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copyright was sharing

updated sun 6 jan 02


C. Burkhart on fri 4 jan 02

Terry said:

> Read your words with great interest.
> I don't think that the use of quotes is the real copyright infringement
> problem. I believe the major copyright problem is organisations
> solicitating the use of photographs of our work under the guise of "Your
> work will be seen", or " you will get exposure" or "if you want to
> participate in a show you have to sign over your rights".
> Not only do we seldom get remuneration offered for the use of the images
> publishers, also, often negelect, (mia culpa), to give credit to the
> and or the photograp

Terry, I agree with you 100%, but I must point out the thread I responded to
was about "sharing." It had to do with sharing information from printed,
copyrighted material being purchased by Clayarters. The information I
posted came directly from the copyright laws.

Nota Bene:
*Beginning of official US copyright info*

Copyright protects "original works of authorship" that are fixed in a
tangible form of expression. The fixation need not be directly perceptible
so long as it may be communicated with the aid of a machine or device.
Copyrightable works include the following categories:

(1) literary works;
(2) musical works, including any accompanying words
(3) dramatic works, including any accompanying music
(4) pantomimes and choreographic works
(5) pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works
(6) motion pictures and other audiovisual works
(7) sound recordings
(8) architectural works

These categories should be viewed broadly. For example, computer programs
and most "compilations" may be registered as "literary works"; maps and
architectural plans may be registered as "pictorial, graphic, and sculptural

*End of official US copyright info*

I do understand what you are saying, but the law is lax and offers only
litigation to protect the artist/author. If you feel the items to which you
refer are included above then they are governed by the same copyright laws
as printed material, in the US at least. Although Vince zoomed in on the
use of quotes, which is mentioned also, it is all governed by the same
imprecise law. Of course, I presume any pottery object would have to be in
the form of a drawing or photograph to be considered copyrightable. Check
out copyright laws at to better understand
what futility the artist must face when their work is stolen.