Monday, December 1, 2008

Questions & Answers on Licensing

Have a question on licensing? Please post it below as a comment. Thanks.

Lesley

7 comments:

bobby jameson said...

leslie,
my name is bobby jameson and i have a 1967 album i wrote and performed. on that album there is a song called JAMIE. recently the hit group GNARLS BARKLEY took Jamie and change it without my permission. they took off my original vocal and added a new vocal and new lyrics to the song while continuing to use the original music track from the album. their representative,chrysalis music in london contacted me for approval which i did not give them. they sent me a copy of the unauthorized work so i could hear it and i still did not approve. what are my rights and do i own their unauthorized version since it was sent to me by them?

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Copyrightlaws.com said...

Any works that you own and someone uses without your permission -- you have the right to stop them from such unauthorized uses and have rights for monetary damages. You do not own a "version" of your work although you may own the underlying original work -- the short answer!

Lesley

Katie said...

I am on focus group for a local school. In an effort to make the students' backpacks lighter, a suggestion was made that we have the teachers scan chapters of the book and put them on the school's password protected website, Edline. Only students, faculty and parents can access this site. What copyright issues do we have?

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David said...

Lesley --

Hello, I'm a writer for Devex.com, a leading news and networking site for the international aid and development industry, and we're wondering what might be the best content licensing option. Our content is mostly targeted to a specific target audience, and thus not in gigantic demand. It is, however, unique and original reporting not available elsewhere. We're considering one of the Creative Commons licenses, what do you thinkn of those? And are there other decent options?

Thanks,
David

Copyrightlaws.com said...

Hi David, like each license, the CC license has its advantages and disadvantages. A great advantage is that the license is already written and people are familiar with it. It is quick and inexpensive in that you can choose a license and use it right away and there are no legal fees, etc. However, at the same time, it is not necessarily specific to your content and may or may not have or lack terms and conditions that are not ideal for you. So, it is a bit of a trade-off. You have to examine your circumstances and see whether it makes most sense for you. Another innovative idea is icopyright -- you might want to compare that to CC. I'm sure there are yet others out there that may make sense for you (or not!)
Lesley

Copyrightlaws.com said...

Hi Katie, you will need permission to scan the works before you do so.
Lesley