When preparing your presentation for use on a cruise ship or a keynote or training etc, be careful as to where your source material comes from. US Copyright law gets revised periodically, and ignorance is no excuse in a courtroom. In summary, the public domain consists of ideas, facts, mathematical theories, history, and works with expired copyrights.
A work does not enter the public domain simply because it is accessible to the public online. A “work” has a copyright the moment it becomes fixed in a tangible medium of expression. The author of the work does not need to take any formal steps, such as registration, to receive a copyright. It is NOT necessary to put the © mark, although it will deter amateurs. It can’t hurt. Copyright is automatic, and thus a work cannot enter the public domain until its copyright has expired. Anything before 1922 is fair game – there was no law then!
The Copyright Act gives the owner of a copyrighted work five exclusive rights: (1) the right to reproduce the work; (2) the right to prepare derivative works; (3) the right to distribute the work; (4) the right to publicly perform the work; and (5) the right to publicly display the work.
My suggestion – be careful. You never know who “owns” the photo or words. They can sue you for big bucks. Attribution may help but is not legally binding. Check with your lawyer for an in depth discussion. Read this article for more information.
As if we cruise ship lecturers didn’t have enough to compete with to get the attention of the 3,000, 4,000, 5,000 or more cruisers.
To be sure, the cruise lines go out of their way to make cruises the experience of a lifetime for its passengers – including putting the best lecturers on board possible. And why not?
Royal Caribbean has announced that they will have Tony Award-winning Mama Mia playing on one of their cruise ships – The Quantum of the Seas. Coming in November 2014.
When I am not talking on board, which is about 164 out of the 168 hours I am on board, I, too, look for other things to do.
I have seldom been disappointed by the evening shows. There was this magician once, however.
Royal Caribbean does great shows. Their on board staff works hard and it shows for their musical productions.
RCI has done Hairspray, Chicago: The Musical and Saturday Night Fever.
If I were a cruise ship lecturer, I’d do a series on musicals, their history, their impact, their stars, their venues …
My bet is there is somebody reading this who knows a LOT about musicals, has done many a review, or just has seen a lot of them.
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The last MeetUp for Cruise Ship Lovers featured Madlen Saddik. She is a travel consultant who provided a lot of information on Cruises sailing out of San Francisco.
She explained that Princess is basing a ship at Pier 35 on the Embarcadero. Either the Star Princess or the Grand Princess will originate trips from there. These include Alaska, Mexico, Hawaii, Panama Canal and California Coastal runs. It is VERY convenient to just drive to San Francisco to depart then pick up your car at the end and head home. Just think – no jet lag as before when you had to fly to far away ports.
Last year, I did a ship speaking gig out of SF. My wife drove me up and picked me up at the end. If you are further away, you can make a long weekend of it and stay in the City before you get on board.
Madlen also told us that the Grand Princess has a neat offering. You can visit the ship while in dock and take a tour before it heads out. No obligation. This is for those who want to “see what’s it’s like,” before committing to a cruise. For $39 each you get a nice lunch and access to roam around the major areas of the Grand PLUS get an included high rez photo of you on the ship. Those alone usually sell for $30 and up on cruises. The point being that if you like the digs, you can apply that money to a future booking. Neat.
If you missed the meeting – you really missed out. Madlen is at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. See you in October.