Re: Re: definition of
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Posted by cygnet on June 20, 2002 at 00:52:08:
In Reply to: Re: definition of posted by M Arthur Auslander on June 19, 2002 at 06:03:14:
: : In the course of my work at a museum I signed an agreement that my creative work was "work for hire." I want to use one small sample of my work done for that museum in a presentation at a professional conference.I get no money for this, in fact I have to pay to go to the conference. The excerpt of the work is not published, simply shown while I talk about it. The museum says they can prohibit me from doing this. Most of their argument comes down to the definitionof the word "public." They say a professional conference (paid attendance) is a "public" venue, and that gives them the right to prohibit this use. I think it is not a public venue, and besides, a short excerpt used this way is equivalent to using a quotation from a book in a professional journal article, and thus can be used under the "fair use" exemption. The item in question is a 17-word label from an exhibit with about 35 labels. Who is right? This seems like a gag order, and I am tempted to tell them to sue me if they want to prohibit me from talking about it.
: Dear Cygnet,
: M. Arthur Auslander
: Auslander & Thomas-Intellectual Property Law Since 1909
Thanks for responding. There would be/are no damages at all. Nothing has been sold or compromised. The exhibit is not even up anymore. Also, it is VERY common practice for people at professional conferences to speak about, show photos of, and display text from exhibits they have worked on or are working on. The people organizing the conference have been astounded at the museum's response, saying they have never encountered this type of refusal before. Of course, if someone "stole" the label and used it in another exhibit or publication, the museum woudl have every right to stop them. But that could happen from someone walking in the museum and writing it down. They don't have to get it from me.
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