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    I wrote out an interview - is that my copy to do what I want with?

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    I heard a good interview on the tv, recorded it and copied it out verbatim for put on my website. Is that ok? Cheers

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    if the inteview is not copyrighted and you have properly credited the copy on your website, then it might be ok.

    Imho I think you should check with your own legal adviser who should be qualified in advising on these types of matters.

    If you have breached copyright or any other laws then you have only yourself to blame for any consequences because I doubt any judge will accept a defence that so-and-so on SP forums told me it was ok to do so

    The best option is probably to contact the tv station and get written permission from them to post the interview on your website.

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    Thanks for the reply- so is there any copyright free material i can transcribe? Radio shows?

    I think this is what is called "fair use", I can argue that the interview is being reported which it is.
    Ah no it seems like it is public domain

    Hmm I'm not a lawyer I am going to have a look at some legal site maybe- quick plug for my legal site
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    Well it is a grey area I suppose but hey lots of people copy youtube videos so it must be fair use or something? I must be a reporter surely?
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    Why don't you contact the owners of the TV/radio show to ask?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bayliss Trevor View Post
    Thanks for the reply- so is there any copyright free material i can transcribe? Radio shows?

    I think this is what is called "fair use", I can argue that the interview is being reported which it is.
    Ah no it seems like it is public domain
    if the inteview is not copyrighted and you have properly credited the copy on your website, then it might be ok.

    Imho I think you should check with your own legal adviser who should be qualified in advising on these types of matters.

    If you have breached copyright or any other laws then you have only yourself to blame for any consequences because I doubt any judge will accept a defence that so-and-so on SP forums told me it was ok to do so

    The best option is probably to contact the tv station and get written permission from them to post the interview on your website.
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    Kalon y bluedreamer yeah I will contact them or seek legal advice. Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bayliss Trevor View Post
    I heard a good interview on the tv, recorded it and copied it out verbatim for put on my website. Is that ok? Cheers
    Highly unlikely, although laws vary between countries. Copyright usually applies to the contents rather than the format, so transcribing a broadcast wouldn't help - it's still the same contents that you are reproducing, even if it's in a written format rather than audio-visual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalon View Post
    if the inteview is not copyrighted and you have properly credited the copy on your website, then it might be ok.

    Imho I think you should check with your own legal adviser who should be qualified in advising on these types of matters.

    If you have breached copyright or any other laws then you have only yourself to blame for any consequences because I doubt any judge will accept a defence that so-and-so on SP forums told me it was ok to do so

    The best option is probably to contact the tv station and get written permission from them to post the interview on your website.
    The interview was copyrighted. That's a given. If you don't have written permission to use someone else's work it's not okay to use it.

    And Bayliss Trevor -- before you think about claiming "fair use" you better look up and see what fair use is.
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    Thanks for the replies- I'll ask permission then. I would just say that if I take the trouble to write out an interview then surely that is different as it is adding value-I'm not proposing I sell it. My point is this- if someone goes to the united nations and writes down all or some president's speech then surely they can use it? Or as I'm understanding now that is not allowed. Hmm. What about parliamentary speeches or university lectures? What about public speeches? Basically my questions is there is never a case where you can transcribe freely?

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    My opinion. The copywriting is very important in a business, also , the fact of a news not being fresh anymore reveals a second fact, that your interview is not very updated, and people who already saw it on TV, is not interested to read it on your site

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bayliss Trevor View Post
    Hi all
    I heard a good interview on the tv, recorded it and copied it out verbatim for put on my website. Is that ok? Cheers
    According to US copyright law, for personal home use, transcription is fine. Distributing it is not (in other words, putting it up on your website without permission from the show's publisher is a no-no).

    However, if the show is from a public broadcasting network, such as PBS, they sometimes extend certain privileges without requiring prior written permission.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DexSmart View Post
    My opinion. The copywriting is very important in a business, also , the fact of a news not being fresh anymore reveals a second fact, that your interview is not very updated, and people who already saw it on TV, is not interested to read it on your site
    Au contraire. I might be very interested to read the interview on a website if I found the interview interesting. I can then read it at my own pace, and make sidesteps with google searches if I don't understand something/want to know more about something. That's not really something you can do while the TV interview is going now can you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Force Flow View Post
    According to US copyright law, for personal home use, transcription is fine. Distributing it is not (in other words, putting it up on your website without permission from the show's publisher is a no-no).

    However, if the show is from a public broadcasting network, such as PBS, they sometimes extend certain privileges without requiring prior written permission.
    And the way to find out what those permissions are and if they exist is to read the terms of use at the website, whether PBS or another media source.
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    There's a lot of people getting tied in knots here over copyright (not copywriting - it's not even close to being the same thing!).
    The situation is very clear if you care to do any homework on the subject at all. You'd be well advised to take heed of what Shyflower tells you.

    Any written or spoken piece of work in general carries the copyright of the original author/speaker automatically. This applies equally to interviews as they are creations of the TV company or media company that conducted the interview originally. No piece of work can be recreated, either in text from the spoken word or otherwise without the written permission of the copyright owner.

    Speculation and opinion on a legal matter like copyright is not always helpful. To avoid your very own court case, do your homework and get proper advice.
    In this case, you need to contact the broadcaster to see who owns the copyright on the programme you saw the interview on. This could lead you through two or three media companies until you find the right people and even then they could deny you permission to use the transcript. They might also want to see your transcript version to check for accuracy before allowing you to use it.

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    Thanks for the advice. So these autocontent splogs showing videos from youtube are they ok?

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    Last question- what about if you translate an interview. That must be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bayliss Trevor View Post
    Thanks for the advice. So these autocontent splogs showing videos from youtube are they ok?
    You tube allows its members to embed You Tube videos in their websites, although some who upload videos have that option turned off. Then it is NOT okay to use them.

    Translating another author's work into a different language, doesn't change the content and the content is that which is copyrighted.

    It seems to me that you are putting a lot of effort into finding ways to circumvent the law. Instead, why not use that time and energy to work within the law? It would take far less time to write a template that asks for permission to use work than it does to try to get around the law.
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    I'm not trying to circumvent the law- I am trying to work it out! Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bayliss Trevor View Post
    I'm not trying to circumvent the law- I am trying to work it out! Thanks
    That has been answered, no?

    Contact the source, tell them what you would like to do with their content.
    Ask for permission to do so.
    If yes, go for it.
    If no, ask if there is an acceptable alternative use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mittineague View Post
    ...If no, ask if there is an acceptable alternative use.
    Or use something original of your own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Force Flow View Post
    According to US copyright law, for personal home use, transcription is fine. Distributing it is not (in other words, putting it up on your website without permission from the show's publisher is a no-no).

    However, if the show is from a public broadcasting network, such as PBS, they sometimes extend certain privileges without requiring prior written permission.
    Exactly. If you saw the interview on a news broadcast, or any other news show, there is a copyright graphic that shows up at the end of the credits. That means everything contained in the broadcast is copyrighted by the station/show/network.
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