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Copyright Question
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1320  Monday, 21 June 2004

[1]     From:   Haddon Judson <
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        Date:   Friday, 18 Jun 2004 09:18:10 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1302 Copyright Question

[2]     From:   John Robinson <
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        Date:   Friday, 18 Jun 2004 11:45:29 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1302 Copyright Question

[3]     From:   Terence Hawkes <
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        Date:   Friday, 18 Jun 2004 12:43:28 -0400
        Subj:   SHK 15.1302 Copyright Question

[4]     From:   Gabriel Egan <
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        Date:   Saturday, 19 Jun 2004 08:45:23 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1302 Copyright Question


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From:           Haddon Judson <
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Date:           Friday, 18 Jun 2004 09:18:10 -0400
Subject: 15.1302 Copyright Question
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1302 Copyright Question

Hello,

As I understand the laws one can publish quoted items with reference the
original source, source title, author, publish date, publisher, etc.
Some publishers and authors require that you have to receive prior
authorization before you can print/publish the article(s). You can not
quote the complete article unless you have authorization. You can not
directly or indirectly infer you are the author, source or the
publisher.  You can not edit the quote in any way or manner.

It does not make any difference if the USSR is not in existence.  Unless
the material or article is in the public domain the material or
article(s) are still proprietary.  My suggestion is to write to the
Russian Consulate in London, New York or Paris and submit a request for
a contact in the legal section.  Larger consulates usually have a
cultural attache.  Which you can contact to find if the publisher is
still available.  Write the family of the author.

Sincerely,
Haddon (Hadd) Judson

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From:           John Robinson <
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Date:           Friday, 18 Jun 2004 11:45:29 EDT
Subject: 15.1302 Copyright Question
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1302 Copyright Question

 >I've stumbled across a very fine copy of "Shakespeare in the Soviet
 >Union" (1966, Progress Publishers, Moscow), which includes Kozintsev's
 >61 page article on Lear.  I would love to post some excerpts from this
 >article on my site, but I'm not at all certain what the copyright issues
 >are regarding 40 year old foreign translations of articles written in
 >the now defunct Soviet Union.  There's an address for the Publishers in
 >the back (21 Zubovsky Boulevard, Moscow, USSR), but I have no way of
 >knowing if they are still there - short of mailing them to see if my
 >letter is bounced back or not.

Two words... "fair use"

Use it or lose it.

Regards,
John Robinson

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From:           Terence Hawkes <
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Date:           Friday, 18 Jun 2004 12:43:28 -0400
Subject: Copyright Question
Comment:        SHK 15.1302 Copyright Question

Tanya Gough asks about the copyright of Kozintsev's essay on King Lear
adding 'I would love to post some excerpts from this article on my
site'.  Is this the same piece on Lear that appears in his book
'Shakespeare Time and Conscience' ( New York: Hill and Wang. 1966)? If
so, don't bother. It's crude, reductive, and hectoring. You can get all
that much nearer to home.

T. Hawkes

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From:           Gabriel Egan <
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Date:           Saturday, 19 Jun 2004 08:45:23 +0100
Subject: 15.1302 Copyright Question
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1302 Copyright Question

Tanya Gough writes

 >I've stumbled across a very fine copy of "Shakespeare in the Soviet
 >Union" (1966, Progress Publishers, Moscow), which includes Kozintsev's
 >61 page article on Lear.  I would love to post some excerpts from this
 >article on my site, but I'm not at all certain what the copyright issues
 >are regarding 40 year old foreign translations of articles written in
 >the now defunct Soviet Union.

Contrary to what lawyers might tell you, excerpts for the purposes of
criticism and comment are covered by conventions of 'fair use' and you
need have no qualms at all about putting them on your website.  If a
rights owner objects, you could simply desist and the matter would end
there. Horror stories of people being prosecuted for this sort of thing
are entirely fictitious. Ask anyone who tells you a horror story about
what you're planning to do to cite a case where someone got prosecuted.
To my knowledge (and I've asked a lot of people) there are no cases.

Frightening people about copyright is a lucrative business for lawyers.

Gabriel Egan

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