Getting Permission: How to License & Clear Copyrighted Materials Online & Off [With CDROM] Paperback – 3 Nov 2010
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If you plan to use any copyrighted material for your own purposes, you need to get permission first from the owners of that work. If you don't, you could find yourself slapped with an expensive and time-consuming lawsuit.
Getting Permission tackles the permissions process head-on -- without the legalese. It shines the light on whom to ask for permission, as well as when -- and how much to expect -- to pay for permission. Comprehensive and easy-to-read, the book covers of vast amount of subjects like - the permissions process, the public domain, copyright research, fair use, academic permissions, the elements of a license and merchandise agreement, the use of a trademark or fictional character, and much more
Getting Permission includes agreements for acquiring authorization to use text, photographs, artwork, and music, whether it's found online or off. All agreements included as tear-outs and on CD-ROM.
The 4th edition of this essential guide is completely updated to reflect the latest laws and court decisions.
Here is the table of contents...see for yourself everything need to know.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction to the Permissions Process
Permission: What Is It and Why Do I Need It?
The Basics of Getting Permission
Overview of Intellectual Property Laws
Permission Tools: Licenses and Releases
2. Getting Permission to Use Text
Who Owns the Text?
Start With Online Permission Services
Locate the Publisher
Contact the Author
Special Situations: Ann Landers and Beyond
When You Can't Find the Rights Holder
Paraphrasing, Omissions, and Facts
Negotiating Text Permission and Fees
3. Getting Permission to Use Photographs
The World of Stock Photos
Obtaining Rights to a Photo You've Found
Celebrity Photos and Movie Stills
Using Photo Researchers
Photo Permission Agreements
When the Photograph Contains Art, Trademarks, or People
Stock Photo Resources
4. Getting Permission to Use Artwork
Acquiring Rights to Artwork
Fine Art: Paintings, Sculptures, and Limited Editions
Comics and Cartoons
Royalty-Free and Public Domain Clip Art
Searching for Art
Artwork Fees and Agreements
5. Getting Permission to Use Music
Acquiring Rights to Music
Song and Sound Recording Copyrights
Reprinting Music or Lyrics
Playing Music at a Business or Event
Releasing Music for Sale
Using Music in a Commercial, Radio Show, or as Background Music
Using Music in a Film, Television Show, or Video
Performing a Musical or Play
Using Music in Software, Videogames, or Multimedia Programs
Using Music on a Website
Using Music Samples
Finding Music Publishers
Finding Record Companies
Music Clearance Companies
6. Website Permissions
Websites: Five Ways to Stay Out of Trouble
Transferring Information to and From a Website
Connecting to Other Websites
7. Academic and Educational Permissions
Educational Uses of Noncoursepack Materials
Proposed (But Not Adopted) Educational Guidelines on Fair Use
Academic Permission Resources
8. The Public Domain
Welcome to the Public Domain
Public Domain Trouble Spots
9. Fair Use
What Is Fair Use?
Measuring Fair Use: The Four Factors
Summaries of Fair Use Cases
Disagreements Over Fair Use: When Are You Likely to Get Sued?
10. Getting Permission to Use Trademarks
When You Need Permission to Use a Trademark
Locating a Trademark Owner
11. Art and Merchandise Licenses
Overview of Merchandise Licensing
Merchandise License Agreement
Explanation of Merchandise License Agreement
Merchandise License Worksheet
Short-Form Merchandise License Agreement
Legal Risks of Failing to Obtain a Release
When to Use a Release
Personal Release Agreements
Interview and Property Releases
13. Copyright Research
Copyright Ownership and Transfers FAQs
Starting Your Copyright Research
Searching the Copyright Office and Library of Congress Records
14. After Permission Is Granted
Permissions Tracking Sheet
Good Permissions Gone Bad
15. Assignments and Works Made for Hire
Works Made for Hire
16. Help Beyond This Book
Resources for More Detailed Permissions Research
Conducting Legal Research
Working With an Attorney
Appendix: How to Use the CD-ROM
Installing the Files Onto Your Computer
Using the Word Processing Files to Create Documents
Files on the Cd-Rom
As you can see...everything you need to know regarding getting the permissions you need and doing it legally and properly! With extreme details - a must for every library. 12-16-10
This book is the answer to my prayers. It will never leave my desk! I have consulted it once or twice a week for the month or two that I've had it. Like most NOLO books, it is very well organized, making it very easy to find the answers to my questions. Clearly and concisely written, this book has satisfactorily answered all of the questions that I've put to it. It beats the pants off of the Magic 8 Ball that I used to use. I'm really pleased.
While it's not a replacement for a good lawyer for really important or complex issues, it's the best resource I've seen for a clear understanding of how licensing works and how to find and secure the rights to use content. Over the years, NOLO books have become my "go-to" resources whenever I am facing a legal issue. This book is no exception.
When we started quoting people in term papers in school, some of us wondered what permission is required when we publish something we write. When is it necessary to contact an author or publisher? Chapter 2 contains a help with this problem.
Is it all right to use another person's photographs? What permission is required? What are stock photos, and how can we find them? See Chapter 3 for websites and contact phone numbers.
Artwork, including cartoons, require permission. That's Chapter 4. Chapter 5 deals with music. Other discussions include websites and academic permissions.
Finding popular domain books and republishing them is a lucrative business now, but there are trouble spots. See Chapter 8.
Fair use, trademarks, merchandise licenses -- what do we know of these? This book is loaded with helps. There are risks in failing to obtain a release, but how to we ask for one? This book is essential for most writers! It even offers suggestions about keeping up with permissions on a spread sheet.
If I have broken any of the rules in this review, my mistakes are innocent.
Given the complexity of the subject, I jumped at the chance to examine and review this book.
This is definitely a comprehensive guide, especially if you want to reproduce text, photos, or music on a website -- where the most confusion seems to exist. It also explains the idea of fair use, and academic/educational uses of copyrighted works.
I didn't find it 100% helpful in my case, but I really didn't expect to. I tend to use public domain texts as lyrics for my compositions, and I'm careful to secure the appropriate permissions for the rest. Then there's the issue of creating an arrangement of an existing work (for example, a choral arrangement of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah") -- which falls under the legal definition of "derivative work." This isn't covered in Stim's book. The idea of recording "covers" is; but not creating and publishing printed music representing a new work (the choral arrangement) based on an existing one.
Still, I give this book very high marks. It's probably the most complete explanation of what copyright is and how it affects those in the creative arts today.