Where copyrights come from (part I) – Copyediting does -not- create a new copyright

In US law, copyright magically comes into existence when someone creates an original work of authorship. The copyright is actually based in the original expression contained in the work, not whether there was effort involved in the work’s creation. So for the specific arrangement of words (+/- images) that make…

Copyright in Your Personal Life

This post is based on a talk I gave/conversation I had today at the “Enhancing Quality Staff” symposium. I love this symposium, because I get to wander away from academic copyright issues, and there’s always a ton of cool people who want to wander with me! This time, the session…

On releasing an image to the wilds…

(There are no image credits on this post because (much to my slight embarrassment) I made all of these. The eggs are all Creative Commons licensed over on Flickr; click any picture to go there.)I have a long history of making slightly geeky easter eggs for friends and family. I…

Automatic captions and derivative works

Today, I was showing a bunch of colleagues how to use YouTube’s auto-captioning feature, and letting people do some demo videos. My colleagues recorded videos of themselves reading poetry, or reciting song lyrics – and those videos are probably technically derivative works! But the captions themselves are derivatives of the…

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