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by Nick Cooper
Thu Feb 16, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: About to enter public domain?
Replies: 4
Views: 3212

Re: About to enter public domain?

Wilhelm Hester images He died on 25th February 1947 in Seattle, USA. See link: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Wilhelm_Hester Most of his images are currently online in the USA. Does this mean that on the 26th of this month, they will all enter the public domain, and consequently become...
by Nick Cooper
Wed Feb 15, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: Photo in PD now copyrighted
Replies: 3
Views: 3157

You say you have links to the original origin of the photographs you use. Have you tried putting those links in the Wayback Machine at www.archive.org ? If the link/s resolve to an archived version of the PD site showing the terms of use, you can cite them in your response to the stock agency. On th...
by Nick Cooper
Wed Feb 08, 2017 1:31 pm
Forum: Music Copyright
Topic: Copyright usage on The Teddy Bears Picnic
Replies: 6
Views: 7395

Re: Teddy Bear's Picnic

How did you get on with your request from Sony/Warners? From what I gather the instrumental version is 100% in the public domain. It's probably based on the reasoning that since the melody was by John Walter Bratton, who did not die until 1947, it remains protected in the UK and Europe until the en...
by Nick Cooper
Fri Oct 07, 2016 2:31 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: What Right Have They?
Replies: 4
Views: 3389

There was a time when the only way to properly exploit public domain textual works was to re-typeset and print them commercially. Although that is still done, nowadays anybody with a PC and a scanner can OCR an original edition and then produce physical copies in a variety of much easier ways. One c...
by Nick Cooper
Thu Sep 15, 2016 11:30 am
Forum: Ownership and Permission
Topic: Wartime and 1930s Press Photographs
Replies: 9
Views: 6537

We've discussed before whether or not the 1995 Regulations applied retrospectively to pre-1957 photographs. I note that on the UK legislation website , while the 1988 Act has been extensively amended to show the position as it stands now, Schedule 1 Section 12 ("Duration of copyright in existing wor...
by Nick Cooper
Wed Sep 14, 2016 12:58 pm
Forum: Ownership and Permission
Topic: Wartime and 1930s Press Photographs
Replies: 9
Views: 6537

If these photographs date from the 1930s and War years, surely the copyright would have expired 50 years after being taken, as per the 1911 Act? Certainly those taken before 1945 would have expired before the 1995 Regulations.
by Nick Cooper
Fri Sep 09, 2016 12:01 pm
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: Découpage of Disney napkins onto items - copyright infringe
Replies: 5
Views: 5243

As an example, one current Mickey Mouse trademark is quite extensive and includes Class 21, i.e.: "Household or kitchen utensils and containers (not of precious metal or coated therewith); combs and sponges; brushes (except paint brushes); brush-making materials; articles for cleaning purposes; stee...
by Nick Cooper
Fri Aug 19, 2016 10:23 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: re copyrighting old photographs
Replies: 4
Views: 3656

Well, there's no reason you can't licence your supply of the images to the print company under a suitably worded contract, which is effectively what a lot of photo libraries do now (i.e. they charge for supplying an image for a specific use).
by Nick Cooper
Thu Aug 18, 2016 11:43 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: re copyrighting old photographs
Replies: 4
Views: 3656

The term set for photographs in the 1911 Copyright Act is 50 years after the end of the year of creation of the photographic negative. If your example dates from no later than 1900, the copyright with have expired at the end of 1950 at the very latest, and would not have been revived or extended by ...
by Nick Cooper
Mon Aug 01, 2016 11:47 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Including short letters in an autobiography
Replies: 5
Views: 3282

Thanks, Andy. Looking around it does seem generally that the opinion is that 1ZA really is as wide-ranging as it appears, and thus is something of a seismic shift in putting the use of reasonable quotations without the onerous process of seeking permissions on a firm footing. It's hardly surprising ...
by Nick Cooper
Mon Aug 01, 2016 12:01 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Including short letters in an autobiography
Replies: 5
Views: 3282

Andy, I don't think I previously realised the implications of 1ZA in the 2014 regulations, as regards now allowing quotations, "whether for criticism or review or otherwise " - my emphasis, i.e. for pretty much any valid applciation. I'm currently working on a book relating to one particular work of...
by Nick Cooper
Fri May 20, 2016 5:30 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Board game copyright
Replies: 3
Views: 3566

It might be worth saying that the people behind CAH seem fairly relaxed about their product, even releasing the basic set free under a Creative Commons licence. It's possible that they may not have any objection to your idea, so you could do worse than simply asking them. Other people have created a...
by Nick Cooper
Fri Apr 15, 2016 12:50 pm
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: Photo used by local paper without permission
Replies: 5
Views: 4412

These days, though, the Small Claims Track is a) quick, and b) cheap. I do think, though, that this sorty of thing is worth pursuing on principle, simply because the press - whether at a local or a national level - do this sort of thing all the time, particularly with photographs culled from social ...
by Nick Cooper
Fri Apr 15, 2016 12:19 pm
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: Likely Damages
Replies: 3
Views: 3427

It looks like very painful reading, and one wonders whether he has clearance for any of the mutliple other images he uses....
by Nick Cooper
Fri Apr 15, 2016 9:56 am
Forum: Copyright Basics
Topic: Photo used by local paper without permission
Replies: 5
Views: 4412

If it were me, I would just forget it! This has hapenned to me loads of times, but I have no great faith that I would win a court battle with a newspaper, and would most likely lose, getting saddled with vast expenses, and an awful lot of stress that would probably drag on for months! Really, not w...