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Re: More on the Gulf Breeze copyright issue

From: c549597@showme.missouri.edu [Barbara Becker]
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 1997 11:21:12 -0500
Fwd Date: Sun, 19 Oct 1997 17:59:57 -0400
Subject: Re: More on the Gulf Breeze copyright issue

> To: updates@globalserve.net
> From: Mark Cashman <mcashman@ix.netcom.com>
> Subject: More on the Gulf Breeze copyright issue
> Date: Tue, 14 Oct 1997 02:27:05 -0700

> On p 134 of the MUFON Symposium proceedings, 1988...

> "In early December, the National Enquirer contacted Duane Cook
> about buying rights for a one-time publication of the photos he
> had published. The Enquirer offered Duane several thousand
> dollars for these rights. Since Mr. X had indicated that Duane
> could have the photos, Duane accepted the offer."

The only thing this confirms is that Duane Cook KNEW, when no one
else did, that Ed Walters was "Mr. X."  For your information,
regardless of how you decide you want the law to be, ED WALTERS
owns the copyright, (registered at the LOC) for photos 1 through
19 on his first copyright registration.  So if Duane Cook "gave"
the photos to the ENQUIRER and if they used them "ONE TIME", then
it was with ED WALTERS NOT DUANE COOKS permission.

> I think there are two things clear from this about journalistic
> attitude toward copyright with regard to anonymous photos. 1)
> Cook believes that the Sentinel owns such photos and can legally
> sell rights pertaining to them, and 2) the Enquirer agrees, since
> they contacted Cook to make the deal.

The ENQUIRER contacted Cook because he knew how to contact Walters.

> Note that these are not the Believer Bill or Jane photos - Cook
> actually has a contact with regard to these photos, unlike the
> situation with Bill or Jane where total anonymity is the case.
> Yet Cook still accepts the offer. This would tend to substantiate
> that he would believe he would have the right to assign copyright
> to Ed.

Cook cant "assign" anything to anybody.  He doesnt own any of the
photos nor does he own the copyright.  No matter how hard you
wish Dorothy, it aint gonna happen.


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