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PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2006 3:53 pm    Post subject: insert rude words here Reply with quote

This is my official complaint about the LOC Short Form PA.

I fill in about one of these a year, so I don't get a lot of practice. *Every* time I do this, I fill out the whole form, and then when I go over the instruction checklist, I catch this bit: "Sign the form in black ink." Damn. I always use blue ink. So I have to redo the whole form, just for the sake of a black ink signature.

Rant over.

Well, almost over. The bastards have jumped the fee to $45 as well. Used to be $30. Bastards.

Rant over.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2006 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah Bastards!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2006 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Library of Congress

this has to do with copyright
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2006 7:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My thoughts are that it is a crime that we have to pay to protect our intellectual property!
I think the law is different in the UK. Material is copyrighted as soon as it is created. Maybe you could clarify.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2006 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hugeknot wrote:
My thoughts are that it is a crime that we have to pay to protect our intellectual property!
I think the law is different in the UK. Material is copyrighted as soon as it is created. Maybe you could clarify.


its copyrighted as soon as it is created in the US....registration is merely the proof....kinda like a receipt when you buy something.....

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2006 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

However, without registration, should infringement issues arise, the burden of proof becomes a bit trickier, and possibly a bit more costly than the damn $45 fee

... such is out litigeous society
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2006 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tis correct...and without registration, you cant sue for damages AFAIK.......
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2006 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not false but not completely true. The following is from Artists' Magazine and seems to apply to photography, but should apply here as well:

"A. To pursue a copyright infringement action, first you must obtain registration for the underlying work and show that the alleged infringer had access to your work and copied it. If you can show that the magazine or the photographer had access to your work (through an exhibit, publication, etc.), and either party copied your work to create the photograph, you may have a successful action against the magazine or the photographer for infringement.

If you registered your claim of copyright before or within three months of the alleged act of infringement, you have the right to request statutory damages, which could be as much as $100,000, and attorney's fees. If registration occurred three months or more after the alleged date of infringement, relief will be limited to actual damages (that is, lost licensing fees) or the infringer's profits. As an alternative to litigation, you may wish to ask the magazine to insert a notation that the photograph is unrelated to your artwork and you. It is, after all, possible that the photograph's creation was a coincidence. "

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