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Re: Photography of staged subjects
« Reply #20 on: Jan 14th, 2004, 2:25pm »
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Dear Nobody,
 
The copyright law protects against copying what is covered by the copyright. Ideas are  not protected. It is my beleif that if someone restaged what was staged as a scene and did not copy from a copyrighted picture that there would be no copyright infringement.
 
If each of the scenes were independatly copied and displayed in a series that told a copyrighted story, if I represented the author or owner of the copyright I would recommend action.
 
There also might be some relief under the law of unfair competition.
 
The copyright law was not created to stifle competition.
 
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Re: Photography of staged subjects
« Reply #21 on: Jan 14th, 2004, 2:42pm »
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Dear Noboby,
 
It is true that ideas are not copyrightable but there is point where a copyrighted picture is actionable if there was an adequit copyright notice and then there is a copying.
 
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Re: Photography of staged subjects
« Reply #22 on: Jan 14th, 2004, 3:02pm »
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Dear Nobody,
 
This looks like a question previously asked. Copyright may be too complex to be involved in the situation as you have posed it.  
 
The question is there a cause of action. Conceivably there may be an act of unfair competition.
 
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Re: Photography of staged subjects
« Reply #23 on: Jan 14th, 2004, 3:35pm »
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Dear Nobody,
 
Without reading the other replies, I would not do legal research to give an answer.
 
If you came to me and paid me, I'd go over the facts very carefully and even if I found there there was a legitimate cause of action, I'd recommend sending a lawyers letter first.
 
If you wanted to pay me to sue and wanted to go ahead, I would take you money after putting myself on record that I recommended no more that a letter.
 
Of course registering  a copyright  might help if it were before the fact. You would have had to have publication with a proper copyright notice and would have to prove access (sp?).
 
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Re: Photography of staged subjects
« Reply #24 on: Jan 17th, 2004, 7:53am »
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Dear Nobody,
 
The copyright law protects the work against being copied. The concept is not protected. Where a concept is secret and someone violates the secret, the liability is probably not under the copyright law. The confusing reuse of a created scene may give a cause of action for unfair competition.
 
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