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by AndyJ
Mon Feb 24, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Old photos/postcards
Replies: 10
Views: 4403

Re: Old photos/postcards

Hi zxzoomy, Yes, copyright can be inherited and follows the normal rules on inheritance. So for instance a person can bequeath his/her copyright to a named individual in their will, or if no such bequest is made, then the copyright forms part of the main residual estate and passes to the main benefi...
by AndyJ
Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Can I do this
Replies: 2
Views: 137

Re: Can I do this

Hi Ian, Welcome to the forums. It is less likely that copyright will be an issue since the shape of practical objects is usually not protected by copyright. There is one exception which I will cover at the end. The main right which might come into play is design right. This comes in two main varieti...
by AndyJ
Wed Feb 19, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Old photos/postcards
Replies: 10
Views: 4403

Re: Old photos/postcards

Hi zxzoomy, We need to differentiate between copyright in the photograph and copyright in the published edition. Let's do that in reverse order. UK copyright law gives a special form of copyright to the publisher of the first edition of a typographical layout. You can find the details about this in ...
by AndyJ
Mon Feb 17, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Arthur Waite/ Pamela Coleman Smith Cards
Replies: 15
Views: 1608

Re: Arthur Waite/ Pamela Coleman Smith Cards

Hi Helen, I'm sorry to hear you have had no luck with contacting the barrister Christopher Semken. I believe that going through his old chambers still presents the best chance of contacting him. Try phoning again and ask to speak to Chambers Manager Kerry McLean. If you can speak to Mr McLean, expla...
by AndyJ
Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Epigraph vs quote in box
Replies: 5
Views: 190

Re: Epigraph vs quote in box

Tom, just a quick follow-up on my last posting, since I can see that this topic is important to you. One of the problems we have with the general issue of quotation per se is that it is new (incorporated into UK law in 2014) and the boundaries of this specific topic have not been tested in the court...
by AndyJ
Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Epigraph vs quote in box
Replies: 5
Views: 190

Re: Epigraph vs quote in box

Hi Tom, I'm not sure how much reliance one can put on what publishers think is required. The law certainly doesn't consider prominence as a factor in deciding whether something is fair dealing or not. Equally, word count is also irrelevant (despite what I know some publishers like to maintain). What...
by AndyJ
Wed Feb 12, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Epigraph vs quote in box
Replies: 5
Views: 190

Re: Epigraph vs quote in box

Hi teepee, I don't think putting a quotation in a box or giving any other sort of prominence alters the fair dealing exception. The reason for quoting someone else's words is generally because they have said something profound or informative, and the reason we credit the author is to give the words ...
by AndyJ
Sun Feb 02, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Photo copyright 1945 - 1957
Replies: 5
Views: 412

Re: Photo copyright 1945 - 1957

Hi pilax, You are absolutely right to be confused! While my previous answer was correct as far as it went, it did not go far enough. I completely neglected to add the part you quoted about the effect of the EU Term Directive. As you have identified, this radically altered the position for any photog...
by AndyJ
Sat Feb 01, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Photo copyright 1945 - 1957
Replies: 5
Views: 412

Re: Photo copyright 1945 - 1957

Hi pilax, Most photographs taken in the UK before 1 June 1957 would have been subject to the 1911 Copyright Act, and specifically section 21 of that Act which said: 21 Provisions as to photographs The term for which copyright shall subsist in photographs shall be fifty years from the making of the o...
by AndyJ
Tue Jan 28, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: 3D Prnting of Celebrity Busts
Replies: 1
Views: 269

Re: 3D Prnting of Celebrity Busts

Hi nortski, There are two aspects to this. Firstly there is no problem with representing real people in either 2D or 3D provided that it is clear (as I am sure it would be in your case) that they are not endorsing the product. This situation is unlike that which occurs in several other countries, pa...
by AndyJ
Sat Jan 25, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Can I use an extract of text from Winnie the Pooh in a display?
Replies: 1
Views: 295

Re: Can I use an extract of text from Winnie the Pooh in a display?

Hi erynluin, As AA Milne died in January 1956 his works will be protected by copyright until 1st January 2027, that is to say, for 70 years from the end of the year of his death. However, provided that the extract you would like to use is fairly short, you can take advantage of an exception to the g...
by AndyJ
Wed Jan 22, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: 19th Century Newspapers that are still in existence
Replies: 2
Views: 377

Re: 19th Century Newspapers that are still in existence

Hi thebedfordfox, I think you are on fairly safe ground in concluding that these newspaper contents are now in the public domain. The law at the time said that the copyright term was the lifetime of the author plus 50 years, and this did not change until 1995 and the 20 year extension only affected ...
by AndyJ
Sat Jan 18, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: PicRights Solicitor Letter Demanding Fee For Alleged Image Use
Replies: 9
Views: 1313

Re: PicRights Solicitor Letter Demanding Fee For Alleged Image Use

Bearing in mind that as I am not your legal advisor I cannot advise you on the specific conduct of your litigation. But yes I think that submitting your counter-offer at this stage, along with the explanation I mentioned earlier in this thread about how you arrived at the figure in your offer, that ...
by AndyJ
Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: Copyright Infringement
Topic: PicRights Solicitor Letter Demanding Fee For Alleged Image Use
Replies: 9
Views: 1313

Re: PicRights Solicitor Letter Demanding Fee For Alleged Image Use

Hi balkan, I am slightly mystified by all this. I would be surprised that, if an agency (eg Getty ir Shutterstock etc) is the rights holder, they would be using the services of PicRights as agencies would normally deal direct with anyone they suspected of infringement. PicRights tend to offer their ...
by AndyJ
Sat Dec 21, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Copyright Law
Topic: Arthur Waite/ Pamela Coleman Smith Cards
Replies: 15
Views: 1608

Re: Arthur Waite/ Pamela Coleman Smith Cards

Hi Helen, That's disappointing. As he is now aged 64 it's possible he's either retired or is only working part time. I think a phone call to his chambers would be the best next step, as you will then know if he is still working there. Plus if you are able to speak to him, you should be able to quick...