Copyright- Janet Jones


1.30- Catrin Finch Aud 1

Janet Jones is a journalism lecturer at Glyndwr university and i thought her lecture, although not the most interesting of the day could have been the most important. My knowledge of copyright is very limited and do learning about this was my main focus for today.

Copyright designs and patents acts 1988

A copyright comes into force as soon as a piece of work is created (i didnt know this) and does not need to be applied for or registered. It is intended to give thr right to profit, be identified with and for the artwork not to be copied by any other people.Names, titles, short phrases and colours can not be covered by copyright however a combination of them all in a logo for example can be protected. Infringing copyright is seen as a civil offence not a criminal one and so whoever has infringed upon it is liable to be sued for damages or loss in earnings.
Copyright plays a large part in the selling of work, retaining the copyright when selling the work is common (maybe selling a print or a drawing) but this can be flipped, selling the copyright to a piece of work but retaining the origonal artwork can also be common.
Moral rights- Paternity rights: (even if the copyright is sold you still retain the right to be associated with this work)
Integrity rights- This gives you the right to stop people defacing/ manipulating your work for their own purposes.

Myths about copyright-
1. Copyright can protect ideas from being taken. – copyright cant protect ideas it has to be something tangible. The idea can be patented however. Copyright applies to the creation of the idea rather than the idea itself.
2. posting a copy of your work to yourself gives you good credibility and shows you own the copyright- this is not totally true, whilst this does give a postmark and date of delivery it is not a good piece of evidence to hold up in court. (sending to a solicitor would be more credential although cost more money.)
3. I can use 10% of material without infringing copyrright- this is not specific and should not be taken as fact, this is in place so people do not accidentally infringe on other peoples copyrighted work.
4.Everything on the internet is in the public domain and so can be used. This one i feel is a little daft, i dont think anyone would think that all internet based work can be taken for their own.

For illustration she said usually a comissioner owns the copyright of the material.This is different in every case and contracts must be read thoroughly. It can be opted out of in the contract.

A case study she showed was where the AA was sued recently by OSbecause they copied maps to use for their own system. OS it turns out deliberately included mistakes in their designs to show if anyone infringes their copyright. The AA paid £20m in damages.

Whilst there are many negatives in displaying your artwork on the internet in that someone could copy your work, the positives of promotion and the various people that might see your work far outweigh them i feel. Using low resolution images can in most cases deter people form using your work.

This video i thought was particularly helpful in explaining some of the copyright infringements within youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoX-YihV_ew

Overall i felt this lecture was an important one, although not the most interesting and has helped learn more about the subject of copyright.

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