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Copyright Infringement in an AAA Video Game?

In 2005, one of the world's largest video game developers/publishers published an AAA computer/video game which appears to contain photographs I took and displayed on one of my websites which were copied directly and obviously into the game as textures. I just discovered the situation this year. Would it be likely that a lawyer could do anything about this in terms of securing payment/recognition/??? for this use of my copyrighted photographs? If so, what kind of lawyer or law firm should I be looking for and what are the typical hiring arrangements (e.g. am I likely to have to pay up front, or is this kind of thing typically taken on contingency)? Looking for general information here, not legal advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 23, 2016 - 13 answers

Does this fall under fair use?

I've been toying around with the idea of starting a blog for learners of a particular language for which there are few resources. As part of this, I would like to paraphrase/lightly adapt texts from original news sources and then provide my own vocabulary/grammatical notes/translation. Sources would of course be cited. I don't intend on profiting directly from this, aside from perhaps advertisements on the website. As far as copyright is concerned, does this fall under fair use?
posted by csjc on Aug 12, 2016 - 8 answers

How to deal with a copyright claim—YouTube version

I made a trailer for a math class using Battle Without Honor or Humanity (not very creative, sorry). Now I'm embroiled in a copyright claim and I'd like to know how to respond. I checked some old asks, but they're three years old or so. [more inside]
posted by middlethird on May 25, 2016 - 15 answers

Copyright on 1942 Documents

In the course of archival research, I've come across transcriptions and author's notes of some remarks that were given during a private conference in 1942. I'm having trouble sorting out the 1909 and 1976 Copyright Acts and how they impact these documents. Are they in the public domain, or are they still under copyright?
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on May 13, 2016 - 13 answers

Legal Requirement for Website Footer

Is there a legal (not seo- or usability-related) reason you have to have copyright or legal information in a site footer? [more inside]
posted by Pacrand on Apr 19, 2016 - 3 answers

Is it legal to show web-based art on a screen in a corporate classroom?

My employer is serious about not using copyrighted materials unless you have the copyright holder's permission. But in a classroom situation, might there be "one weird trick" to get around it? [more inside]
posted by see_change on Mar 30, 2016 - 12 answers

Who owns materials I created as part of a grant?

I created a brand new program with grant money. I am leaving my employer and my boss says I don't own any of the materials. Is this true? [more inside]
posted by Biblio on Mar 23, 2016 - 29 answers

Why is YouTube kosher?

I lived through the Napster thing real-time. The outcome was, tech-that-encourages-slash-facilitates-copyright-violation-is-illegal. So why doesn't the YouTube server farm disturb the powers that be? [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser on Feb 4, 2016 - 13 answers

hosting a video with minimal interference

After asking this question, I am now wrangling helpful strangers into lip-syncing to a song, and I need somewhere to host our video that won't slap an ad on top of it, or worse, block it for copyright violations. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd on Feb 4, 2016 - 3 answers

Do I own my emails and attachments?

Does Gmail and GoogleDrive own your stuff like Facebook does? [more inside]
posted by human ecologist on Jan 1, 2016 - 7 answers

Can I Quote You?

I'm writing a game. I'd like our characters to occasionally bust out a quote from thing I love. Under what circumstances do I need permission? [more inside]
posted by musofire on Dec 18, 2015 - 8 answers

Email Demanding Settlement of Copyright Infringement

I am a board member on a outdoor nonprofit and all volunteer organization located in Alabama that recently received an email from License Compliance Services (formerly/currently known as PicScout) demanding proof of license/authorization for use or to settle online. [more inside]
posted by cinemafiend on Dec 16, 2015 - 12 answers

I'm sure Grumpy Cat loooooves copyright law

I work in a small dental office where most of the patients are kids/tweens. I'm creating a few small posters for our reception area to alert patients/parents about an upcoming change. There are a few grumpy cat photos (memes?) that would be perfect for this. Can I just cut and paste them onto my posters? Do I need to include some kind of reference to the website from which I took them? They're on numerous websites, so I have no idea where they originated.
posted by Munching Langolier on Nov 2, 2015 - 8 answers

Does my live movie riffing show have to pay for film rights?

I ran (and hopefully will run again) a live movie riffing show along the lines of a Mystery Science Theater 3000. The first time I did it, we did a film from the public domain, but I know it would be a lot more popular were we to have a better class of film. I know you're not my lawyer and this is not legal advice, but is this something that could be considered a transformative work and I could sidestep licensing the films? [more inside]
posted by inturnaround on Aug 14, 2015 - 4 answers

Is a Public Statement Under Copyright?

I thought of a good line to put on a tee-shirt. I found that a known lecturer has used the same statement publicly and it has been attributed to her on blogs. Is this statement under copyright? If yes, are there any ways around it?
posted by goalyeehah on Aug 10, 2015 - 7 answers

Cartoon that ran in 1928 LIFE magazine, likely owner is...

Seeking advice on how to clear the rights to republish a cartoon that appeared in LIFE magazine in April 1928. Henry Luce bought the rights to LIFE in 1936--and when his company (Time Inc.) bought the previous LIFE, according to Wikpedia, "Time Inc. sold Life’s subscription list, features, and goodwill to Judge." Judge went out of business in 1947. I'm not trying to clear a photo, as that would be easier, contact Getty Images. [more inside]
posted by xaryts on Aug 3, 2015 - 6 answers

Why are some albums missing from streaming services?

Why are some albums missing from an artist's collection on streaming media services like Spotify, BeatsApple Music, etc.? For example, Nitzer Ebb's discography is missing Showtime, and Throwing Muses seems to not include Hunkpapa and the first Throwing Muses (reissued as In a Doghouse). While I'm sure the vague handwavy answer is "because contracts", I'd love to know the detailed rationale. Bonus points if any one actually worked in the sausage factory that hammered out some of the contracts.
posted by snortasprocket on Jul 30, 2015 - 2 answers

Help me guide someone through fair use in scholarship

Help me guide someone through fair use in scholarship. Or not, as appropriate.

I work in academic technology support. We were recently contacted by a faculty member asking for help downloading videos from YouTube so that they can host them on our institution's private video streaming service. Our first instinct is to push back, shut them down and maybe start monitoring and deleting because of the possibility of copyright infringement. But, since my understanding of fair use in academia is fuzzy (possibly because the intersection of fair use and scholarship is so fuzzy) I thought I should see if there's anyone here who has handled a similar situation and can provide guidance, copyright education resources, sample policies and/or advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 18, 2015 - 14 answers

Dealing with typefaces for design projects

Although I studied graphic design in university, I never really learned how to deal with the business side of things. I understand there are plenty of resources for how to create a quote or an invoice, but I want to learn how to deal with the little nuts and bolts involved in the project, namely typefaces. [more inside]
posted by cyrusw8 on Jun 14, 2015 - 4 answers

If I read a copyrighted story onstage, is it infringing?

My nonprofit venue wants to do a dramatic reading of a Neil Gaiman story during a fundraiser. Is this performance a copyright problem? [more inside]
posted by emjaybee on May 27, 2015 - 10 answers

Feminist writing that's recent AND not under traditional copyright

I'm looking for interesting feminist texts of any kind (poems, prose, speeches...) that are not under traditional copyright in the U.S. and are from the last few decades. So, most will be 1) works prepared by a U.S. government employee as part of that person's official duties (such as any politician's speeches written by govt employees), or 2) anything the author CC-licensed or otherwise released outside traditional copyright. Very broad definition of feminist / female-positive. Especially great would be any intersections between feminist and anti-racist or anti-war ideas.
posted by kalapierson on Apr 2, 2015 - 3 answers

Is this Russian alphabet made of people having sex in the public domain?

I'd like to edit, re-use, and release this sexy russian alphabet. What's the copyright status of the images, and scanned images? [more inside]
posted by ohgodwhy.me on Mar 26, 2015 - 2 answers

How much would a professional charge for something like this?

I know that my very question speaks to the fact that I am not quite a seasoned professional as of yet, but how much do professional type artists and letterers charge a client for a poster? [more inside]
posted by cyrusw8 on Mar 17, 2015 - 8 answers

How to deal with copyright infringement and plagiarism?

I run a website that is niche and more getting well known in it's small circle of enthusiasts. Not big, but around 10,000 visitors a month. Enough that I'm always surprised at the number of people who know the site. One thing I've noticed as popularity has grown, so has the lifting of content. I don't know how I should deal with it; if at all. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Mar 11, 2015 - 5 answers

Copyright Law question

I have an online shop that sells vintage items. I also have a book of paintings by my favorite contemporary artist. If I use a page from her book as a background for photographing something, does that violate her copyright? More inside. [more inside]
posted by harrietthespy on Feb 5, 2015 - 7 answers

Copyright question about designing a set of icons

I am asking for a friend, who says -- "I am in contract negotiations with my former employer to develop an indeterminate number of software icons for their software product." [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit on Jan 21, 2015 - 5 answers

But the foolish poets brought no copyright permission

How can I legitimately use the artworks that inspired my poem? [more inside]
posted by Perodicticus potto on Jan 10, 2015 - 7 answers

copyright of software and changes to code

I registered a copyright with the eCO (copyright.gov) for some code as literary work in August. In the meanwhile there have been some changes. I cannot reupload the files. Claim is still pending. The changes are not major but new features have been added and some of the functions have changed. Should I make a new claim or will the previous claim cover the updated software, e.g., a court would recognize the new code stems from the old code?
posted by spacefire on Jan 9, 2015 - 1 answer

Acquiring the rights to out-of-print books in the US.

I'd like to try acquire the rights to material from a few related out-of-print nonfiction books published in the US during the 1920s and 30s, in order to create interactive electronic media from the material. (Initially a website, possibly an offline phone app. in the future.) This is almost certainly not fair use, and copyrights have been renewed for most of the texts. I'm hoping for a sanity check and some pointers from someone who knows more about book rights than me. [more inside]
posted by eotvos on Jan 3, 2015 - 4 answers

How does Google Books decide which books are open access?

Many apparently out-of-copyright books on Google Books are open access. Others return limited sections in response to search queries. Yet others are completely inaccessible. Why?
posted by dontjumplarry on Dec 15, 2014 - 7 answers

Should I Retract my DMCA Complaint?

An organization who used one of my copyrighted images wants me to retract the DMCA complaint I filed with YouTube. The offending video has been removed and YouTube placed their account on some kind of hold/probation for 6 months? Should I retract my complaint? [more inside]
posted by paulcole on Dec 11, 2014 - 27 answers

Copyrighted architectural design work for a previous employer

I'm an unregistered architectural designer with about 12 years experience in the architectural field. After 5 months with a residential design firm I was let go for lack of work. I am currently seeking employment and wrote to my former employer requesting copies of the design documents that I had produced, these being the only proof that I have of the quality and suitability of my work. She replied that I was not entitled to use any of them as they are federally copyrighted intellectual property of the firm. [more inside]
posted by bird internet on Dec 10, 2014 - 18 answers

Adapting for profit my own work, portions of which I released under CC

For a couple chapters of a book I'm writing, I could choose to adapt short stories that I already released under a Creative Commons license. Even with the adapted chapters, the book would be 95% new material. What are the implications of mixing the new material with the CC material? [more inside]
posted by internet_explorer on Dec 2, 2014 - 6 answers

Music licensing when I have the only copy but there is no copyright?

I have an unlabeled acetate record from the early 60s that contains music and an interview with a late musician, composer and counter-cultural icon of some note. As far as I've been able to figure, I have the only copy and there is no copyright. There is a documentary about this person in the works and the director/producer is interested in using this material. Someone else, the operator of a long-running fansite, would like to release it as part of a retrospective album next year. I've already offered that it be used in the film for free. Is it possible for me to get compensation for its inclusion on any audio releases? [more inside]
posted by hydrophonic on Nov 6, 2014 - 19 answers

Vintage poster copyright?

I'd like to use some images from vintage communist Polish posters and am curious about copyright laws. Any advice about what's protected and what isn't? [more inside]
posted by vecchio on Nov 5, 2014 - 4 answers

Copyright violation risk? Card game fan site.

Can I make a card game database website, that reproduces card text and/or images, without running into legal trouble from the creators? [more inside]
posted by nerhael on Nov 5, 2014 - 8 answers

Network wants to use a video that my boyfriend shot. How to negotiate?

My partner has been contacted by one of the major TV networks who has asked to use some historical film footage that he shot. He is getting ready to call them back. What are the issues at play here? What questions should he be asking? [more inside]
posted by kimdog on Nov 3, 2014 - 6 answers

If I had a photograph or two: Fair use of product photos on review sites

I've had an idea for a product review site and am trying to discern whether product photographs can be legally reproduced on the website, from where fair-use photographs should be obtained and how, if at all, they should be attributed. [more inside]
posted by Halo in reverse on Oct 27, 2014 - 8 answers

Reuters photographic copyright woes

My spouse is trying to submit their D.Phil thesis to an online research archive. Archive wants all content to not be in breach of copyright. Thesis has a photograph in it which requires copyright permission but we're stumped on how to get it. What now? [more inside]
posted by monster truck weekend on Oct 27, 2014 - 12 answers

Help me decide how to put a DVD online.

So I have this DVD with accompanying copyright information, descriptive notes and disclaimers and I'd like to put it online so others can access it. The last time I did such a thing, I ripped it and converted to FLV and used JW Player. I could do that again but I wonder if that's what people at the end of 2014 would do. Are we in a post-flash world? Could I do something similar in a different format? (Even though I have some experience with this, please "explain like I'm 5.") [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference on Oct 24, 2014 - 6 answers

Cannot locate book copyright holder.

I want to distribute photocopies of a book chapter but cannot locate the copyright holder. Can I distribute? [more inside]
posted by jmf2525 on Oct 1, 2014 - 7 answers

Surely the internet will know-- exact copyright date for cataloging?

If I had an ISBN and CIP, including a copyright year, would the exact date of copyright also be findable? I have the year, but how could I get the month and day? [more inside]
posted by blnkfrnk on Sep 16, 2014 - 4 answers

Dead, possibly fictitious 'author' asserts his moral right?

According to my copy of The Art of War, "Sun Tzu asserts the moral right to be identified as the author of this work". Please help me understand what is intended by this statement in this instance. [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Sep 4, 2014 - 7 answers

Can an artist sell works showing buildings with logos on them?

Can an artist sell works showing buildings? How about buildings with logos on them? [more inside]
posted by bristolcat on Aug 28, 2014 - 10 answers

Copyright Troll Legal Notice

FML Today I received a notice of "Unauthorized Use of Copyrighted Image" regarding a 7 year old blog post on my tiny, personal, completely not-for-profit website that only about 5 people ever read (that I had incidentally purged just 2 months ago) from a probable copyright troll (Sanders Law, PLLC). It isn't even signed by an actual lawyer, it's signed by a paralegal. I know YANAL, but I have no idea what to do or who I can turn to. [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes on Aug 28, 2014 - 28 answers

Legality of making prints from antique copper engraved plates

I have acquired two engraved copper printing plates which were produced in the 1850s by an artist who is internationally renowned. What is the legal situation regarding issuing my own edition from these plates? [more inside]
posted by mani on Aug 24, 2014 - 9 answers

Cheapest, easiest way to register copyright fast?

I would like to register copyright for four works to fulfill a funding agency administrative requirement. They do not require that the registration be done in any particular country. I am registering solely to fulfill this requirement so I would like to do it in the simplest and cheapest way possible. Unless registering somewhere will somehow abridge my rights in an irrevocable way, I do not care about the legal aspects, only that registration is done by 15 September, if possible. [more inside]
posted by grouse on Aug 19, 2014 - 12 answers

Is my idea for a blog going to be a copyright issue, or is it fair use?

I want to write a blog that invokes the aesthetics and atmosphere of a certain fictional world from a comic strip. In this comic, they live very happily, have a delightful home, and go on many adventures. I'd like to write posts inspired by their activities. I would reference the strip in the blog name, and occasionally include single panels for context. Is this okay in terms of copyright? [more inside]
posted by to recite so charmingly on Aug 4, 2014 - 9 answers

The weirdness of manuscript copyright law (UK version)

In the case of unpublished historical manuscripts in copyright till 2039 in the UK, where the original author is long dead and there is no designated copyright holder, how does copyright work once you get down a generation or two and have multiple heirs of seemingly equal standing? (eg. several grandchildren or multiple great nieces and nephews) Must everyone be consulted and agree, or if a will never mentioned the manuscript but left everything to a given child or even a non-family member, do only their heirs count and not the other grandkids etc? [more inside]
posted by Flitcraft on Jul 8, 2014 - 3 answers

How best to backup/move a strange old blog

As part of hoovering up old blogs and content before more disappear, I'm stuck with the most difficult blog in terms of format; this one (Digital Sands). Is there an efficient way of saving both the posts and the comments to make publicly available elsewhere. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Jul 2, 2014 - 4 answers

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