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Questions tagged [copyright]

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Can I show pinterest pictures to a client as an example of work?

I am a wedding florist, and clients want to see lots of different pictures to help them choose their arrangements. There are lots of pictures people have posted online, such as on pinterest. Can I ...
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Does GNU FDL 1.3 restrict the copyright holder's distribution rights?

I'm running into a ball of confusion between people on how exactly GFDL limits (or if it does or even can limit) the author's rights. In our specific case, a copyright holder has provided work to us, ...
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Licensing an image that contains a licensed image

Suppose I collect three or four public domain images, modify them, build upon them and put them together to form an image that I can claim as my own. Then I purchase an image from some online site ...
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Is there copyright issue in the following condition?

Organisation A provides conducts exam every year,question paper goes out with student(There is no copyright claim on paper by A). Company B collects them and publishes them with some charge. Now, if ...
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Selling pictures of famous people

Imagine hiring an artist to view a series of photographs of a famous celebrity or corporate executive - John doe, for example - then create an original drawing - not a derivative, but a unique work of ...
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In what ways might it be tortious to cite people in good faith in a for-profit or non-profit campaign?

In the US, and in Britain, in what ways might it be tortious to cite people's statements or actions in a for-profit or non-profit marketing campaign? I do not mean that you give the false impression, ...
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Derivative softwares copyrigths from a more generic software

Imagine consultancy C has a generic software for analyzing data S. Now C has a client C1 and from the software S it derives a software S1 to analyzed some specific data for C1. The overall dependency ...
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Is there any “enforceable” protection for the uploader from fake DMCA takedown requests?

I know that a request must be "under penalty of perjury". But that doesn't protect against fake information. Anyone, and especially parties outside US jurisdiction, (and even more so in countries ...
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Copyright on code from public source

Let's imagine consultancy A develops a code for client B that use some free available code from a website so it's a derivative work from the free code (MIT license). Can consultancy A re-use the same ...
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software copyright : implementing the same class structure but for different specific clients and purpose

Let's assume the same consultancy implements for client A a software to analyze text data from internal communication of the company. The client B asked the same software to analyze text data from ...
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Can public schoolse use CC-BY-NC content? [migrated]

Can a fully tax funded public school use music licensed under CC-BY-NC in a video to promote its educational programs?
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Why don't companies supply all of the needed information about their DMCA designated agents?

I wrote "why" for lack of a better short way of saying: I'm assuming these large companies won't take a chance of being sued for this, and furthermore assume that they know the law requires it, so ...
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Does DMCA cover apps?

I'm planning on selling an app where users will be able to upload content, and other users will be able to see it. The content will not be available on a website. The content will be stored on my web ...
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Using the Wizard of Oz' Scarecrow as a symbol

According to Wikipedia, this photo of the Wizard of Oz' famous scarecrow is in the public domain. Suppose I used the scarecrow as a symbol of farmers in a book, with the Tin Man serving as a symbol ...
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Copyright of MIT licenced libraries usage within GPL licensed code [closed]

My software is complete written in python has the following architecture of down cascaded dependencies and I plan to share my whole source code (FileA, FileB, FileC) next time in github: FileA: Own ...
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Can I use Creative Common remixes of original songs in my apps?

I am starting to develop an advent calendar ready for December. For this app, I want to have Christmas music. In order to make sure that I don't run into any copyright issues, I am using Creative ...
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GNU application in work other than software

As we know, GPL is intended especially for software products, but it may be used for any work if the creator thinks it is OK. If the original work and a modified work are both software, I see no ...
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If I include an unmodified CC-BY-SA work in a book, does the whole book have to be CC-BY-SA?

I'm working on a book. Say I include a single unmodified work in the book that's licensed under Creative Commons-Attribute-Share Alike, for example one picture. Do I have to make the entire book CC-...
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Copyright vs Facebook images inadvertently displayed via links

I recently learned that images that you find on Facebook can be legally used by simply crediting Facebook. Imagine someone posts a link to one of my web pages on Google without my knowledge. One of ...
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Is this copyright infringement? Is it fair use? What if I don't make any money off it?

If someone were hypothetically working on a project that required them to incorporate copies of a copyrighted work (music, movies, books, etc.), how would they know if it would be considered fair use? ...
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Is it illegal to download copyright videos for free?

I want to publish fan-made videos on YouTube that contain clips from movies and TV shows. No money will be gained for myself. Is the act of downloading those movies and TV episodes for free, editing ...
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Legality of “Artist's Renditions”

If I download a copyrighted photograph of prominent person (e.g. a politician or celebrity) and hire an artist to make a portrait of that person, using the photo as a guide, is that legal? I'm ...
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Is it legal to copy property's listing from other's website

as the question suggest. I've built a scrapper which scraps two websites to get property listing from there. As someone told me to scrape other website is illegal. but I think the listing ad of ...
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How to legally exploit an old Jazz music without copyright issues?

I am an amateur musician and I would like to do some mixage (partial exploitation, such as a melody) or remix of some Jazz oldies and publish them in Youtube. I don't earn money from this (no video ...
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Is it recommended/mandatory that i include the ™/© symbols?

In my current scenario i'm required to fill a drop-down with software options so the user can select the options he's familiar with. This list includes names like "AutoDesk AutoCAD" and "Adobe ...
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What is, and is not, considered fact in the scientific and computer science world?

I am having a bit of a hard time with copyright and copyright infringement. I am thinking about writing books about many different things, such as: How to use this software How to be a good ...
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Re-use images uploaded by users on Google Maps for the website

Can I use images uploaded by users on Google Maps to display on my website ? If yes, do I need to reference images back to the Google Maps and how ?
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What is the difference between copyright infringment, and intellectual property violation?

What is the difference between copyright infringment and intellectual property violation?
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If an app doesn't have any EULA is it free?

If an app doesn't come with a license, and the code has not been obfuscated, does that mean that the app code and resources are free and open source?
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How is PDF considered an open format when you need to buy the specification? [closed]

I read the following about PDF on wikipedia: Open format? Yes Website www.iso.org/standard/63534.html But in the website it prompts for buying the specification for 198 CHF How is this ...
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Copyright status of an author's letters published posthumously?

I am writing Lovecraftian horror short fiction. I know I can use Lovecraft's material written 1923 and prior. However, I would love to use parts of the genealogy he noted in some of his letters. These ...
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The Kid Charlie Chaplin [duplicate]

I recently read a question about who owns coyright of Chaplin's movie "The Kid" by someone who wanbted to sceen the film in his country, probably th UK. Personnaly I am based in Paris, France and I ...
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Can I use Google Products XML Feed as a base for my version?

I am developing an application that will consume product XML feed to run some analytics. I would like to set a requirement that the clients need to follow a specific format. To make the application ...
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What is meant by 'place of first publication'?

I am currently trying to get my head around the various Laws and Regulations, surrounding Copyright and Public Domain, when it comes to Literature. My initial question opens the discussion, where ...
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How to secure right to publish independent research while working at a technology company?

I have a job offer which states that: "all original works of authorship which are made by the employee within the scope of and during the period of my employment with the Company and ...
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Copyright violation: Can a producer/film-maker file a lawsuit if one download a pirated version of their movie?

Recently, a company in Denmark called "Njord Law Firm" sent out about 25,000 penalty letters to Swedish citizens regarding downloading pirate movies from Piratebay, Popcorn time, or as such. They got ...
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Would it be illegal to include a Disney character's name in my business's Name?

For example, "Bambi Publishing" or "Pinocchio Publishing?"
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Is it legal to use scenes from famous TV show FRIENDS to create pop up museum in New York city?

Could someone create a museum based on a TV show without violating copyright law? Imagine, for instance, The Museum of Friends, including replicas of the following parts: Full-scale set of Monica's ...
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Contact Microsoft legal department, or other ways to facilitate reinstatement of a Google Play app

I used an icon of Microsoft Notepad (taken from Wikipedia) as the icon for a free Notepad application Fast Notepad in Google Play. It probably was beneficial for the community, as it had no ads, and ...
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Crawling a web forum and presenting the posts in a search

Is what this site is doing with steam community legal? https://www.steamtrades.com/ I assume that is a grey area, no? So what are the factors that would make it legal or not? I assume one should not ...
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Copyright of recorded sport events

I understand that music concerts are copyrighted and you can't post the music online if you record it with phone or whatever, but how about sport events? Say I attended a tennis match and recorded ...
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is this a trademark or a copyrights violation?

I am in a small country in the middle east called Bahrain, I intend to use the House Stark logo design of Game of Thrones as my company logo and name, is that legal ? however I am in another country ...
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What happens if a piece of Literature falls within the Public Domain in one Territory but is Copyrighted within another Territory?

I am considering the use of some literature, for use on products on an e-commerce site. For the most part, the literature is classified as being in the public domain. Thus, free of copyright. For a ...
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Is it legal to copy the structure of a program

If there is a software suit or library API, and I would like to build my own with similar capabilities, is it legal to copy the structure of the former, but using my own code. For example, say a ...
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The Ancillary Copyright in the European Union

On 12th September the European Parliament voted for an "Ancillary Copyright" (as well as Uploadfilters) for Press Publishers, which will hold even for smallest snippets of press publications: https://...
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Can I adapt real life games to videogames? [duplicate]

I was thinking of developing a Taboo game for Android Devices. But am I allowed to do so, knowing that the game exists in real life? (meaning can the inventor of Taboo sue me?) And how do I know ...
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Datamodel transfer between two database technologies

As a purchaser of an application program with an associated database, may I transfer the structure of this database (tables, attributes, links, ...) to another database technology without conflicting ...
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Commercial use of a machine learning trained model whose use is allowed, but use of data is not allowed?

I've found several questions similar to this, but none of them had the same details of my case: There is a publicly available trained model released under public domain by its creator. But creators of ...
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Can we use Marines' sign for personal signature?

So I'm asking here as a normal person, not as Marine Corps. So as a marine fan, is it possible (legal) to add Marines' Eagle, Globe, and Anchor (EGA) sign before your name in the end of documents or ...
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How can I ensure EU citizens can share my content?

I've been hearing things about the new Article 11 and Article 13 legislation which recently passed in the European parliament which regulate the ways that, for example, social media or news ...