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Can you start a product line with ingredients used in a different product

Is it legal to literally purchase all of the ingredients in a product and make your own product with minor changes? Ie; I’m making a hair growing serum but I want to put a small % of Selsun blue (...
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At what point does a wrongful “copyright strike” rise to the level of tortious interference?

There is currently a rapidly growing industry of live-streaming of video games and other general-interest content. A number of "content creators" (aka "streamers") are claiming ...
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What does the wording “wholly unconnected with your employment” mean in a UK Employment Contract

Having some trouble understanding some wording in a contract and how it affects the employee. The main passage is You shall promptly disclose to the Company and to no-one else all copyright works or ...
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Packaging question [closed]

Imagine a person is designing packaging for microfiber towels and wants to use a picture of a Ford Raptor in the front of the packaging, but with the Ford logo removed. Would that be legal?
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I might get sued for web scraping

So I recently made a video on Youtube. This video would help people create a bot that will purchase a product on a famous website called Newegg. The bot will automatically refresh the website every 45 ...
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How much can you change a PPA when converting into Non-Provisional such that you will be able to keep the PPA date? [migrated]

Concerned with PPA “converting” to Non-Provisional I am in the process of drafting up a software Provisional Patent Application. I have an issue in that there are parts of the system that require ...
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Is it legal to use and/or share expired software that is still copyrighted ? Can people still be sued even if the company was bought or dissolved? [duplicate]

Some examples of expired software: Macromedia Flash 8 : Macromedia company bought by Adobe Electric Rain Swift 3D : Electric Rain company went down / disappeared Is it legal to use and/or share ...
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Can humming a bar of music considered as copyright infringement?

I recently saw a tweet claiming a video got a DMCA claim based on humming a part of a song. Can uploading a (monetized) video of humming a bar or two of copyrighted music be considered as copyright ...
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Copyright violations in creating original trivia questions based on popular books, videos and articles

If I compose an online trivia quiz for general users, and create questions such as Q1) To which Hogwarts House did Harry Potter belong ? (based on a Harry Potter book) Q2) Does a honey badger attack ...
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Copyrighting ancient texts

I heard that reprints of ancient texts can only be copyrighted for their format, but not their texts. But if you like the format, how close to the published format can you get before it's copyright ...
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When will Flash copyright expire?

It would seem, Adobe will kill Flash, but not release it's source code under a free License ! -https://blog.adobe.com/en/publish/2017/07/25/adobe-flash-update.html So, when will Macromedia Flash ...
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For a game, what gun names are copyrighted?

If a game designer creates a game where the game uses old soviet weapons and can the game use the name and design picture without copyruight or trademark problems.
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Are press releases copyrighted?

Many companies have a press release section on their websites called newsroom or another similar term, and some even title it "for the journalists". Does that mean those press releases and ...
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Can I sell a figurine of my own design, despite it being a game character?

I am making a Deku scrub figurine from The Legend of Zelda series to 3d print. I decided that I could sell these figurines on Etsy. Is there any legal requirements for the UK where I have to say ...
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Is It Legal to Create A Virtual Copy of a Physical Board Game If I Own A Copy of the Physical Game?

Since COVID-19 has senior centers shut down, I'm thinking of holding a virtual game night at these centers. I'd like to allow the seniors to play games like Risk or Monopoly against each other on ...
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When can I sell 3d models and 2d renders of dead peoples and celebrities?

When is it allowed to create and sell 3d models and 2d renders of existing dead people and celebrities? I can imagine this is not a easy topic and is different depending on the jurisdiction. Here are ...
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Whom can I contact if I'd like to translate a literary work into my mother tongue if the writer is dead and the publishing house no longer exists?

I am carrying out some little translation works for a publishing house and I, personally, want to translate a specific literary work (a novel) that impresses me a lot, into my mother tongue. But the ...
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Does copyright law protect a translation of an ancient work from being translated into a third language?

Jurisdiction: California, USA. If a book was written in Greek two thousand years ago, and someone translated it into English more recently (say, yesterday), and then someone else wants to translate ...
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Is posting in blog format notes from out-of-print book where some content is original and other content is copied word-for-word illegal?

The out-of-print book is Commutative Algebra by Matsumura. For example, you can't buy it on Amazon. I take notes, solve the exercises, but sometimes in my notes (typed) I just copy word-for-word what ...
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Is loading assets from another game's install folder copyright infringement?

Suppose I make a video game which uses assets from another game. The assets are however not included, but rather obtained by loading them from the other game's install folder (the player needs to have ...
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is watching shared Hollywood in you-tube channels illegal? [closed]

I have seen A video on YouTube: AND could you find others video by this link: And i like to know does this video have the correct copyright to be in YouTube site. also as one person that prefer to ...
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I “heart” NY variation [closed]

I have seen a question about variation of "I heart NY" using different place names, but what about a variation of the heart? For instance, if I really dont like Detroit, can I make a ...
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Is the .exe file format copyrighted by Microsoft in a creative naming capacity?

I wanted to know if the name of the .exe file format used by Microsoft Operating Systems is copyrighted. As in, is it possible that I'm committing copyright infringement by adding that suffix ("....
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Copyright Enforcement of Specification Sheets

For the sake of keeping this question focused, I am limiting the subject matter to technical data sheets. More so, to electronic component data sheets. I.e. for such components as resistors, ...
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What rights do lyricists usually grant to composers for musical productions? [duplicate]

Suppose a poet is contacted by a composer inspired by his/her poetry, and they agree to use a few of his/her poems in the composer's new orchestral production (which will be released as a CD). They ...
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Can one rely on copyright holder's vague language?

The author of the Code2000 font stated: Users are required to register the font after a “reasonable” evaluation period if they like the font and continue to use it. However, determining what is “...
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Playing copyrighted music legally -> personal and small group usage

I play guitar. I just want to know what is legal or not regarding my playing copyrighted music. I understand that performing in public (whatever that means!? Formal event? More than just me? Other?))...
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Copyright of children's folklore songs

Suppose artist A wanted to include a song to the tune of a children's nursery rhyme, such as Pretty Little Dutch Girl. This song was written in the 1940s, so if the composer was Australian, it would ...
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when will a UK-published English translation of a Chilean novel reach the public domain in USA

I'm a US ebook publisher looking for out of print books which might be in the public domain which I can digitize. I found a novel which I'd like to investigate. It was originally published in ...
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Enforcing academic integrity in light of Chegg's terms of service

According to Chegg's terms of service, No materials from the Services may be copied, reproduced, modified, republished, downloaded, uploaded, posted, transmitted, or distributed in any form or by any ...
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Copyright statement in contract

I founded my own software development company a couple of months ago. I was able to find a customer now (a smaller football club) that needs a custom software for tracking the staff, players, etc. ...
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Legal status of js code on web-site

Normally, every code, distributed to be run on user machines, come with a license. If you do not agree with a license, you can't run a code. Moreover, license clearly states responsibility of the ...
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Picture of record or book on social media

Say that I am listening to a record. Is it fair use to take a picture of the record cover, e.g. standing behind the turntable, and share it on social media or a blog? Similarly, is it fair use to take ...
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How to describe your experience in your CV/Resume without breaking copyright / GDPR rules?

Are there rules (EU & US) defining how far one can go in decribing his professional experience as a software developer, and telling about the projects he worked on? For example, if I do not ...
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Do I need a permission to create an avatar or a game character based on an Manga/Anime/Cartoon character?

I was thinking of creating digital characters that then I can use as an avatar in a VR (Virtual Reality) chat or in a small game. It is not initiated by any company or anything so I don't know what ...
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Would it be copyright infringement to use a 3d model of appolo ie Without appolo's logo [closed]

I have made a 3d model of APPOLO IE car. The model doesn't contain any kind of logo of appolo. I want to use the model for a animation which I would upload on YouTube. Would I violate any law related ...
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What to do if you are sued for company name that resemble an existing company name in the UK? [closed]

I've been sued by Oracle for company name under the provisions of section 69(0) of the Companies Act 2006 (the Act) in The Company Names tribunal in the UK. My company name is JAVASCRIPT CONSULTING ...
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If I were to transcribe someone's arrangement of a copyrighted piece and credit them, would I violate copyright laws? [duplicate]

I was wanting to transcribe an arrangement of a song from YouTube and make the sheets available on MuseScore, giving credit to the arranger. The arranger hadn't made any sheet music of their ...
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Copyrights of an application with similar name to another application

i has writing a php framework that its features is most important features that are exists in codeigniter and laravel and very very another features that is not exists in another frameworks. it's a ...
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Can I get sued if someone uses a song on my app without proper copyrights?

I have a small social media sort of app, if some user were to use a song on my platform without proper copyrights can the platform(my app) get sued ? No there is no monetization for user.
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Sell art prints online: copyright?

Say I would like to sell hand framed art prints, for decorations, on e.g. ebay. I have some example posters and so on, mainly modern art works from various modern art gallery's, often in the form of ...
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If Google wins Google v. Oracle America then would creating API compatible software clones be legal?

As of this writing, the Google v. Oracle America case over some of the Java APIs is set for argument on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 in the US Supreme court. If Google wins the case will that mean that ...
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Is it illegal if someone posts a photo of me that was taken by their front doorbell without me knowing?

I was given an address from someone who owes me money. I went to the address and rung the door bell, a lady answered the door. I asked if Tom was there, she replied no and no Tom lives here. I ...
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Does EU/US copyright law follow its citizens wherever they go?

Abby lives in the European Union or United States. Abby visits Ben in Country X, which has no copyright laws. Ben has a copy of a movie that is protected under the copyright laws of Abby's home ...
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D&D Manual Copyright

I'm working on a program for D&D enthusiasts that helps dungeon masters keep track of their characters and streamline battles. I want to transcribe the all the monster data in the Monster Manual ...
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Social media posts ownership: US Copyright Office

The US Copyright Office recently introduced in August 2020 the option of copyrighting "short online literary works such as blog entries, social media posts, and short online articles" https:/...
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Can I translate a book with google translate just for myself. Is it legal or not and is it copyright infringement? [duplicate]

When I get textbook, in it cover it’s written that this book may not be copied,
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Can you legally reconstruct public domain content from copyrighted works based on public domain works?

On Worldbuilding Stack Exchange, I described a scenario where Beethoven's 10th Symphony was discovered (in sheet music form). Beethoven is long dead, so the symphony is public domain (to my ...
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Copyright ownership rights of modified software

Say that I buy a ready-built marketplace platform that is a script sold on codecanyon, re-make that platform more than 60%, and basically make it work entirely different than what it was originally. ...
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Who owns the work created on freelance platforms like Fiverr?

Imagine this scenario: I go on Fiverr and hire an artist to create a piece of artwork for me. Everything went well, the artist created the piece, I'm happy with it and I paid for it. Now, who owns the ...

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