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by AndyJ
Sun Nov 10, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Ouija board
Replies: 2
Views: 49

Re: Ouija board

Hi mp1984, The bottom of the article you linked to concerns the 1891 US patent application for the board 'game'. Patents are territorial in nature so a US patent, if it was granted, would only have applied within the USA. In any case, a patent only lasts for 20 years, so we can dismiss any patent pr...
by AndyJ
Sun Nov 10, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: Music Copyright
Topic: There's a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea
Replies: 2
Views: 34

Re: There's a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea

Hi Pete, There's an entry in the Library of Congress Catalogue of Copyright Entries Part 5A - Published Music - for Jan-June 1948 crediting Lloyd (Lonzo) George and Rollin (Oscar) Sullivan (the country music duo you mentioned - Wikipedia entry here ) with the lyrics, and indicating that the copyrigh...
by AndyJ
Fri Nov 01, 2019 10:24 pm
Forum: Music Copyright
Topic: record sleeve
Replies: 5
Views: 222

Re: record sleeve

If we are talking about the image of the album cover at the top of the wikipedia article, then just adding the words David Bowie and the Philips logo would be insufficient to create an 'new' image with a separate copyright as there is nothing original in what has been added. So your underlying work ...
by AndyJ
Fri Nov 01, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Music Copyright
Topic: record sleeve
Replies: 5
Views: 222

Re: record sleeve

Hi Vernon, Glad to hear that you retained the copyright. If the record company don't oppose you on that, then you should have a pretty straight forward claim against the magazine. And yes, if they try to claim this was section 30 fair dealing, then that fails because there was no credit for you as t...
by AndyJ
Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Music Copyright
Topic: record sleeve
Replies: 5
Views: 222

Re: record sleeve

Hi vernonuk, 'Fair Use' is strictly speaking a US doctrine which is somewhat broader than the equivalent UK doctrine known as fair dealing. Therefore it may depend on where the publisher is based on whether it is worth you pressing for a fee. Let's look at fair dealing first. There is a closed list ...
by AndyJ
Wed Oct 30, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Claim against me for selling old photographs
Replies: 2
Views: 179

Re: Claim against me for selling old photographs

Hi James, You are in the right here. These photographs are your legal possessions and you can sell, give away or destroy them in any way you wish. In the USA this is known as the first sale doctrine , and here in Europe as the exhaustion of rights doctrine . Even if by chance the photographs were gi...
by AndyJ
Wed Oct 30, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Fabric Copyright
Replies: 15
Views: 6349

Re: Fabric Copyright

Hi Ann, The point about copyright is that it protects a creator from having their work copied without permission. However when you use a piece of fabric, you are not copying the design or pattern on the fabric, so in broad terms copyright doesn't come into play. However the likeness of some cartoon ...
by AndyJ
Tue Oct 29, 2019 7:17 am
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: Using private hotel as setting in a book.
Replies: 1
Views: 161

Re: Using private hotel as setting in a book.

Hi SBI, There shouldn't be any copyright implications attached to this. Names generally cannot be subject to copyright, and one as generic as the Grand Hotel certainly wouldn't qualify because there is nothing original in it. It is also unlikely that there could be any trade mark issues either, for ...
by AndyJ
Sat Oct 19, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: Assistance/representation IPEC
Replies: 3
Views: 288

Re: Assistance/representation IPEC

Hi again Bruno, Thanks for the extra details. If the value of your claim is under £10,000, you should consider using the Small Claims track of the IPEC as this is even less formal than the main IPEC court, and in theory, quicker. If you haven't already seen them, guidance notes on the Small Claims t...
by AndyJ
Sat Oct 19, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: Assistance/representation IPEC
Replies: 3
Views: 288

Re: Assistance/representation IPEC

Hi Bruno, I can't speak for any of the other members here but this is not really the right place for what you are seeking. We can't give you legal advice on your specific litigation, although if there are any aspects of the law or the IPEC procedures on which you would like clarification, we should ...
by AndyJ
Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: Music Copyright
Topic: Public Performance royalties from Film/Movie Sound Tracks
Replies: 2
Views: 411

Re: Public Performance royalties from Film/Movie Sound Tracks

Hi proactivist, Yes and yes. Cinemas and theatres need the appropriate licences to provide performances to the public of any work involving copyright, such as plays, music, films, poetry recitations, live bands etc. They normally have so-called blanket licences which cover them for a wide range of a...
by AndyJ
Fri Sep 27, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Illustrated London News illustrations
Replies: 1
Views: 382

Re: Illustrated London News illustrations

Hi spinasanctus, It rather depends on the type of illustration involved. If they are both photographs then I think you assesment is correct. However if they are engravings then the more recent illustration from 1951 will probably still be in copyright. The reason there is a difference, is that in th...
by AndyJ
Fri Sep 27, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: Account sharing
Replies: 1
Views: 414

Re: Account sharing

Hi Mubuer, Sorry for the delay in replying, I've been away for a few days. No, that shouldn't have any copyright implications, as it has always been permisible to share a physical book which you own with friends. However things are slightly different with digital products like ebooks or music downlo...
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: 596

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: 721

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)...