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You don't seem to be distinguishing properly between "original artwork" and photographs of it. A 19th-century painting will be out of copyright, so you can set up an easel copy it yourself, or even … take a photo if the owners don't mind; your copy can be used however you please. However, other people can't use your photograph without your permission. Similarly, if you want to reuse a photograph used in an art book, the important thing is the copyright on the photograph, not the painting. …
answered Apr 5 '18 by Tim Lymington
It doesn't appear that Ketchap is violating a trademark, in that putting a skin on your basketball is not doing the same thing as an actual Pokeball. What they may be doing is passing off, which requi …
answered Jan 14 '17 by Tim Lymington
"Intellectual property is something unique that you physically create. An idea alone is not intellectual property. For example, an idea for a book doesn’t count, but the words you’ve written do" (from …
answered Jul 19 '17 by Tim Lymington
copied a work but did not appropriate property, he is not a thief, full stop. (He may, of course, be called "a robber and and a villain", and he may be guilty of copyright infringement, which is a tort and sometimes a crime.) …
answered Jan 14 '17 by Tim Lymington
, which is illegal under copyright law, cannot be justified under the 'backup copy' exception. As a matter of logic Nintendo seem to be in the right, though I cannot say whether a judge would actually … damage: and that this copy may not be used in other ways that would bypass copyright (for example, lending it to a friend so that you can both play the game at the same time). The facts of each case will determine the result. …
answered Jun 7 by Tim Lymington
You seem to be assuming that if the translator has copyright in a translation (which he may or may not have), the original author has no copyright in it. This is not correct; it is possible for both … parties to have copyright, so that publishing requires an agreement between the two (and presumably a division of royalties or other income). Though I am no expert in the area, it would seem that …
answered Feb 19 by Tim Lymington
It appears that the contract as signed is legal and enforceable, but the attempt to require the use of this particular software (since it requires either a breach of another term or illegality) can b …
answered Jun 7 by Tim Lymington
. Although it is difficult to prove a negative, I don't think there is any specific crime or cause of action here. The copyright legislation summary makes no mention of falsely claiming copyright (though bear …
answered Sep 19 '18 by Tim Lymington