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
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
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