4628Re: [medieval-leather] copyrights...
- Jul 2, 2001I'm not a lawyer & have no US law experiance at all, but here is my
>I'm pretty sure that when the copyrights aren't extended backwards overpreviously uncopywritten material. The purpose was to keep things from
losing their protection, not to protect things previously unprotected.
I'm pretty sure things that weren'y copyright came back into copyright as I
remember being horrified at that :) But I'll try &b remember to check with
my sister. Either way I'm not sure it has been tried in courst so it might
not stand anyhow.
>. Ultimately thismeans that if you copy without permission, you may be violating copyright,
whether or not you intend to profit financially.
Agreed the risk of action being taken though will still most likly be a
commercial one rather than pure law based
>The US has something called "fair use", and if I understood Mel correctly,most people in Britain won't sue if the copying is for non-profit reasons.
Mainly because it isn't worth their while rather than any kind of "fair use"
Say a book originally sold at 2s and is out of print & you copy it from a
library for yourself. The very best you could argue that you had financily
lost is 2s, (about 15 cents) so it isn't worth your while, however if you
took the same book copied 10,000 and sold at $2 each, THEN it is much more
attractive to sue. Econimies of scale & so one. Same as copying a record
onto tape for your car was not pursued but CD copying en mass is . Both are
EXACTLY the same in law, as I understand it, but it is the scale & intent
that differs, if you wanted to sue the one copy man you would probaby get
the cost of the tape, but it would cost far more to do so.
>In short, if it was published before 1923, its in the public domain.ONLY in the US
> If it waspublished from 1923 - 1964, and had no copyright notice or renewal, or
1978 with no copyright notice, it appears to be Public Domain (however, just
to be safe -- don't mess with it).
Not here, I'd cite the Ciba reviews which I'd love to copy for acedemic use
for all, but should not under law (at least not for another 30 years, sorry
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