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by AndyJ
Thu Jul 29, 2010 6:58 pm
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: Can someone Trade Mark a place name for their product?
Replies: 4
Views: 6794

Hi Silas, Glad to see that you have already done your homework on the subject. As you will know (although others may not) the purpose of a Trade Mark is to protect a product or service from being confused in the mind of a consumer with a similar product or service of a rival company. Generally this ...
by AndyJ
Sat Jul 24, 2010 9:56 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Bit of advice please?
Replies: 2
Views: 3474

Assuming that the poetry is still in copyright, then you would need the author's permission. As a rough guide, if the author died more than 70 years ago, for instance like John Yeats, then his work will no longer be in copyright.
by AndyJ
Fri Jul 23, 2010 6:52 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: IPR and copyright
Replies: 2
Views: 4677

Hi Andrew, I'm not clear what you mean by reverse engineering one of your designs. Has someone taken a physical article apart to discover the internal parts, from which they have made design drawings? Just so we are clear, there are several different forms of IPR protection which may be applicable h...
by AndyJ
Fri Jul 23, 2010 7:25 am
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: artwork on cd covers
Replies: 1
Views: 4141

Yes the artwork and the typographical layout of an album cover (for a CD or vinyl) will be someone's copyright. It should give details somewhere in the credits in the small print. Your best bet is contact the record company which released the CD(s) and ask them about using the artwork. It is highly ...
by AndyJ
Wed Jul 21, 2010 10:17 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: music copyright
Replies: 2
Views: 3562

Copyright is all about protecting your own creativity so that you can, if you choose, exploit it as of right. This is different from patents which allow an inventor to have a monopoly on exploiting a particular technical innovation even if someone else comes up with the same idea independently. So i...
by AndyJ
Tue Jul 20, 2010 1:59 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Modernising an old book.
Replies: 2
Views: 3322

When you say 'old book' I assume that this is one that is still in copyright. Obviously if the original book is out of copyright - eg the author of it died more than 70 years ago - then you have no problems. So as I say, assuming the book is in copyright, You need to proceed with caution. Ideas and ...
by AndyJ
Sun Jul 18, 2010 9:14 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Selling copyright design products
Replies: 1
Views: 3832

As far as UK and EU law is concerned, there are possibly two separate forms of intellectual property at play here: copyright and designright. Each offers slightly different advantages and protections for the owner. If the mirror is manufactured in quantity, as seems likely, designright is the more a...
by AndyJ
Sun Jul 18, 2010 7:47 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Parody Question?
Replies: 1
Views: 3317

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: 6764

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: 4856

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: 4856

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: 4856

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: 3839

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: 4547

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: 4547

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...