* Posts by Mark 121

14 publicly visible posts • joined 29 Jun 2009

BBC report urges Halo troops to end bloodshed in Syria

Mark 121

Re: Wait, what?

S.30(2) doesn't say it has to be relevant - "fair dealing with a work" not 'with a relevant work'.

Mark 121

Re: Wait, what?

Ahem, "fair dealing".

Mark 121

Re: Wait, what?

CDPA 1988 is the relevant law that allows the use of copyright material (other than photographs) for news reporting. You might like to look at s.30(2) and (3).

Just saying.

Hanging's too good for 'em - so what do you suggest?

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How about

Nail their feet to the floor, just out of reach of everything.

Vimeo takedown leads to court loss

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You can't be copyright pedants...

Until you establish which country's laws apply.

Boffin's blog blast births boycott of publisher Elsevier

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Most university libraries allow walk-in use of electronic journals, even by riff-raff. This is because of a concern that the move to electronic had removed the access afforded to non-university users who had previously used paper copies on shelves. Granted, you do still have to be close to (well, in) the library to benefit.

Big Music trumpets ‘Cliff Richard’ term extension

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"There are three copyrights on a sound recording"?

"There are three copyrights on a sound recording: the composition, which is seventy years plus life, and which goes to the author; a mechanical royalty which also goes to the composer, and the recording or ‘master’ right."

What a confusing paragraph - inconsistent language, muddled concepts etc. Author/composer? Mechanical royalty? Recording/master right? No wonder people fail to understand copyright and related rights.

If the material recorded is a song with words and music, then copyright subsists in the music and the words separately (authors as first owners) and in the sound recording (producer as first owner). Performers have a performance right. So yes, three copyright works (and a related right), but not as you describe them.

'Poems are the original text messages,' says Laureate

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Poets laureate.

Texan smut baron spanked over UK schoolgirl snap

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True, but

§412 of the 1976 Copyright Act provides that statutory damages and attorney's fees cannot normally be claimed in respect of unregistered works. Perhaps this explains the very small amount granted as damages for the copyright infringement - this could be the total profit made by the company.

Eagles singer wins case against US politico

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but don't forget

It still has to be judged fair use.

If the politician wasn't directly parodying the eagle then it isn't surprising he lost, like in the Dr Seuss case (Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. v. Penguin Books USA, Inc., 109 F.3d 1394 (9th Cir. 1997).) - see the bottom of this page for a useful summary of this and other parody cases: http://fairuse.stanford.edu/Copyright_and_Fair_Use_Overview/chapter9/9-c.html

However, the eagle shouldn't have won on prinicple - I agree with the Dude when he said "I f*uckin hate the Eagles, though Hotel California was partially redeemed by the Gypsy Kings.

Orange gazes into 2050 Glastoball

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the RFID system the company is testing for feeding staff at the event.

Using RFID to feed people seems a little far fetched, or does a food parcel pop-out whenever you pass a feeding station?

Supersonic stealth jumpjet makes 'short landing'

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You should be abbreviating it to Royce, as he was the engineer rather than the salesman.

Channel 4 raises Bing word-extinction alarm

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"Only one in four searches actually has a satisfactory outcome on the first attempt."

Only one in four searches uses appropriate search terms?

Transformers MacBooks, robots in disguise

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Lucky the window was open

It wouldn't work in winter, or does it have laser cannons as well?