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by AndyJ
Sat Jun 26, 2010 6:55 pm
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: Which copyright liscense?
Replies: 2
Views: 4091

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: 8159

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: 8159

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: 4579

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: 5203

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: 10148

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...
by AndyJ
Sun Jun 13, 2010 10:19 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Copyright on old Edwardian photographs/postcards
Replies: 2
Views: 10389

The basic rule on copyright material* in the UK is that the period of copyright runs for 70 years from the end of the year in which the author/photographer dies. So realistically all the pictures you are dealing with could still be in copyright. If the postcards have the name of either the photograp...
by AndyJ
Mon Jun 07, 2010 10:19 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Using a company logo on my CV
Replies: 1
Views: 4863

Technically yes it might infringe copyright to use a company's logo, and so it is worth seeking permission, because companies are used to this kind of use and generally won't object. It is part of their branding policy.
This only affects the copyright in the artwork, and is not a trademark issue.
by AndyJ
Sun Jun 06, 2010 6:47 pm
Forum: Music Copyright
Topic: New Version of Where Have All the Flowers Gone?
Replies: 3
Views: 7024

China is a signatory to all the major international treaties on copyright including the Berne Convention, the Universal Copyright Convention and TRIPS, so from that point of view publishing the printed lyrics in China doesn't provide any additional advantage, other than the cost and complexity might...
by AndyJ
Sat Jun 05, 2010 10:01 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: koolart copyright and ferrari copyright - who is right?
Replies: 2
Views: 5914

I suspect that this is not a copyright issue, but concerns the use of the trademark 'Ferrari'. In your ebay listings, do you just use the word in a normal typeface or in the distinctive Ferrari badge style? If it is the latter then the company certainly have some justification for objecting because ...
by AndyJ
Fri Jun 04, 2010 6:49 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Online Newspaper Articles
Replies: 3
Views: 5482

CopyrightAid's answer is entirely correct. The only way it is possible to use someone else's material in the way that the OP's blog owning friend did is to quote a part of the news item, with a full attribution to the original author, under the fair dealing rules (Section 30) for the purposes of cri...
by AndyJ
Thu Jun 03, 2010 3:30 pm
Forum: Music Copyright
Topic: DJ mixes
Replies: 10
Views: 7564

Minefield indeed. Because of the long chain involved here, where each step relies on the previous one being lawful, this would make an interesting test case, although of course for your sake I hope it never comes to court!
by AndyJ
Thu Jun 03, 2010 3:23 pm
Forum: Music Copyright
Topic: New Version of Where Have All the Flowers Gone?
Replies: 3
Views: 7024

This may be a case that is covered by the so-called pastiche or parody fair use rules. There is a long history of musical parody, and the law, especially in the USA recognises this ( http://www.publaw.com/parody.html ). As it has some similarities to the circumstances you have described, you could a...
by AndyJ
Thu Jun 03, 2010 2:18 pm
Forum: Music Copyright
Topic: DJ mixes
Replies: 10
Views: 7564

There are two slightly separate things at play here. The first is, has the DJ used a 'significant' amount of another track in the sample to constitute infringement of the copyright in the first track - or to put it another way: does the DJ need permission to use the sample? The second area is: how m...
by AndyJ
Thu Jun 03, 2010 10:51 am
Forum: Music Copyright
Topic: DJ mixes
Replies: 10
Views: 7564

I assume that you mean proof which a court would require, because I said previously, the claimant doesn't have to prove anything to you as a site owner. It then becomes a game of poker as to who blinks first! Because copyright infringement is a civil matter (unless it's being alleged on a large scal...