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Music Video Copyright

Question about copyright as it pertains to a music video, a videographer, a musician, and video streaming sites. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 28, 2014 - 7 answers

 

When do I ask for compensation for use of my work?

An advertising company contacted me about turning a comic of mine into a short animation for an awareness campaign for a non-profit client. Do I ask for compensation or an honorarium? [more inside]
posted by robot-hugs on Mar 14, 2014 - 10 answers

Singing & Copyright

Our group is a charitable/educational one. We do not charge admission to our meetings, but do pass a hat to collect donations to cover expenses. We'd like to sing a popular song or 2 as a group, with several members providing musical accompaniment. We certainly don't want to violate copyright. Are we expected to get permission or pay the copyright holders? Please provide cites/links; thanks!
posted by dancing leaves on Mar 8, 2014 - 8 answers

Someone's Plagiarizing Our Blog, What Next?

So my friend and I have a blog with original content, and someone's stealing/reposting our material wholesale without proper attribution or even a link back to where they've nicked it. [more inside]
posted by agog on Feb 26, 2014 - 27 answers

How much to charge a local theater company for my images?

A local theater company wants to use one of my images to promote a play they may be staging in 2015. Got a few questions for the Green. [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Feb 15, 2014 - 5 answers

Copyrighted materials in my YouTube video: Where's the line?

I'm considering making a YouTube video explaining the concept of regulated monopolies for my employer, which provides services to such groups. The purpose of the video is educational -- it would be tagged with my firm's logo, but couldn't be construed as advertising. I was thinking of using Monopoly pieces as a visual aid. Where's the line? [more inside]
posted by blueshammer on Feb 13, 2014 - 9 answers

A challenging question about tape, money, and copyright law. Dive in!

I have come into possession of a very rare item. How can I make a whole lot of money on it? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Feb 8, 2014 - 16 answers

Advice for drafting a legal will to release my IP into the public domain

I want to create a legal document declaring in robust legalese that all of my intellectual property (except works specifically noted) shall enter the public domain upon my death and a website to host (or link to p2p copies of) archives of those works. I want the legal documents to make it easy for other people to use or adapt for themselves and ideally for the site to act as a host or tracker for them to post to. I'm seeking legal and technical advice as well as general input in order to make this happen. [more inside]
posted by metaphorever on Jan 7, 2014 - 11 answers

Where does copying begin?

Images of a work incredibly similar to one made by my partner have been published and we do not know if there is a copyright infringement or what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 6, 2013 - 7 answers

Hunting a Specific YouTube Fair-Use Case

I'm looking for a specific YouTube video, involved in a Fair-Use copyright case, that had been taken down and some months later allowed to reposted after having been approved by courts as transformative. It involved using two different movie-industry film footage segments that, when interspersed with each other, created a new conversation between two characters of different fictional universes. [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher on Dec 3, 2013 - 2 answers

Legal copyright procedure?

How does someone get a copyright to a photograph they have taken? [more inside]
posted by BillyAnne on Nov 18, 2013 - 5 answers

Opensource Music?

I have a video thanking funders that is scheduled to go live for National Philanthropy Day on Friday. I thought I had student composed and performed music to go with the video, but this morning I learned that I don't. Can you point me toward any on-line source for peppy, modern-ish (ie: not classical), instrumental music recordings that are free for public use?
posted by anastasiav on Nov 13, 2013 - 4 answers

Apple Think Different commercial pulled from Youtube by FOX complaint?

I had 2 versions of the Apple Think Different ad in a playlist from a few months ago. I went to watch them recently and the pages say "This video contains content from FOX, who has blocked it on copyright grounds." What claim does FOX have to take these down? How can I find out more about the takedown notice. [more inside]
posted by covercash on Nov 2, 2013 - 4 answers

"We kissed on the corner then danced through the night"

I'm going through a hand-lettering obsession lately, and becoming more interested in using text in artwork. I'm pretty comfortable with the parameters of fair use in terms of visual reference - using a photo to inform a painting, for example. But what's fair use if I want to paint a phrase or lyric or quote on a sign? The title of the question is my example: it is a line from Fairytale of New York. Is it a large or significant enough fragment that I would need to secure a license of the work if I wanted to create a painting and offer it for sale? The subject would be the text - more or less like this, versus a painting that included other elements with the text. I know there is often a range of ideal practice versus ordinary practice. Is this more formal like quoting a lyric in a book and giving copyright credit, or is it more informal like "I don't think Nick Cage signed off on the You Don't Say meme."?
posted by Lou Stuells on Sep 28, 2013 - 3 answers

Will photographers do green screen photos with fictional backgrounds?

My fiancée and I want to have our engagement photos done. Rather than pose in front of scenic backdrops, we'd like to have photos taken in front of a green screen, then have vistas from video games that are special to us inserted behind us. For instance, in the finished product, we're in front of the castle from Super Mario 64 or a Paris nightclub from Sly Cooper. Is this something that professional photographers can/will do? I know there's green screen photo places, but will they add the game backgrounds that we provide? Are there licensing/copyright issues in play that will get in the way of this?
posted by Servo5678 on Aug 21, 2013 - 7 answers

Electronic Alteration of a DIGITAL Sample as a Defense

i once heard a lawyer claim you can "fight" copyright claims by altering frequency and introducing manipulation to the audio samples. following text "SOUND SAMPLING PROTECTION AND INFRINGEMENT IN TODAY'S MUSIC INDUSTRY" claims this is null. can anyone clarify this?
posted by yosh on Aug 11, 2013 - 10 answers

Fair use, DMCA, and silly image editing?

I have a photograph in my Flickr feed that has proved very popular on Tumblr and other young-person social networking sites. I have a personal connection to the picture and so, when I see it posted without credit, I have been enthusiastically submitting DMCA takedown notices to remove the image. Yesterday I saw it as someone's Twitter avatar. They had cropped out most of the photo and added a stupid mustache to the picture. I submitted a DMCA notice; Twitter's response was to ask me if it didn't fall under fair use. I don't think it does. [more inside]
posted by Nyx on Aug 6, 2013 - 30 answers

Permission for reproducing examples of GoogleMaps use in journal article

I'm about to submit my first academic journal article for review. The article contains several images / figures and I need to obtain permission to reproduce these before the article goes to print. [more inside]
posted by rinsemedown on Jul 11, 2013 - 9 answers

What is standard practice for copyright in web design?

Negotiating a contract with a web designer. I'd like them to send us the website files on completion which include the layered photoshop file that was cut into html/css. They wrote back they can send all files except photoshop due to "Copyright issues". Is this standard industry practice or bs? [more inside]
posted by htid on Jul 8, 2013 - 23 answers

question about copyright pages

What do the numbers on copyright pages mean? Like for example these: 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21
posted by gnossie on Jul 7, 2013 - 2 answers

What are the best online resources for public domain films?

I'm starting a new project and am in need of public domain films (think MST3k worthy) to use. I know of archive.org already, but what are the best repositories of public domain films out there? Bonus if they include a brief explanation as to why they are believed to be in the public domain and if they have links to high-ish quality downloads.
posted by inturnaround on Jun 25, 2013 - 2 answers

"Jane Austen with zombies," how does that (legally) work?

There have been a couple books out in the last few years that have been 're-imaginings' of 'classic works' of literature. The one that comes first to mind is "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" or "Grave Expectations." Are these 'new' works of fiction entirely, or are they edited versions of the source text? If the latter, how do they exist within copyright law? How 'open' are public domain works like 19th century literature, where the source text is 'free'?
posted by From Bklyn on Jun 13, 2013 - 18 answers

Why do some TV shows not mention real-life brands, yet others do?

Some TV shows (and movies, and novels) go out of their way to avoid mentioning real-life brands. This video shows countless mentions of faux social networks: Friendbranch, Facefinder, Friendnet, etc etc, rather than Facebook. But others freely portray real-life companies when they want to. How come? [more inside]
posted by so_necessary on May 29, 2013 - 27 answers

Copyright status of Toile de Jouy patterns?

I'm interested in using a Toile de Jouy pattern like this or this as a background for a piece of stationery – this is a commercial usage, not a personal one. Does anyone know what the copyright status of this kind of pattern is? It seems some are very old and traditional and some are not, but I'm finding no info about their status as public domain material.
posted by zadcat on May 14, 2013 - 2 answers

Who owns the copyright to the 1927 Cecil B DeMille film 'King of kings'?

An organisation I do some work for is hoping to show Cecil B DeMille’s 1927 (it may be the 1928 version, but I'm not sure, and for the purposes of this question it almost certainly doesn’t matter) film ‘King of Kings’ at an event later this year. All attempts to identify and contact the copyright owner (and we’ve made several) have failed. Does anyone know who owns the copyright, or have a good source for this information that we may have overlooked?
posted by monkey closet on May 9, 2013 - 17 answers

Protocol for Photos on a Blog?

What is the protocol for 'reblogging' photos you find at various places on the internet? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Apr 26, 2013 - 10 answers

Vendors using product shots of articles for sale

I have a friend to runs a pizza place and I am helping him with his menu. We had a question about the legality (in terms of copyright or whatever) when using trademarked items on his menu that he also sells. [more inside]
posted by lampshade on Apr 18, 2013 - 4 answers

Emailed Excerpts--How Do They Work?

Every weekday I get an email from Delancey Place with an interesting excerpt from a book. Can you help me figure out how they avoid copyright infringement? [more inside]
posted by Colonel_Chappy on Mar 17, 2013 - 5 answers

Unsure of the procedure to obtain copyright permissions in this scenario

Okay, so I've composed a bunch of music to go with selections from a book of short stories, and things are coming together and I've started to perform & record them. They're mostly 1-2 minutes and the idea is that I'd record myself reading them along with the music; think of something along he lines of Ken Nordine's work. Anyways, it's just something I've been doing for fun, creativity for the sake of creativity and all that. But as it's finally coming together, I have an urge, naturally, to share it with people, at which point legal considerations arise. [more inside]
posted by mingo_clambake on Mar 13, 2013 - 1 answer

Using a famous picture in an ad - legal/copyright question

We have an ad which will be printed, and *ideally* would love to use that picture from the superbowl ad of the nerd kissing the model (godaddy ad). I know this is a longshot since they paid millions for it, but is my only legal option to ask GoDaddy and go this route? THANK YOU!
posted by livin4u on Mar 11, 2013 - 14 answers

Has copyright EVER helped the little guy?

I am of the firm belief that the copyright system in the US is broken, and in need of great reform. But I'm wondering if anyone has examples of copyright actually helping a small artist retain control of their work and/or get compensation from their work. [more inside]
posted by to sir with millipedes on Feb 26, 2013 - 15 answers

What are the rules for drawing from a reference photo that is not yours?

Lets say I found an amazing macro photograph of a flower or of an old building and I wanted to do a very detailed graphite drawing of the photo. Am I able to claim this drawing as 'my' artwork? Can I use it in a painting to sell? Does the photographer need to be credited? Do I need permission in the first place to use the photo as reference or should I just avoid all the potential hassle and take my own darned photographs for reference from which to draw?
posted by tenaciousmoon on Feb 24, 2013 - 9 answers

How do you go about finding copyright information for old computer game?

Trying to find out copyright information on 20 year old game. (more below) [more inside]
posted by gb77 on Feb 20, 2013 - 19 answers

Article written completely of borrowed sentences from other authors?

Awhile back (3, 4, 5 years? not sure), I read an article that was composed completely (and intentionally) of borrowed/plagiarized sentences from other works. It was brilliant. I lost my copy and am trying to track it down again. Can anyone point me to the article?
posted by jamaral on Feb 18, 2013 - 4 answers

Using patent illustrations as game art - copyright issues?

I'm considering making a game that uses USPTO patent illustrations (from Context-Free Patent Art) as graphics. I've read the answers to Patents.Stackexchange: Are text and images in the patent copyrighted?, which suggests that if a graphic is not explicitly copyrighted, it can be freely reproduced. However, I have some concerns: [more inside]
posted by Zarkonnen on Feb 15, 2013 - 4 answers

Can you explain the basics of art licensing to me?

Someone contacted me about using an image (an inked line drawing, which was part of a series of process scans of a more completed and colored, image), they found on my blog. She would like to use this particular image largely as-is in her new business cards. She also wants to know how much I would charge to create a logo for her new business based on the line drawing. [more inside]
posted by Glinn on Jan 27, 2013 - 4 answers

Does copyright law cover samples used in industrial sound design?

To what degree does copyright law cover the sounds objects make, when those sounds are actually samples? I know copyright law covers sampling in media; if I sample a song or other media, I need to check that my use of the sample aligns with various licenses. As far as I know, it doesn't cover the sounds of most other (non-media) objects: if I record the chiming sound a mechanical clock makes, as far as I know I don't need to ask anyone's permission. But what happens if my clock doesn't chime mechanically, but instead plays a sample of a chime? It's playing sound media; if I want to record it do I need to ask anyone's permission? [more inside]
posted by Michael Pulsford on Jan 24, 2013 - 10 answers

Selling my photo of someone else's art

Someone has asked to license a photo I took of someone else's art. I have no right to the artist's work; I took the photo at a museum. I have no intention of licensing my photo unless and until appropriate arrangements are made with the artist and museum. How to proceed? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jan 14, 2013 - 12 answers

How Far Can Terms of Service Go for Restricting Data Access?

Law portals & content portals use their Terms of Service to restrict access to data beyond what they can restrict by means of copyright. What are the limits to this practice, and the history of enforcement? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Jan 11, 2013 - 10 answers

how much of my icloud do i own, and how long into the future?

icloud: what happens to home recordings and original songs after itunes uploads them to the icloud, from an artist rights perspective? YANML [more inside]
posted by garfy3 on Jan 3, 2013 - 1 answer

Everyone Who Loves Fanfic

Please help me find examples of copyright holders (ideally, with citation) who actively encourage fanfiction. [more inside]
posted by gnomeloaf on Jan 1, 2013 - 17 answers

Breakin' the Law?

Can I use a trademarked fictional character's name in a song title? This will be published to CD and vinyl. [more inside]
posted by l2p on Dec 31, 2012 - 12 answers

Copyright status of publications created by the city of New York

What is the copyright status of works created by the New York City government? Specifically works created by the Department of Health or similar agencies, concerning vital statistics and similar public data? (That is, indices to vital records but not actual vital records, which are protected by privacy restrictions.) Does it make a difference if the records and books were published more than 50 years ago? 40 years ago?
posted by Asparagirl on Dec 22, 2012 - 5 answers

Can I print an image at Kinko's that has the copyright symbol, but also says "free for personal use"?

Can I print an image at Kinko's that has the copyright symbol, but also says "free for personal use"? [more inside]
posted by smirkyfodder on Dec 22, 2012 - 9 answers

What if my name were Steve Jobs?

So I was on the interstate today here in the beautiful Commonwealth of Virginia, and I noticed an 18-wheeler that had mud flaps from a place called the John Wayne Truck Wash and Chrome Shop, and it raised a question for me around copyrights. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Dec 10, 2012 - 8 answers

Instructor access as a non-instructor?

I would like access to a supplemental resource for a textbook that I purchased, for non-school-related use, but only instructors for a course can have access. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Dec 6, 2012 - 3 answers

What can I use to accompany a movie review?

I am writing a book of movie reviews. Hoping to sell to publishers but may self-publish. My question is about image use for the movies. [more inside]
posted by arniec on Nov 29, 2012 - 5 answers

How do I negotiate with my publisher?

My stats notes are getting too long to distribute using the university printers. A publisher wants to turn them into a printed book, but I want to keep control of the electronic distribution of my work. How should I approach this situation? [more inside]
posted by mixing on Nov 26, 2012 - 17 answers

What the hell is The Bucket?

Some online mapping services (Apple, Bing, etc.) refer to an area of Northwest Portland as "The Bucket", but as far as I know, The Bucket doesn't exist. Is this an example of a copyright trap? [more inside]
posted by sportbucket on Nov 21, 2012 - 8 answers

You don't need permission to dress up as a copyrighted character, but do you need permission to write about it?

My novel involves a costume party with some guests dressed as recognizable characters from films, TV, etc. I'm clearly not trying to claim them as my own and it's just all Halloween costumes, but am I asking to get sued? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath on Oct 30, 2012 - 4 answers

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