How Windermere Sun Observes Copyright Law
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
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Recently I’ve received various organizations’ emails, phone or text messages requesting Windermere Sun to announce, cover, and/or post photos and videos of their events. I am not able to either make the announcement or to post their photos and videos for any one or multiple of these reasons, below:
- If the message was sent/received after the event took place, then the event won’t be posted in Windermere Sun. (Please notify us at least 48 hours before the event takes place in order to increase the chance of your event being announced at Windermere Sun).
- If the email message was sent with CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE attached, then Windermere Sun would have to refrain from posting about the event out of our respect for other organizations’ desire for confidentiality.
- If the message did not clearly state that the organization wishes the event to be announced or covered, then Windermere Sun would not announce or cover it.
- If the event involves artistic works, then Windermere Sun would only post photos of the art works if artists have granted us permission to post photos via email (info.WindermereSun@gmail.com) or video permission (if the event is taking place in public area). Windermere Sun would only post photos of the art works if both the artists and event organizers grant us the permission (if the event is taking place in private venue).
- If the event involves performing art works, then Windermere Sun would only post photos or videos if the performing artists or performing arts company/organization grant us the permission to post via email or video permission (if the event is taking place in public area). Windermere Sun would only post photos or videos if the performing artists or performing arts company/organization and the event organizer grant us the permission to post via email or video permission (if the event is taking place in private venue).
Artists who want to register their works for copyright, please click HERE.
Windermere Sun receives lots of notifications for events announcement. These are events that will have priority to be posted in Windermere Sun:
- if event notification is received via info.WindermereSun@gmail.com and via phone call: 407-782-7501 at least two weeks in advance.
- if the event is FREE ADMISSION
- if the event is beneficial to the community
- if the event has an admission fee, then it would have lower priority unless the event organizer advertises with Windermere Sun (please refer to: http://www.WindermereSun.com/advertise)
I would also recommend all bloggers and publishers to be cautious when posting photos or videos. Be sure to view these articles below:
- Fair Use in Blogging: Can Bloggers Use Copyrighted Images?
- How to (legally) use copyrighted images in your blog
- Wikimedia: Image use policy
- How to Legally Use Images in Your Social Media Marketing
- Why Photos of the Eiffel Tower at Night are Illegal
- Legal aspect of file sharing
Be sure to view these videos below:
- Copyright Basics
- Copyright Law Basics for Artists, Writers and Other Creative Types
- Intellectual Property Issues for Visual and Performing Artists (IP 101)
- Copyright and the Right of Public Performance
- Explaining Copyright Term and Fair Use
To better understand copyright, let’s take a look at an excerpt from wikipedia, in italics, below:
Copyright is a legal right created by the law of a country that grants the creator of an original work exclusive rights for its use and distribution. This is usually only for a limited time. The exclusive rights are not absolute but limited by limitations and exceptions to copyright law, including fair use. A major limitation on copyright is that copyright protects only the original expression of ideas, and not the underlying ideas themselves.
Copyright is a form of intellectual property, applicable to certain forms of creative work. Some, but not all jurisdictions require “fixing” copyrighted works in a tangible form. It is often shared among multiple authors, each of whom holds a set of rights to use or license the work, and who are commonly referred to as rights holders. These rights frequently include reproduction, control over derivative works, distribution, public performance, and moral rights such as attribution.
Copyrights are considered “territorial rights”, which means that they do not extend beyond the territory of a specific jurisdiction. While many aspects of national copyright laws have been standardized through international copyright agreements, copyright laws vary by country.
Typically, the duration of a copyright spans the author’s life plus 50 to 100 years (that is, copyright typically expires 50 to 100 years after the author dies, depending on the jurisdiction). Some countries require certain copyright formalities to establishing copyright, but most recognize copyright in any completed work, without formal registration. Generally, copyright is enforced as a civil matter, though some jurisdictions do apply criminal sanctions.
Most jurisdictions recognize copyright limitations, allowing “fair” exceptions to the creator’s exclusivity of copyright and giving users certain rights. The development of digital media and computer network technologies have prompted reinterpretation of these exceptions, introduced new difficulties in enforcing copyright, and inspired additional challenges to the philosophical basis of copyright law. Simultaneously, businesses with great economic dependence upon copyright, such as those in the music business, have advocated the extension and expansion of copyright and sought additional legal and technological enforcement.
For those of you who are blogging or publishing, if there is any doubt, it is best to obtain permission from the creator or originator of the articles or artistic work, or artistic performances. For it would be both ethical and prudent. The Statue of Anne above, the image of the first modern copyright law (the Copyright Act 1709), is now under public domain, and therefore may be used by any one without the need of permission to use.
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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