okay so i've already posted on the topic of exposure and copyrighted materials.
WHAT WORKS ARE PROTECTED?
Copyright protects "original works of authorship" that are fixed in a tangible form of expression. The fixation need not be directly perceptible so long as it may be communicated with the aid of a machine or device. Copyrightable works include the following categories:
1. literary works;
2. musical works, including any accompanying words
3. dramatic works, including any accompanying music
4. pantomimes and choreographic works
5. pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works
6. motion pictures and other audiovisual works
7. sound recordings
8. architectural works
WHAT IS NOT PROTECTED BY COPYRIGHT?
Several categories of material are generally not eligible for federal copyright protection. These include among others:
1-Works that have not been fixed in a tangible form of expression (for example, choreographic works that have not been notated or recorded, or improvisational speeches or performances that have not been written or recorded)
2-Titles, names, short phrases, and slogans; familiar symbols or designs; mere variations of typographic ornamentation, lettering, or coloring; mere listings of ingredients or contents
3- Ideas, procedures, methods
, systems, processes, concepts, principles, discoveries, or devices, as distinguished from a description, explanation, or illustration
4-Works consisting entirely of information that is common property and containing no original authorship (for example: standard calendars, height and weight charts, tape measures and rulers, and lists or tables taken from public documents or other common sources)
Although im against exposure there is nothing illegal about "exposing" magic tricks. What is illegal is if you were to buy an instant download and than turn around and sell the same video claming that it was your work.The video is protected. The method behind the effect is not protected nor is the effect itself. If the effect used or was a gimmick , that gimmick would be protected. If you were to to put the work into some tangible for like recording the performance of the effect on video. In that situation that performance is protected.
Or in our case we are dealing with the method
behind releasing yourself from regulation handcuffs ex: smith and wesson 100's. The fact is there is nothing wrong with discussing this. More over i know that there is very very little educational material on the art of escapology. Dixie Dooleys box set is good. Although it lacks in very detial " how to" information. It doesn't go into details as to pick or shim cuffs. I feel we are all aspiring magicians and escape artists. If we dont give each other a hand and help our younger memembers who will take our place when we are no longer around too? The point is we have to keep the art alive. It's not like the person asking is some random person on the street. He wants to learn and is expressing the fact that he needs help.
Further more.. no magic trick "method" can be copyrighted or patented. The idea of exposure falls in to the "trade secret" realm. It's not illegal to expose any effect, it is simply considered wrong and unprofessional. Also, there is a huge difference in exposing magic to the public but is a completley different when you are teaching a fellow magician.
All Copyright information was cited from www.copyright.gov