How can one contact the owner of the copyright for the song Peace in the Valley?
There are more than 20 songs by that title, so you will need to know more information first (the composer or even the artist will help you search). When you have more information, use the ACE database compiled by ASCAP to find the copyright holder.
A use of a copyrighted work that the law declares is a protected right of the copyright owner. Every use of a work by a third party that is an exclusive right of the copyright owner is an infringement. However, one can obtain a license from the copyright owner to allow the infringement. A license is simply a promise not to sue.
You should always look for the copyright information. If there is none then you need to contact the author or owner of the material and ask them. Never assume. Most of the time though you'll see the license. It could be public domain, creative commons, copyright free, or copyrighted, etc, etc. Check the links below for copyright free resources.
Generally, no, the owner of the copyright must take private action by suing the infringer in civil court or file a criminal complaint for criminal copyright infringement. The only role the Copyright Office plays is the issuance of a certificate showing who claims to be the rightful owner of a copyright of a particular work, which is naturally also subject to possible dispute.
Generally, you have to contact the owner of the copyright to use copyrighted materials. However, if you've already purchased the copyrighted materials (like a book or a movie) and are reselling them (e.g., to a used book store), then you don't have to get permission and you aren't infringing on the user's copyright.
How do you get in touch with owner of copyright of Penny Lane to get permission to use it in a advert?
A copyright owner can be one of several entities. 1) the original author 2) a purchaser of the rights 3) an heir/heiress 4) a company which contracts the material via "work-for-hire" note: A transfer of copyright has no effect on the term of copyright protection. The counter does not "reset" with a change of ownership.
I have seen many web sites with collections of images that contain a notice similar to the following: If you find an image that belongs to you and you do not want it displayed here, send me an e-mail and I'll remove it immediately. That may be a pleasant statement, but it shows a serious misunderstanding of copyright law. The law requires that the author of a web site, book, etc. ask permission of the…
You will need to find out first if the material is still under copyright protection or if it has fallen into the public domain. If protected you will have to find out who was assigned the intellectual property rights when the company ceased operations. One you have located the rights owner you will need to contact them for permission to use the material