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Questions tagged [copyright]

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Freely accessible work on the Internet: publication or public performance/display?

I have long been under the impression that making one's own copyrightable work available on the Internet for free does constitute publication for the purposes of copyright law in most/all Western ...
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How can a copyright liccense be irrevocable under US law

The various creative commons licenses and various copy-left and similar licenses all claim to be "perpetual" or "irrevocable" -- to last for the term of the copyright. For example, the CC-BY 4.0 ...
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Can a copyrighted work be asigned via an adhesion contract?

Let's say you're the author of a book. Then you want to post a chapter online on some website. Or upload it for ePublishing. It doesn't matter where, but let's say that somewhere in that site's eight-...
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What practical confidentiality protections can BSA offer to software piracy whistleblowers?

This question refers to a form for reporting software piracy. That page has an FAQ question: If I report software piracy to the BSA, will my name be kept confidential? Your name will never be ...
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Is it legal to translate light novel works from Korea and publishing it on a website located in the EU?

According to this article Translation is typically considered a derivative work. While this varies from country to country, translation is considered derivative because it exists in relation to an ...
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Is it legal to store copyrighted content on other mediums for personal use?

Suppose, I have purchased a DVD of movie and my PC's DVD drive has problem. Is it legal to copy content the DVD of movie to a flash memory and then use it on my PC?
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Way to first publish a work outside of the US in the Internet era

Suppose that I live outside of the US and have a standalone website where I post original works created by myself: photos, articles, software sources, music etc. The site is hosted outside of the US ...
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Must I always ask permission if I use code someone other wrote?

I was told that it might be useful to publish something on Github to get a job. I was wondering if there are any copyright issues here: Suppose I got an idea of a small program. I do it mostly by my ...
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Can Snapchat sue me if I use name “Snap” in my commercial project?

I plan to name my commercial web project as ____Snap. My website will be unrelated to what SnapChat is offering and in a different industry, but idea of short living content is the same.
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Can I use my own Open Source code in commercial software I'm writing?

If I release some code that I wrote myself with an Open Source license (a WordPress plugin with the GPL2 license, https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-2.0.html), can I then use my own code in commercial ...
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Is making a home music server legal?

I am planning to make a Local-Area-Network personal music server program. The idea is that the program lets you host your music so you can stream it from any of your devices on your local network (...
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Can you unilaterally renege on a signed contract if the other party tries to push you into doing something illegal?

This question came up when I was reading this recent thread: Is it illegal to infringe copyright if your boss or your client ordered you to do it? in which that the poster was asking about a ...
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Are the images pulled from the google places API allowed to be used on our website?

We want to pull info and images from google’s places API for our travel website. We are trying to figure out if these images are able to be used or will we run into copyright issues? Thanks
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How the rights work about selling a program which works with other open source code?

I'm a little confused about the copyrights and etc. I'm working on an indie game by myself and I don't have the capacity to make everything myself, so I use open source libraries like LWJGL,dyn4j,...
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combining stock images and footage

If I license stock images/video footage from a stock image company and alter and recombine them in a layered composition with my own original elements added to create a new image/video composed of ...
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Single Frame from a 1973 Movie

I want to use a single frame from a movie made in 1973 in an email marketing piece. The thing being sold is software used in law schools and is not entertainment. It's use is to compare the 1973 ...
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Private copies of books

Consider a book copyrighted by someone. Is it legal (in India? in USA?) to make an audio recording of the book and give copies privately to a handful interested people who ask for it?
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Is it illegal to infringe copyright if your boss or your client ordered you to do it?

The first possible scenario is this: suppose you work in a company, and you need to install some software for a client. The software needs to be purchased, but the boss tells you to just download it ...
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Does this image with a subject containing graffiti in the background infringe on the graffiti artist's copyright?

Here's the image in question: Basically, the subject in the foreground is showcasing a company's product for an advertisement. The graffiti holder has argued that the image infringes on their ...
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Data Scraping public athlete name and performance data. Does this need to be treated as personal data?

Consider the following data for amateur/professional athletes: Athlete name, Athletic event + best performance data e.g.: Joe Bloggs 5k 19:00 10k 40:00 Half Marathon 85:00 other events etc... and ...
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Does a shareholder of a company also have copyright rights?

If I buy, say, a share in The Walt Disney Company, does that give me part ownership in the intellectual property? Does this ownership then give me the right to copy it?
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Closed-source licence that limits liability and warranty [closed]

Is there any software licence that I can freely grab that only limits my liability while not additionally allowing any distribution and have other open-source permissions? Since what I understand is ...
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Is it legit to use Custom Controller Buttons in Games?

I'm making buttons for my own controller in my Game. For example, the attached images will appear to indicate the player to press the A or B Buttons. The image resembles Xbox Controller Buttons. So, ...
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Does it possible trademark of word “cplusplus”?

The website http://www.cplusplus.com/ uses word cplusplus. Is it ok if someone also use word cplusplus for blogging purpose in another extension? I guess, word cplusplus is a common word in ...
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Application code shared between GNU and Comercial software

We have a software of our authory and made by our company, We have licensed a sub part of it as GPL v2 and still develloping a professional version with more features and that shares the code we ...
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Jurisdition of copyright infrigment [duplicate]

No actual case going on here, just a question for my general understanding. Lets say there is a project release under a GPL license, or any other open source license. Given that most open source is ...
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Can I legally live stream or publish a Stratego game video without permission?

I play imperfect information games, such as Stratego. Live streaming and publishing on YouTube / Twitch is a thing nowadays. On gaming sites, people use avatars that do not directly identify their ...
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Is the Pelosi-Trump “f-you clap” State of the Union photo in the public domain?

According to https://www.cjr.org/covering_trump/viral-nancy-pelosi-photo-clap.php, one photographer from The New York Times was given exclusive photography privileges for this federal government event:...
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Responsibility when making claims about the license of a work

Imagine that some person X is running a website where they provide access to some creative work and claim that it is in the public domain, or under a permissive copyright license. Imagine that Y ...
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Is it work-for-hire if the hirer doesn't own copyright on collective work?

Per https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Work_for_hire#Law_in_the_United_States, work done by an an independent contractor may qualify under work-for-hire if it's a contribution to a collective work. But ...
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Convert document/e-book to audiobook

Customer gives me an e-book or a document, I record audio of that document and send it to the customer. I am not redistributing that work, I only charge the customer. Will this infringe the copyright ...
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Image source and copyright disagreement

I just have a quick question about image use. For some background, I'm starting a business, and as a placeholder (I am not currently making money, so I guess its personal use right now but that will ...
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Am I allowed to reverse engineer/decompile a computer program?

I would like to gather information about how something works from a computer program and use it in my own. However, there is a software licence that forbids it. Except as and only to the extent ...
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Can I use this other code in my own commercial projects?

I asked a legal question about the code earlier. In this other code, there are no copyrights. It even says this: This is the Readme File All rights reserved. No part of this publication may ...
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Is there a need for a license agreement when two programmers want to join forces on a common side project?

Recently me and an acquaintance have been talking about working together on a side project. I know he operates his own LLC and probably wants to release the side project under the LLC which is fine. ...
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Can I use this code in my own commercial projects?

I am reading a programming book that was written by an author that is not around anymore and published by a company that also does not exist anymore. This is the book. When I load in the CD-ROM, I ...
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Printing and other rights in respect of a pseudonymously authored text posted online

A person posts a text to Usenet that he has signed using an obvious pseudonym that does not include a functioning address for himself that does not refer to a publisher other than himself. Together ...
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Using recorded music for a light show

I'm in a band and we have a concert coming up. We play our own music, and even though we include some covers in our performances, I'm aware of venue blanket licenses and that I should not worry about ...
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DMCA: How can ISP ever avoid liability, ISP always gets financial benefit from user content infringement

According to DMCA, to avoid liability the ISP must not financially benefited from the infringement. But ISP is always making money in one or many ways from infringement (ads display, subscription, ...
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Trademark or Copyright for song title and lyrics

I wrote a song called “She came OUT through the bathroom window”. I’m also singing the sentence in the song. I was wondering if I could be getting into any trademark og copyright problems as The ...
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Reuse an image from google local guides [duplicate]

I am interested in reusing a picture from a google local for my website. These are the images that are uploded by users on google maps and associated to a place based on geolocalization. The name of ...
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Inline Linking Copyrighted Material

So there are some similar posts but not really with answers that fit to my problem. I run a site posting about newest announcements, let´s say Nike announces a new pair of shoes. Now I want to write ...
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Usage of song snippets in a prototype app

For a project at university I design and implement an android application. In this application, I would like to present the user snippets of famous songs which they should then recognize. The ...
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What kinds of pictures can I used for my poster without violating copyright laws?

I am designing a poster for my school competition but I am concern about the legality regarding the usage of online pictures. Most of them are under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 and I know what each term roughly ...
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When does software copyright expire on defunct products (i.e. Lotus 1-2-3)

There are a lot of people still using "defunct" software such as Lotus 1-2-3 and Lotus Organizer. We also use existing software today that will be cancelled in the near future but may still have ...
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Video Copyright: Can I mix my videos to one video and copyright one time?

Suppose I have a large number of videos and I want to register the copyright on them so others can't copy them and use them. Instead of paying for each registration alone, is it okay to mix all of ...
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How do I legally quote one or two lines of lyrics in a novel I plan to publish?

I've been thinking about publishing my novel on SmashWords and CreateSpace after having written it five years ago. However, in a paragraph, I quoted two lines of Lyrics, but didn't give the name of ...
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What happens to copyright owned by a defunct publisher company?

I'm especially interested in books that do not have any commercial value (i.e. the cost of publishing is much higher than any foreseeable return). I know that the answer may vary depending on country....
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What counts as redistribution of copyrighted calculation?

In quantitative finance SE, there is a question asking for help calculating an index. If someone writes a program that performs the calculations described in the handbook and shares that program ...
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Are software licenses copyrighted?

If someone wanted to 'fork' a private company's license, could they legally do so? That is to say, if, for instance, the company Grammarly found that significant portions of the company Evernote's ...