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What is Copyright violation?
[January 27, 2010 – 04:11 am]
What is Copyright violation?

Well, the mutant’s outta the bag… Not so much now, as we near a year after the original controversy, but that’s what people were thinking last spring when a bootleg copy of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” leaked onto the Internet a month before its intended theater premiere. In fact, I recall the initial buzz about the premature release. A few of my friends, who are comic book junkies and avid X-Men fans, informed me of the event with mingled giddiness and disgust. We agreed that a few weeks of waiting was worth maintaining our nerd integrity, and (to my knowledge) we were all untainted…

What is Copyright Protection in Computer Applications?
[January 31, 2013 – 10:21 am]
What is Copyright Protection in Computer Applications?

The UK High Court has dismissed a number of claims of copyright infringement brought by a leading software supplier against a rival developer, and in doing so, has clarified the extent of copyright protection for software. In a judgment issued on Friday morning, the English High Court confirmed that copyright in a computer program: Does not protect the functionality of the computer program from being copied Does not prevent others from using the same programming language Does not protect data file formats (interfaces). The judgment also clarifies the right for software licensees…

What is Copyright Protected on a website?
[February 17, 2013 – 11:56 pm]
What is Copyright Protected on a website?

Peter Thank you for letting me know that one of the best advantages with K2 is that it makes it very easy to standardize the look of articles / items and, with the addition of SIG-Pro (paid) and AllVideo plugins, which let you easily add Image Galleries, Movies & Audio, another good feature is the extra fields which saves time & again helps to create a consistent look. I might attempt what you suggested: duplicate my existing site on a sub-domain and have a play-around with K2. I will remember to edit the robots file so it doesn t get indexed by Google. Regards…

What is Copyright PPT?
[February 13, 2013 – 03:00 am]
What is Copyright PPT?

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What is Copyright Plagiarism?
[February 4, 2013 – 10:06 pm]
What is Copyright Plagiarism?

From the reading from our digital textbook, writingspaces.org, I learned a lot about plagiarism, copyright violations, and fair use rights that I never knew. So what is the difference between plagiarism and copyright violations?   And what are the fair use rights? Let’s dig in. Plagiarism. Plagiarism, as a generalization, is not illegal. It is a moral issue. Plagiarism is using text, pictures, music, etc. in a way that is not allowed to be used. That’s kind of vague. Keep reading… Copyright Violations. A copyright violation is definitely a legal problem. The United States government…

What is copyright page in a book?
[January 10, 2013 – 07:51 pm]
What is copyright page in a book?

Often I receive books to format/convert without a copyright page. I think it’s best that you have one to protect yourself and increase the credibility of your work. And while I’m no lawyer, the following is commonly used by the vast majority of authors/publishers. I also recommend putting your contract info on the Copyright page in case someone would like to request permission or license your work! By virtue of you publishing it, it’s protected by copyright, however if you do want to register your eBook with the Copyright office, you can do so for $35 if you e-file. The website…

What is Copyright on a YouTube video?
[February 18, 2013 – 11:10 pm]
What is Copyright on a YouTube video?

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Supporters of a Northwest Guilford High School teacher with cancer are paying tribute to him with a YouTube video. Ray Parrish has been a social studies teacher for nearly 20 years. He suffers from astrocytoma — a form of brain cancer. His students are now leading the charge to support him — and using Facebook to spread the word. The video above, entitled “Help Bring B’ to Mr. P” was uploaded by Summer Najjar on Monday. More: Related: Northwest Guilford High School students rally for teacher with cancer

What is Copyright on a Computer?
[February 6, 2013 – 09:00 am]
What is Copyright on a Computer?

Social bookmarking websites provide users that have similar interests with a dumping ground to share the web addresses of third-party websites that provide free access to, inter alia, copyrighted content. Bookmarking sites do not host any content on their own servers, however, but merely function as a gateway to where material, sometimes copyrighted, can be found on the Web. Flava Works, a gay porn production company, sued myVidster, a social video bookmarking website, after discovering that myVidster users were sharing websites that host illegal copies of its copyrighted videos…

What is Copyright on a Book?
[February 11, 2013 – 04:40 pm]
What is Copyright on a Book?

Late last year, author M.A.C. Hogarth’s novel Spots the Space Marine was removed from Amazon following a pretty ridiculous claim by Games Workshop that their copyright of the term “space marine” in the context of Warhammer 40, meant they had called dibs on pretty much the entire ‘space marine’ genre of science fiction. Amazon has put the book back up for sale on its site. It’s a victory, no doubt, but it doesn’t mean Hogarth’s fight is over by a long shot. Hogarth’s novel was removed by Amazon in December. After complaining to the e-retailer, she was more or less told that…

What is Copyright Office?
[October 5, 2012 – 10:51 pm]
What is Copyright Office?

As an attorney who largely represents small businesses and entrepreneurs, I have often found myself in the tough position of explaining to someone with limited resources just how difficult it was going to be to go after an infringer.  Either it is simply too cost-prohibitive to go after an infringer, or the client has the resources to pursue litigation, but the damage amount makes litigation difficult to justify. Apparently the issue is getting some new consideration by Congress and the Copyright Office, as the Copyright Office has been asked by Congress to conduct a study to:…

What is Copyright notice?
[January 20, 2012 – 04:19 pm]
What is Copyright notice?

The Importance of Copyright Notice © 2011 Kenya L. Williams, Esq. What is Copyright Notice? Notice, as it pertains to copyrights in the United States, entails placing the symbol © (or the word “Copyright, ” or the abbreviation “Copr.”), the year of first publication, and the name of the copyright owner, whether it be the original author or one to whom the copyright has been assigned. The work must be an original work of authorship which is fixed in a tangible medium of expression. In other words, the authored work must be in tangible form. One cannot copyright an idea, a thought…

What is Copyright Law of the Philippines?
[February 15, 2013 – 10:44 am]
What is Copyright Law of the Philippines?

Web file photo MANILA, Philippines — Filipinos living and/or working abroad can bring home more copies of books, compact discs, and digital video discs under a new copyright law that was approved last December. The Philippines’ intellectual property body made this clarification on Friday, a day after journalist-blogger Raissa Robles wrote that the new Intellectual Property Code or Republic Act 8293 would impair Filipinos rights to bring in imported books and optical media. “Contrary to Ms. Robles’ insinuations that OFWs [overseas Filipino workers] can no longer bring home copyrighted…

What is Copyright Law of Music?
[January 21, 2013 – 09:40 am]
What is Copyright Law of Music?

A curious piece on The Guardian today, by Richard Stallman. He mourns the loss of HMV, on the basis that what’s replaced physical music sales is a “disaster for freedom”. However, the arguments he makes are curious. Once I had bought the records, I was free to give or lend them to friends. Under copyright law, I could even copy them, to audio tapes in the old days, and give those to my friends. All this without the state’s knowing anything about it. Now, he was certainly free to give or lend records to his friends, and also to copy records to tape and give those away. However…

What is copyright law in the UK?
[February 8, 2013 – 04:12 pm]
What is copyright law in the UK?

Repost from the Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence bulletin from the Media & Sports Group at DLA Piper DIGITAL MEDIA AND INTERNET UK: Relaxation on UK copyright law In the UK government s response to consultation on copyright exceptions and clarifying copyright law published in December 2012, the UK government has announced that copyright law will be changed in order to reduce possible barriers to competition and growth while continuing to incentivise content creators and support them in protecting their rights from unlawful use. The change in the law will…