Questions tagged [attribution]

The attribution tag is for questions about providing acknowledgement of the original or prior author(s) of or contributors to a work protected by copyright particularly as required by Creative Commons or similar licenses.

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Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5: Question

I have a question pertaining to the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 license. Let's say I make a documentation-like website using information that came from articles licensed under the ...
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Will using CC by-sa content in a book prevent me from holding copyright?

I've been reading up a little bit on the CC by-sa license, because I found a really helpful Stack Exchange answer that I would like to use in a book that I am selling. This answer is really short (...
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Can I purchase the right of attribution from the creator in a work released under CC BY-SA?

CC BY-SA 4.0 requires attribution as specified in § 3(a)(1), If You Share the Licensed Material (including in modified form), You must: identification of the creator(s) of the Licensed Material and ...
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Does CC BY-SA permit denial of attribution if the requested pseudonym is political?

According to CC-BY-SA 4.0, § 3(a)(1), "Attribution. If You Share the Licensed Material (including in modified form), You must: [...] retain the following if it is supplied by the Licensor with ...
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Does acceptance of communication with identifying characteristics originating from a disputed territory imply recognition of that territory?

To give an example: One of the more well known currently disputed territories is Crimea. As telecommunication services, and users of such, do continue to operate from that territory under the aegis of ...
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Creative commons attribution and GDPR

When using content released under an open licence such as creative commons, it might be required to provide attribution to the author. For instance, if I were to use this image from Wikimedia Commons ...
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Is it legal to download and host your own copy of a PDF (or any file) that you didn't originally author?

New York state (US) here. I am putting together a presentation for my company and found a PDF online that I would like to provide a link to, so that anyone reviewing my presentation after the fact can ...
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Attribution of a photo under the "GNU Free Documentation License 1.2"

What would be a way for attributing a photo using the GNU Free Documentation License 1.2 only? Hypothetically, would this be one way? : “Image by Jon Proctor. Retrieved June 24, 2020, from https://...
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Is it possible to require removal of attribution under BY-SA for distributions not yet created?

CC BY-SA 4.0 §3(a)(3) requires that attribution of licensed material be removed if the licensor requests it. As the licensor, is it possible to make this request in advance of the redistribution of ...
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"Etsy" plans as download - license, restrictions?

"Etsy" is an online platform designed to allow individuals to sell models via a standardized platform. Some sellers off downloadable files, containing plans to recreate those models. Example, rubber ...
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Picture credits -> must the page of inclusion be named?

we're currently developing a website. For this we use pictures for which we need to place an attribution on the legal notice page. Now we're wondering if it's enough to place the following ...
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How can Wikipedia Creative Commons images be attributed in video?

I have wondered this for a while but have not been able to find sufficient information about it. Most media on Wikipedia is listed under the Creative Commons license. This means that it's free but ...
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Is it necessary to audibly announce a copyright notice when using music licensed under Creative Commons Attribution?

I would like to use music licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) as on-hold music; however, the only way to provide attribution would be to announce a copyright notice ...
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Would someone actually sue me for attributing them?

Imagine my goal were to openly copy copyrighted work in a perfectly legal way. Sometimes people go to court to debate whether someone copied part of a work or made it from scratch. We'll assume I copy ...
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Using emoji in my iPhone app

I am developing an iPhone app that uses emoji from difference sources including Facebook Facebook Messenger docomo (the original set of emoji) Gmail (not the ones that come stock in android OS) KDDI ...
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Copyright vs. right to attribution

Feist Publication, Inc. v. Rural Telephone Service Co., 499 U.S. 340, 349-50 (1991) (citations omitted) gives the primary purpose of copyright: The primary objective of copyright is not to reward ...
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How much can I quote from an academic book for my lecture notes?

I'm writing lecture notes for one of my exams, both as a process to learn the subject well and to be able to share it with other students later. The official lecture notes are just slides and are ...
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Creative Commons: Is attribution of the original creator needed for a derivative work?

Imagine I have created a video which I have licensed under CC-BY 4.0. Person B created a new video for which he included parts of my video (whereby he attributed me in a proper way). My question: ...
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CC-BY Layers of people

How does the attribution part of the CC license work when you have people copying from a third party source? For example, if Person A posted a video on a website under the license CC-BY, Person B ...
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Howto correctly attribute GPL material in GPL software?

If one integrates content (code, fonts, etc.) that is published under GPL in a software application that is published under GPL as well, how to correctly attribute the authors of the integrated parts? ...
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Can I remove inline citations while copying Wikipedia texts?

Many Wikipedia articles have inline citations like this one: Honey gets its sweetness from the monosaccharides fructose and glucose, and has about the same relative sweetness as granulated ...
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Can I attribute my game to a game studio that isn't registered as an LLC, INC, etc

I asked a somewhat related question over here. There reason I want to attribute my game to a "random studio" is for the sole purpose of getting a domain with the same name as my studio and point ...
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Attributing Wikipedia articles in a book

I have written a book. It is a collection of texts copied from Wikipedia articles. Then I attach multiple-choice questions for checking students' reading comprehension. Is it enough if I state that ...
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Moral rights / attribution for software written for a company

I understand that software written during a employment/contract with a Company belongs to said Company (e.g. they hold the copyright to software source code and other IP produced during the course of ...
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Mention of open source license in product

We have a product that heavily relies on open source licenses like Apache 2.0, GPL etc. Our product is a service that we host inhouse and our customers use (like Basecamp), like a Saas, so nobody ...
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Can I get in trouble for not giving Oracle credit in my Java game?

So I was planning on making a game for my favorite Youtuber, and I'm not sure if I will get into trouble with Oracle (since I am making it in Java) if I don't give credit to them for using their ...
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