Re: copyright language

From: Freya (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Dec 04 2008 - 08:57:47 PST

Hiya Jim,

Japan has been a part of the Berne convention for some scary amount of time, the txt seems fine but it is worth making sure that before the text you have the notice "(c) 2009 Freya" (or whatever is appropriate for you) preferably with the copyright symbol. So it is clear that you are exerting your copy rights and not releasing the work as public domain. This used to be a requirement in some countries but even tho it's maybe not so much anymore, I think it is polite and clear.

Copying might be a better word than duplication too as duplication has specific connotations and implications.

I'm not sure how much writing anything will stop people from copying it tho but it doesn't hurt to make it clear how you feel about it from the outset and it doesn't cost anything to do so. :)

Under the Berne convention a work is copyright from the moment it is created. You do not need to register it for it to be so.

See the archives for loads of discussions of this stuff. ;)

Good luck with the project!



--- On Thu, 12/4/08, Jonathan M Hall <email suppressed> wrote:

> From: Jonathan M Hall <email suppressed>
> Subject: copyright language
> To: email suppressed
> Date: Thursday, December 4, 2008, 2:49 PM
> Dear Frameworkers,
> I've been helping a Japanese exp. filmmaker, now quite
> advanced in years and very much esteemed. He is producing
> his own DVD-boxset of his collected filmwork, and has
> written to me asking what language is best to indicate on
> the materials that copying of the DVD is prohibited. I
> thought the following phrase might work, but could
> Frameworkers suggest better language? He's producing
> the DVDs in Japan, but with English subtitles. Is
> copyrighting the DVD important or necessary (the films are
> already copyrighted themselves)?
> "Unauthorized duplication of this DVD, in whole or in
> part, is strictly prohibited."
> I'm sorry for the rudimentary nature of my question,
> but I hope a generous Frameworker might help--or point me in
> the right direction.
> Jonathan M Hall
> Jonathan M. Hall
> Assistant Professor
> Comparative Literature/ Film & Media Studies
> University of California Irvine
> HIB 320
> Irvine CA 92697-2651 USA
> tel 1-949-824-9629
> fax 1-949-824-1992
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