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]
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?
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]
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?
Is there a legal (not seo- or usability-related) reason you have to have copyright or legal information in a site footer? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Does Gmail and GoogleDrive own your stuff like Facebook does? [more inside]
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]
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]
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.
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]
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?
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]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
How can I legitimately use the artworks that inspired my poem? [more inside]
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?
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]
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?
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
I want to distribute photocopies of a book chapter but cannot locate the copyright holder. Can I distribute? [more inside]
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]
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]
Can an artist sell works showing buildings? How about buildings with logos on them? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]