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by AndyJ
Wed May 15, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Unpublished recipes copyright law
Replies: 6
Views: 416

Re: Unpublished recipes copyright law

Hi Eddie, The rule* about unpublished works would apply if you were neither able to get permission from an heir nor able to secure an orphan works licence. Once the work has been published with permission ("an authorised publication") the parts of your book which included the original manuscript wou...
by AndyJ
Tue May 14, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Unpublished recipes copyright law
Replies: 6
Views: 416

Re: Unpublished recipes copyright law

Hi Eddie, Because of the date that the author died (late 1950s), parts of the manuscript will still be protected by copyright. Therefore you are right to be cautious about what to do next. The only part of the recipes which would not be protected are factual information: the list and quantities of i...
by AndyJ
Sun May 12, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: Pixsy Email Demand
Replies: 9
Views: 560

Re: Pixsy Email Demand

Hi joe, As a precursor to my reply, I have good grounds for suspecting that Pixsy monitors this website and so obviously anything you and I discuss here will, in all probability, be known to them ahead of time. Thanks for the update on the EXIF data and the Tineye hash values. The chances of the has...
by AndyJ
Sun May 12, 2019 7:44 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Editorial Images - Help
Replies: 4
Views: 382

Re: Editorial Images - Help

There will be copyright in the appearance of the cartoon character as an artistic work, and so, because a drawing or painting you do youself is likely to include a substantial part of the copyright image, that would amount to infringement. There may also be infringement if the likeness of the charac...
by AndyJ
Sat May 11, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: Pixsy Email Demand
Replies: 9
Views: 560

Re: Pixsy Email Demand

Hi again joe, I don't think the fact that Tineye says they are the same image can be taken as conclusive evidence that they are. You should check to see if there is any embedded metadata in either or both images (this is sometimes referred to as EXIF (Exchangeable image file format). This data can b...
by AndyJ
Sat May 11, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: Pixsy Email Demand
Replies: 9
Views: 560

Re: Pixsy Email Demand

Hi Joe, If you haven't already read this other thread on this subject, take a moment to read it through, especially the postings towards the bottom of the first page and onwards. That way I don't need to reiterate all the detail contained in it. In essence a claim against you, if it went to court, w...
by AndyJ
Fri May 10, 2019 7:23 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Editorial Images - Help
Replies: 4
Views: 382

Re: Editorial Images - Help

If this cartoon character is a well-known one who features in either comics or on film (I'm thinking of characters like Elsa from Frozen or Batman etc) then the original copyright wil belong to a publisher of comics or a film studio like Disney. They exploit their characters through franchising and ...
by AndyJ
Thu May 09, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Ownership and Permission
Topic: Cartoon from Punch 1908
Replies: 2
Views: 407

Re: Cartoon from Punch 1908

Hi Grampy, Yes I think it would be wise to assume that the cartoon is still in copyright. As for tracing the current owner of the rights, as you have searched the British Library archive and www.punch.co.uk without success, the only other place I can suggest is the Gale archive . The way the origina...
by AndyJ
Thu May 09, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: Used Greetings Cards
Replies: 11
Views: 10946

Re: Used Greetings Cards

HI Pat, If you want to do this in the USA, then the doctrine of Fair Use will almost certainly allow you to go ahead without any problem. Essentially, fair use permits the transformation of a copyright work without the need for permission from the copyright owner, and your decoupage approach would c...
by AndyJ
Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Music Copyright
Topic: My art works been used in a music video, help!
Replies: 1
Views: 395

Re: My art works been used in a music video, help!

Hi Matthew, You don't need to do anything to secure the copyright in your artwork. That came about automatically when you created it. It would be as well to gather as much evidence as you can which shows that you are the author of the work, but since I assume that neither the band nor the director o...
by AndyJ
Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Image derived from photo of vintage chemistry set. Who owns copyright?
Replies: 2
Views: 538

Re: Image derived from photo of vintage chemistry set. Who owns copyright?

Hi hayd, The copyright will most likely belong to the photographer. There will be no copyright in the chemistry set itself since that would not be a work of artistic craftsmanship. Have you checked to see if there is any metadata embedded in the image, which would tell you who the photographer was? ...
by AndyJ
Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Copyright Composition Ownership
Replies: 1
Views: 898

Re: Copyright Composition Ownership

Hi Korn4eva, Copyright usually is more complicated when it involves songs. However there is no doubt that you still retain the copyright in the original composition. The adding of lyrics merely turns a piece of music into a song, and because the music and lyrics are distinct from each other, they ca...
by AndyJ
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: Plagiarism of Blog Articles
Replies: 85
Views: 16315

Re: Plagiarism of Blog Articles

Thanks Ann, for wrapping up this saga for us. It's always nice to hear of the success stories when the law (eventually) works as it should. Sadly, the smaller cases don't get enough publicity and so don't act as an education or deterrent to others who are often ignorant about the law.
by AndyJ
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: MPLC License - Do I need one?
Replies: 1
Views: 1568

Re: MPLC License - Do I need one?

Hi sam91, The short answer is no you don't need a licence if you don't intend to show films to the public in your centre. And even if by accident a film did get shown in this way, you wouldn't be 'prosecuted' since it would be a matter for civil litigation. An MPLC licence is not a form of insurance...
by AndyJ
Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: His this plot/idea protected under copyright?
Replies: 1
Views: 1229

Re: His this plot/idea protected under copyright?

Hi wap22uk, As you say, ideas alone are not subject to copyright. It is the original way in which the idea is expressed which garners protection. Within the European Union member states, consideration of the originality of the expression of a work is based on whether it represents the spirit or pers...