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by AndyJ
Tue Jul 06, 2010 1:52 pm
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: Help needed David v Goliath type
Replies: 5
Views: 4070

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: 4070

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: 3183

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: 4070

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: 3701

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: 3701

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: 4592

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: 4592

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 ...
by AndyJ
Wed Jun 30, 2010 7:47 pm
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: Fonts in Photoshop
Replies: 1
Views: 7493

Although the fonts appear in Photoshop, they may not all be produced by Adobe. You will need to check who is the creator of the font(s) you wish to use and then see if you need a separate licence. It's all explained here http://www.adobe.com/type/embedding.html together with a utility to find the cr...
by AndyJ
Sat Jun 26, 2010 6:55 pm
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: Which copyright liscense?
Replies: 2
Views: 3959

I think you will have to put the appropriate copyright notice on each individual image/design, because you can't claim copyright on images which aren't your work. However you can have a general notice on the website to say that the design and layout of the site is copyright (either yours or your sit...
by AndyJ
Wed Jun 23, 2010 11:17 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Patterns in craft books.
Replies: 6
Views: 7977

Just like copyright, design rights are protected automatically under law (without registration) - so just because it is not a 'registered design' does not mean it is not protected - see this page on the IPO's website for more information. Unlike copyright, design rights do not last that long - up t...
by AndyJ
Tue Jun 22, 2010 6:55 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Patterns in craft books.
Replies: 6
Views: 7977

I'm not familiar with the craft books you mention, but assuming that they are merely books of patterns and some instruuctions on how to make up the garment or other item, there should be no problem about copyright. Clearly the books are intended for you to make the item and that implies permision to...
by AndyJ
Wed Jun 16, 2010 10:18 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Wikipedia Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License
Replies: 5
Views: 4411

Take a look at my answer to your question in the music copyright forum.
by AndyJ
Wed Jun 16, 2010 10:16 pm
Forum: Music Copyright
Topic: Selling music
Replies: 3
Views: 5029

If you own the copyright to your music and have not either assigned it or exclusively licensed it to someone else, then you are free to do whatever you want to exploit your 'property'. You don't have to licence to anyone, although if you sell the tracks, there is an implicit licence that the buyer m...
by AndyJ
Tue Jun 15, 2010 3:18 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Copyright on graffiti
Replies: 2
Views: 10016

Technically all art is the copyright of the artist who created it, but graffitti is something of a special case. Unless the artist has permission to use the structure where he puts his graffitti, he is likely to be gulity of causing criminal damage if caught. This leads to two separate things. First...