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by AndyJ
Sun Jul 18, 2010 7:47 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Parody Question?
Replies: 1
Views: 2999

A bit late i know but seeing as no one else has answered your question I'll give it a go. Copyright applies separately to the various elements which make up a song: the lyrics, the music, the performance and the recording can all be individually protected. I will assume that the song you want to wor...
by AndyJ
Thu Jul 15, 2010 7:13 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: What are the laws concerning the use of Football club logos?
Replies: 2
Views: 6253

The logos of football clubs are almost certain to both copyright and registered trademarks. Given the amount of revenue that clubs make from merchandise they are likely to pay close attention to safeguarding their intellectual property. I imagine that each club - certainly the major ones - will have...
by AndyJ
Wed Jul 14, 2010 10:07 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: IP rights re: website developed as contractor
Replies: 5
Views: 4216

Hi Ben, Before / during the contract negotiations you can set any terms for the EULA that you choose and obviously you can then compromise if you wish if the client doesn't like a particular term. What you both then agree forms the contract on which you do business. Unfortunately you can't retrospec...
by AndyJ
Tue Jul 13, 2010 3:08 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: IP rights re: website developed as contractor
Replies: 5
Views: 4216

Hi Ben, Thanks for the additional information. Clearly I was talking about HTML/CSS/javascript/flash type applications rather than server side ones. That does make a difference because as you say neither the client or a casual user can access the source code. Who owns the server? And equally importa...
by AndyJ
Mon Jul 12, 2010 8:19 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: IP rights re: website developed as contractor
Replies: 5
Views: 4216

Hi Ben, First of all it is worth stating that UK law does not officially recognise the code for a website as being a literary work for copyright purposes. The law does recognise computer programs, but as far as I am aware the courts have not ruled on whether the code for a browser to construct a web...
by AndyJ
Thu Jul 08, 2010 4:17 pm
Forum: Music Copyright
Topic: Parts of a tune: ownership
Replies: 2
Views: 3395

I would say your analysis of the situation is entirely correct. The part which you wrote and performed is copyrightable in its own right, and you obviously are the copyright owner of it. As you note, you should avoid incorporating any of the features which your former collaborator wrote/added to the...
by AndyJ
Tue Jul 06, 2010 3:38 pm
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: Help needed David v Goliath type
Replies: 5
Views: 3926

I'm glad you are going to seek some professional advice on this. I wish you the best of luck.
Andy
by AndyJ
Tue Jul 06, 2010 1:52 pm
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: Help needed David v Goliath type
Replies: 5
Views: 3926

Thanks for the clarification. The fact that there is a manual (a 'literary' work as far as the CDPA is concerned) does make a big difference. A training course on its own would have been problematic because you can only copyright things, not ideas, so having the manual and any supporting teaching ai...
by AndyJ
Tue Jul 06, 2010 12:18 am
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: Help needed David v Goliath type
Replies: 5
Views: 3926

I am hesitant to advise you on this as your previous solicitors seemed to have made no headway. My instinct is that you do need qualified legal advice. But clearly you cannot afford it after the money you have spent on legal fees to date. Unless you can find someone who is prepared to take this on a...
by AndyJ
Mon Jul 05, 2010 3:48 pm
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: theatre production videoed
Replies: 1
Views: 3094

Regretably what you have here is two separate things which are subject to copyright. The performance and the video recording. Let's start with the rights of the performers. You have several important rights: to be identified (ie your name to appear in the programme etc), the right to object to derog...
by AndyJ
Sat Jul 03, 2010 9:08 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Another forum copyright question
Replies: 4
Views: 3901

Section 178 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 defines this kind of work as a 'collective work' namely : " (a) a work of joint authorship, or (b) a work in which there are distinct contributions by different authors or in which works or parts of works of different authors are incorporate...
by AndyJ
Fri Jul 02, 2010 9:17 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Modifying content of dubious copyright
Replies: 4
Views: 3534

As I indicated in my previous reply, I don't think the team who have modified the code can legitimately claim copyright on their work because, from what you say, it is substantially based on the Valve code which they don't have Valve's permission to copy. Whether or not Valve wish to do anything abo...
by AndyJ
Fri Jul 02, 2010 6:43 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Modifying content of dubious copyright
Replies: 4
Views: 3534

First of all, if all you did was host some of the disputed content for review purposes, and you removed it immediately you were contacted by the alleged owner of the copyright, you are on pretty safe ground right now because of the so-called 'safe harbor' (American spelling) provisions which can be ...
by AndyJ
Thu Jul 01, 2010 6:39 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Copyright at my workplace
Replies: 4
Views: 4433

Sorry to hear about the job. Make sure you choose a solicitor who specialises in employment and/or IP law. The latter are not that common on the average High Street. Good luck!
by AndyJ
Wed Jun 30, 2010 8:16 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Copyright at my workplace
Replies: 4
Views: 4433

If you have an employment contract, take a look to see if there is a clause in it about intellectual property rights. This is a fairly standard clause to be found in modern employment contracts (it will cover things like letters, memos and emails you write on behalf of the company) and there may be ...