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Old July 15th, 2004, 03:47 PM   #76
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There have been cases of melodies consisting of four notes being given copyright protection. It all depends on the context. I'd have to hear the sounds you're referring to to be sure though.
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Old July 16th, 2004, 06:07 AM   #77
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Thanks for the info. Like most copyright issues, its a tangled web. So I'll just go a different direction, but I do appreciate the thoughts.
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Old August 2nd, 2004, 03:56 PM   #78
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Copyright Issues?

Guys,

I've been playing around with making some videos using popular copyrighted songs. If I share these with people via internet or DVD I assume that violates the copyright of the song correct?

I'd like to post one here for suggestions on improvement but dont want to break any laws...
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Old August 2nd, 2004, 04:07 PM   #79
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I've moved your thread to the correct business forum. The question
has been asked and answered here a lot of times as well.

As you guessed that is illegal. You need to acquire the song
rights and the performance rights and whatever is attached.
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Old August 2nd, 2004, 04:09 PM   #80
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got it... Thanks
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Old September 15th, 2004, 12:48 PM   #81
 
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Understanding Copyright Law

FYI gang, the "Understanding Copyright Law" DVD from VASST is shipping on Monday of next week, the title is heading to the warehouse now, pending any more Florida hurricanes shutting down freeways.

http://www.vasst.com/dvdproducts/caveats_copyright.htm

gets you to the DVD page. The DVInfo.net community COMM discount applies to this title.
It's a DVD and CD set, with the CD containing lots of location, model, and other releases, plus Quickstart guide to Fair Use and other legal goodies. DVD features Kenneth R. Wallentine, Esq. who teaches copyright and consults on copyright laws to institutions, musicians, videographers, etc. You can see a short stream on the VASST site.
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Old September 23rd, 2004, 01:43 AM   #82
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DV Info and Fair Use PLEASE READ before posting Copyright questions.

The topic of Fair Use comes up quite frequently in this forum. Paul Tauger is very generous and patient with our many members, both new and old, in regard to this subject matter.

This is a very good basis for understanding Fair Use from Stanford University. Please read before entering into discussions of copyright and fair use.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
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Old September 27th, 2004, 03:10 PM   #83
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Copyright Release Form ?!?!?!?!?!?

I have recently completed a music video which we now would like to submit to film festivals which have music video category, one of those being the Videomaker Magazine's annual contest. They require a copyright release form for anything that I cannot release personally. I can give my permission to the video but I guess I need to get the copyright release form from the singer.

1. Am I transfering all my rights to them by signing this release?
2. Do any of you guys already have a form for a situation just like this? ( I haven't found anything on Google that fits my situation )

Thank you for any help you can provide me.
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Old September 30th, 2004, 02:44 PM   #84
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Where can I find a map without copyright problems?

I'd like to use a map in some of the promotional artwork... any ideas where I can find a map that is legal to use/won't have Rand McNalley (sp?) suing me for infringement?
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Old September 30th, 2004, 03:19 PM   #85
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David,

I don't know how quickly you need it... but the government publishes tons of maps that I believe are in the public domain... check this out to start:

http://www.usgs.gov/pubprod/maps.html

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Old September 30th, 2004, 03:28 PM   #86
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That's perfect, thank you!
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Old October 12th, 2004, 08:52 AM   #87
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Rafal,

I sent you an e-mail.
Regarding your first point: that depends on the contract. I wouldn't think so.

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Old October 13th, 2004, 03:12 PM   #88
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Old December 10th, 2004, 02:13 PM   #89
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Another Copyright Question

This seems to be the week for copyright questions so I thought I'd add one more.

Are the words to a poem copyrighted? Not the printed version in a book but the words themselves? I'm guessing they are. Having a poem read for a video would require clearance and/or licensing, no?

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Old December 10th, 2004, 07:15 PM   #90
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Syntax...(sntks)

Definitions:

1: The pattern of formation of sentences or phrases in a language.

2: A systematic, orderly arrangement.

3: Such a pattern in a particular sentence or discourse.

Example- "Ishmael...me...call..." No problem.

"Call me Ishmael"...problem.

(The opening sentence from Moby Dick, by Herman Melville, for the sea dwelling mammal impaired.)

The words are not copyrighted in themselves...the particular order that they are arranged in to formulate and convey a thought or feeling are.

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