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Re: Patents, Copyrights, Maril



If we use poetry without permission (even the poetry of a dead poet or artist,
when  the estate has the right and obligation to go after you) we
must be prepared to acknowledge it and pay any fees connected
with it.  We must do everything we can to contact the poet or
artist, even if it means going to a huge publishing company or
museum.  We might get away with not doing this if what we
produce is a small edition.

But why would we want to do that?  We must honor the work that
others produced.  We must be willing to honor it by acknowledging
in print and by paying any fees connected with it because we are,
after all, a society that sets value through money.  I'll say this
again:  we're willing to pay rent for space, we're willing to pay the
plumber and the butcher and the grocer; we must give the same
importance to the artist whose works we appropriate.

Bertha Rogers
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Date sent:              Tue, 6 Mar 2001 14:08:24 -0800
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From:                   mabell <mbelloff@YAHOO.COM>
Subject:                Re: Patents, Copyrights, Maril
To:                     BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU

> I have no idea what maril is, but I know a little
> about Intellectual Property - first of all there are
> different kinds of patents - the one you are talking
> about may be a "design" patent?  Also, there are
> copyright laws, which tend to apply to most artists.
>
> Not knowing if maril is a technique or a product, it
> is difficult for me to discuss.  However, all artists
> are protected under Copyright law whether or not they
> have obtained a copyright - you do not even have to
> put a circle "c" on your work anymore to gain
> copyright protection.
>
> If you do want to patent something, the first step is
> to do research - to find out from the Patent and
> Trademark Office, by a subject search, if your idea
> has already been filed.
>
> As for prosecuting patents and/or making money from
> them - difficult, as others have said.
>
> If anyone is interested, I would like people's
> thoughts on whether or not they check "copyrights" of
> writers works, for example, when they are making their
> artist's books.  This is something I'm always curious
> about.
>
> If, for example, the estate of a poet finds out that
> you have used text I assume a lawyers letter goes out
> asking you to stop production.  If you have already
> produced an edition, I doubt there would be monetary
> demands made on the artist.  I imagine most artist's
> do not give it much thought, unless their works are
> mass distributed.
>
> --Mindy
>
>
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