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by Nick Cooper
Wed Feb 11, 2015 12:05 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: TV pre-1957
Replies: 8
Views: 8462

well, i couldn't have recorded the original broadcast in the 50s, but the bbc occasionally rebroadcasts older shows. For example, on a site i visit where people post links to downloads of, amongst other things, tv shows, someone has uploaded a recording of the bbc's performance of 1984 starring Pet...
by Nick Cooper
Wed Feb 11, 2015 11:58 am
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: Someone stole my articles and photos
Replies: 5
Views: 4339

It would depend very much on the country of origin of the website hosting the copied text/photographs.
by Nick Cooper
Wed Feb 04, 2015 5:03 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Cutting pages / images from Books
Replies: 8
Views: 6681

Generally speaking there's nothing to stop anyone from breaking up books and magazines for individual pages, and selling them on. Depending on the age of the works in question, the text and/or illustrations may actually be public domain, anyway.
by Nick Cooper
Mon Feb 02, 2015 3:02 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Duration of company owned copyright
Replies: 37
Views: 18972

The 1911 Act differentiates between other forms of copyright work, based on whether they have been published or not, but Section 21 which deals with photographs makes no such distinction. As far as I aware the courts have never been asked to decide on this question which thus remains slightly debat...
by Nick Cooper
Fri Jan 30, 2015 2:10 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Duration of company owned copyright
Replies: 37
Views: 18972

Hi Nick, I think your comments broadly sum up the situation! Although as you will have seen from the response document, this is a remarkably complicated area covering as it does documents which are hundreds old years and probably never entitled to copyright in the first place, to unpublished sound ...
by Nick Cooper
Fri Jan 30, 2015 1:30 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Duration of company owned copyright
Replies: 37
Views: 18972

*For an overview of what changes may or may not be in the wind concerning unpublished works generally, see the UK Government's recent report (pdf) on a consultation exercise it held last year. This makes for interesting reading. Inevitably rights holders are adverse to relaxing or abolishing the 20...
by Nick Cooper
Fri Jan 30, 2015 1:10 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Duration of company owned copyright
Replies: 37
Views: 18972

So, Andy, would it therefore be safe to say that photographs published before 1 June 1957 are now all public domain, as they would have been covered by the 50 years from creation of the 1911 Act, and thus would have all lapsed at the end of 2007 at the latest? This does have implications for a book ...
by Nick Cooper
Fri Oct 17, 2014 9:01 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: New orphan works legistlation
Replies: 4
Views: 7354

Yes, granted there will be issues with non-photographs, but as regards photographs Schedule 1 of the 1988 Act states: Duration of copyright in existing works 12.— (1) The following provisions have effect with respect to the duration of copyright in existing works. The question which provision appl...
by Nick Cooper
Thu Oct 16, 2014 2:58 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: New orphan works legistlation
Replies: 4
Views: 7354

Andy, when it comes to the First World War-era postcards mentioned by marshlander, would they not be covered by the 1911 Act term of 50 years since creation for photographs, under which they will all have become public domain by 1969? Come to think of it, shouldn't that apply to all pre-1957 Act pho...
by Nick Cooper
Wed Aug 13, 2014 5:02 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: New Copyright Exceptions due to become law on 1 October 2014
Replies: 7
Views: 5610

Although luckily in the Sherlock Holmes case, the estate have (finally) not gotten away with it! I think what is most of concern is that even if the rules for unpublished works are harmonised with published ones, the publication right offers a "lifeline" to literary estates to get another 25 years o...
by Nick Cooper
Fri Aug 08, 2014 10:25 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: New Copyright Exceptions due to become law on 1 October 2014
Replies: 7
Views: 5610

This publication right has always seemed a bit weird to me, if I'm understanding it right. It seems to be a "first come, first served" principle, in that whoever publishes a copyright-expired previously-unpublished work then gets another 25 years of sole copyright control/protection. This seems quit...
by Nick Cooper
Wed Aug 06, 2014 12:40 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: New Copyright Exceptions due to become law on 1 October 2014
Replies: 7
Views: 5610

OK. May main interest in this area is related to an author whose published works will fall into the public domain in the next few years, but that will still leave a lot of his unpublished works covered. The agents for the estate are notoriously demanding, and I would expect that will only get worse ...
by Nick Cooper
Tue Aug 05, 2014 2:16 pm
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: Story stolen by national newspaper
Replies: 2
Views: 3572

Interesting to read this, as coincidentally I've only discovered today that just over a year ago a regional newspaper published a heavily-edited version of an article I put on my website in 2005. I say "heavily-edited," but while it's been reduced from just under 4,800 words to just over 830, many s...
by Nick Cooper
Tue Aug 05, 2014 1:42 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: New Copyright Exceptions due to become law on 1 October 2014
Replies: 7
Views: 5610

Have there been any developments with the rules regarding unpublished works, which I think you've mentioned previously?
by Nick Cooper
Thu Jul 24, 2014 1:39 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Status of published work when an author dies
Replies: 7
Views: 6803

The copyright being indicated as belonging to the publisher is not actually that common for books, but I would suspect it is more likely to be seen with specialist non-fiction titles. It may be that whatever deal your friend did with the publisher included signing over the copyright to them, perhaps...