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by Nick Cooper
Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Ownership and Permission
Topic: Can I reproduce a Punch Cartoon?
Replies: 12
Views: 7442

This is an aspect we have touched on before, as many sites claim copyright on their own scans of public domain material, and this is particulary true of online (typically subscription-based) archives. If you know the exact issue the illustration appeared in, it may be less hassle and more cost effec...
by Nick Cooper
Mon Feb 27, 2017 12:18 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Use of 1956-57 magazine photo in a book
Replies: 13
Views: 6591

As per the OS website, their maps published before 1 April 2015 were crown copyright, so were/are protected for 50 years from the end of the year of publication. That means any maps published up to the end of 1965 are now public domain, as long as you can source a suitable original.
by Nick Cooper
Tue Feb 21, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: About the legal statement of the website
Replies: 3
Views: 2961

Re: About the legal statement of the website

I have a question regarding quoting Bible in a book. I'd like to quote some Bible verses in a book, and on the official website of the Bible society, I saw the statement is as following: http://take.ms/pIxFS According to the guideline, if I do according to the first point, I don't need the written ...
by Nick Cooper
Thu Feb 16, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: About to enter public domain?
Replies: 4
Views: 3590

I thought there may be something like that, and even then it is virtually impossible to find out if things are in the PD. Another UK archive has images online where the photographer died in 1922, but they are still saying that anyone who wants to use them should pay reproduction fees. But if they h...
by Nick Cooper
Thu Feb 16, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: About to enter public domain?
Replies: 4
Views: 3590

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: 3542

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: 8290

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: 3780

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: 7442

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: 7442

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: 5958

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: 4124

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: 4124

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: 3687

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: 3687

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...