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by AndyJ
Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Will this be a copyright infringement for Paw Patrol?
Replies: 2
Views: 27

Re: Will this be a copyright infringement for Paw Patrol?

Hi nickerson576 I'm guessing from the wording of your post that you are based in the USA. If so, then the law we need to apply is the Copyright Act 1976 as amended. Section 107 of that Act allows certain forms of fair use of copyright works, provided that the copy meets a majority of the four main c...
by AndyJ
Fri Aug 30, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: Film Stills Pre-1969
Replies: 1
Views: 225

Re: Film Stills Pre-1969

Hi Susan, Every still from a film is classed as a separate artistic work, as if they were individual photographs, and since the director died relatively recently, these stills are in copyright. I think you were assuming that. The joint owners of copyright in a film under UK law (see section 9(2)(ab)...
by AndyJ
Sun Aug 25, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Old books and the illustrations therein
Replies: 4
Views: 1696

Re: Old books and the illustrations therein

Hi madhu, You are on pretty safe ground using these old illustrations without needing permission. I assume that there is no information about the identity of the individual artists who produced these original illustrations. If this applies in all cases you can jump straight to my fourth paragraph fo...
by AndyJ
Thu Aug 22, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: Motorsport email demand
Replies: 11
Views: 1224

Re: Motorsport email demand

Hi nilla, The way most picture agencies work is that they enter into a contract with photographers to market the photos for which the agency takes a fee - usually a percentage of what the agency can get in fees from their clients, the licensees. Obviously the agency needs the permission of the photo...
by AndyJ
Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: Motorsport email demand
Replies: 11
Views: 1224

Re: Motorsport email demand

Hi nilla, Before answering your last question, I want to jump to something you added to an earlier posting (Fri Aug 02, 2019 8:43 am). I had missed the bit about identfying the photographer. From what you put there it looks like the copyright belongs to the photographer, and Motorsport are just acti...
by AndyJ
Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: Copying Kanji using Handwriting
Replies: 2
Views: 503

Re: Copying Kanji using Handwriting

Hi keith, This subject illustrates (sorry about the pun) the principle which is at the heart of copyright: the distinction between the idea and the expression of the idea. The former is not protected but the latter can be, provded that the work exhibits sufficient originality and reflects to some de...
by AndyJ
Sat Aug 17, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: imagerights.com threat, advice needed
Replies: 4
Views: 580

Re: imagerights.com threat, advice needed

Hi beebaakid, As it appears you haven't logged in again since my posting above (although you may have seen it without logging in), I thought it might be helpful for you and others reading this thread, to indicate how the courts assess cases such the one you have outlined. This can best be illustrate...
by AndyJ
Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: imagerights.com threat, advice needed
Replies: 4
Views: 580

Re: imagerights.com threat, advice needed

Hi beebaakid, If you haven't already seen this thread it's probably worth a read as it answers most of your questions. The amount of money they are seeking looks out of proportion to the alleged infringement, which is pretty much how these companies operate. It is interesting that in your case you d...
by AndyJ
Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Definition of the "minor role" and "major role" of the file for an item ?
Replies: 7
Views: 994

Re: Definition of the "minor role" and "major role" of the file for an item ?

Hi mike, As the picture agencies tend to monitor how their images are used, I suspect they would notice the unauthorised use quite quickly and ask for an additional payment to upgrade the licence. If the licensee failed to pay up, they could be liable an action through the courts for breach of contr...
by AndyJ
Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: printed copies of words of hymns (church music)
Replies: 1
Views: 484

Re: printed copies of words of hymns (church music)

Hi Laura, Assuming that the words (lyrics?) are still protected by copyright when a licence ends, a new licence would not be required just to keep using the original printed copies, provided that the use is not for a commercial performance of the sacred music concerned. So for ordinary worship or ch...
by AndyJ
Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Definition of the "minor role" and "major role" of the file for an item ?
Replies: 7
Views: 994

Re: Definition of the "minor role" and "major role" of the file for an item ?

The image I linked to earlier was from Wikimedia Commons, but I'm sure there are other sources of good quality images of van Gogh's works.
by AndyJ
Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Definition of the "minor role" and "major role" of the file for an item ?
Replies: 7
Views: 994

Re: Definition of the "minor role" and "major role" of the file for an item ?

Hi again, mike, Thanks for the clarification. What Deposit are talking about are licence terms. A copyright owner can set any limitations on how his/her work is used by others, and Deposit seems to have this rather complicated scheme for how its standard and extended licences can operate. That is a ...
by AndyJ
Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Definition of the "minor role" and "major role" of the file for an item ?
Replies: 7
Views: 994

Re: Definition of the "minor role" and "major role" of the file for an item ?

Hi mike, I hope I have understood your question correctly. You would like to use an image from a stock agency on the cover of a notepad or note book, but the photo agency is claiming that would require permission unless the inclusion of the image on the cover was merely incidental. Copyright will ex...
by AndyJ
Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Post Not Showing Why ?
Replies: 1
Views: 469

Re: Post Not Showing Why ?

Hi mike,
Unfortunately due to the amount of spam the site receives, the initial posting by a new member has to be approved by a moderator before it goes on a forum. Your two postings are now up.
by AndyJ
Fri Aug 02, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: Motorsport email demand
Replies: 11
Views: 1224

Re: Motorsport email demand

Hi nilla, A lot will depend on whether the photographer is a freelance or a staff photographer. Chances are if he (or she) is a freelance they will have retained the copyright and just licensed Motorsport to use it themsleves, or to act as agents on behalf of the photographer. The copyright in the w...