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by Nick Cooper
Thu May 06, 2021 10:50 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Old Lady who swallowed a fly
Replies: 8
Views: 142

Re: Old Lady who swallowed a fly

Back to square one. Fox Chapel does own the rights. I don't understand this at all. Could arbitrarily pick a nursery rhyme and copyright it? Unfortunately, in many cases, that's just what happened, and in fact continues to happen. Someone takes a "traditional" rhyme, makes their own chang...
by Nick Cooper
Thu Apr 29, 2021 1:51 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Old Lady who swallowed a fly
Replies: 8
Views: 142

Re: Old Lady who swallowed a fly

There was an earlier version published in December 1947 in the US magazine Hoosier Folklore. However, the Manchester Evening News of 15 February 1946 has a piece alluding to it as a "modern nursery rhyme," so obviously it was circulating on both sides of the Atlantic at the time.
by Nick Cooper
Sun Mar 21, 2021 11:54 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Still tracking copyright for Rider Waite Tarot Cards
Replies: 10
Views: 2660

Re: Still tracking copyright for Rider Waite Tarot Cards

I would suggest that you fully attribute the (mis)quote, either on the copyright page, or in any foreword or acknowledgements page you include. Even a footnote on the actual text page would work.
by Nick Cooper
Fri Mar 19, 2021 9:23 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Old photos/postcards
Replies: 22
Views: 14892

Re: Old photos/postcards

Plus, we are still left with the fact that Section 12 (2) of Schedule 1 of the 1988 CDPA as currently in force remains unaltered, and thus implies that the original 1911 and 1956 Act terms remain the same for photographs that were created before the 1988 Act first became law.
by Nick Cooper
Fri Mar 19, 2021 9:04 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Photography Periodicals & Magazines (Mainly Pre-1957)
Replies: 12
Views: 781

Re: Photography Periodicals & Magazines (Mainly Pre-1957)

If I had a larger collection, I'd be tempted to do a website!
by Nick Cooper
Thu Mar 18, 2021 3:00 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Photography Periodicals & Magazines (Mainly Pre-1957)
Replies: 12
Views: 781

Re: Photography Periodicals & Magazines (Mainly Pre-1957)

I did recently have a look through the one bound six-month volume of Punch that I have - the second half of 1936 - as well as a couple of single earlier pages I have, and found that a five of 22 identifiable artists featured are now public domain, while another five will expire before 2030. Of the o...
by Nick Cooper
Fri Feb 26, 2021 1:35 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Still tracking copyright for Rider Waite Tarot Cards
Replies: 10
Views: 2660

Re: Still tracking copyright for Rider Waite Tarot Cards

As per this and the previous thread, the UK copyright in the basic non-coloured illustrations expires after 31 December this year, but any user relying on that would be advised to to source as early an edition of The Pictorial Key to the Tarot as possible from which to copy them.
by Nick Cooper
Fri Feb 26, 2021 1:04 pm
Forum: Music Copyright
Topic: Copyright usage on The Teddy Bears Picnic
Replies: 11
Views: 15370

Re: Copyright usage on The Teddy Bears Picnic

Looking at the OP, this is a depressingly telling detail: "I spoke to one [rights holder] about the possibility of the Melody entering into the public domain next year, but they said it never happens." Which is obviously a blatant lie. This looks like yet another example where putative or ...
by Nick Cooper
Thu Feb 18, 2021 8:20 pm
Forum: Ownership and Permission
Topic: Cartoon from Punch 1908
Replies: 10
Views: 6620

Re: Cartoon from Punch 1908

The cartoonist is James Frank Sullivan, who signed his work as "Jassef." https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/person/mp148442/james-frank-sullivan-jassef He died in 1936, so obviously his works have been public domain in the UK since the end of 1986, before being briefly revived betwe...
by Nick Cooper
Thu Jan 07, 2021 5:47 pm
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: Pixsy.com alleging copyright infringement
Replies: 17
Views: 3800

Re: Pixsy.com alleging copyright infringement

The only real argument against hotlinking is bandwidth theft. A couple of times in the past I had issues when websites with far higher traffic than mine hotlinked to my images, threatening to exceed the monthly usage limits on my own site hosting.
by Nick Cooper
Sun May 31, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: US reproduction of an old UK publication
Replies: 5
Views: 3201

Re: US reproduction of an old UK publication

While I don't have a have copy myself, there is one in the British Library which leads me to assume it was a formal and properly copyrighted publication. When we are finally free to roam the earth I will go to the British Library to check. If you haven't done already, it might be worth checking www...
by Nick Cooper
Sun May 31, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: US reproduction of an old UK publication
Replies: 5
Views: 3201

Re: US reproduction of an old UK publication

However as the book was in copyright on 1 July 1995, it will have benefitted from a 20 year extension to the post mortem period (so 70 years after death) which came into force that year. To be picky, the extension was not dependent on a work still being in copyright on 1 July 1995, as lapsed works ...
by Nick Cooper
Thu Feb 27, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Arthur Waite/ Pamela Coleman Smith Cards
Replies: 15
Views: 11278

Re: Arthur Waite/ Pamela Coleman Smith Cards

My feeling is that if the barrister did inherit Sir Arthur Waite's copywrite, then wouldn't the date of Waite's death be the one the public domain status is based upon? Since Pamala Coleman Smith died in poverty, surely she was not receiving royalties from sales of the book? (or cards, for that mat...
by Nick Cooper
Thu Feb 13, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Photo copyright 1945 - 1957
Replies: 17
Views: 11296

Re: Photo copyright 1945 - 1957

The "problem" for the supposed EU-based extension is that the Paragraph 12 of Schedule 1 as revised still states: (2) Copyright in the following descriptions of work continues to subsist until the date on which it would have expired under the 1956 Act— ... (c) published photographs and pho...
by Nick Cooper
Fri Nov 22, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Arthur Waite/ Pamela Coleman Smith Cards
Replies: 15
Views: 11278

Re: Arthur Waite/ Pamela Coleman Smith Cards

Yes, I thought it best not to post the details of the surviving members of the family here for privacy reasons. Obviously the barrister would be the best first port of call!