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Posted: 07 Jul 06, 16:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote


Dear all,

I do not want to personally attack anybody, just to start an open and fair discussion. Any input is welcome but please respond with facts that you can share on this matter. It is very easy to personally attack somebody, but let's get to the point regarding the following:


Under UK law (since Queen Productions (al though having its affiliates or rights distributed outside the UK) is subject to English law, I want to share the following

The question is: what is Copyright?

Copyright gives the creators of certain kinds of material rights to control ways their material can be used. These rights start as soon as the material is recorded in writing or in any other way. There is no official registration system.

The rights cover:

* copying;
* adapting;
* distributing;
* communicating to the public by electronic transmission (including by broadcasting and in an on demand service);
* renting or lending copies to the public;
* performing in public

In many cases, the author will also have the right to be identified on their works and to object if their work is distorted or mutilated!

But what is protected by copyright?

Copyright protects original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works, published editions of works, sound recordings, films (including videograms) and broadcasts.

But how long does UK copyright last?

Copyright in a literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work (including a photograph) lasts until 70 years after the death of the author.

note: there are hundreds of pictures on Queenzone (on the server) which are SUBJECT to copyright... Of course Queen Productions won't take action, the fact DOES remain that copyright is violated already on Queenzone


* Is material on the Internet protected by copyright?

Yes. Under UK law (the position in other countries may differ) copyright material sent over the Internet or stored on web servers will generally be protected in the same way as material in other media.


note: it clearly says STORED (regarding YouTube material, there is no violation if Queenzone does not have the material STORED on it's website (as opposed to the copyrighted pictures which ARE stored on Queenzone.com)

So anyone wishing to put copyright material on the Internet, or further distribute or download such material that others have placed on the Internet, should ensure that they have the permission of the owners of rights in the material.

note: Hyperlinking is not the same as distributing!


note: It says CLEARLY: anyone who PUTS copyright material, or further DISTRIBUTES or DOWNLOADS such material has to have permission of the copyright owners!

1) whatever "bootleg" material is published or offered is STILL protected by copyright (well now, have a look at the announce forum regarding any "bootlegs" offered as downloads or torrents. The person who PUTS it on the internet is in violation of copyright)

2) the latest example is the demo of Brian May with "Marie's the name" , which was shared here on Queenzone (with a hyperlink!) ... (I enjoyed listening to the song), ... but the copyright of this music is protected by law. So anyone who distributes (rapidshare) or puts the file to be downloaded (on a webserver) is violating copyright. Queenzone in fact is NOT violating copyright since it is not putting the file on its server or distributing it ...


note: Be VERY AWARE that hyperlinking in certain way can not be legally seen as copyright infrignement.

I am only trying to point out that the UK law says very clear what copyright infrignment is ...and it does not clarify in any way shape or form that linking to (for instance) YouTube is illegal...

The whole World Wide Web consists of hyperlinking, without it the WWW would not excists. It is clear that putting a link on a certain site referring to another one does not necessarily mean there is a copyright violation (meaning the original site that puts up

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Posted: 07 Jul 06, 17:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

First - comparing pictures, which QP probably had little intention to ever profit from, to music and videos, which they continue to profit from, is a stretch. In fact, brining that issue into the debate, in my opinion, weakens your overall argument. If you can't see the forest because of the trees, I can't help you.

Second - as I said elsewhere, give the same Youtube links you did the other day (all of those links to official videos) to QOL and see what they do. The point is moot until we see what they actually do. What QOL has allowed so far are snippets of rare things or more complete versions of interviews found on official product. But I do not believe anyone has provided links to videos that can be found on GVH1 or GVH2. Try it and see what the-powers-that-be do.


Besides, the question is not "what is copyrighted," but "what will get us in trouble"? QP and EMI are not likely to go after pictures, unless we start to sell them. But EMI has gone after some websites that publish lyrics, which are also copyrighted. As long as QZ does not hike its leg on the tree of Queen Productions, it will be ok. No need to stir the pot and attract undue attention.


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Posted: 07 Jul 06, 17:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

We are no lawyers and even lawyers only know the laws of their own countries.

Richard decided that no official material can be posted on this forum and therefore no official material will be posted. The sharing forum gives fans an opportunity to share inofficial material with other fans. Richard has 10 years of experience and he knows what he is doing. Posting links to youtube is not sharing. Most people who post the links did not even upload the videos to youtube themselves.

I don't think it's a problem to post a link to youtube if something is discussed and it's useful that people see the material - and not all material on youtube is official. But posting links to usual, easily obtainable video clips is useless. This is a Queen forum and members should know the official video clips.


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Posted: 08 Jul 06, 02:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Zeni/YV thanks for the input...

I need to comment on Zeni's post. Regardless of the fact if profit is made, pictures are still copyrighted, the same as with any audio material (being broadcasts as well).

Of course nobody will care too much if these pictures are on Queenzone, but the fact remains it is copyright violation.

Personally I just want to point out that some people on this site are screaming that we should not share official stuff (or even linking to it) while this site is already hosting stuff that is "officially" copyrighted and no complaints have been made to the people who have uploaded "official pictures" (I agree, why would we, but it's to proof the fact that if we complain we should stay consistent)

I agree Zeni that no profit is made, but that does not matter when we're talking about copyright.

I agree (since I own all the official cd's and dvd's myself) that SHARING or PUTTING official material on Queenzone should not be done, but to give you an example about Queenonline where the following links are published pointing to official material on YouTube:

- AOBTD , Wembley 86
- TATDOOL
- Under Pressure
- Freddie Mercury the Untold story (part 1-4)
- TMLWKY
- Foreign Sand
- Last Horizon
etc etc etc

These links are provided by users who are members of Queenonline. And as I said before the people behind Queenonline can see these links, and they allow it. In my humble opinion we should not freak out if on Queenzone the same is done (even when it concerns official material). Linking to something (official video's) which seems to be allowed by Queenonline, is not a violation of copyright.

Your Valentine I agree with your quote: " But posting links to usual, easily obtainable video clips is useless." Fact is that legally Queenzone won't be in trouble because of this. But there have been requests to "remove" the links to a certain official video, while there is no legal ground, unless the site-owner sets this straight.

I started this discussion to agree until some point that whoever PUTS material on a webserver of Queen songs/pictures/lyrics of any kind, is in violation of copyright.

But the strange thing occurs that when people upload a link to "Earls Court 1977" here on Queenzone (being Rapidshare/Torrent) this seems to be no problem. While the person who uploads the actual files is violating copyright as well, regardless of the fact if Queen Productions has published the work officially or not. It IS protected! (and it seems QP does not make an issue of it) ...

In this example all the songs which are played in this concert are protected anyway. But the rule seems on Queenzone that we do not think it's a violation of copyright, while the FACT remains it is.

If anybody else wants to have their input, please do. I just want to prevent the shouting or the anger of some people in case of "linking" to certain material. And yes, that means that there has to be some legal discussion.

I am aware that Richard does a great job, but the fact that some other people are "setting rules" whithout arguments was the initial reason for this post.

Stefan



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Posted: 08 Jul 06, 02:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

As I wrote in other thread - it's not so easy about YouTube! FOM (Formula One Management) was going to sue YT for publishing videos from F1 grand prix. If YT wasn't closed to the date - that doesn't mean it's legal and allowed by copyright holders...

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Posted: 08 Jul 06, 04:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Serry I agree,

the thing was that "linking" on Queenzone is not by definition illegal (as seen on the forum of the official website Queenonline.com)

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Posted: 08 Jul 06, 10:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Regarding pix I've got a question (to whom it may concern): who owns copyright from a photo? the one who's taken it or the one who's shown there?

I mean, if somebody takes a pic of me, am I the owner of that, or the one who pushed the button on the camera?

As a photographer myself I feel ashamed of asking that, but I honestly don't know and would like to...


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Posted: 08 Jul 06, 10:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Dear Lord, how do you do it?

Thanks


John hated HS. Fred's fave singer was not PR. Roger didn't compose 'Innuendo.' Witness testimonies are often inaccurate. Scotland's not in England. 'Bo Rhap' hasn't got 180 voices.
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Posted: 09 Jul 06, 17:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

sebastian, I know that Queen Productions (and affiliates) and it's members are smart enough to copyright thes photographes.... Well since Queenzone is still sharing them , we should not worry about linking to YouTube ...!

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Posted: 09 Jul 06, 19:22 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

torrents are not illegal. www.torrentspy.com if it is they cant delete it than it is not there problem

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Posted: 09 Jul 06, 20:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

TRS-Romania wrote:

sebastian, I know that Queen Productions (and affiliates) and it's members are smart enough to copyright thes photographes.... Well since Queenzone is still sharing them , we should not worry about linking to YouTube ...!

Stefan


Yes, although not all of those pix come from QP. For instance, "Brian with 'x' fan" belongs to 'x' fan, not to QP, as well as most of Brian-Roger-Paul tour.

I've got a doubt: what about a screenshot? Does it belong to the person pressing "Print Screen" or to the person who filmed the video?


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Posted: 10 Jul 06, 05:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Links and frames present problems that seem unique to the internet. While typical links to others' sites are unlikely to cause copyright problems under present law, several caveats are warranted.

First, if one directly links to content that would normally be framed elsewhere, its owners are apt to object. There is little law directly on point because the few parties involved in such disputes have settled. Still, if a linking page surrounds other's material with its own ads, cuts out another's ads or makes it appear that the linking site is the source of the linked material, trouble is likely. It is difficult to argue that otherwise implied permission to link could be reasonably expected under such circumstances.

Second, consider situations where linked material infringes another's copyright. Ordinarily, a copyright holder would act only against the directly infringing page; others would be unaware of the dispute. However, where direct infringers are, say, beyond the reach of local courts, and particularly where a site owner actively encourages use of an offending page, there is a solid basis for protest. Unless copyright infringement has been actively encouraged, however, prompt removal of offending links should minimize risk of suit.

Third, while most web owners would complain about copying, some may complain about linking when it burdens their servers or, in the case of images, because it does not credit them. If that information is not posted, it is best to ask the owner. Still, no one should copy, even from sites that urge it without considering whether site owners hold copyright.

Finally, copyright is not the sole legal basis for objection. Anyone who makes derogatory references to others (or their sites, products or services), however it is done, invites trouble.


There are two points here that you need to be aware of, firstly The law changes all the time and it only takes one case to be brought to court that states the law has been breached and the flood gates open. Should a company such as QP decide they have had enough they CAN take action and in theory at least they CAN get websites shut down.

This has already happened, take for example sites linking to pornographic content, particualrly offensive content involving children, in cases such as these both hosting sites and those linking to the material have been sanctioned or shut down. So it is wrong to say that simply linking material is breaching no law.

Finally, it is Richards site, he sets the rules and you are politly asked to adhere to them. I don't understand why you find that difficult?



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Posted: 10 Jul 06, 07:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I have promised to keep quiet about the use of official downloads - and true to my word I have, but I think it is about time some reality was brought to this discussion.

First: Sharereactor - a Swiss P2P network was closed down for copyright violation, and it, like Queenzone, did not host any files:

http://www.afterdawn.com/news/archive/5085.cfm

ShareReactor shut down by Swiss authorities
16 March 2004 19:53 by dRD

Well-known P2P site ShareReactor has been apparently shut down by the Swiss authorities. According to news sources, Swiss Judical Inquiry Department of Thurgau has SHUT DOWN the site due copyright infringements. The site was probably the world's largest site that listed direct LINKS to pirated material in P2P networks, using so-called ed2k links that work with eDonkey2000-compatible clients (such as eMule).

The press release by the Swiss Judical Inquiry Department of Thurgau, translated by an individual third party:

Internet-Site taken offline

FRAUENFELD (kapo) Due to the suspicion of breach of copyright and trademark laws the cantonal judicial Inquiry department of Thurgau has taken down an Internet-Site that served as a LINK PLATFORM for filesharing offerings. A process concerning these matters against the 25 year old owner from Frauenfeld is underway.

The Internet-Site located in Frauenfeld was online for about 30 months and last had over 220.000 hits per day bevor it was taken offline by the Thurgau officials. The in search engines toprated site worked as a anchorpoint for LINKS to downloads of copyright and trademark protectet games and movies that were offered on the filesharing network.

After a complaint from several large corporations, represented by the swiss association against piracy, the cantonal judicial inquiry department of Thurgau initiated an investigation, seized the servers in Frauenfeld and had the site TAKEN OFFLINE.

The responsible owner, a 25 year old swiss proved to be very cooperative in explaining matters at hand. The inquiries continue and will take some time.


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Posted: 10 Jul 06, 07:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/852283.stm

Likewise, the most famous P2P LINK network, Napster shut down - although, that too hosted NO files of it's own...

Controversial music-sharing website Napster has been ordered to SHUT DOWN by a judge in a San Francisco courtroom.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) won a temporary injunction pending a trial over whether the company is violating copyright law.

When the infringing is of such a wholesale magnitude, the plaintiffs are entitled to enforce their copyrights.

Federal judge Marilyn Patel
Napster allows users to download software which allows them to access MP3 files on each others' hard drives.

The legal battle, which has already prompted congressional hearings, is being closely watched by internet music fans and the music industry and may have far-reaching implications.

The RIAA, which represents companies such as BMG, Sony Music, Warner Music Group and EMI, called Napster a "hijacker" of intellectual property and claimed it had cost the music industry more than $300m in lost sales.



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Posted: 10 Jul 06, 07:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Again, from 23rd May 2006:

http://www.ifpi.org/site-content/PRESS/20060523.html

Germany launches biggest legal action against illegal file-sharing
IFPI welcomes criminal proceedings launched today against 3500 eDonkey users.

The biggest single action against illegal file-sharing internationally took place in Germany today as 3,500 illegal music file-sharers faced criminal prosecution for uploading large amounts of copyrighted material on peer-to-peer networks.

Investigators identified individual illegal music file-sharers who were using the eDonkey network to offer up to 8,000 copyright infringing music files on the internet.

Each of the individuals faces both criminal prosecution and claims for compensation for their actions under civil law. They are likely to face damage claims of up to several thousand euros for distributing music on file-sharing networks, without permission, for millions of other to download.

Police today searched 130 premises to gather evidence in the investigations, which have been running for several months. The actions are coordinated by the Public Prosecution Service of Cologne and the Police Authority of Bergheim.

File-sharing networks, such as eDonkey, cause huge damage to investment in music and cost the international recording industry billions of dollars in lost sales every year. In Germany, legal physical sales of music have fallen by a third in five years, while more than 400 million music files were downloaded illegally in 2005 alone.

The German recording industry has taken high-profile actions against file-sharers since early 2004. They are part of an international campaign that has seen more than 7,000 legal proceedings brought against uploaders in the last three years. Hundreds of settlements have resulted in file-sharers paying an average of 2,500 euros in damages.

Michael Haentjes, Chairman of IFPI Germany and Chairman and CEO of Edel Music, said: "The important message to all internet users is that you cannot rely on being undiscovered when committing crime online.

"On behalf of the recording industry, IFPI thanks the police for a great piece of teamwork and a superb investigation success."

John Kennedy, chairman and chief executive of IFPI said: "I am pleased that the German authorities recognise the serious impact of copyright crime and are taking action against it. Internet piracy has hurt the whole music community in Germany, with legitimate sales falling by a third in just five years. The victims are investment in music and everyone who makes a livelihood out of the music industry.

"No one should be surprised that we are stepping up our campaign in this way. The music industry has run numerous education campaigns aimed at audiences from parents to schools and internet users. MOST PEOPLE CLEARLY KNOW THAT FILE-SHARING WITHOUT PERMISSION IS ILLEGAL - unfortunately it takes legal actions such as this make a real impact on behaviour. Today, there is every reason for music lovers to download legitimately. There is a huge choice of legal services available to consumers. There is really NO EXCUSE for STEALING music online."

Note to editors:

IFPI is the organisation that promotes the interests of the international recording industry worldwide. Its membership comprises over 1400 major and independent companies in more than 70 countries. It also has affiliated industry national groups in 48 countries. IFPI's mission is to fight music piracy; promote fair market access and good copyright laws; help develop the legal conditions and the technologies for the recording industry to prosper in the digital era; and to promote the value of music.



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Posted: 10 Jul 06, 07:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

There you have it....enough said.


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Posted: 10 Jul 06, 07:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Bottom line:

It is ILLEGAL to host, share or LINK to COPYRIGHT material - PERIOD.

To claim Queenzone is "innocent", and does NOT ITSELF host files is immaterial, as this site, legally, becomes an 'ACCESSORY AFTER THE FACT'.

Legally: "...an accessory is a person (or company etc) who ASSISTS in the COMMISSION of a crime, but does not actually participate in the commission of the crime as a joint principal."

In otherwords, if two or more people are responsible for the 'actus reus' (latin term for the 'guilty act'), they can both be charged. The test to distinguish a 'joint principal' from an 'accessory' is - whether the accessory contributed to causing the 'actus reus'.

To put this in simple terms, if anyone in here accepts the invitation to link to an illegal download via Queenzone, WE all become part of the problem, and in legal terms, that makes Queenzone an accessory - and therefore, under the eyes of the law, just as guilty as the original file-sharer.

This means that if these official downloads were NOT linked to, we could NOT be seen as encourgaging the original host of the file to break the law, but by providing the link, we are in effect, encouraging them to do so.

END OF DISCUSSION.

Because this is the LAW, many sites HAVE been closed-down. This is not my personal headache, but, the headache of the RIAA, and it is they, not I who WILL SHUT US DOWN.

I have kept my promise - not to act as the official Queenzone policeman, and you will see that searching through the other forums, this is true, but, I could not allow the perpetuation of ill-informed justifications, as the law does not accept ignorance as either an excuse or defence.




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Posted: 10 Jul 06, 08:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Note for editors/moderators:

What I fail to understand, is how mail in the wrong Queenzone forum - can be moved into the correct forum.
Or, how offensive or spamming mail, can also be removed, if needs be.

Yet, the biggest threat to Queenzone, (ie the uploading and linking to Official product) can NOT be removed, and is ignored under the guise of 'freedom of speech'.

At the end of the day, regardless if it is me, or another who makes the upload or link, once printed in these pages, it becomes the collective responsiblity of Queenzone - and it is Queenzone who will suffer the wrath of the recording companies.

Why, oh why, can these Queenzone-threating mails NOT be removed - after all, they do break the only fundamental rule set out here.


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Posted: 10 Jul 06, 10:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

John, thank you very much!
Good job - hopefully this will FINALLY end the debate.
I suggest we need something like your posts somewhere very visible as a forum guideline.

But then again... I doubt if this would end it all.
Some people just don't accept facts and prefer to doubt 'our' intentions and rather debate about this again AFTER they uploaded official material.

Btw: in the past posts containing officially released material have indeed been removed every now and then!