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Transforming and saving user uploaded licensed materials

Given I have a web service that processes files uploaded by users (for example images or audio) and lets them download the resulting assets (for instance same images or audio files after some filters ...
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What happens to Rights and IPs after a company dissolve?

So I'm currently trying to figure out what happens to IPs, Copyright, Patents, Trademarks, etc. that a company owns, if said company decides to dissolve itself and cease all operations entirely. Are ...
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For amateur recordings, who owns the video? The camera man or performer?

I would like to make a video where I teach something. My friend has a video camera and is willing to record me. Who would own the video? I ask because I plan on uploading it to some sort of streaming ...
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How can I determine what elements of a work are covered by a copyright mark?

I have sheet music for a piece of classical music that bears the following copyright claim: © 1927 Carl Fischer, New York. © renewed 1955 Fritz Fischer Fischer is a well-known publisher of ...
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Is it legal to create an app, that “streams” a specific game from a website?

It's hard to tell what I mean in just one sentence. For example: If I would create a mobile JnR-App, with Super Mario Textures, Nintendo can sue me. But now, for another example let's take "Gravity ...
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What is the practical difference between “fair use” and “fair dealing” in Copyright law?

In the united-states, fair-use is a defence to copyright infringement. In other jurisdictions, particularly members or ex-members of the British Commonwealth such as united-kingdom and australia ...
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I'm a digital painter, will the art I make be 50% owned by my spouse after marriage?

If I make art like digital paintings, will my spouse own the original files? What about copies of the originals being sold? Is it possible that whatever I do with my creativity can be owned by my ...
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Designating an individual or third-party as DMCA Agent gives extra protection? And is it liable?

According to the United States Copyright Office, https://www.copyright.gov/rulemaking/onlinesp/NPR/faq.html: “A designated agent may be an individual (e.g., “Jane Doe”), a specific position or ...
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Can I use a game to earn “support money”?

Can I use the game to earn the "support money"? Even I not own the game copyright? For example, I use one game to build and made a screen or some character, then I share it, after that I post a link (...
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Is it legal to show real apps screenshots in Udemy course?

I’m making an app design course for udemy. In my course I would like to show screenshots from apps like Instagram, Facebook, Amazon to show different design approaches. Is it legal to show screenshots ...
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Can screenshots from YouTube videos be used in technical manuals and on websites, according to copyright laws?

The screenshots have no persons visible, at least no faces. Is there a difference if the screenshots have been processed with an art filter to look like a drawings.
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Are computer programs copyrightable work?

If the platform is not open-source, is the computer program copyrightable?
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Why do so many pirated software apps and unlicensed copies of things come from China and the surrounding area? [migrated]

I know this is a broad question but is there a reason there is so much copying of intellectual property in China and surrounding countries? It seems there's a stronger culture of copyright and patent ...
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How to protect computer science project from being stolen by “employees” as an individual

I am developing an online platform for renting computer hardware and I've reached the point where I need to create the website. I do not have the required expertise to do that, so I thought I would ...
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How legal is it to use the OLD Minecraft textures in my own game?

Since 1.14, Minecraft has replaced all there texture files with new textures. They still offer the old ones as "Programmer art." I am making my own block sandbox game, and I need textures. However, ...
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Am I Infringing copyright by posting a bunch of (verbatim) quotes from books?

I run a self-improvement oriented community. I continuously read books, some of them quite famous, and provide a summary along with textual quotations from each of the books reviewed. Now here's the ...
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Is it illegal to READ/WATCH copyrighted material?

I know it's illegal to download copyrighted material be it a movie or a book, but the consequences are kinda non-existent cause the FBI has better things to do than track down 15-year-olds downloading ...
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How can I get a patent/Copyright for the puzzle game I invented?

I have invented a new puzzle game which I have able to play on paper. However, I want to create a mobile app/web app to let other users play like other below games. Example: Threes, 2048 But being ...
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Are books in pdfdrive.com legal or illegal?

Is it legal to download books in PDF-format from https://www.pdfdrive.com/ ? How one can verify if the book given in the site is a legal copy or not?
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What license considerations are there when reproducing Soviet art?

I've found some impressive Soviet propaganda posters and I intend to have them printed and hanged in the living room. This is for personal use but it got me thinking. Let's assume I wanted to start a ...
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Can i record a video based on a book and then publish it in Youtube?

I have an idea to record videos based on some books and then publish the videos in my channel in Youtube. Of course, i will write a clear reference to the book and the author. But, i am wondering, ...
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Is musescore.com violating CC-BY-NC by requiring a paid account to download such files?

On musescore.com, there are several song arrangements released under CC-BY-NC (or CC-BY-NC-SA or CC-BY-NC-ND) licenses. However, musescore.com won't let you download many of these unless you have a ...
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Can Fair Use Content be Dubbed?

I made a movie, we used third party content and we claimed fair use. We have the lawyer's opinion letter and we are good for the distribution of the film. However, is it possible to dubbed the fair ...
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Quoting the Good News Translation (GNT) of the Bible in Books (Commercial Usage) - Allowed or Infringes Copyright?

Can the Good News Translation (GNT) of the Bible (copyrighted by American Bible Society) be quoted for commercial usage as part of a book's (ebook, paperback & audiobook versions) or if that would ...
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Do XYZ and MEAT Partners have any legal standing to stop their names from being used? [closed]

Below is similar language to a note my team is preparing to send out to clients, announcing a recent transaction. Everything is factual. While XYZ and/or MEAT have asked us not to use their logo (and ...
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Is it considered copyright infringement if I publish a book on how to do something based on what I learned at a school?

Back in 2012, I took a career exploration at this school. I was so inspired by it that I decided to write a tutorial on how it is done for the purposes of getting started, but not necessarily to ...
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When translating a work of fiction, is the agreement of the original publisher neccessary?

Assume that the author is willing to see their work translated, the translator is hired and the publication on the receiving side has been dealt with. Does the opinion of the original publishing house ...
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When commercial filming is taking place inside or outside, can a member of the public be forced not to record it? [duplicate]

Generally speaking when is it allowed to photograph people? When does someone have the authority to tell you not to? Does anyone have the authority to tell another person not to photograph them, or is ...
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Using information from copyrighted images legal?

I'm looking at a large collection of images of graphs. I want to use the information in the images, not the images themselves. I've made a small program to extract this information, but I was ...
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Is it possible to enter a work into public domain by transfering copyright to a dead person?

If I were to find a dead Canadian, who is deceased long enough that all copyrights they hold have expired, and if this person has no heirs, and if this person has no departing legal requests regarding ...
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Could copyright be placed in bearer format?

Related: Who owns copyright on works found in a storage unit/attic? It's well agreed in the above case that simply coming into ownership of a manuscript, even an original one, does not grant ...
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Am I allowed to make derivative works and profit off of ads next to them, not the derivative works themselves?

Basically the title, I want to create a tool that makes what I think are derivative works (word clouds made of other peoples words). If I wasn't selling the works could I profit off ads next to them? ...
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What is required to transfer copyright when purchasing an original work (with out a contract)?

So this is a follow on question to this. Lets say I buy an original art work (e.g., a painting, not a print) I would expect that the right to make reproductions would now transfer to myself; and ...
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Who owns copyright on works found in a storage unit/attic?

So in this question the OP bought the contents of a storage unit whose owner had failed to keep up with payments. In it they found an unpublished manuscript, which they thought was pretty cool and ...
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What is a technical standard from a Copyright law standpoint?

Take for example a technical standard, that covers some communication protocol or any arbitrary mathematical algorithm. It is an idea of some kind. Could this technical standard be patented? Licensed? ...
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Quoting lyrics one verse at a time

Imagine writing an article or book about philosophy that includes an examination of the lyrics to Don McLean's song American Pie. Obviously, it would be illegal to post the complete lyrics, since ...
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How to cite an image from wiki legally?

this image is being tagged "CC BY-SA 3.0" on wiki. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_setosa#/media/File:Kosaciec_szczecinkowaty_Iris_setosa.jpg I want to cite this image as a figure in my book that ...
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Can the owner of a copyrighted work use an unauthorised derivative work?

Let's say a company makes video games and unauthorised fanart of one of the game's characters is made and posted on the internet. The company finds this fanart and uses it in merchandising etc. Who ...
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How to prevent app to publish except play store?

I have published one application to the play store around 2 years ago. it has a good user base. But my problem is that I found my app on apkpure https://apkpure.com/ also where I have never uploaded. ...
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Bookmarking Service - How much of a website's page is it okay to analyse?

I'm working on an app that could be described as a bookmarking service, where a user can add a URL and build topical lists of interests. For some specific websites that a user could be interested in ...
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Is it legal to copy the design of a website only to demonstrate coding ability to clients, nothing more?

I'm trying to find out what is "fair use" or not. I'm a web developer trying to get off the ground and my website portfolio has nothing. So, I'm thinking to have a section of my website called "how-to ...
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Is a contribution clause necessary in dual-licensed MIT-or-Apache code?

I’ve noticed a lot of dual-licensed MIT-or-Apache Rust projects have added this clause concerning contributions: ### Contribution Unless you explicitly state otherwise, any contribution ...
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What happens if a story is not copy righted

If a person makes a story up and doesn't copyright it can anyone copy it and then copyright it themselves?
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How Can NASA Images/Videos Not Be Copyrighted?

NASA content - images, audio, video, and computer files used in the rendition of 3-dimensional models, such as texture maps and polygon data in any format - generally are not copyrighted. https://www....
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How to dissuade certain organizations using my open source code?

I want to prevent military, policing, and surveillance companies from using my open source code in their projects, through a custom permissive license. Of course, I can't tell the military itself ...
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In the UK, who owns the intellectual property of a thesis?

Assume the following problem: A person decides to create software for his thesis. His application turns out to be very profitable. If he continues creating it, will the University own the ...
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Which U.S. law forbids unlicensed diff files for a copyrighted work?

I know the topic is difficult. But - being a programmer and no lawyer - I want to understand it as best as I can. And it would be good to know the legal issue here for all types of works, not just ...
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When I have the right to use/copy/publish/distribute/etc. content, does this also imply the right to license the content?

I have a website (hosted in the US) where users can publish their content. Per my terms of service, the users license their content to me so that I have the right to use, copy, cache, publish, ...
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Can I publically share these `Public Domain` books from Lulu?

Question: Can I publicly share these 'Public Domain' books from Lulu? In order to tackle the potential x and y problem I want to also share why I want to do this. I am working with a kind of theology ...
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ISP / Internet Cafe liability for copyright infringement in NZ

I recently visited an Internet Cafe in New Zealand that has "Popcorn Time" installed on their computers. "Popcorn Time" is software designed to torrent videos and play them in more-or-less real time. ...