Re: New Online Copyright Calculator

From: Jim Carlile (email suppressed)
Date: Sat Jul 19 2008 - 19:27:56 PDT

In a message dated 7/19/2008 2:57:07 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
email suppressed writes:

thank you beyond belief
that is really helpful to me

Yeah, it just came out and is really handy.
It's still a little incomplete, though. It leaves out the fact that before
the early 70s, a work was only copyrighted if it was "registered" and satisfied
 the two-copy deposit requirement. Also, a huge number of years before the
late 60s, there was a "USA manufacture" requirement. This meant that, say,
British works had to be actually printed in the U.S from American-made plates.
If they weren't then the U.S. copyright was invalid.
Reconciling older British and American copyrights can be very tricky. For
example, the rules were different if the works were published more than a month
apart. Some works are public domain in the U.S., but still in copyright in
Britain. Some sound recordings are in public domain in Europe, but still
copyrighted here-- the Internet Archive has a huge stockpile of PD-elsewhere
classical recordings that they cannot release to American IP numbers.
Also, as I mentioned, the notice requirement is satisfied by the word
"copyright" or "copr." along with the holder's name and the year. No encircled 'C'
symbol is required for post-1923 works. I mention this because many older
journals lack the 'C' but are still in copyright.

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