I just bought a WWII-era booklet called Plots Against Hitler on eBay. It's about allotments, of course. Just trying to find out whether it's legal copyright-wise to scan it in and put it on this blog ...
if its more than 50 year old (this is US law) you should be fine.
August 24, 2007 at 06:44 PM
I think you should be fine. You are not selling it so there should be no copyright infringement. Hope to see it. Sounds pretty interesting.
August 24, 2007 at 09:41 PM
I would go a bit careful if I were you Jane (especially as you are a journalist)
I got into trouble recently for innocently re-producing part of a RHS page - even though it was clearly linked back.
Different issue I know but I just didn't realise that the RHS would be unhappy about this - bearing in mind I am on their official press release list too.
This may be of interest to other bloggers http://www.landscapejuice.com/2007/08/landscape-juice.html
Philip Voice |
August 26, 2007 at 02:03 PM
Strictly speaking, if it has an author, the copyright runs out 75 years after the death of said author. There are other copyrights too, and something like a pamphlet, may have Crown Copyright too.
Whether or not you are planning to sell bears no relevance to copyright. There are copyright restrictions that are lifted for non-commercial purposes, but scanning to put on your blog is unlikely to come under 'non-commercial'. And yes, as a journalist, you will be expected to know that scanning something that is still in copyright, without permission, is illegal.
And now I'll take my librarian hat off...
August 27, 2007 at 03:00 PM
Thanks for that Ponytail - I am a "belt and braces" kind of journo so I wouldn't put it up unless I was absolutely sure of myself. It sounds as if it may still be in copyright, as you say, so I may have to make do with a potted summary of my own making on the blog ...
Jane Perrone |
August 27, 2007 at 05:06 PM
I feel SO sad - although you're absolutely right to be cautious - because this sounds WONDERFUL. Can you check with the Crown Office and see what they say? Because presumably they are the copyright holders? There've been quite a few WW2 pamplets reprinted recently, covering quite a lot of topics, but I haven't seen one on gardening ...
But if it really is no go, then a summary would be good ... either way, I'll look forward to it.
August 29, 2007 at 06:23 PM
In response to Joanna's comments, the British Library have recently reprinted two fantastic little WW2 booklets on allotment gardening and cooking allotment produce for the grand sum of £1.50 each - they're not available on the website, but if you ring the British Library they'll take payment over the phone and send them to you. They're both cracking reads!
August 29, 2007 at 06:31 PM
Oooh, I think it's time for an update: Plots Against Osama! Because when you eat trucked-in produce you dine with bin Laden.
August 29, 2007 at 10:13 PM
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