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Old 10-15-2007, 06:16 PM
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Re: ownership issues

I'll post a fairly general reply, as this has gotten quite a bit of attention before. Here in the U. S., a copyright only protects you if you have a large wallet and good lawyer. That is, nobody will protect you from infringement except yourself.

In France, and maybe elsewhere under European Union rules (to the extent they exist, as the Union may be collapsing), an artist may produce up to (x number) of original reproductions of a work, more or less at a common value. Beyond that number, any additional copies are valued less.

I think Araich has said that Australian and other Commonwealth rules lie somewhere between Ė the government will protect you, but limitations arenít as strict as Europe. Itís all very complex. (And I may be misremembering some of the posts.)
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