This is a short list of guides and gateways to Oregon self-help litigant and legal information resources. You can drill down into any of these websites and find many more legal resources:
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We’ve had many patrons ask questions about copyright, including an interesting one about getting permission to sell or make reproductions of an original oil painting. If you own an original work of art and are looking for resources on reproducing the artwork for profit and/or obtaining authorization to resell the artwork, including finding the applicable forms, there are a few resources you can try (including our new legal research guide on copyright law).
Permission and copyright in regards to artistic works can be a bit more complex than other forms of copyright. Nolo press publishes a number of excellent copyright-related titles that provide an overview of the issue including: Getting Permission: How to License & Clear Copyrighted Materials Online & Off; Patent, Copyright & Trademark; and The Craft Artist’s Legal Guide (check at your local public library to see if they carry the above-mentioned titles).
Works of visual art are covered by copyright. However, certain kinds of works of visual art (particularly limited editions) are also protected under the attribution and integrity aspects of the Visual Rights Act (VARA), 17 United States Code, Section 106A . Circular 40 from the US Copyright Office covers copyright registration for works of visual art. The Artists Rights Society also covers other rights assigned to artwork creators, including resale rights and moral rights. The Craft Artist’s Legal Guide has a section on what rights a customer has when they buy a work of art. Nolo has an online article that covers the basics of assignments and licensing.
If you’ve been following the news regarding the proposed administrative rule eliminating Native American mascots in Oregon public schools, and wanted to know more administrative rules and administrative law in general, you’re in luck. The Washington County Law Library has a brand new administrative law legal research guide available on its website. You can find more Oregon Legal Research blog posts on administrative law, including an invaluable post on researching the history of an OAR, using the “administrative law” tag. As always, many other legal research guides are available on the law library’s website, and you can always peruse the document index for quick document retrieval.
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The Washington County Law Library has a new legal research guide on appeals, available on our website in a number of places: the What’s New page; the Subjects Guide page; and our lovely Document Index. If you are ever at a loss to find a document on our website, the Document Index page includes every document uploaded to the website. You can also use the labels on the right-hand sidebar of this blog to find posts about appeals.
Take a look at the Lane County Law Library Index to Legal Research Guides. It’s excellent and will just get better and better. They link to useful legal research guides from Northwest law libraries:
· Oregon Administrative Rules
· Obtaining Birth Certificates
· Border Crossing Guide
· How to Find Oregon Appellate Court Briefs
· Consumer Information/Protection
· Criminal Law and Procedure in Oregon
· Debt Collection–Creditor’s Rights
· Foreclosure, Repossession and Liens
· Oregon Forms
· How To Find A Lawyer In Oregon
· Oregon Legal Ethics
· Researching Oregon Legislative History
· Oregon Legislative Records
· Medical Malpractice Issues: Research Sources
· Name Changes in Oregon
· Using the Oregon Revised Statutes
· Finding Public Records in Oregon
· Small Claims Court and Procedures
· Traffic Violations
And, if you’re a Northwest law librarian with a legal research guide not included in this list, let the Lane County Law Librarian know!