whi...
by AndyJ
Wed Jul 07, 2021 8:53 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Fabric Copyright
Replies: 26
Views: 38787

Re: Fabric Copyright

Hi sazemmy, Assuming that the printed fabric was made under licence, using it to make cushions which you then sell would not infringe copyright due the the exhaustion of rights principle which I explained more fully in this thread . If the fabric was made without a valid licence from the copyright o...
by AndyJ
Fri Jul 02, 2021 2:29 pm
Forum: Music Copyright
Topic: Son needs help
Replies: 5
Views: 202

Re: Son needs help

Hi Cazkeel, You are right to be suspicious of these 'offers'. Copyright came into existence the moment your son either wrote down his songs or recorded them in some way. He doesn't need to do anything else. However as it sounds like he's already put his music out on the internet, there's every chanc...
by AndyJ
Wed Jun 30, 2021 2:04 pm
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: repurpose of purchased images from paper napkins/serviettes
Replies: 6
Views: 10926

Re: repurpose of purchased images from paper napkins/serviettes

Hi Mrs Readhill, As you will probably have read the earlier replies in this and a couple of other threads on this subject, you will know that you are legally entitled to repurpose items of this sort without infringing the underlying copyright. However it would appear that the person who has contacte...
by AndyJ
Sun Jun 27, 2021 11:28 pm
Forum: Music Copyright
Topic: Use of music on lip-sync video
Replies: 2
Views: 170

Re: Use of music on lip-sync video

Hi again Andy, I am surprised that MCPS haven't updated their licences to match current practices. The problem possibly lies in what they are set up do licence - mechanical copies. The whole subject of how to deal with the newer technologies such as streaming and cloud services is a hot topic within...
by AndyJ
Sun Jun 27, 2021 10:50 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Mounting / Framing greetings cards to resell
Replies: 4
Views: 293

Re: Mounting / Framing greetings cards to resell

Hi Andy, I think that everything I said in reply to Sparkly also applies to your situation, although arguably given the age of the material you want to use, I think it would be very unlikely anyone would challenge what you want to do. You will probably find that the travel companies or airlines whic...
by AndyJ
Sat Jun 26, 2021 3:51 pm
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: BBC not being to eager to answer!
Replies: 3
Views: 198

Re: BBC not being to eager to answer!

Hi Alan, I'm not surprised that you have follow-up questions. My aim with the original reply was to try and keep it as brief as possible while still covering the basics; that meant leaving out a lot of detail. To the legal purists the four categories of work which copyright sought to protect were li...
by AndyJ
Fri Jun 25, 2021 8:10 pm
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: BBC not being to eager to answer!
Replies: 3
Views: 198

Re: BBC not being to eager to answer!

Hi Ala, I can understand why the BBC shied away from answering your question. Buckle in, it's going to be a long and bumpy ride (or just jump to the last paragraph!). We need to go back more than seventy years to see why broadcast copyright was seen as necessary. Back in the early days of television...
by AndyJ
Thu Jun 24, 2021 9:16 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Copyright on old B&W photos and selling a colourised version
Replies: 7
Views: 4217

Re: Copyright on old B&W photos and selling a colourised version

Hi Mariagarcia, As I explained in my earlier replies, if you are based in the UK and are uncertain about whether a photograph you would like to use is in the public domain or not, you can apply for an orphan works licence which will indemnify you against any claims if the copyright owner does come f...
by AndyJ
Thu Jun 24, 2021 8:07 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Publishing newspaper photos
Replies: 2
Views: 171

Re: Publishing newspaper photos

Hi copycat, When you say sketch I assume you are talking about what we might refer to as a graphic or line drawing, which would be treated as an artistic work for copyright purposes. Or you may be referring to a prose pen-picture type of sketch. This would be a literary work. Fortunately the law whi...
by AndyJ
Tue Jun 22, 2021 11:00 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Quotation Exemption and Film
Replies: 1
Views: 146

Re: Quotation Exemption and Film

Hi Stumpy, The general presumption* is that the quotation exception can cover films, but we don't know for certain as it was only introduced in 2014 and there haven't been any court cases to test the boundaries during the 7 years of its existence. There is no explicit prohibition in the statute on u...
by AndyJ
Fri Jun 18, 2021 5:52 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Book Cover
Replies: 3
Views: 173

Re: Book Cover

Hi again,

Yes, once something is out of copyright, you are free to change or adapt it as you wish.
by AndyJ
Thu Jun 17, 2021 6:25 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: 1940 textbook cover
Replies: 1
Views: 119

Re: 1940 textbook cover

Hi again mm0816, Do you mean that you wish to put a thumbnail image of the book's cover alongside your review or critique of the book in question? If so, then you could use the exception to be found in Section 30(1) of the CDPA, provided that you credit the author or editor concerned. Using the same...