Are barcodes/APN's covered by copyright?

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Quirex
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Posted Fri Feb 25, 2005 2:38AM
Had no idea on this one. got some photos of a guy holding some books witht the barcode visible. No other information about the book or copywritten material is showing, other than the barcode and ISBN for the book itself.

Any ideas if these are allowed? I'd get rid of the barcode but it adds a nice effect.
stwief
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Posted Fri Feb 25, 2005 4:36AM
one of the creteria for objects to be protected by coppyright, is the fact that they contain some kind of an original, creative context.
In the case of regular barcodes, I don't think we can speak of "creative". It's standard generated, based on certain information, and it's commonly used.
If you search for "barcode" on istock, you find quite a lot of pictures, which I think proves my assumption.
Quirex
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Posted Fri Feb 25, 2005 4:44AM
OK thanks, I just wasn't sure because of the ISBN, i guess because whatever book it is could easily be found with that #.

Thanks!
stwief
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Posted Fri Feb 25, 2005 4:52AM
hmm, I didn't look at it that way. I don't know whether an artwork (a book in this case) is protected against linking to it somehow (like this book can be identified by it's ISBN)

beats me...
nano
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Posted Fri Feb 25, 2005 6:54AM
I err on the side of caution and take them out or erase/modify some of the bars so that the number tied into the bar code isn't "real" and not tied into anything that could be related in that subject.

That's just what I do and not "stated policy."
justelaine
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Posted Fri Feb 25, 2005 7:54AM
I'm with nano -- books are identified by barcode just about everywhere, so I would take out the actual ISBN and remove maybe the first and last two or three bars in the code itself.
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Posted Fri Feb 25, 2005 8:34AM
When in doubt take it out. And if you modify it or create a fake one make sure to add that in the description. Hope that helps.
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Posted Fri Feb 25, 2005 10:50AM
Barcodes and ISBN's are not allowed, please remove them from any image.
upsidedowndog
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Posted Fri Feb 25, 2005 2:28PM
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Posted Fri Feb 25, 2005 5:23PM
Class! Dissension within the ranks!
Quirex
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Posted Sat Feb 26, 2005 3:10AM
removed and uploaded!

for anyone interested this is the image pending approval. the barcode was on the back of the red book.

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Posted Mon Feb 28, 2005 8:14PM
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
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