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by AndyJ
Mon Jun 07, 2010 10:19 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Using a company logo on my CV
Replies: 1
Views: 5004

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: 7292

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: 6125

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: 5672

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: 7983

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: 7292

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: 7983

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: 7983

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...
by AndyJ
Wed Jun 02, 2010 11:04 pm
Forum: Music Copyright
Topic: DJ mixes
Replies: 10
Views: 7983

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: 4075

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: 7983

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: 3865

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: 3687

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: 3304

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: 4830

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...