Discussion in 'Barracks' started by spidge, Sep 25, 2007.
If you write a novel or essay or even a piece of poetry etc, how do you copyright it?
The laws of copyright vary from country to country!
It is an extremely complicated area, especially when the internet is involved:
(scroll down for national and international laws and intrepretations)
Do you know a copyright lawyer? You would need one to decipher those laws!
No I don't (I don't have time to scrub myself clean that often :becky: ) but this is why you'll never find a poor copyright lawyer.
It is indeed complicated. Taking one example, the issue of material published during WW2, each country has different laws. In Britain, it was Crwon property, but material/photos published during the war are out of copyright. Pictures taken by German armed forces is without copyright because they lost the war. American government material from the war sems to copyright free because of the Freedom of Information Act (hence the reasons why they have published so much of it on the net). But these interpretations are open to abuse. Over on TOCH, they have had some very interesting debates about it:
That's exactly what Mark Lax said to me last night! He said the Australian War Memorial tries it on from time to time until he reminds them!
I've often wondered the same about the Imperial war Museum collection - though I haven't found anyone who's challenged it (though they may have and I just can't find any references).
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