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Could Apple legally steal a leaked design and claim it as their own?

Almost every year, millions wait in anticipation to hear about what new products will be announced during Apple's scheduled launch events. Weeks and days before, the press publishes photos obtained ...
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If a copyrighted article is published in a copyrighted platform, then who own the copyright?

For example, this article Law and Ideology is posted in the platform Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. In the bottom of the article it cites: Copyright © 2019 by Christine Sypnowich christine....
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Can I use Football Team Names and Logos on my website

I have recently uploaded my 3rd year project about creating a premier league refereeing website. I've had quite a lot of fun developing it and I want to develop this further outside of the university ...
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Is it allowed to use an Apple/Google logo on an QR code linking to their app stores?

Typically, online you have got badges with links to app stores. However, in print media it makes sense to use QR code. But then, if you have two QR codes, one for Apple and one for Google, they will ...
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Reusing copyrighted content (science/EU)

This question is similar to Can taking notes violate copyright? Is taking notes copyright infringement? However, I seek an answer in the context of the laws of the European Union (not, necessarily, ...
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Someone took a picture of me with my camera, at my request. Who owns the copyright? [duplicate]

I am digitally archiving photographs taken by my deceased relative. Most of the time it is clear they took the pictures, but once in a while in a film roll there is a picture of the relative, clearly ...
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Would this be infringement?

Would a journalist who copied another journalist's work substantially be accused of copyright infringement? Are journalists able to use the 'fair dealing' as per U.K. law to make use of one's work ...
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Does something have to be original to be a work?

I've read the multiple definitions of 'originality' regarding copyright, and I am still not convinced whether something has to be a work first for it to classify as possibly an original one if that's ...
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Protect my JavaScript librar [closed]

Please read carefully and help me, I am a web developer and I have built a JavaScript library for my future projects that I will sell on markets like Envato. I need a license that saves my rights that:...
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Idea-expression dichotomy

Would it lead to copyright protection if one were to record someone's speech, a speech in which the most half-baked ideas are advanced with such conviction that the general public takes them seriously?...
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Licence for Windows API

Is a licence required for calling operating system functions provided by Windows or calling its kernel? Is any licence required to use dll files of win API (linking but not distributing)? If yes, what ...
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Are exercises in language books copyrighted?

Good afternoon, I am working on a language app to learn languages, and I was thinking to include sentences and dialogues for the users to practice their languages.
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Using lyrics in an app to learn languages

I am working on an app to learn languages, and beside the usual texts, dialogues, and lists of words, I was thinking to include also written lyrics of famous songs, to help the users practicing the ...
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Is a work copyrighted on fixation or publication? What's the difference? How is it proved?

This is in part a followup to this comment in which a user wrote: “fixation” broadly depends on publication. How else d’you think fixation is established? In a later comment the same user wrote: In ...
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Can I post on Twitter a stock photo without paying?

Found a cool image: https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/photo/urban-crowds-of-people-from-above-royalty-free-image/1180113568 There are many jurisdictions: Twitter jurisdiction Getty Images ...
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Creative Commons ShareALike LaTeX template

I am writing a book in LaTeX. I am using a LaTeX template that has a Creative Commons NonCommercial ShareALike license (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0). I would like my ebook (pdf and epub formats) to have the ...
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My employee used someone else's work. Am I liable?

Suppose that an employer has hired a work-for-hire employee who was directed to produce some work for the employer. It was clearly stated in their contract that everything submitted by the employee ...
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How can Heroes of Might and Magic 3 feature Beholders when the same thing was banned from Tibia by Wizards of the Coast?

Facts that I managed to find: Heroes of Might and Magic 3 features beholders (a monster in the Dungeon town), a flying brain-like blob with multiple eyestalks and one large center eye that shoots ...
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Can an operating system make terms for apps that run on it, or can third parties do the same?

This is in continuation to the question here :If an app is built on a GPL Operating System must it also be GPL? Say a user is using a default calendar app and the operating system provides an inbuit ...
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What legal rights does ownership of music grant me?

I am looking into music distribution service called TuneCore and can see the following in the terms of music distribution: (b) By clicking the “I Agree” button, you irrevocably grant to Company, ...
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Legality of dual use software that could help with games

Say I have tremors, and I edit my GPL mouse driver to use image analysis to identify icons on the screen that I am trying to click on, and click on them for me, similar to a snap to grid functionality....
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What if a copyright registration service goes bust?

When I create a song I immediately upload it to dropbox. That way I can make sure I can recover it if my hard drive is failing (as i don't have redundancy) but also to show I have a tangible form of ...
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Examples for songs copyright violation

it looks like you have to learn from examples of what constitutes copyright violation when sampling someone else's tune for example in a hip hop song (or even in a rap song). I used search engine ...
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Can you post a picture in your business to embarrass or defame a customer?

I paid a debt to the late husband of a woman who now owns the local hardware store. Without talking to me about the debt, she posted my photograph of me that she copied off my Facebook account. She ...
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How similar should a tune be to constitute theft of someone else's tune?

i am a composer of hip hop songs. As opposed to rap songs, hip hop songs are very melodic by nature. now sometimes i get inspired by someone else's tune, or write my own tune and then find out ...
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When to publish my song

When i work on a song i usually start with the beat. I then add some lyrics and change their melodic composition until it fits with the beat. i then do improvement, for example try singing like a girl ...
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Music- what if I move or cancel distribution service

Suppose a songwriter wants to use a distribution service to push songs to spotify. From reviews on YouTube all of the distributors (ditto, distro kid, ccd babe etc.) they all have their influencers ...
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Publishing an interview/conversations in a book without explicit consent

Let's say I've conducted an interview/conversation as the interviewer with someone. I didn't tell him I may publish that interview (in a book or elsewhere) as I wasn't thinking of publishing it at the ...
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Do catalogs fall under copyright laws?

I have a lot of catalogs featuring different products, and basically what I want to know is if there can be a problem to upload all those in a github repository so that anyone can download them, ...
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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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Can I copy and sell any boat designed prior to 1924?

Keyword: “hull splashing” I have heard that any copyright created prior to 1924 is expired. Therefore, my question: If this is true, can I simply copy and sell any boat designed prior to 1924, i.e. ...
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Is Udemy course material copyrighted

Udemy claims that all the videos and course content are copyrighted, but does that also hold for the material of the course? For example, could someone use an app from a Udemy course as a starting ...
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Can Indian Company file a Civil Suit against a Foreigner

A common foreign client is simultaneously in discussion with Company A and Company B in India. The so called client states that Company B product is a copy of Company A's product during the demo ...
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Are open source software licenses really irevocable under US law?

Many open source software licenses, such as the Apache 2.0, the GPL ver 3, the EUPL ver 1.2, the OSL ver 3.0, and other copyleft licenses such as the CC-BY-SA 2.0 license purport to provide a license ...
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If one is the owner of an MIT licence, can that person relicense the software?

Suppose that someone (S) has supervised a group of students for a school project to produce software. This software is licensed under the MIT License and the copyright notice caries the name of the ...
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Is hosting copyrighted for personal backup purposes illegal

Suppose that there is a website that allows users to upload game ROMs. These are copyrighted material. Users can only access files that they have uploaded. Is this illegal? Would having the files ...
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Using copyrighted content as a profile image in the European Union

In online communities such as the StackExchange network, many people use images of their favorite movie or comic characters as profile images/avatars. In the US, this is apparently legal due to the &...
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Can a copyright holder legally remove another holder from license copyright, then expand it to all contributors?

The original author of a MIT-licensed project "merged" a large set of changes I authored, which included an addition of my name to the copyright line of the license. Later on, the original ...
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UK Copyright and IPR in the course of employment: Employee vs Worker

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1988/48/section/11: 2)Where a literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work or a film, is made by an employee in the course of his employment, his employer is the ...
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Is news aggregation for headlines only legal?

Is it legal to display recent news that are collected from multiple news sites on my page? The goal is to show daily news (100 articles), side by side, that are collected from an api. Single instance ...
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Copyright infringement and reproduce in web application

I want to know the actual meaning of infringement and reproduce in web application development. I understand that we can take copyright for the Code base (i.e., Source code) or layout of the website ...
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Web Application and its Copyrights classification [closed]

I wanted to know the facts behind the Web Application Hosting and its classification respective to copyrights. I know the streaming of Video / Audio over Internet its comes under OTT (over-the-top) i....
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What happens to 'copies' after transferring all rights associated with copyright?

Assuming I create some artwork. Now I create copies or derivatives of that artwork (which, if they were made by someone else, would infringe on my copyright) and sell some and keep others. Now, at a ...
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Is it a copyright/trademark violation for indirect use of famous brand names in product taglines?

Is there any copyright or trademark violation if a company uses a tag line 'Inspired by [Some Famous Brand]' (Note: This is for the marketing tag line, not logo) The objective is to associate one's ...
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Fair Use of Photo as a Derivative Work - copyright photograph with substantial new elements

This is a real instance, but I'm going to avoid names. I downloaded a photograph found via Google - a still from a famous show. This is an image of a television character in a known location that was ...
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Fair Use and DMCA [closed]

My project (EditVideoBot) is an automated 'Twitter bot' program that allows users to edit videos within Twitter (they can add music to the video, or their own text, etc). My first account I ran this ...
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Copyright issue of recorded video game when publishing research paper about it?

I'm preparing research about a music-based arcade game, playable in the arcade game center. Requiring video dataset (including music in it), I recorded videos from the game playing by myself. I'm ...
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Video game that refers to other games and movies

Would it be possible to create a game that refers to other games and/or movies without any form of agreement with the license owners of those titles? Think "Ready player one", first level is ...
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What counts as a binding notice of copyright in older books?

What counts as a binding notice of copyright in older books? Some just show the author or company and the date with no copyright symbol. Say if it just says the company and 1920 with no copyright ...
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Technical Standards and Papers - Can the equations be copyrighted

This question is very similar to Licensing Issues of Methods for software and Copyright of technical standards however, the answers are, likely quite rightly unclear as it may depend on a specific ...

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