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by AndyJ
Wed Jun 02, 2010 11:04 pm
Forum: Music Copyright
Topic: DJ mixes
Replies: 10
Views: 7564

If you only host the forum which has the link, and not the actual file which contains disputed copyright material, it is highly unlikely that you will be liable in respect of any copyright infringement. The normal grounds under which a website might be liable is one of the following from the Copyrig...
by AndyJ
Tue Jun 01, 2010 7:46 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Streaming Audio Books: how to get license
Replies: 2
Views: 3898

You could try the Publishers Licensing Association here: http://www.pls.org.uk/default.aspx . Since the Audiobook Publishing Association closed down in February of this year, the Publishers Association http://www.publishers.org.uk/en/home/ seems to have taken on their role as the general trade body ...
by AndyJ
Tue Jun 01, 2010 7:05 pm
Forum: Music Copyright
Topic: DJ mixes
Replies: 10
Views: 7564

It may (or may not!) surprise you to know that this is a very imprecise area of Intellectual Property law. At its heart is the question of whether a sample constitutes an infringement, and therefore whether or not prior permission is required to make what is called a derivative work, namely the DJ's...
by AndyJ
Sun May 23, 2010 8:28 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Copyright and Cartoons
Replies: 2
Views: 3697

This is a tricky one! If you are buying the original badges and simply incorporating them into a necklace, I don't think there's any copyright infringement because, firstly, you are not copying the image, but paying for it legitimately and using it as is, and you are not making a derivative work in ...
by AndyJ
Mon May 17, 2010 7:19 am
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: Why Abuse of the DMCA Take-down system is Bad News
Replies: 0
Views: 3447

Why Abuse of the DMCA Take-down system is Bad News

As things have been quiet on the forums for a few days, I thought I'd post a couple of links to interesting articles about the way the big movie and music companies can abuse the system in the USA which allows the owners of copyright material to request that the material is removed from sites when i...
by AndyJ
Wed May 12, 2010 9:20 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Copyright question
Replies: 1
Views: 3173

Not without pemission from whoever compiles the charts. These charts qualify as "literary works" alongside databases* and computer programs (which don't immediately come to mind when you think of literature!). So they have copyright protection. Here is an extract from the Official UK Chart Company's...
by AndyJ
Tue May 04, 2010 12:42 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Wikipedia Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License
Replies: 5
Views: 4579

The Share-Alike tag is designed to cover the circumstances when someone changes a Creative Commons work. To take a parallel example of a fully copyright work - say an image - which I give you permission to alter or adapt extensively so that a new, derivative work is created. You would own the copyri...
by AndyJ
Mon May 03, 2010 9:05 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Wikipedia Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License
Replies: 5
Views: 4579

Hi Dan,
I think you have everything buttoned up OK. There should be no problems with what you have quoted. Obviously as you haven't changed anything within the quote, the Share Alike part of the licence doesn't apply here.
However you may want to change the spelling of the word 'information'.
by AndyJ
Thu Apr 29, 2010 7:15 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Photographs in out of print books.
Replies: 4
Views: 5495

Hi Gordon, Copyright law changed somewhat during the twentieth century, so copyright in these photographs could be owned by the individual photographers, their employers (for instance the newspapers or magazines who had staff photographers) or copyright might have been assigned (that is, legally tra...
by AndyJ
Wed Apr 28, 2010 5:21 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Copyright of a translation of a classical text
Replies: 1
Views: 3336

You have correctly identified that a published translation of a work attracts copyright because it is itself a creative work; some translator has used his or her skills, linguistic knowledge and literary ability to create the same spirit of an original literary work. But if you bring it down to indi...
by AndyJ
Tue Apr 27, 2010 7:13 pm
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: Images in Forums
Replies: 3
Views: 4030

Hi Sully. Are you seriously asking me to get into the minds of Getty's lawyers? LOL. I have no idea what their policy is as regards chasing alleged infringers. There has been quite a good deal of criticism recently of a number of law firms concerning the methods they use to pursue individuals on beh...
by AndyJ
Tue Apr 27, 2010 4:22 pm
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: Images in Forums
Replies: 3
Views: 4030

It is recognised that forum admins and site owners face a particular problem in policing this aspect of the copyright law. The High Court recently ruled that Article 14 of the EU eCommerce directive provides some protection from litigation where site admins have no knowledge that the material posted...
by AndyJ
Tue Apr 27, 2010 3:27 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Is this Legal?
Replies: 1
Views: 3364

This is a bit tricky where UK law is concerned. When you say image or logo, then copyright would also definitelty apply to the original, but your treatment of it, by changing the wording therein might be considered as parody, which the UK courts have failed to agree a common approach to, unlike the ...
by AndyJ
Mon Apr 26, 2010 4:13 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Photographs in out of print books.
Replies: 4
Views: 5495

The normal duration of copyright in images is 70 years from 31 Dec of the year in which the copyright owner died, so the fact that these books are over 50 years old does not necessarily mean the images are now free of copyright and in the pubic domain. To be sure that you avoid infringement you need...
by AndyJ
Sun Apr 25, 2010 4:06 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Using images in a free PDF magazine review
Replies: 3
Views: 4420

Just to pick up on one thing you mentioned in your question, namely that you are creating reviews of these albums. Although there is a fair dealing exemption from copyright infringement which allows you to quote something for the purposes of review or criticism, that would not, technically speaking,...