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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

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

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

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

Is the word "Hobbit" in the public domain yet?

I'm thinking about titles for a new project and was wondering about the word "Hobbit." I'm not familiar with copyright law here but isn't it that after a certain amount of years the work - and everything in it - goes to the public domain? Are the works of JRR Tolkien there yet?
posted by rileyray3000 on May 6, 2014 - 14 answers

Left wing copyright, intellectual copyright scholars?

Who are the most well known academics in the field of intellectual property, and especially copyright law? Especially academics active in the last 5-10 years? The more radical, the better. [more inside]
posted by skewed on Apr 22, 2014 - 16 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

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

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

Am I infringing copyright by repurposing old goods?

I have some questions about crafting and copyright. If I make objects out of old boardgames and then sell them online, am I running afoul of any copyright or trademark laws? As a contrived example, let's say that I make a lamp out of a Monopoly game, using the actual game board and pieces. If I try to sell it on Etsy, would Hasbro have any kind of claim against me? [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller on Sep 22, 2012 - 10 answers

What's with the prevalence of filmed-off-TV YouTube videos?

Why is it that, when content providers go on DMCA takedown-sprees on YouTube, versions of the content that were visibly filmed off of a TV or other monitor often remain? Is this some kind of loophole, or do content providers choose not to go after low quality copies of copyrighted content?
posted by speedgraphic on Jan 27, 2012 - 3 answers

Legal issues of writing a book about a video game?

What legal issues might I run into when writing an instructional guide book for a video game? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway on Oct 14, 2011 - 7 answers

I'm no buccaneer, and I'm not trying to hornswaggle anyone, but I would like to hang the RIAA from the yardarm.

Are there any significant US organizations similar to PiratbyrÄn? [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE on Aug 6, 2011 - 1 answer

Information wants to be clearly presented in an accessible format.

I want to create a website that presents the schedule/info of a con in a more usable format than officially provided. Is this something I should be asking a lawyer about? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 24, 2011 - 9 answers

How can I learn more about IP/copyright history/issues in the US?

I want to learn more about the history and legal issues surrounding copyright infringement/intellectual property and how it relates to businesses and artists in the United States. What would be a good place to start? (Prompted by this thread.)
posted by autoclavicle on Mar 29, 2011 - 8 answers

Patent copyright

Do the images in a patent have copyright? [more inside]
posted by Omon Ra on Mar 24, 2011 - 11 answers

What's the copyright law on postcards from the early 1900's?

Can I publish really old postcards in a book free and clear? What are the rules around doing this (i.e. are there copyright concerns? do they every expire?)
posted by joshuamcginnis on Feb 10, 2011 - 5 answers

Penalties for exhibition of pirated movies?

What would the penalty be for publicly exhibiting a downloaded, pirated copy of a new movie? Not simply in your basement or something, but at an actual movie theater? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 24, 2011 - 22 answers

Is it legal to copy legal documents?

Unless specified against so, is it legal to copy other people's legal documents (work contract, websites' disclaimer, terms of use, etc) for my own use? I want to copy parts of other people's legal documents to create a customized version for my own business.
posted by bbxx on Sep 4, 2010 - 9 answers

can i sell a map based on a usgs map?

I've created a map based on two usgs 7.5minute topographical maps and years of MY data plotted on them. I think outdoors people would buy this map... Can i Sell it? Do i need permission from the USGS? What is the copyright on a usgs map? [more inside]
posted by Paleoindian on Aug 14, 2010 - 2 answers

iPhone App idea and a conflicting with patent

I've got an idea for a mobile (iPhone) app, turns out there is a patent that covers the idea. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by blueplasticfish on Jul 8, 2010 - 8 answers

It's trade mark, not trademark.

Please help me choose a subject in Intellectual Property Law for a short paper! [more inside]
posted by doublehappy on Jun 7, 2010 - 11 answers

Hosting webpage translations: Legal?

I want to translate some pages and make the translation available to other people. Can I do that? Google apparently can, without asking permission of the original author. What happens to the copyright of (Google-) translated web pages? [more inside]
posted by Zarkonnen on May 28, 2010 - 8 answers

Gimme pics!

Can I use images from books online without getting into legal trouble? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Apr 27, 2010 - 16 answers

Technical/legal questions about a site that will parody a trademarked brand

I'm thinking of creating a political parody website that may step on some toes and/or trademarks. I have a few technical and legal questions about how best to go about this. [more inside]
posted by Riki tiki on Dec 22, 2009 - 6 answers

Cover Your Tracks / Copyright Law

Does a principle called 'Cover Your Tracks' exist in copyright? [more inside]
posted by jfrancis on Jul 30, 2009 - 13 answers

Who owns this image?

I'm making a magazine (for a class), and one of the articles is about video game addictions. I wanted something that stood out for the title page, and I found this great little image. I used parts of it (pieces of the image, as well as the exact color) to make the title page image. [more inside]
posted by ismaelsobek on Apr 28, 2009 - 5 answers

Copyright and Performance

What sort of copyright protection do performers (burlesque, specifically, but any stage performance works) have? What about tribute acts? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Apr 17, 2009 - 21 answers

How do I secure the rights to reprint publications of the Canadian government?

Whose permission do I need to reprint publications of the Canadian government? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Mar 25, 2009 - 3 answers

Why is this motion picture created for purposes of copyright law in the United Kingdom?

Why do movie credits always contain the line "This motion picture was created by <company> for purposes of copyright law in the United Kingdom"? [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi on Feb 26, 2009 - 5 answers

99 problems but a name aint one

Can I use a song lyric/title as my business name? Or is it copyright protected? [more inside]
posted by jourman2 on Feb 23, 2009 - 22 answers

Help me, internet, you're my only hope

Can I buy a copyrighted product (i.e., a toy), modify it for other uses, and then re-sell it? [more inside]
posted by Jon_Evil on Dec 16, 2008 - 14 answers

Can I legally harvest facts posted in an Internet forum, reformat them, and display them in a more user-friendly format on my web site?

Can I legally harvest facts posted in an Internet forum, reformat them, and display them in a more user-friendly format on my web site? [more inside]
posted by underdetermined on Dec 7, 2008 - 11 answers

Copyright filter: Are legal contracts subject to copyright?

I want to include a sample sale-and-purchase contract in a book that I am writing. Do I need to get the approval of the lawyer (or firm) who first wrote the contract? How do I find the copyright holder? And could I resolve this by creating a composite of several different contracts? Thanks in advance.
posted by quidividi on Nov 1, 2008 - 2 answers

My blog is in leetspeek! Reading it constitutes a breach of the DMCA!

What is the difference (legal or otherwise) between "decoding" and "decrypting?" [more inside]
posted by explosion on Sep 30, 2008 - 13 answers

Lovecraftian Lawsuits Pt II

This is a bit of a follow up to this question. I'm contemplating a small comics project staring a fictionalised version of HP Lovecraft (something I've done before but thsi will be slight higher profile) and the title will be something along the lnes of "H.P. Lovecraft's World of Weirdness". Is the use of his name in the title like that, which might imply some kind of authorship or endorsement or somesuch, likely to bring the Lovecraft estate down on me like a ton of bricks?
posted by Artw on Aug 26, 2008 - 7 answers

Is Creative Commons forever?

Is it possible for cc-licensed content to be un-cc'ed? That is, relicensed under a more severe license. As far as I know, Creative Commons is forever, but I just wanted to make sure.
posted by Tlogmer on Jul 10, 2008 - 11 answers

What do you get when you buy some art?

If I buy an original piece of artwork, from the artist, without a written contract, who owns the copyright? [more inside]
posted by nomisxid on Mar 24, 2008 - 13 answers

Questions on Law in printing Urbex book on sites without permission

Some friends and I are into Urban Exploration. We're photographers who enjoy this subject quite a bit. We've been considering writing a book of pictures and a few stories of various sites we have done. I am curious if anyone knows the legal ramifications of publishing such a book? The idea is there would be pictures of sites we did not have permission to photograph. These are sites where 'no trespassing' signs have been clearly posted and alternative measures have been used to gain entrance. Note:: No breaking and entering or burgulary methods were used. Available entrances only. This question is on the legality of publishing said book, please no flames or discussion on the legal issues surrounding urbex itself. Thanks in advance.
posted by grahamux on Mar 11, 2008 - 11 answers

Can I use a rubber stamp image on my website?

Are there any copyright infringement issues to using a Rubber Stamp Image that I purchased on my website? [more inside]
posted by karyys on Feb 27, 2008 - 17 answers

Cooking up a recipe-wiki

Some friends and I are putting recipes on our website for easy reference, and for comparative analysis of different recipes for the product. As far as I can tell, ingredient lists can't be copyrighted. But how much do we need to change/reword the instructions to preempt letters from lawyers?
posted by jytsai on Dec 17, 2007 - 11 answers

Copyright vs. client

How tough are copyrights on website design and content, if a client asks you to re-use content? [more inside]
posted by fijiwriter on Dec 12, 2007 - 10 answers

Can one copyright a legal agreement?

Is it possible to copyright a legal agreement? I'd like to do some cut and pasting of a few Terms of Service agreements but don't want to run afoul of the law.
posted by Pinwheel on Oct 17, 2007 - 24 answers

Is the requirement for a mechanical license for (free) cover songs enforced?

Cover songs, legal vs. practical: Is the requirement for a mechanical license ever enforced, especially for covers distributed for free over the internet? [more inside]
posted by advil on Feb 17, 2007 - 4 answers

Who is the anti-Lawrence Lessig in relation to US copyright?

I am very familiar with Lawrence Lessig and his writings, particularly on copyright, but I thought it would only be fair to look at the other side. So, who are the biggest US names in pro-copyright/anti-Lessig law? [more inside]
posted by evadery on Nov 29, 2006 - 10 answers

Lookin' for -Law- in all the wrong places.

Is it possible to find out details pertaining to, or resulting from copyright lawsuits? [more inside]
posted by psyward on Nov 16, 2006 - 12 answers

Music licensing and Zune

If Microsoft pays Universal music 1.00 for each Zune sold, to help them recoup losses due to piracy, does that mean that I can put any Universal music I want on the device? [more inside]
posted by stupidcomputernickname on Nov 10, 2006 - 14 answers

Learning IP law for lawyer wannabes

How can I learn about intellectual property law before I go to law school? [more inside]
posted by brett on Oct 10, 2006 - 13 answers

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