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Copyright Law

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The rights assigned to the creator of an original work, for a certain time period, in which its publication, distribution and adaptation are protected.
The Picasso family retains the copyright, and it is administered by ARS-NY.
If a work has been copied, altered, distributed, or performed/displayed without permission from the copyright holder or an exemption in the law, that copyright holder's rights have been infringed upon. Deciding whether a work is infringing is not always straightforward, just as it's not always easy...
Not at all. Musica reservata was a particular style of a cappella music intended for small, limited audiences.Copyright infringement is a violation of federal law.
Because the lawmaking process is so slow, IP laws are continuously struggling to catch up with technological advances. Each major step forward (e.g., digital music, computer networking, satellite radio, etc.) should correspond to an update in the law, but as this is not always possible, we are often...
Early translations, yes. Most 20th-century translations would require permission from the copyright holders.
Knopf; it is distributed by Random House.
The "fair use" or "fair dealing" provisions in copyright law allow certain limited unlicensed uses of protected materials. This does not mean that all educational activities can go unlicensed, however.
Yes; it may also be possible to patent.
The design of the item is copyrighted, meaning you can't manufacture a product that looks like the original (a knock-off), or is so similar it's obviously derived from the original. The silverplate is pretty much irrelevant, unless it is a unique factor of the design, which is unlikely. Silver...
Picasso's original works would be protected by copyright, but he did not print the notification on the work itself.
Nope. Plus, the studio would prefer that you not have the first copy, if it's more than 10 days after it was broadcast.
March Madness is copyrighted:http://www.broadcastlawblog.com/tags/march-madness-copyright/
A drawing of a mouse wearing pants who otherwise bears little resemblance to Mickey Mouse should be subject to its own copyright protection. However, there's no telling "how different" something needs to be before it's no longer thought of as a derivative of another work.
Each program has its own copyright information.
According to the Berne Convention, "literary and artistic works." It then goes on for some time: The expression "literary and artistic works" shall include every production in the literary, scientific and artistic domain, whatever may be the mode or form of its expression, such as books, pamphlets...
Only use graphics which are your own original work, are in the public domain, or for which you have permission from the creator or an exemption in the law.
Copyright is automatic as soon as a work of sufficient originality is fixed in a tangible medium.
For information on Streetbeater, contact Quincy Jones Music Productions at the address linked below.
The various films and other materials marketed as Excellence  Classes are owned by the Excellence Classes company. Not much help,  but true.
Yes, under US copyright law, an unpublished image is copyrighted for 120 years, unless you know who the author was, in which case it is copyrighted for 70 years after that person's death. So, for example, an unpublished image created in 1890 by a person who died in 1943 would still be copyrighted. ...
It was felt that there was a "standard practice" of reusing recordings in compilations without licensing them; recordings would be put on a "pending list" that dated back to the 1980s, implying that the licensing and payment was indeed pending.
The song itself is in the public domain; certain performances, arrangements, and recordings may have their own protection.
Unless other agreements have been made, the creator generally owns the copyright.
I need permission to copy when I'm at school.
Names and titles can not normally be copyrighted. All those things which occur in nature and facts cannot be copyrighted.
It's not stealing, because there's nothing to steal. That's why it has its own name: infringement. Infringe comes from a Latin root meaning to break or weaken: you're weakening my claim on my art.
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"To promote the progress of science and the useful arts."
They do, if they're not licensed.
  In the United States, anyone found to have infringed a copyrighted work may be liable for statutory damages up to $30,000 for each work infringed and, if willful infringement is proven by the copyright owner, that amount may be increased up to $150,000 for each work infringed. In addition, an...
You probably wouldn't want to copyright a product; you might want to trademark it, or (if it's revolutionary) apply for a patent.
Unless other arrangements were made, the creator is the initial copyright holder.
For the most part, no, not for a simple reference (e.g. "I was  sitting there watching The People's Court when I heard the shots").    If the TV show is central to the plot, however (e.g. "The People's  Court Slayer Strikes Again") you may wish to contact an experienced  IP attorney not only...
"Copyright in fragment" is a common misspelling of "copyright infringement," which is the violation of copyright.
At the moment (winter 2011), the Authors Guild action against the Hathi Trust is the most significant.
Yes; the design dates from the 18th century and as such is in the public domain. Although not addressed by copyright, you will want to take care that the business cards don't fraudulently imply a connection with the state government.
"Concepts" are not copyrightable. Once a website is created, however, it is automatically protected by copyright.
Copyright, is an evolving series of intellectual property laws, designed to protect original works of authorship.    They including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture.    Copyright will not protect...
Google gives its copyright date as the current year.
  You just did! The design of this webpage is copyrighted and the words you are reading at this moment are copyrighted. However, you have a LICENSE to download them. If you do NOT have a license or other lawful excuse to download copyrighted material, then it would be illegal to do it.
Yes; architectural drawings are protected as visual art. Typically the disposition of rights would have been addressed in the contract or commissioning agreement.
There may be a trademark on a particular brand, but not hats in general. Copyright famously does not protect fashion.
The trademark office in the country in which you plan to do business may have their catalog searchable online; it's also perfectly reasonable to Google it. Note that if the name is in use but not registered, it is protected as a common law trademark.
Yes; check the file information for each image for details.
Nobody. It's public domain.
McGraw-Hill, through its division Contemporary Books, formerly Reilly & Lee.
Yes it, in all likelihood it is an infringement of copyright. Whether or not a copyright symbol is displayed has no bearing on the materials copyright status. Since the law was amended in 1989 it has not been required to have a copyright notice in evidence to maintain protection.
Unfortunately there is no clear answer on what amount of anything can be used without a license. For educational and commentary purposes, one common guideline is to use as little as possible to convey the point. However, the only way to tell if your use is fair or infringing is in court, and most...
The concept of a fairy godmother cannot be protected, but certain descriptions, illustrations, and interpretations may have their own protections.
Works are protected for the life of the creator plus 50 years.
Ownership, grants of licenses, enforcement, expiration, etc.
It depends on the context, the amount taken from each film, and more. There is no straight answer.
In certain specific circumstances, yes. Most uses require permission.
Many items will have the patent number printed on or in them; patents are also searchable through Google.
Quoting a book in a review, copying an article out of an encyclopedia for personal study, and playing musical examples in a classroom are all common examples of fair use.
That which is neither freeware nor GPL-licensed.
Nothing. Works of sufficient originality are automatically protected as soon as they are fixed in a tangible medium.
  Which one? There appear to be at least three songs by this name.
Using others' work without proper attribution can be considered plagiarism or even fraud.
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As visual art, yes. There would need to be demonstrable creativity and originality, of course.
With a license, yes. Without a license, no.
Copyright allows the creator to ascribe value to their creativity and hard work.
Short phrases are not copyrightable. There have been three registered trademarks of the phrase, but none are current.
Works of Emily Dickinson are in the public domain.
Old sheet music is usually the best resource; many libraries have their sheet music collections scanned for this type of research. Note that many folk songs may not be traceable this way.
  == Answer ==   The music to Greensleeves does not have a copyright, it has long since expired, and it was written before copyrights were even conceived.  However, recordings of Greensleeves do have copyrights, so it is illegal to use those without permission.  
It depends on the extent of the similarity.
No, but registration is not required for protection: he can claim common law trademark on his name to the extent that he is using it in trade.
  In the United States, anyone found to have infringed a copyrighted work may be liable for statutory damages up to $30,000 for each work infringed and, if willful infringement is proven by the copyright owner, that amount may be increased up to $150,000 for each work infringed. In addition, an...
A collection of Civil War music will list the song, which means it must be from before 1923. Alternatively, a scan of an 1863 score is linked below.
"Deep linking," or linking to specific content so that it appears within your own frame, is considered by some to be infringing. Simply providing a link is no different from pointing to a book on a shelf.
It should be printed on any physical materials, or in the "about" information under the Help menu.
Short phrases are not copyrightable. There are a few trademarks for Lunch 'n Learn (one providing webinars, another manufacturing lunch bags) but that's it.
An original song is automatically protected by copyright as soon as it is fixed in a tangible medium (notated or recorded).
Copyright in the song would depend on whether it was properly renewed, and such records are only searchable in person at the Library of Congress. Copyright in the original recording would be controlled by Sony, the current owner of the Victor rights.
No; copyright famously does not protect fashion.
This is more likely to be a contract law issue than a copyright issue; agreements between schools and vendors can be incredibly complicated.
The Queen song is from 1977; there are several other works by that title.
Photos online would be protected by copyright unless specifically stated otherwise.
In both cases, you're getting something without paying for it.
No, not all music is copyrighted. Any music that you hear on the radio or buy on the internet is probably got a copyright on it. The only things that will not have a copyright will be music for which the copyright has expired. The laws have changed, but in general, anything published prior to 1923...
The MySpace terms of service are similar to most other social networking sites: what you post is yours. The good part is, they're not going to take that picture you posted and sell it as a poster. The bad part is, if you post something you aren't the copyright holder of, MySpace isn't going to...
The 19th century novel "Dracula" is in the public domain, and short phrases such as names are not protected by copyright.
Millions of documents have that copyright date.
It depends who you talk to. Within the industry, quotes on the economic impact of infringement can be as high as $145 million annually. However, this assumes that every download reflects a lost sale, which has been proven to be wildly inaccurate. The flippant but still eerily accurate answer would...