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by AndyJ
Fri May 10, 2019 7:23 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Editorial Images - Help
Replies: 4
Views: 1517

Re: Editorial Images - Help

If this cartoon character is a well-known one who features in either comics or on film (I'm thinking of characters like Elsa from Frozen or Batman etc) then the original copyright wil belong to a publisher of comics or a film studio like Disney. They exploit their characters through franchising and ...
by AndyJ
Thu May 09, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Ownership and Permission
Topic: Cartoon from Punch 1908
Replies: 2
Views: 1255

Re: Cartoon from Punch 1908

Hi Grampy, Yes I think it would be wise to assume that the cartoon is still in copyright. As for tracing the current owner of the rights, as you have searched the British Library archive and www.punch.co.uk without success, the only other place I can suggest is the Gale archive . The way the origina...
by AndyJ
Thu May 09, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: Used Greetings Cards
Replies: 11
Views: 12969

Re: Used Greetings Cards

HI Pat, If you want to do this in the USA, then the doctrine of Fair Use will almost certainly allow you to go ahead without any problem. Essentially, fair use permits the transformation of a copyright work without the need for permission from the copyright owner, and your decoupage approach would c...
by AndyJ
Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Music Copyright
Topic: My art works been used in a music video, help!
Replies: 1
Views: 1285

Re: My art works been used in a music video, help!

Hi Matthew, You don't need to do anything to secure the copyright in your artwork. That came about automatically when you created it. It would be as well to gather as much evidence as you can which shows that you are the author of the work, but since I assume that neither the band nor the director o...
by AndyJ
Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Image derived from photo of vintage chemistry set. Who owns copyright?
Replies: 2
Views: 1428

Re: Image derived from photo of vintage chemistry set. Who owns copyright?

Hi hayd, The copyright will most likely belong to the photographer. There will be no copyright in the chemistry set itself since that would not be a work of artistic craftsmanship. Have you checked to see if there is any metadata embedded in the image, which would tell you who the photographer was? ...
by AndyJ
Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Copyright Composition Ownership
Replies: 1
Views: 1661

Re: Copyright Composition Ownership

Hi Korn4eva, Copyright usually is more complicated when it involves songs. However there is no doubt that you still retain the copyright in the original composition. The adding of lyrics merely turns a piece of music into a song, and because the music and lyrics are distinct from each other, they ca...
by AndyJ
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: Plagiarism of Blog Articles
Replies: 85
Views: 25971

Re: Plagiarism of Blog Articles

Thanks Ann, for wrapping up this saga for us. It's always nice to hear of the success stories when the law (eventually) works as it should. Sadly, the smaller cases don't get enough publicity and so don't act as an education or deterrent to others who are often ignorant about the law.
by AndyJ
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: MPLC License - Do I need one?
Replies: 1
Views: 2328

Re: MPLC License - Do I need one?

Hi sam91, The short answer is no you don't need a licence if you don't intend to show films to the public in your centre. And even if by accident a film did get shown in this way, you wouldn't be 'prosecuted' since it would be a matter for civil litigation. An MPLC licence is not a form of insurance...
by AndyJ
Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: His this plot/idea protected under copyright?
Replies: 1
Views: 1987

Re: His this plot/idea protected under copyright?

Hi wap22uk, As you say, ideas alone are not subject to copyright. It is the original way in which the idea is expressed which garners protection. Within the European Union member states, consideration of the originality of the expression of a work is based on whether it represents the spirit or pers...
by AndyJ
Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: Shooting a book cover
Replies: 1
Views: 1843

Re: Shooting a book cover

Hi Mubuer, A lot depends on what your purpose is in doing this. If you want generic images of books or bookshops, like your second example , then the exception for incidental inclusion should cover you and you won't need permission. If you intend to refer to the specific book, like example one , the...
by AndyJ
Wed Apr 10, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: Images in a book
Replies: 4
Views: 2403

Re: Images in a book

Hi Adam, Being in Poland does make a dfference but theoretically you could bring a claim in Poland if the book is available there - which it obviously is because of the internet. However I have no idea how difficult or expensive it would be to start a case in the Polish courts. As for the wider issu...
by AndyJ
Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: Images in a book
Replies: 4
Views: 2403

Re: Images in a book

Hi Adam, Since you have been negotiating with the publishers I suggest that this is the most productive and cheapest route to follow first. Even if you and they cannot agree to a settlement, it might be worth taking the matter to mediation , which again is going to be cheaper and less stressful than...
by AndyJ
Sun Apr 07, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: I need advice on photo infringement
Replies: 1
Views: 1914

Re: I need advice on photo infringement

Hi schabert, Yes, you can certainly sue for breach of contract, which has resulted in an infringement of your moral right to be credited as the author of the photographs. This is particularly serious because getting a credit (and hence wider exposure) was the sole benefit which you stood to gain fro...
by AndyJ
Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Music Copyright
Topic: Composer split sheet
Replies: 2
Views: 2087

Re: Composer split sheet

Hi musicman2019, Anything to do with royalties and the music business is complicated. And I have to start by saying I don't know all the ins and outs of the music business; for specific advice you may need to go to a lawyer who specialises in the music business. However if you do a search on Youtube...
by AndyJ
Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Changes to Creative Commons
Replies: 8
Views: 2695

Re: Changes to Creative Commons

Hi Lumberjack, I think you are probably over analysing the issue of needing permission to photograph certain objects, such as models of ships or trains. There is a theoretical risk associated with anything which truly qualifies as a work of artistic craftsmanship, where copyright may apply, but in t...