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Download of YouTube Videos for personal use

Is it legal to download YouTube Videos without YouTube Premium for personal use only?
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Why are software licenses required to access a piece of software?

According to the GTA 4 EULA: LICENSE. Subject to this Agreement and its terms and conditions, Licensor hereby grants you the nonexclusive, non-transferable, limited right and license to use one copy ...
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Why does Creative Commons explictly state they're not a law firm?

When I read Creative Commons licenses, I noticed that they always clearly state that they (Creative Commons) are not a law firm, the public licenses are distributed as-is without any liability and ...
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Is an "Untitled" copyright registration protected the same as a titled one?

I understand that putting "Untitled"* in the Title field means people would not be able to search your copyrighted material by name. And I understand why it is not recommended. But does it ...
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Are online remote tutoring paid websites not regularly investigated for copyright? [closed]

There are online tutoring websites that don’t give tutors a curriculum, so the tutor probably copies books without permission and shares them with the student on video conference while being paid. How ...
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Could Youtubers use the default legal system against people who unfairly use their content?

If there is a youtuber who does XYZ and another youtuber does a reaction video on that content, are they allowed to use the legal default such as a cease and desist or a DMCA (or some other form of ...
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Will quotes written in my self-published book fall under fair use category? [duplicate]

I hold an M.S. in Counseling Psychology and have decided to start writing workbook journals to help people with anxiety, depression, isolation, and various other challenges that people face. ...To do ...
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Copyright Laws - App Development

I have made an app which is published on an app store for £0.29. It is basically just the website embedded into the app with no actual added functionality. The real website's name is mentioned in the ...
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Using an asset from a game as logo

I am part of a relatively small FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team. For the past few years we have used the Redstone icon from Minecraft as our logo, but we have now decided to put a little more ...
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Is it Fair when a Use might affect “the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work” only in conjunction with other material?

Fair Use in the United States depends upon four factors: the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes; the ...
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Japanese Law: Do I need to get permissions and pay fees to create 3D models of ancient Japanese temples?

I want to create 3D models of Japanese ancient temples such as the "Fujiyoshida, Japan at Chureito Pagoda and Mt. Fuji" for my commercial mobile app. Here is the link to this temple: https://...
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Italian and Greek Law: Do I need to get permissions and pay fees to create 3D models of ancient Greek buildings and ancient Italian buildings?

If I want to create some 3D models of ancient Greek buildings such as the Parthenon and some ancient Italian buildings such as the Pantheon for a mobile app, do I need to get the permission or ...
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Egypt Law: Do I need to get permissions and pay fees to create 3D models of the pyramids, Sphinx, and their other ancient antiquities?

If I want to create some 3D models of the pyramids and the Sphinx for a mobile app, do I need to obtain the permission or purchase the license from anyone or from the Egyptian government ? It seems ...
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Using science paper's method in commercial product

Is it possible to use the method (method or algorithm, model, etc.) described in an open scientific publication (license is arbitrary) in a commercial product in closed source code? That is, the ...
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What legal protection is there for movie screenplays/treatments?

Bob writes a movie screenplay (or a "treatment", meaning a detailed plot/screenplay approximation) and sends it to a movie studio which in turn makes a movie based on the screenplay or ...
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If a company uses an idea from an online wishlist for a videogame can they be sued for copyright infringement?

I posted a very specific / blueprint idea for features in a videogame and the corporation 100% used it and made millions from it. This wasn't just 1 idea, this was a nearly 1000-word "blueprint&...
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How can an inherited copyright be released under a Creative Commons license?

Alice created a work and died without publishing it. Bob and Charlie jointly inherited the copyright. Bob wants to release it under a Creative Commons license without involving Charlie. Can he do this?...
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Can I sneak around my copyleft obligations with adhesion contracts?

Some licenses, like the GPL, mandate that I license derivative works under the same license and not a more restrictive license. I believe this is called "copyleft". But say I want to have ...
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Can I legally change my name to "Darth Misogynus", or would I get sued by Disney?

Obviously, Darth comes from Star Wars, which is currently owned by Disney. Misogynus is an expression of my ideological beliefs. If I legally change my name to "Darth Misogynus", will I get ...
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Can I send someone an email that they are not licensed to download or copy?

This answer suggests that emails usually come with an implied license to do things like download them to your computer, copy them from your old server to a new replacement server, etc. What if I sent ...
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What are the "fair use" implications of using someone's personal story in a political campaign without their permission?

After the State of the Union address, Senator Katie Britt told a story about a woman's being (sex) "trafficked" in a rebuttal. Let's say that the facts were accurate in isolation, but it had ...
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Is it legal to sell emails?

Recently a client offered to buy the emails I had received prior to a specific date: not just addresses, but the actual messages. The client did not specifically ask for private or business ...
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Legality of AI vocals from royalty-free music

I'm a fairly new music producer, and one of the inherent problems with it is that it means you have to do all the work yourself: sound design, any vocals, mixing, and mastering. There's quite a few ...
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Rights as co-heir of book copyright

My grandfather, an academic, wrote several books which were published here in the US by a major publisher, and at least one book published by his university press. All these books have long been out ...
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What are the consequences that European standards being cited in law must be publicly accessible, but are protected by copyright?

In a jugdgment published this week, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled on a complaint that some technical norms set as European Standards by a Standards Organisation are available only ...
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Are people's face/voice copyrighted by default?

As you may know there are some AI apps that can clone anybody's voice (turn your voice to their voice), or there are some face swap apps you can replace your face with somebody else's face and make a ...
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A question about using a product name in a book title

Is it nominal use if I have a book title "I'm a weeble" based on the title of one essay in a book of essays? The essay implies that I'm a weeble because I wobble but I don't fall down as ...
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HELP!!! Court order for a DMCA counter notice [closed]

I was reposting someone's AI pictures without permission and Twitter removed them so I filled a counter notice saying it's AI. The next day I got this email from Twitter. What does it mean and what ...
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Can one grant a license for something that is not copyrighted?

Is it possible for someone to license something that is not copyrightable (e.g. too trivial, or no creative work), and is the licensee bound by that license if they use the "licensed" ...
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National Parks Trademarks / Copyright

I would like to create a stamp collection book/journal about National Parks, and one would be about U.S. National Parks. Am I infringing any copyright or trademarks if I list the U.S. National Parks? ...
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What is the legality of copyrighting an already copyrighted and trademarked logo?

Many sites will have links to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. located on their site usually using logo "badges". Most of these sites provide their own official badges, but you can also ...
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Library of babel image archives. Copyright and illegal images?

I just learned about the library of babel image archives. It works exactly like the version with the books. There are all possible images with that specific size available. For the copyright part, I ...
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What happens to my software licenses when I die?

If I die, my computer or phone will pass to my estate, and then to my heirs according to my will. What happens to the licenses I held that authorized using the software installed on those devices? ...
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Is there any legal trouble in a book including a game similar "Jeopardy"? [duplicate]

I am writing a book that includes classroom games. Though most are generic, one core trivia format matches "Jeopardy" in the classroom. The teacher pastes cards on the wall, with questions ...
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Is an implicit copyright license sublicensable?

I am involved with a small magazine owned by a limited company in England. It has been in print for a little over a century and contains many articles written by identifiable third parties. In many ...
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Can YouTube videos count as non-commercial and/or educational for the purpose of fair use?

One of the factors courts consider when determining when use of copyrighted material falls under fair use is whether the use is for “nonprofit educational purposes”. Now, some claim or assume that ...
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Web scraping legal question

I am based in Germany and have a question regarding web scraping and how this is legal for existing sites. Two examples: google.com they have a search engine and scrape the internet. They do not only ...
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Is Microsoft allowed to bring Playstation games (that were ported to PC) to Xbox, or would they face legal backlash?

Sony's Playstation has several games exclusive to their console (e.g. Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart, God of War, Horizon Forbidden Dawn). Recently, Sony ported these games to PC, making them available ...
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Consequential damages for copyright infringement?

Many software license agreements (or even terms of sale for physical copies) include prohibitions on reverse engineering as a condition. If I legitimately purchase and install and use the software, I ...
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Publish a vocabulary list from a Korean Comic

I'm learning Korean through comics. So everytime I read a chapter, I always make an extensive vocabulary list containing an English translation for each Korean word in that chapter. My question is: ...
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Is it okay to create an application that stores youtube & spotify links with showing the thumbnails of the content related to the links? [closed]

I am creating an app where users can save the links of the contents they like in the app. The app fetches the thumbnail image of the related content and shows them along with the length of the content ...
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When does transmitting something create a copy of it?

If I send a bunch of Internet packets containing the bytes of a copyrighted work to you, privately, is a "copy" of the work being made? And if so, by who? Say we're talking about a song. ...
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After reading a fact from a copyrighted textbook, does asking about that fact on a public forum infringe copyright?

When someone reads a line or a paragraph in a copyrighted textbook that explains a fact T, then wonders why T occurs, is asking a question (on Stack Exchange or another public forum) such as: "...
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Can you own a copyright of something where no remaining copies exist?

Suppose Bob owns the copyright to a TV show. Unfortunately, Bob isn't very smart, and he keeps the only copy in the world in a warehouse, and the warehouse accidentally burns down. Does this have any ...
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Video games that are no longer commercially available - can we still make videos showcasing them?

So one of my younger friends has this Youtube channel (which luckily hasn't been deleted) where he has showcased this game that hasn't been commercially available for almost 12 years1. He is able to ...
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Does re-implementing a software API violate copyright?

Company A sells a software services. To promote adoption, it publicly documents the programmable interface. Company B develops a competing software servic implementing the same interface (but blackbox ...
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Are "Plex servers" as they seem to be commonly used actually illegal?

There's a piece of software called "Plex" that basically lets you operate your own private streaming service. You load it up with music and video files, and then you can connect to it from ...
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Can I use Windows fonts for my game?

I want to use a Windows font in my game, specifically Nyala. In the font redistribution FAQ one of the questions is: "Can I use the fonts to produce captions and text included in videos? We view ...
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German Online Law [closed]

Since moving to Germany you're always faced with stories of fees to pay upon internet usage (streaming movies, z-library, google adblocker add-on, VPN add-on etc.) what's the punishable acts online in ...
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Do we know if using computer games to make CGI for history youtubes is fair use?

Many people make youtube history documentaries using recent closed source computer games to make the graphics. This involves playing the game as released, and using the gameplay graphics to explain ...
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