dopey copyright question at DVinfo.net

Go Back   DV Info Net > And Now, For Something Completely Different... > Taking Care of Business

Taking Care of Business
The pen and paper aspects of DV -- put it in writing!


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old February 23rd, 2006, 02:57 PM   #1
Major Player
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 475
dopey copyright question

This should be a simple answer, but I have a mental block on it.

I am in the process of filling out the Form PA for a video I produced and came up on "nature of authorship" and drew a blank. I've done it all, from writing the script, shooting(except for a couple shots), editing, narrating, graphics etc... what "term of art" would describe that for "nature of authorship."

I think I remember seeing that in a thread here, but I have searched and searched and came up empty. You wouldn't believe, or maybe you would, how many results the term "copyright" turns up. ;)

TIA.
Bill Mecca is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 23rd, 2006, 03:07 PM   #2
Major Player
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Lewisburg PA
Posts: 752
Nature of authorship refers, I belive, to the nature of the work created: e.g. motion picture, sound recording, script, design, photograph, database, painting etc.
Peter Wiley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 23rd, 2006, 03:38 PM   #3
Major Player
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 475
Thanks Peter,

From the instruction pages "Give a brief general statement of the nature of this particular author's contribution to the work. Examples: "Words"; "Coauthor of Music";"Words & Music" etc etc...

so it appears to be more of a "what did this author do in regards to the motion picture." I could list everything, but would quickly run out of space. LOL there must be a short phrase or word that would encapsulate it.

I just searched thru about 500 Paul Tauger posts and came up empty, but I was going by the thread name, and only looked into the threads that sounded promising... but nada.
Bill Mecca is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 23rd, 2006, 07:35 PM   #4
Inner Circle
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: San Mateo, CA
Posts: 3,840
Try "Writer/Producer" that should cover everything.
Richard Alvarez is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 24th, 2006, 01:48 AM   #5
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Bill,

It has been years since I filled out a PA form, and I can't get my hands on one of mine, to refresh my memory either, because I have them locked away in a safety deposit box.

If my memory serves me, I believe there is a phone number on the form.

Whenever I was in doubt I called and talked to a live person to go over anything I didn't not understand while filing out the form(s) for the Library of Congress.

After all, I would hate to leave out or give up any of MY rights accidently.
  Reply With Quote
Old February 24th, 2006, 03:00 AM   #6
Inner Circle
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Miami, FL
Posts: 2,933
Pardon the stupid question . . . but "Form PA"? What is this?
__________________
Black Label Films
www.blacklabelweddingfilms.com
Travis Cossel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 24th, 2006, 08:28 AM   #7
Major Player
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 475
First of all, the only stupid question is the one not asked.

Form PA is the form you use to register a "published or unpublished works of the performing arts. Avaialbe via download from the loc.gov website.


Mickey, I thought of that, but have heard horror stories about trying to get through.

Thanks!
Bill Mecca is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 24th, 2006, 09:25 AM   #8
Major Player
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Albany NY
Posts: 311
I've always considered the stupid question "the one everybody wants to ask, but doesn't because they think everybody else knows the answer".

To me, the real "stupid question" is the one that is asked about 4 posts above the exact same question! You obviously did the right thing by searching the site before posting.

Keep asking "stupid questions" We all benefit.
Mike Cavanaugh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 24th, 2006, 09:38 AM   #9
Obstreperous Rex
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: San Marcos, TX
Posts: 26,900
Images: 513
Well said, Mike! We should carve that into stone, or at least put it in the FAQ. Much appreciated,
__________________
CH

Search DV Info Net | DV Info Net Sponsors | A Decade (+5) of DVi | ...Tuesday is Soylent Green Day!
Chris Hurd is offline   Reply
Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY

Z.G.C.
(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > And Now, For Something Completely Different... > Taking Care of Business

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 



Google
 

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:19 PM.


DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2017 The Digital Video Information Network