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From: Don Cox <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2003 7:58 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Scanning LP covers
> On 19/08/03, Joel Ackerman wrote:
> > I am an attorney; copyrights is one of my fields. I won't comment on
> > specifics such as Joel's project because (a) I don't want to give
> > legal advice and (b) in any case I don't know what his project is.
> > Since around 1976, all original materials including artwork and liner
> > notes is automatically copyrighted on creation. Prior to 1976
> > materials generally (but not always) had to have a copyright notice
> > attached in order to be considered copyrighted. Many album covers and
> > liner notes had such notices.
> > Nevertheless, there are certain provisions of the copyright laws that
> > allow copying without being liable for royalties. These are called
> > "fair use" provisions and their scope can be complicated. See an
> > attorney.
> I might just comment that when you talk about "the" copyright laws, you
> are probably talking about the laws in the USA. Other laws apply in
> other countries.
> Don Cox
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