Re: [Videolib] Another Copyright Question

Mark Richie (
Thu, 17 Jun 2004 22:11:43 -0400

Somewhere in the copyright code Title 17 is a provision that it is NOT a
violation of copyright for a video store to display a movie on in store
monitors if the purpose is to "promote the sale" of the title. By
extension, one could argue, an artist's painting rendering the cover of
an in-print book could be considered promotion of the book title - even
for circulation.

On the other hand does the artist have a contract for painting the
mural? If so, who owns the copyright to the mural, the library as a
"works made for hire" or the artist? If the artist retains copyright and
there is a suit over depiction of a book cover, is the artist libal or
the library for displaying the painting, or both? I raies these issues
only to point out that our fear of copyright infringmant may have been
raised to a new level. Do the mural, pick what ever covers you want and
enjoy the result . . . 8-)

Linda Stevens wrote:

>This question has nothing to do with films, but I thought I would try to
>take advantage of the copyright experts on this list.
>Our library system has hired an artist to paint a mural in the lobby of our
>newest branch. The artist would like to photograph a picture of books on
>the shelf and use that in the mural. The picture would be of the spines of
>the books, not the front covers. Is this legal or should we ask the artist
>to make up his own titles? Thanks in advance!
>Linda Stevens, Media Specialist
>Harris County Public Library
>8080 El Rio
>Houston, Texas 77054
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