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Does this image with a subject containing graffiti in the background infringe on the graffiti artist's copyright?

Here's the image in question: Basically, the subject in the foreground is showcasing a company's product for an advertisement. The graffiti holder has argued that the image infringes on their ...
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Are you allowed to transcribe a copyrighted manuscript?

Say there is a manuscript such as this that isn't in the Public Domain. I have seen one (don't remember where) where it was a manuscript that the museum said they wanted to share online but is "...
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Are fanarts, fansongs, etc not illegal? Then why aren't they being taken down?

Youtube is plagued by works of this kind: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRhRaWNaSPM Deviantart is plagued by works of this kind: https://www.deviantart.com/harwicks-art/art/Know-When-to-Fold-Em-...
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Can you reuse the text of a contract you've signed with one party with another party?

Relations between individuals and business entities are governed by law; what's not specified in the law, can be specified by a mutually-executed contract. Generally, one party provides the actual ...
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Is this excerpt from a classical piece copyrighted?

I am writing a progressive rock song of around 10 minutes in length. For the first two minutes, I play Shostakovich's Fugue in A Major. This piece is not in public domain, so I know I have to make ...
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Transcribing Ancient Manuscripts from Around the World

As a follow-up/clarification to this question, I would like to ask with a little bit more detail. There are several groups of "ancient" manuscripts and inscriptions which I would like for this to ...
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Using a public domain opera, recorded by someone else, in a parody

I found a YouTube video of a public domain opera, and I want to use the sound portion in a musical parody. I will only use parts of it, alter it dramatically, and wish to claim "Fair Use." Is it ...
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Parody or Infringement? (United States of America)

I am struggling with the difference between these definitions. Q: Is this a Parody or a Copyright Infringement? In a proposed pilot for a TV/Web show aimed at children for edutainment, one of the ...
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Doubt on legality of image modification

I am a photoshop enthusiast, and I have a doubt regarding a specific scenario, however I am very agnostic to law, and there is a scenario where I can't find appropriate information by myself. So the ...
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If I include an unmodified CC-BY-SA work in a book, does the whole book have to be CC-BY-SA?

I'm working on a book. Say I include a single unmodified work in the book that's licensed under Creative Commons-Attribute-Share Alike, for example one picture. Do I have to make the entire book CC-...
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Using excerpts from works for student reading comprehension book. Fair use? [closed]

I am writing a reading comprehension book for students. This book is for-profit. I would like to use excerpts from copyrighted literature books to set up comprehension questions as a learning exercise....
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Are “Social Media Reacts”-videos on youtube legal?

A popular idea behind multiple youtube channels is to pick a certain topic (say, a tv-series) and then post the reactions that people have to that topic on social media, whether that be a post on ...
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I want to use a cover of a song by Alicia Keys and want to know if anyone here can help me figure it out

If an amateur filmmaker wants to use a short clip of a popular song, sung (covered) by a singer other than the one who wrote and popularized it, what permissions, if any, are needed?
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Would a booklet of music and film quotes infringe on copyright?

I am considering creating a booklet with quotes from pop media for commercial use. Something like a list of one-liners from songs from the 80s for example or movies. Would this be legal? I am aware ...
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Writing play based on translated poem

I am currently writing a short 10 minute play adaptation of Layla and Majnun, a poem written in the 12th century by Nizami. To do this I am making use of an English translation of the Persian poem by ...

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