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Copyright on a artwork based on a tutorial

I'm not asking about a specific case, but I'm interested to know about the general principles that would cover the following scenario: A CGI artist makes a tutorial on how to design and make a ...
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Would it be copyright infringement to use a name of a D&D spell/creature in an unrelated game?

If I were to create a video game with mechanics and a story that are divorced from D&D, but still used a name like "Eldritch Blast" for an attack move, is this still infringing on WoTC's IP? ...
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Is it legal to create an alternative implementation of proprietary game server?

There are various multiplayer MOBA or MMORPG games, that have no publicly available documentation for their proprietary server protocols, and which only have one official client that provides an ...
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Would it be legal to share a small passage from a book for free?

If I share 1-2 pages from a book to my followers to introduce/promote the book, can this fall under fair use or fair dealing? I will carefully select the passages to copy from books to give the taste ...
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Can you copyright reproduced information by open government licence?

I want to use some of the information from one website, but that website has a copyright. The source of the information is under Open Government License" I have a few questions regarding the licence ...
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How does the Digital Millenium Act of 1998 relate to commercial uses for E-Books?

This statute was developed in order to protect and limit the use of copyrighted digital material. I am particularly interested in the e-books domain. My observation is: If I buy a physical book, it ...
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Under what circumstances does referencing a copyrighted fictional work in an unrelated commercial educational product constitute fair use?

Question. Under what circumstances does referencing a copyrighted fictional work in an unrelated commercial educational product constitute fair use? For example, suppose the copyrighted work is Star ...
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In which context would the difference in licensing rules between CC BY-SA 3.0 and CC BY-SA 4.0 actually matter?

Quoth Jonathan Reez in this MSE question: Currently there's a big controversy over SE changing the licensing from CC 3.0 to CC 4.0. Regardless of whether this change was legally solid or not, ...
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Legality of reading unpaid e-book/research paper (ex. from genlib/sci-hub)

What is the legality of reading unpaid e-book/research paper (ex. from site like genlib/sci-hub) (In my case, in Indonesia). is someone eligible to be charged because they downloaded the e-book/...
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Does Halocene have a case against The Masked Singer Australia?

Halocene is an American Indie rock band. In early 2019 they made a cover song of Billie Eilish's song "Bad Guy". Halocene say that they did this legally by contacting Eilish first and paying any ...
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It legal to translate a Chinese light novel that it already translate to English to Spanish?

If I want to translate a Chinese light novel that is already translate to English to Spanish, its legal to do it or I need to ask the author for permission? Do I need to ask the person translating it ...
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Can one use data extracted from images (in-game screenshots)?

As an example, let's take Call of Duty Ghost. I want to take the data from the below screenshot and store it in a database as it is. (Rank, Level, Player Name, etc.) Is it legal to extract data from ...
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Use of logo from defunct business

I would like to use the name and logo of a small airline that filed bankruptcy and went out of business about 35 years ago. I won't be making any money off this. It's strictly for a personal web page. ...
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Fair use of licenced music snippets in a commercial, educational product

I have a commercial product that teaches music theory using a series of short videos. In an upcoming video, I'd like to give examples of particular theory concepts using several short snippets of ...
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Is it legal to share links to file hosting sites containing copyrighted material?

I was wondering if there are any illegal aspects about sharing a link to a file hosting site (e.g. mega/dropbox) to download copyrighted material such as movies etc. Are there any differences if I ...
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In what countries can you *not* disclaim copyright?

I'm interested in some of the legal issues around software licensing, but my question could apply to other copyrightable works too. Most free and open source software is copyrighted but distributed ...
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Can I make a t-shirt design matching others

So if I see a simple t-shirt design on the internet, with a normal phrase. for example lets use, "Live Laugh Love" and I copy that design. Am i opening myself up to a lawsuit if I sell it? The design ...
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Does DMCA applies on decompiled assets from apk

Actually this question ( Does DMCA cover apps? ) does not cover my answer. Actually I have made an android app which is published on play store. I had trained some machine learning models which I used ...
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Is D&D homebrew necessarily a derivative work of the SRD?

Wizards of the Coast, makers of Dungeons & Dragons, fifth edition, has made a subset of the game's core rules (known as the System Reference Document or SRD) freely available under the copyleft-...
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Making use of client side website files to figure out API endpoints being used

There is a utility website witch I presumed used a backend API. There is no authentication or anything on the website, it's just for public use. Now, I want to build a mobile app that makes use of the ...
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Is an infringement of copyright use fan-made movie subtitles as a reference to do official subtitles?

I am a translator who has been assigned the task of making the official subtitles of a movie. I have seen that the film has numerous fan-created subtitles uploaded to the Internet. I would like to ...
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If Van Gogh is in Public Domain, why there are restrictions in the Van Gogh museum?

I've been to the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam, and I was a little disappointed because there were no pictures of some of his most famous work - "The Starry Night" and "Starry Night Over the Rhône". ...
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Can I use screenshot of a TV show on slides of a talk?

I have been invited to give a TEDx talk quite soon and the topic of the talk is really close to an episode of Black Mirror. I'd therefore like to use some images of the show in my talk. Other movies ...
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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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How to recreate functionality without violating software code copyright laws?

What would happen if I need to recreate code for a software function I did previously? The catch is that even when I'm writing it from scratch I cannot make it very different from how it was where I ...
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Can a database format/schema be copyrighted separately from the data?

I came across a map tile format which requires attribution for use, regardless of the license of the data it contains. The format specifies how and what map features (roads, water, etc) should be ...
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Does public domain have international limits?

I've read that the length of time required for a copyright to expire can vary from country to country. If a country were to hypothetically set the length of time for a copyright to expire (and thus ...
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Using screen recording of client's products in promotion

I work at a company that creates software that developers use in their frontend. We have a free and open source version of our software and a paid, non-open-source version. It is easy to detect if a ...
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Google maps app layout copy is considered copyright infringement?

I don't know anything about copyright law so I figured I'll ask it here: I'm developing an app that uses Google Maps heavily, and I'm designing it to mimic Google maps' design and layout in a few ...
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Distributing (for free) defunct software with valid license [duplicate]

I'm thinking about creating and distributing for free a virtual image with Ubuntu that has installed the latest original software from a defunct software provider with valid (paid) licenses. From ...
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Is using a photo reference for pose fair use?

If I draw an imaginary character and use a photograph as reference for human body/pose, is that legal, copyright-wise? Let's say I change the hair and the face? I know it needs to be 80% different, ...
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Legal to make an app that organizes other people's youtube videos?

I'd like to make a mobile application that organizes youtube videos into groups, allowing the user to browse groups and watch videos. For example - I'd like to organize certain cooking videos (not ...
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Limitations on using Text to Speech function on Google Cloud TTS API for creating audiobooks

Does anyone know if there are any limitations/restrictions on creating audiobooks using Google Cloud Text to Speech api? Of course I will be selling these audiobooks. Chris
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Cases where a educational non-profit organization was successfully sued for violation of copyright/Fair Use (US)

I am looking for cases where a educational non-profit organization was successfully sued for violation of copyright/Fair Use (US). I am particularly interested in borderline cases (i.e. cases where ...
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Trademark Public Domain Clipart

I was reading Can a company trademark a public domain name like "Arkham"? not sure if this is the same. I'm working as volunteer at OpenClipart.org, site that provide Public Domain vector ...
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Is rendering Markdown to HTML considered an “adaptation” under CC BY-SA 3.0?

Title pretty much sums it up. Are the rights given to adaptations granted if someone renders Markdown?
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Is a list of the most common English words copyrightable under US law?

I am currently interested in doing some research performing various measurements and algorithms on the most common words in the English language. I have found a few good word lists online that would ...
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Legality of creating a SE replica using SE's content

Due to the recent controversy(s) regarding StackExchange, a couple other users and I were discussing the legality of creating a copy of SE and scraping the content. If we did not copy SE's actual ...
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GM hood emblem replica

I want to make and sell a replica of a hood emblem for a 60-61 Chevy truck. My replica will be very close to the original but will not have any of the GM numbers on it, but the emblem is the Chevy "...
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Selling old DVD-burned porno movies for less

Normally DVD movies involve a license with rights to the actresses and other people. In the late 80s a license was heavily protected mostly by stakeholders like Brazzers. So I bought a porn movie ...
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Is it legally OK to mirror the facebook, instagram and twitter posts of my account to my website while importing them?

0 I do social media with facebook, instagram and twitter. Now I want to mirror the posts of all the channels to my website in a central news wall. For this I nightly import the posts from the ...
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French stance on intellectual property rights for content creatd by artificially intelligent entities

French intellectual property rights consider the "author" as the holder of intellectual property rights for their creation. Now, artificially intelligent, or creative, computers can generate content ...
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D&D Monsters and Copyright

We are making a college board game, and would like to know if we can use a few monsters from dnd to make our game. We don't use the same name as you do, just the images from online and the books.
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Help in interpreting “no commercial use” of the copyright

I have two questions concerning copyright. I need sometimes, to go to a website and listen to some sound samples to make a decision. If I then specify in a document the items in a contract, based on ...
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I pay for a service, but I miss the broadcast

Say, I pay for a broadcasting service, and lets say due some circumstances I miss it. Does the original copyright (or the fact that it allowed me to watch it), allow me to source the content ...
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guidelines for using fragments of film within other film

I'm writing a screenplay where a character is obsessed with a movie, and I want to show him watching this movie three times, each scene includes a segment of about a 60 seconds. What would be the ...
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Conditions on using the Java Virtual Machine specification

The appendix to the Java Virtual Machine specification states: License for Evaluation Purposes. Specification Lead hereby grants you a fully-paid, non-exclusive, non-transferable, ...
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How far does the derivative work copyright go for 3D printed objects?

Though similar questions have been asked before, I could not find one that answers this exact premise. Say, there is a 3D printable file distributed under e.g. the CC BY-NC 4.0 license. This license ...
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Is using image as an example fair use?

I am in the process of creating a startup, and want to send a technology flyer to potentially interested business customers. It is far easier to explain why my technology is beneficial if I can ...
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Are there de facto limitations on freedom of speech in the us?

Consider someone hacking the super bowl and playing a Holocaust denial ad. Ignore the trivial charges like hacking that occur regardless of the content. Is there any further prosecution of the ...