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Why register a logo as trademark if copyright protects it?

If everything I created is protected by the copyright; No one can use it without my permission. Why would I need to register it as a trademark to protect it? If something is too simple to create, it ...
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Could asking an author for a copy of their research article be illegal?

I've been following an interesting Twitter conversation which raised the idea that merely asking a researcher for a copy of a paper they've written could be against the law. From the linked tweet: ...
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Are pirated movies and software legal for personal use?

Is it legal to download pirated movies or software for personal---that is non-commercial---use?
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Old Photo copyright

Almost finish with writing a business book - and am going through some of the illustrations to make sure I have copyright permissions and attributions. Here's a problem I've encountered: There are a ...
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Section 107 and 108 of the 1976 United States Copyright Act

I have seen an book Chemistry Essential for Dummies on web which says that No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, ...
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Is it illegal to record a voicemail greeting?

Let's say I wanted to compile voicemail greetings for a fun project which may be put online. The voicemails would be of school district administrators from their office phone numbers. Would the ...
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Personal copying of source code from a programming book

Many books on computer programming publish source code listings and example programs as part of the printed book to demonstrate some aspect of the language. When I'm learning from such books, I ...
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Sharing sports video clips, is it Fair Use?

I own a little Instagram page related to football, and one question came to mind. Let's say that I take a video showing a beautiful goal from a soccer game and share it to Instagram, Twitter, or any ...
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Legality of Music Transcription Service

I'm considering creating a music transcription service as a side hobby project. With this service, clients could request that I transcribe a song (or parts of a song) for them in exchange for a fee. I ...
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How does Akinator not violate copyright law?

Akinator, the app and website, both display images of what I assume is copyrighted material. How do they manage to get around copyright law? Is this considered fair use?
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Can I used an ASCII generated version of a copyrighted image in my game?

I'm going to guess the likely answer is no, but I'm interested to know more. So let's say I have an image of James Bond from Goldeneye. Then let's say I run it through ASCII art generator such as ...
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Why don't publishers release journal articles whose copyright have expired into Public Domain?

Consider this journal article by John Maynard Keynes, a British economist who died in 1946 (the article in question was published in 1943). The journal (still published) is based in the UK, and thus, ...
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Can taking notes violate copyright?

Can a person violate copyright by taking notes? For example if I am reading a book and want to copy a full paragraph, word for word, into my notes and don't cite it, is that copyright violation? What ...
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copyright, fair use and online dictionaries/translations/word list

For a language app I need short word bilingual definitions and word lists, containing info such as word frequency and part of speech. I would like to use a selection of many online sources to do this....
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Darth Vader mask trademark copyright

Okay so I created a Typographic image. (an image that forms the shape of something only using text/fonts) Now i want to submit this as a piece of work for a university project 'create a typographic ...
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Is it illegal to aggregate and publish publically available personal information?

Is it against the law to aggregate and publish legally gathered, publically available information such as: Social media usernames Real names Date of Birth City/Country Screenshots of posts/comments ...
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Copyright infringement of 10 second music clip

I have recently created an animation/parody of famous song and have added about an 8 second clip of the song as the background audio for my animation. However, I would like to post the animation (...
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Would it be illegal to make a exact replica of a browser game for Android?

I found this browser game that I really like and that I think could easily be ported to Android. Would it be illegal/could I get in trouble for taking this browser game and making an exact replica of ...
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To share a summary of a book, and put my name on it, is illegal?

I made a summary of a book I used in class years ago in order share it with my students. In the summary, I took whole sentences and equations from the original book, and reduce the pages from 600 to ...
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Would the Oracle v. Google lawsuit imply that any API can be re-implemented, including hardware CPU ISAs?

I understood that the lawsuit implies that APIs are not copyrightable. Hardware CPU ISAs (e.g. x86 and ARM) are an API (?), and could have different implementations. However, there are precedents ...
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Possible to leverage copyright law in a way that enables the right to be forgotten?

If I understand correctly, the "right to be forgotten" legislation and related efforts allows a content owner (human) to prevent derived works from being displayed in a search engine about themselves. ...
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How to avoid copyright infringement when quoting/sourcing a reference work?

If I was engaging in a for-profit activity (writing a book that will be sold or starting a monetized blog, for example) that required the use of many scientific facts, how would I go about collecting ...
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Use of illegally downloaded fonts

If a person downloads a font illegally, but doesn't use it for commercial purposes, what are the legal and ethical implications of their usage? Could the font be ethically (and legally) used for ...
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Can I share an academic article with people who contact me via email after they have seen my web annotation?

Am I allowed to share an academic journal article (e.g. downloaded from ScienceDirect) with people who contact me via email through a Hypothesis annotation that I left on the web page of the ...
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Is it legal to reproduce readings from a textbook on a personal blog?

I'm reading a textbook on Ancient Greek that has readings at the end of each chapter. After I finish the reading, I would like to publish my translation to my blog, and above my translation reproduce ...
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Does this usage fall under “fair use”?

I am considering writing an open source software, which would help writers and editors in their work. For this means, it would incorporate suggestions based on statistical analysis of English book ...
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guidelines for using fragments of film within other film

I'm writing a screenplay where a character is obsessed with a movie, and I want to show him watching this movie three times, each scene includes a segment of about a 60 seconds. What would be the ...
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Intellectual Property Issues associated with a Public Speach?

Can a public speech be copyrighted or otherwise protected with regard to intellectual property ?? (with regard to Melania Trump’s speech before the Republican National Convention)
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Is a gif of a feature film, or a still of a video clip, always fair-use?

How far does the fair-use doctrine go? For example, it seems like many popular feature films have become part of the GIF and internet meme culture, where GIFs of various episodes are posted on ...
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Legal to create a publicly-available multiple choice test on a publicly-available resource?

I am a web developer, and also have children, and had the idea of creating multiple choice tests on a "resource". Take for example a BBC nature documentary on Netflix. Actually that's NOT public so ...
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Is using Twitch-broadcasts solely for research fair use?

For my bachelor thesis, I need to download ~10Tb of data from Twitch via Twitchleecher. I would like to use it for Deep-learning (emotion recognition), which means processing the data and deleting it ...