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Are products made from illegal software also illegal?

Say a piece of software was aquired, and used, completely illegally, like a license key was hacked online or something, and many other products (say, for example, videos) were made with this illegal ...
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Copyright restriction in other countries

Amazon.com sometimes refuses to sell me audiobooks. The message is as follows: I don't understand how a copyright can be enforced in other countries. Surely copyright holds for a specific country ...
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Can I sell fan made merch on etsy?

I'm an artist and have recently got into hand made crafts. Is it okay to sell something with your own art? Such as animal crossing stickers, If I draw some in my own style. Is it okay to sell them? ...
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Is it illegal to use an unsupported version of software, without a license key?

there is this particular computer program, that I [possibly, for legal purposes can't say for sure] may have downloaded, well, "illegally", a.k.a., they require a license key to get the full version, ...
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Is it legal to teach a book in you tube

I want to teach a subject using a book. On the book there are copyrights I dont get any payment for my videos, its free, i just want to teach the subject from a book i learn and publish the lessons ...
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Not-for-profit use of copyrighted characters?

I’m curious about US laws surrounding the use of copyrighted book content or characters for a not-for-profit purpose. My situation: I’m working an online video game in which many of the characters ...
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Why are people allowed to sell (self-made) Marvel items on Etsy?

Why doesn't this violate copyright? Is it considered Fair Use, or does Marvel just let it slide because they don't want to look like a bully?
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What countries' copyright laws would I need to abide by if I wrote a heavily modified rearrangement of an existing song for third-party usage?

Let's say that I, citizen of Alicetopia in the EU, were creating a derivative work of a copyrighted composition. This would be a heavily modified instrumental rearrangement of an existing song, to the ...
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Ownership of video lecture

Due to the pandemic, my university moves all classes online. This is a new situation and the administration is not well-prepared for this (which is understandable). I will give lectures online, in one ...
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If I'm making website for friend for free, should I have him sign something saying he will only provide me with material he owns to put on website?

I would like to help my friend build a website for free. The only concern is have is, if he provides me with copyrighted material that I add to the website, would I be liable? What kind of contract ...
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Using a trademark name in my App

I am building a phone application. I follow a dietary lifestyle known as the medical medium lifestyle. There are about 6 books and tons of people that follow this lifestyle. My app is going to be ...
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What permissions do I need to avoid violating copyright/privacy/etc laws re: people/things I inevitably capture as I record myself in public? [closed]

I'm confused about security footage, news broadcasts, personal recordings. If I was to record myself on the street, I would likely inadvertently record store signs (copyright and trademarked), other ...
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If someone lets you use their (e.g. Netflix) account, is it legal to let others use it?

If someone gives me the credentials to login to a streaming site they have an account for, would it be illegal for me to share the credentials with someone else? For example, if Joe tells me the ...
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If I develop a roll of film bought second-hand, and it contains illegal or copyrighted imagery, would I be held liable?

I found a roll of camera film in a box of old cameras purchased second-hand at a thrift store. I'm interested in having it developed. However, I'm concerned as to what might happen if there were to be ...
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Can I use my StackOverflow profile to release the contents of my questions and answers under a secondary license?

As I understand, when I post something on StackOverflow (or other StackExchange sites), I have copyright on the contents of the post and I've licensed significant redistribution and re-licensing ...
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How novel does a Stack Overflow answer need to be from a copyright perspective?

As I understand, when I post something on Stack Overflow (or other Stack Exchange sites), I have copyright on the contents of the post and I've licensed significant redistribution and re-licensing ...
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Copyright with clipart images under Creative Commons

I want to make cards with pictures (to assist kids to visualise their activities) and offer these cards free of payment on my blog. I am not good at art and so I need to use images from the Internet. ...
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Can I make youtube videos where I read posts of a blog aloud? [duplicate]

I would like to create info-videos in a specific topic. There is a great blog that has awesome content detailing everything very well. I thought I would read blog posts aloud from there. What do you ...
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Help with understanding copyright vs patent

I am stump on why the answer is Copyright because of the code. Matthew authored an innovative algorithm for solving a mathematical problem, ...... he wants to obtain some sort of intellectual ...
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Can you legaly own intellectual property while only licensing it to your own company?

Is there any way one can have their own intellectual property licensed to their own company, such that the person owns that IP and not the company? A concrete example: I thought of a good premise for ...
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Can I use Youtube Audio Library for my games?

I'm planning to use youtube audio library because they state in their terms: Music from this library is intended solely for use by you in videos and other content that you create. So I thought ...
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Can content be licensed in a singular place but licensed another way everywhere else?

If I want to create a content publishing website where authors can write works (and derivative works of other authors), is it legal (and, perhaps more helpfully, is it ever a practice) to have a two-...
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is creating an app/website/software which uses youtube-dl for videos download from YouTube legal?

I'm pretty sure that it won't be legal in some or the work way. However, I want to clarify my doubt about legal issues again. I read this article about it - is it legal to download youtube videos? ...
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Is it legal to stream a copyrighted movie from my computer to a friend's computer?

Given the current situation with COVID-19, I'm considering hosting a movie night with friends where I will stream a movie, which I have legal access to, over a screen-sharing service. How legal would ...
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Questions about teaching an online course about a copyrighted game

I’m trying to put together a Udemy class about playing (winning ; )) a Zynga game (Words With Friends). I know that there are people who have written e-books about the same, but I want to make sure I’...
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Is it legal to use “VMware Workstation 15 Player” with earning money purpose?

I am planning to open a blog webpage, publish technology-based content on it and make money via blogger earning methods like Google AdSense. The software I mentioned in the title, which is available ...
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Modifying and Using Open Source Software licensed under GNU Lesser General Public License, v2.1 [migrated]

TL;DR: Is it legal to use a modified version of the product licensed under LGPL 2.1, for commercial purposes and without the permission of the author (because the authors cannot be reached), and ...
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Using CARLA for commercial and for-profit use

I know that CARLA is licensed under MIT license that means that it can be used even for commercial purposes, but how is it with UNREAL Engine on which CARLA runs, using this engine for commercial ...
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CC BY 4.0 vs CC BY-SA 4.0

I'm confused by the difference between CC BY 4.0 and CC BY-SA (4.0?) Context: I found some books shared with CC BY 4.0. I want to publish these books in my book-reading app (commercial product) but ...
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Is opening a blog, publishing technological/educational content on it and earning money via blogger earning methods like AdSense legal?

I am planning to open a blog website and publish technology-based educational content as articles in Turkish language on it. Topics I'll cover are Microsoft and Linux system administration, cyber ...
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Do participants basically give up the rights to their ideas and IP under the rule of this competition?

I would like to ask the participants basically give up the rights to their ideas and IP under the rule of this competition posted here? While 14.b states that: b. ...all Intellectual Property ...
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Entertainer Delima with Performance Rights Organization Licensing

I am an entrepreneur who entertains patrons in bars and restaurants for profit similar to a DJ. I am very aware of the legal implications of playing copyrighted music/songs in public and the business/...
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How long can a musical quote be and what counts as such?

Recently I've found out that copyright owners are claiming profits of YouTube videos where allegedly their content is used. Specifically, this video was claimed to be a copyright infringement. I'm ...
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Selling second hand and copyright

If I sell a bit of GPL'ed software I am required to provide source code, or an offer of same. This is based on the "distribution" clause of the GPL. According to this question, if I sell GPL'ed ...
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Does copyright on a resume prevent you from sharing it?

As I understand it a resume is automatically considered the intellectual property of its author, and the author has a right to determine how it will be copied ie. distributed. Does this actually hold ...
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Fair use in (PowerPoint) presentations

Any search engine has an image search service. Typically they make profits (with ads) offering images, they do not own and, since it is unlikely that images are in the public domain, they use ...
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Is it legal to reverse-engineer free US government software?

The US government provides a number of closed-source software packages to the public for free. Some packages are explicitly listed as "public domain"; other packages list a specific agency as the ...
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Auto-generating every possible melody to forstall copyright: will this work?

This article describes a scheme to have a computer generate every possible "8-note, 12-beat melody combo" and release it under a Creative Commons license so that anyone can use it (not exactly public ...
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Can I create a font based on the Testarossa badge font?

The testarossa badge is a beautiful work of art and its a shame that no one has made a font based on it. I am going to guess, someone may have, but Ferarri shut them down - as they are known to do, ...
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Copyright of academic teaching material eg wikipedia, other websites

In the UK, can you search and learnscience materials from websites, found throught search engine eg google, even if the teaching material is not referenced accuratelly or at all (references towards ...
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Copyright on public domain images

I created a symbol based from a symbol I searched from the internet. It was a Celtic symbol. I revised it a little bit and put some colors in it. Considering that the symbol is already very old and I ...
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How do I go about using a game title that already exists but does not appear to be trademarked?

I want to release my game on several platforms however the title I really want to use is already being used by an individual. The creator made their game through a "Game Jam". This is when one or ...
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Reading books in public, copyright

Can you read, not aloud, copyrighted material eg. Books, scientific papers in public eg bus, airplane, cafe, where other people can potentially read it/take picture?
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Legality of different bit representations of copyrighted material

Say I've made a photograph. I am now the copyright holder of that particular image. I am using this picture on a personal website where I am talking about plants. Now somebody else wants to create a ...
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If I transcribed a music piece that normally would not be allowed to be uploaded on youtube, would I be able to upload the sheet music? [duplicate]

I transcribed a piece of music onto sheet music using the original instruments from the song. The song would normally not be allowed on youtube due to copyright, however since I transcribed it myself ...
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reproducing data from one website on another

I'm making a website that translates original content scraped from other websites and reproduces it on my own website. The content on the source websites is not behind a paywall, nor does one need to ...
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USA: Fair use for scholarship, copyrighted code

Take for example the Numerical Recipes code distribution. They have copyrighted their work and do not allow for general public use of their code. http://numerical.recipes/aboutNR3license.html Would ...
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Who is liable for material on a website?

Someone wants to make a website but had trouble registering with the host. He has asked me to do it with my ID. Hypothetically if copyrighted content or something illegal was done with website, who ...
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Re-Release of MIT-licensed open-source app to the iOS App Store

TL:DR someone re-uploaded my MIT-licensed open-source app to the iOS App Store. WHAT HAPPENED I have created a small app for iPhone, which has been available on the App Store for over 2 years now. ...
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When does a fan game fall under parody?

Apparently there was a case in 2013 where the fan game My Little Pony: Fighting is Magic got taken down by Hasbro. This makes me wonder, why did it not fall under fair use in terms of Parody? This ...

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